Kirby Rambin

Host, The Boot

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.

After graduating from Rayville High School, he enrolled in the University of Louisiana Monroe and performed with both the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Brandon Community Orchestra in Brandon, Florida. He has studied under Ildiko Lusk, Ye Tao, and Christopher Thompson.

Kirby plays many genres, including: blues, jazz, traditional, Cajun, and country, all with a unique style inspired by his Louisiana Delta roots and his time playing at the Green Iguana Blues Jam in Tampa, Florida. He has performed at the Louisiana Catfish Festival, the Teddy Bear Festival, the Northeast Louisiana Food and Music Festival, and the Northeast Louisiana Music Awards, among many others.

Kirby also shares his gifts with violin students of all ages at GraceNote Music Academy, and served as Director of the Orchestra at the former Excellence Academy Charter Middle School for the Performing Arts in Monroe.

KEDM is a bit of a family tradition for Kirby. His grandfather helped bring the station to northeast Louisiana, and he is thrilled to be helping give a voice to our region.

Kirby currently lives in Monroe with his wife, Anna, who teaches AP Literature at Neville High School.

Ways to Connect

J. Curtis / KEDM

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to the music of Elton John and Billy Joel, Saturday February 13.

“The music of Elton John and Billy Joel really lends itself towards symphonic background,” says conductor Clay Couturiaux. The Symphony incorporates a full “rock” band in order to honor the two singer-songwriters. Band members include Juilan Jones,  Larry Anderson, and Bach Norwood.

Strauss Theatre Center

Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library with the wrench? Or Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory with the candlestick?  Clue – The Musical brings the mystery and suspense of the classic board game to the Strauss Theater Center. 

Cast members Moira O’Connor, who plays Miss Scarlet,  and Theresa Ellerbe, who plays Mrs. Peacock, spoke about the difficulty of bringing a board game like “Clue” to the live stage. 

Ann Bloxom Smith / Downtown Gallery Crawl

The Downtown Gallery Crawl stitches together both downtown Monroe and West Monroe and offers the public a chance to interact with local art and artist. Held every even numbered month throughout the year, this month's event encompasses eight galleries and contains exhibits in all types of media.  

Ben Hickey, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Masur Museum of Art, stresses the importance of art in today's society, "Art really helps to connect the dots. It helps to understand your world."

Big Creek Trade Days

"Mom and Pop" businesses across the Ark-La-Miss will have a new place to gather in north central Louisiana. Big Creek Trade Days in Ruston holds an open house for vendors February 6th and 7th. 

Owners Vida Diamond and Connie Watts say they want to offer a secure location for venders to sell their wares to the community. The open house event allows vendors to see the facilities and spaces available for rent.

Louisiana Delta Ballet

The Louisiana Delta Ballet brings the allure of ballroom dancing to the Twin Cities for the 8th Dancing with the Stars competition on Friday, February 5th. The event, like the popular television series, pairs local celebrities with dancers in the LDB to compete against each other for the title.

“It’s just one of those events that people love. We sell out every year,” says Jeanine Patton with the LDB.