The Undiscovered Country: Baton Rouge Band The Gillis Silo on the Rise

7df71c6e36b943228e54c6b3023c0950Baton Rouge country music group The Gillis Silo hasn’t put on a performance yet, but one is coming soon.

“We’ve technically only been a band for about 21 days,” said singer/songwriter Caleb Paul. Our first show is January 17 at Huey’s downtown.”

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Power Equals Power: Talking Influences and Stewardship with The Soul Rebels’ Lumar LeBlanc

For over twenty years, New Orleans-based band The Soul Rebels has been a favorite, not just at the local or regional level, but worldwide. Although they are billed as a brass band, the eight-piece ensemble is also influenced by jazz, soul music, funk, hip-hop, and various other traditions and genres.

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School of Music Hosts Washington Garcia: Texas State Professor’s Program Boasts Bach, Beethoven, Gerardo Guevara

Washington Garcia. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Washington Garcia. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Friday, the LSU School of Music will host a Manship Guest Recital for Ecuadorian-born pianist Washington Garcia, who also teaches at Texas State’s School of Music and works to improve the talents of children from all over the world at Texas State’s International Piano Festival, an event he has been organizing since its inception in 2010.

“This is my second year as assistant director of the School of Music,” Garcia said Wednesday, “and I have been the head of the keyboard area for 6 years now.”

The performance later this week will be the performer’s first appearance in Baton Rouge, and his first time playing music publicly in Louisiana since he last appeared on stage in Alexandria seven years ago, and Garcia was excited to talk about the pieces that he is slated to play. Continue reading “School of Music Hosts Washington Garcia: Texas State Professor’s Program Boasts Bach, Beethoven, Gerardo Guevara”

Inclement Conditions: Mud & Water to host Saint Rich and Brass Bed

saint_rich_kyledeanreinford_grass_hiAppropriately enough, my interview with vocalist and musician Christian Peslak of musical duo Saint Rich, occurred on 2013’s rainy Halloween afternoon, a day not unlike the day the band was formed.

“We had a practice scheduled at Steve’s house,” Peslak recalls, referring to Steve Marion, the other half of Saint Rich’s core. “[We] played in another band and we had just got home from a tour; I got upstairs, set up my gear [and] we were just waiting for some other people to come.”

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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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Ghost Folk: Sanders Bohlke and Erin Miley to Play Haven Gallery

Sanders Bohlke. Courtesy of Sanders Bohlke.
Sanders Bohlke. Courtesy of Sanders Bohlke.

“I’ve never played Baton Rouge before,” Sanders Bohlke admitted Saturday. “I don’t know why.”

The musician, who hails from Sardis, a small north Mississippi town, has previously performed in New Orleans and, oddly enough, Ruston (in a small show Bohlke described as “awesome”), but will make his capital city debut tonight at the Haven Gallery with Baton Rouge native Erin Miley.

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New Orleans Metal Band Goatwhore Comes to Baton Rouge: Blackened Death Metal Band Boasts Acid Bath and Soilent Green Pedigree

Goatwhore’s Blood for the Master cover. Poster coming soon to a light pole near you!
Goatwhore’s Blood for the Master cover. Poster coming soon to a light pole near you!

Upcoming Shows:

  • Rustic Cowboy
    • Thursday, August 30
    • 12780 Mansfield Road, Keithville
    • 318.775.5327
  • Twiggy’s
    • Friday, August 31
    • 2609 Ryan Street,  Lake Charles
    • 337.421.0045
  • Spanish Moon
    • Saturday, September 1
    • 1109 Highland Road
    • 225.383.6666

At my core, I’m a music guy. But sometimes the things that I enjoy paint me into an artistic corner. I was raised by Puritans, which meant that nothing assailed my ears except the empty crooning of Steven Curtis Chapman and the admittedly brilliant lyricism of Rich Mullins. Music from, say, Wilson-Phillips, never wafted up from the radio on a Saturday afternoon; we had quartet Point of Grace and their poppy contemporary Christian fluff. And, like all good Christian boys, I loved the Newsboys and dcTalk. Then, that thing that I had been taught to fear came into my life: secular music.

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