BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If you love listening to live music but hate paying a cover charge, then you're in luck. The Henry Turner Jr.s' Listening Room is hosting a series of free shows.
The shows are scheduled for November 24, December 22, January 26, and February 3. The performances are presented by the Jazz Foundation of America's Gig Fund Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"The Jazz Foundation of America is a relief organization that for 27 years has helped jazz and blues musicians in need by providing housing assistance, pro bono medical care, work opportunities, and emergency financial support," states a press release. "In the aftermath of southern Louisiana's August 2016 flooding, the JFA has been on the ground in Baton Rouge, helping to replace instruments, decontaminate homes, and offer financial relief. It has also helped to create work through the Gig Fund, a free, public performance program, starting with the Rocktober Festival at the Buddy Stewart Foundation Rhythm Museum in October, and now in this series at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room."
Each presentation features performances by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, and the Listening Room All-Stars, who may include blues rapper Lee Tyme, R&B diva April "Sexy Red" Jackson, soul singer Uncle Chess, singer/songwriter Larry "LZ" Dillon, the CIA comedy troupe with Scott Lewis and Eddie Deamer, along with Miss Fenxx, Clarence "Pieman" Williams, MC Nero and J'Rome.
Past special guests have included the 'King and Queen of the Gut Bucket Blues' Smokehouse Porter and Miss Mamie, New Orleans blues singer/songwriter Carlo Ditta and American Idol alumni Mickey Duran, to mention a few.
The Henry Turner Jr.s' Listening Room is located at 2733 North Street. The venue is open every Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Shows are open to all ages and include a free soul food side dish. Non-alcoholic beverages are available of purchase and patrons may BYOB.
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