What a Way to Make a Livin’: 9 to 5 director opens up about taking over

TBR-9to5-facebookcover-01-1024x378Theatre Baton Rouge kicked off its 2013-2014 Capital Series with their production of 9 to 5, helmed by relative TBR newcomer Jason Bayle.

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Meet The Millburns: Fresh Baton Rouge Quintet Talks About Its Face

Matt Vondenstein (mascot), John Mark Lowry (bass, keys and backup vocals), Michael Lane (drums), Jason Bossier (lead guitar), Ashley Cowart (lead and backup vocals), and Ben Nelson (lead singer and rhythm guitar). Photo courtesy of John Mark Lowry.
Matt Vondenstein (mascot), John Mark Lowry (bass, keys and backup vocals), Michael Lane (drums), Jason Bossier (lead guitar), Ashley Cowart (lead and backup vocals), and Ben Nelson (lead singer and rhythm guitar). Photo courtesy of John Mark Lowry.

For all intents and purposes, Baton Rouge band The Millburns emerged, like Athena from Zeus’s forehead, fully formed at the moment of its creation.

“The first time all five of us were all together was on stage,” said The Millburns’ Ben Nelson.

Nelson, who repatriated to Baton Rouge from New Orleans in 2012, returned to his hometown eager to expand the song list he was building in his mind. “I had a batch of songs,” he said. “And I called our guitar player, Jason Bossier, and we got together and just started playing on them; [we] got in a drummer, Michael Lane, and the three of us were playing them for a while, not knowing what was going to happen.”

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