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Monroe Brown Bag Concert Series is back through October

Danielle Kelley Tolbird
NELA Arts Council

The Brown Bag Concert Series is back every Wednesday in October. The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council’s noontime outdoor Brown Bag Concert Series is held in Palace Park at 220 Desiard Street (beside the old Palace Dept. Store). Public parking is located at 4th and Desiard. In the event of rain, the event moves indoors to the old Palace Dept. store, next door to the park.

Bring a picnic lunch or just grab a $5 sack lunch on site. Water and lemonade will also be available. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged! Performances are free.

Georgia Street visits Cory Crowe on Lagniappe to speak about the Brown Bag Concert Series

October 5 – Lisa Spann with Josh Love
Kick off the Series with two of the best! Lisa Spann is known for her powerhouse voice and engaging stage presence. Today she’s joined by Josh Love, an award-winning bluesman who covers R&B, rock and more. Together, the duo promises a showcase of their talents blended to make an effortlessly cool hour of magic. Come enjoy the fresh air, fall breezes, and cool tunes as we kick off the Series.

October 12 – Clara McBroom
Northeast Louisiana native Clara McBroom is a fresh face and voice to grace our Series today! This 20-year-old is already making a name for herself in the local music scene with her indie folk and country-centered shows. Come listen for yourself and see why she’s already in demand on stage and at events far and wide as we keep the Series rolling in the park!

October 19 – Zach O’Neil
New to the Series, young talent Zach O’Neil already has a decade of performing under his belt! A 22-year-old Simsboro native, this local singer songwriter brings us a taste of old and new country, blues, rock, and even a few of his own originals to keep it fresh and uniquely his own. Zach has opened for class act artists such as Doug Stone, and Daryl Singletary – stop by for a treat today as the Series starts into the home stretch!

October 26 – Brian Sivils     
A true child of the Delta with roots from Texas to Mississippi, Brian Sivils is all about the Blues. He cut his teeth musically singing in family gospel groups then studied music in school and on the road as a lead singer and backstage production guru. He considers among his best experiences working behind the scenes with musicians like Willie Steel, an early drummer for Howlin’ Wolf, and blues legend Bobby Rush. A veteran of the Red River Revel, Delta Fest, New Orleans PoBoy Preservation Festival, Catfish Festival, the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in Helena, Arkansas, come enjoy this popular blues performer, and raconteur, a Road Trips’ Entertainer of the Year (2009), as he rounds out the Series and launches us into the fun times and even faster pace of Fall.

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Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.
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