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The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group features the Lucious Spiller Band at the free Ouachita Live concert on Friday, September 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The concert is at Downtown West Monroe's new event pavillion, Alley Park, at Natchitoches Street, West Monroe. The concert is free to the public. 

The Lucious Spiller Band from Clarksdale, Mississippi is a winner of the International Blues Challenge Award. Spiller's father was also a blues player who founded the Black Prarie Blues Movement.

Enoch’s Considered Home to Many

Dec 10, 2018
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In 1978, Doyle Jeter started searching for a place to build his legacy in Monroe. 

Jeter grew up around the music scenes of Philadelphia and New York. He realized as a child that Monroe had a rich music potential that was yet to be discovered. Despite getting a Master's degree in art printmaking, Jeter ultimately decided to pursue his goal of opening a cafe, creating a place where artists could come and express themselves. He founded Enoch's Irish Pub & Cafe.

Tonight: One Time Screening of "I Am the Blues"

Aug 15, 2018

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and KEDM Public Radio are hosting a screening of I Am the Blues, a film about the history of blues music in the Delta, especially along the Chitlin' Circuit. The film is tonight on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Flying Tiger Brewery, 506 North 2nd Street in Monroe.

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Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records.

When she was just a baby, her family moved from Bastrop to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill.

Doug Duffey

National Blues Hall of Famer, Doug Duffey was born in Monroe, Louisiana.  Named as the “Louisiana Ambassador of the Blues,” Duffey was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Blues Hall of Fame in 2009.

Born in 1950 at St. Francis Medical Center, Duffey began performing Blues and playing the piano at the age of 14. Influenced by his aunt who also played the piano, Duffey started taking lessons from a local piano teacher and began combining his love of singing and playing music.

Miller-Roy Building Once Housed Famous Blues Musicians

Apr 14, 2018
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In 1929, The African-American Enterprise established the Miller-Roy building in Monroe, Louisiana. The  building, once owned by prominent African-American figures Dr. John T. Miller and Dr. Joseph C. Roy, is located on DeSiard Street. 

The building was also a part of what was known as the Black Business Strip. Stretching from South 5th Street to South 15th Street, the strip was made up of many African-American owned businesses including pharmacies, hotels and insurance companies.