A Taste of Blues & BBQ Celebration at West Baton Rouge Museum’s March Historical Happy Hour Featuring Chris Thomas King with Blues After School’s Juke Joint Juniors Band
The West Baton Rouge Museum hosts Chris Thomas King for Historical Happy Hour on Friday, March 15th, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This month’s Happy Hour brings “A Taste of Blues & BBQ” in celebration of the fifth year of the museum’s youth music enrichment series, Blues After School. Join us as we serve up live Blues music and a side sampling of BBQ from the westside while supplies last. Donations will be accepted to support Blues After School.
The evening will open with a set performed by the Juke Joint Juniors, the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Blues After School band, demonstrating the value of mentorship from professionals in the music industry. Thanks to a grant received by King’s foundation, The Blues Origin Institute from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, he is currently mentoring these students. Chris Thomas King grew up around musical legends including his father, Tabby Thomas, who no doubt influenced his interest in the Blues. In turn, Mr. Thomas King has spent years mentoring youth in the Greater Baton Rouge area who are now up and coming artists. This school year is no exception. Blues After School is a FREE program for middle and high school students offered in partnership with Rockin’ Mozart Music School and is also supported in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Before the Blues After School band departs the stage, they will have the great honor of accompanying our featured guest.
Chris Thomas King is a famed Grammy award winning Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist and the founder of The Blues Origin Institute. He is also an accomplished writer and actor. He is the author of The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture, and his acting credits include Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ray.
At Historical Happy Hour, the drinks are on you and the history is on us! This FREE event is open to the public. All are invited to bring blankets, folding chairs, and refreshments to enjoy an outdoor performance on the museum grounds near the Juke Joint located on 6th Street. Presenters will perform from the Juke Joint’s side porch stage.