Hydra Plane // Quarx

Hydra Plane // Quarx

Let's get funky with Hydra Plane & Quarx!

Friday, September 21 // BYOB 

Hydra Plane

Formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana mid 2016, Hydra Plane plays a combination of psychedelic rock, jazz, and funk, as well as other styles such as hip-hop and world music. The trio consists of Jacob Stanley on guitar and vocals, Eric Stewart on Bass, and Stephen Nelson on drums however they frequently collaborate with various horn players, percussionists, and rappers. Hydra Plane is highly improvisational and strives to always bring something new to their live performances and recordings

Quarx

Quarx began in the Baton Rouge area, playing venues such as the Varsity Theater and the Spanish Moon, and stemmed from the songwriting of Alaric Fricke (rhythm guitar, vocals) in 2017. Jonathan Zeringue (bass) came in to the picture shortly thereafter, followed by Keagan Soto (Lead Guitar) and Thomas Vercher (Drums). Each member of the group comes from a variety of musical interests, background, and experience. The group focused on creating chemistry between each other and blending the influences of Funk, Punk, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Rock to produce what the group likes to call "Wholesale Rock-n-Roll." Group members focus on each being given creative input and freedom, allowing the group songwriting process to become as complex or as simple as the story trying to be told from the four. The band does however, believe that they shine the most in the live performance setting. Improvisation, rotating set lists, and guest appearances means one thing, you never know what you'll get at a performance, and twists and turns will always be a possibility. With each night having endless possibilities, Quarx hopes to see you soon.

US Times

US Times

The Big Reunion is Finally Here..

Saturday, September 15 | BYOB | $15 online | $20 cash only at the door



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GGOOLLDD

GGOOLLDD

Thursday, September 13 | Doors 8:30p | Tickets TBA | BYOB

Electronic Pop / Dream Pop

Margaret Butler
Nick Ziemann
Mark Stewart
Nick Schubert

Check out GGOOLLDD.

The day after GGOOLLDD frontwoman Margaret Butler graduated from art school in Baton Rouge she packed a Uhaul and headed west. “I was like, yeah, I’m not going to live here anymore,” she recalls, laughing. Her first stop was Portland, Oregon, where she subsisted mostly on “ramen noodles and pumpkins people stole for me from Home Depot,” she remembers. “You sauté them down and add lots of black pepper and curry powder and soy sauce. It’s actually pretty good!” 

Butler was riding high on that particular sense of freedom that comes when you’ve decided your life plan is to just say yes to pretty much everything. So you don’t really care that you’re broke and subsisting on stolen jack-o-lanterns, because you’re not in your suburban high school anymore, hiding your disdain for the cheerleaders. You’re in a weird and cool new town, hanging out with musicians and designers and artists. You’re free to mess around. Explore. And just when you’re starting to get a little over living “four people deep,” as Butler puts it, in your tiny apartment, another friend says, hey, come out to Wisconsin for a while. So you do. (Because: say yes!) And a while later, when, boozy in a bar one night, you hear some beats you think you’d like to write lyrics to, even though you’ve never so much as held a microphone in your life, you go for it. (Say. Yes.) And the next thing you know, you’re fronting a dynamic, dirty, synth-pop carnival of a band, hearing your single on the radio, and touring the country. 

That’s Margaret Butler’s story. And that’s the story of her band, a group as inspired by the shimmery decadence of Queen as they are by the primal yowl of Black Sabbath as they are by the madcap joy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. GGOOLLDD is one of the most resolutely celebratory rock acts to emerge in years.

It’s not hard to understand how someone like Butler, a woman with seemingly limitless natural charisma and an obsession with dressing up in outrageous costumes (Halloween is her favorite holiday) would eventually find her way onstage, but the singer insists that rock stardom was never part of her plan. “I never even considered being a musician, I always wanted to be a clothing designer, or a chef,” she says. “I’ve always created with my hands.” Butler’s father is jeweler, and technically that’s what she was studying to be as well. But she learned all her really important college-years lessons bartending at the Spanish Moon, a legendary venue in Baton Rouge. “It was the only cool place to go and watch music in the city,” she says. “I got to see every amazing band as they were coming up, from TV On the Radio to Of Montreal to Dirty Projectors.” 

Even though Butler’s always loved music (she’s an obsessive of the first order) aside from the one time she “got really stoned and watched a John Bonham documentary then went right out and bought a pair of blue 1970s Ludwigs,” she never tried to become a serious musician. “I have great internal rhythm, I’m just too A.D.D. to sit down and actually play,” she says. “I own eight different instruments and I’ve gotten as far as like a week on each of them.” But her culture, her people, her tribe has always been connected to music. The people she met in and around the Spanish Moon were the ones she moved to Portland with, and it was through that world that she wound up, one random early fall afternoon in 2013, recording vocals, in the foyer of her house in Milwaukee, to what would become GGOOLLDD’s breakthrough debut single. “It was the first song we ever wrote and it was called ‘Gold,’” she recalls of the soulfully grimy track, on which bassist Nick Ziemann, guitarist Thomas Gilbert also played. (They added drummer Mark Stewart and synth player Nick Schubert soon after). “We were like, ‘Oh we need a name for the band - I guess it should be the same thing as the song title.” A quick Google search revealed “eight other bands named Gold,” but they were all basically unsearchable because the word is so widely used, “so we just decided to double letter it.” 

Thinking nothing of it, they threw the song up on Bandcamp, planning to go back to their day jobs, but that’s when the serendipity hurricane began. “Somehow college radio picks it up,” Butler recalls. “And it starts getting really good responses. And then it’s on their list of top-ten-plays list, which is just insane.” So they figured, why not keep this going for a while? “We were like, this is fun! Let’s write like three more songs, do a cover, and throw a party for Halloween where we can all wear gold costumes!” The Halloween party is now the stuff of GGOOLLDD legend. “I was Santigold, but instead of dressing up like the singer, I made an all gold Santa costume,” Butler recalls, laughing. “We played a terrible show to eight-some people crammed into our attic and it was one of the funnest nights ever! After that, people just kept asking us to play.”

Butler, who had by this time opened a vintage clothing business with her friends, initially thought of the band mostly as a good excuse to express her most playful sartorial impulses. “We had our next show two weeks later so I made this weird tassled vinyl gold overlay on top of a crushed velvet gold romper,” she remembers, but it wasn’t long before they all realized this band had become more than an excuse to dress up. After that second show, CMJ picked up “Gold,” from the local Milwaukee radio station, 91.7, and from there, other college radio stations around the country began playing the track as well. The same un-mixed, un-mastered version they had made on Garage Band. “After about a year I was like, people like this a lot better and they want to pay me a lot more than they do for vintage clothing, so I think I’m just going to do this instead,” Butler recalls. “It’s been three years and we have ten songs that are out right now, and we’re working on the next album.” 

GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. And it feeds into their sound, especially lately.  “Secrets,” their new single, is a soaring banger that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism. Co-produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen (MIA, Animal Collective) it reflects that core tension in GGOOLLDD between winging it and great artistry.  “I’m not going to lie, I’m great at writing a hook,” Butler says, and is quick to point out that her bandmates are “amazing,” musicians. “But if you ask me what I do, I’m going to tell you that I’m a performer before I tell you that I’m a musician.” She pauses and cracks up. “Unless you don’t know me at all,” she continues. “Then I’m going to say I’m a musician, because if I say I’m a performer, you’re going to automatically think that I’m a stripper, which is totally ok too but not my current profession.”

 

Swing Dance Social

Swing Dance Social

Put on your dancin' shoes and get ready to swing! 

Saturday, September 8 | BYOB | Tickets TBA

Zoofunkyou

Zoofunkyou

Mid City Ballroom welcome the blues-infused psychedelic funk band, Zoofunkyou. 

Sunday, September 2 | Doors 8:30pm | Tickets TBA

Zoofunkyou is a psychedelic stew featuring a Chicago based bluesy broth, sizzlin' with soul, chunks of funk, and meaningful melodic lyrics. Reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Alabama Shakes, and Funkadelic. The electric jams of Zoofü are guaranteed to tickle the soul, melt the face, and shake the booty!

Derek Dare - Vocals & Guitar

Bryan Scheinkopf- Vocals & Guitar

Matthew Coglianese - Bass Guitar

Jake Hennessy- Drum's & Percussion

Zoofunkyou.com

Zoofunkyou has performed with national artists such as: Chuck Garvey & Vinnie Amico of MOE. The Willie Waldman Project The Main Squeeze Kung Fu Euforqustra Mr. Blotto

The Junior League / James Fogle & the Sofa City Sweethearts / Cheer Camp

The Junior League / James Fogle & the Sofa City Sweethearts / Cheer Camp

The Junior League bringing bliss to the Ballroom!

Saturday, August 25

BYOB | Tickets $8 in advance online | Doors $10 cash only

with opening performances by James Fogle & the Sofa City Sweethearts, and Cheer Camp.



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A Lyric video for "TEENAGE BIGSTAR", from the new record by The Junior League, EVENTUALLY IS NOW, available now. www.thejrleague.com

http://www.thejrleague.com/videos/

https://www.facebook.com/thejrleague/

James Fogle

Jay michael and the Delicate Psycle // Lemon Stevies

Jay michael and the Delicate Psycle // Lemon Stevies

An Evening With
Jay Michael & The Delicate Psycle / The Lemon Stevies
@ Mid City Ballroom, Saturday Night 8/18/18 @ 8pm

BYOB | Tickets $8 in advance online | Doors $10 cash only



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Saint Lō Gun // Hydra Plane // Nice Dog

Saint Lō Gun // Hydra Plane // Nice Dog

Thursday, August 16

BYOB // $8 in advance online // doors $10 cash only 



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Saint Lō Gun is what happens when 3 Japanese musicians team up with 2 Americans from the South to create a progressive, high-energy alt rock collective.

Brooke, Kazu, Danger, Hiroe, and WE.

Rock/ Indie Rock/ Alternative Rock

Hydra Plane

Formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana mid 2016, Hydra Plane plays a combination of psychedelic rock, jazz, and funk, as well as other styles such as hip-hop and world music. The trio consists of Jacob Stanley on guitar and vocals, Eric Stewart on Bass, and Stephen Nelson on drums however they frequently collaborate with various horn players, percussionists, and rappers. Hydra Plane is highly improvisational and strives to always bring something new to their live performances and recordings

Jacob Stanley
Eric Stewart
Stephen Nelson

Nice Dog

Logan Wagner (Phresh vocals) (Funky rhythm guitar) Austin Roy (Psychedelic lead Guitar) Robert Denoux (consciousness-expanding Bass) Garrett Howell (On the fly Drummer)

Alternative, Blues, Indie

 

Butchers Dozen & Lemon Stevies

Butchers Dozen & Lemon Stevies

Friday, August 3

 $5 online // $7 door sales cash only // BYOB 



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Lemon Stevies

Psychedelic rock/fusion/Reggae
Dylan Disheroon- bass
Eric Peters- guitar
Ben Leblanc-Drums
Brennan breaux- keyboard
Xander Stewart- percussion

 

Butchers Dozen

Abow - Lead
Alex Hatcher - bass
Dustin Cantey - guitar
Matt Shartman - drums
Nick Hatcher - keys

Chris Breaux and Six String Rodeo // Riverside

Chris Breaux and Six String Rodeo // Riverside

Saturday, July 28 // BYOB//$10 // 8:30pm

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Chris Breaux and Six String Rodeo causes crowd to make a dance floor where there ain’t one, you can bet the Rodeo is in town! In their hard-hitting honky-tonk style, Six String Rodeo delivers a little Merle, some Brad Paisley, Hank Jr. and the like. Add to that, originals like “Ancient History” and “Miller High Life” and you’ve got a rip-roarin’ ride that lives up to the rodeo name.

Formed in 2005 by frontman and lead guitarist Chris Breaux, Six String Rodeo began as an instrumental country jam band. With more than 100 years of musicianship between the members, they soon began writing originals and performing regularly. “Where their tenure is impressive, so are their influences and their ability to merge them…Six String Rodeo has the guts to satisfy traditional fans and the flair to make Triple A fans out of listeners whose radios stay tuned to corporate-programmed country.” writes The Times’ Nick Pittman.

With the June 2006 release of their first EP, Horseshoes and Tattoos, Breaux says the band’s mission remains simple: “to be one of the best bands around and to make people dance”.

Emerging from south Louisiana, where Cajun and Zydeco music are so prevalent in the culture, this purely country sound may be unexpected. But when your feet dance you on to the floor during a boot-stomping original like “Little Too Late”, nothing seems out of place. When Six String Rodeo entertains, everyone finds themselves a country fan.

RIVERSIDE

The most talented kids you've never heard of. Come check out these music nerds one last time before they head off to college.

Reuniting Families - a benefit for Raices

Reuniting Families - a benefit for Raices

All Proceeds from this event will go towards RAICES, an organization working to reunite families separated at our southern border. Friday, July 27

https://www.raicestexas.org/

7-9pm
Mid City Ballroom
$10 | All Ages
Loose Jack
Baby in the 90s
Future Talk
https://www.facebook.com/events/629150104133321/

9pm-12am
The Woodshop
$10 | All Ages
Stresss
Little Sheep
Wimpsville
Hal Lambert
https://www.facebook.com/events/406630039844777/

$15 Presale (entry to both locations):
https://www.lemonnight.net/events

10pm-2am
The Radio Bar
Free Entry | Featured Drink to Benefit Cause
https://www.facebook.com/events/2087715344881455/

Thanks to Patrick McElearney for flyer illustration

Your Mom Band // Love Tap

Your Mom Band // Love Tap

Saturday, July 21 | BYOB 



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Tickets $10 cash only at the door

Your Mom

Dorothy Leblanc - Lead Bass
Sandy Brock - Guitar
Kay Lindsey - Guitar
Debbie Roussel - Drums


Love Tap

Opening Act

 

Life Celebration Gathering for Antoinette Johnson         12pm - 4pm

Life Celebration Gathering for Antoinette Johnson 12pm - 4pm

"I may have cancer in my body, but not in my spirit..."
12 - 4pm
Join us as we gather to celebrate the love, light, laughter, and joy that is truly Antoinette! Come as you are. Be prepared to laugh, dance, sing, and share stories and memories. This is the time to honor Antoinette, as it is her wish to celebrate her life along with her loved ones instead of being eulogized at a funeral service. 

Please spread the word! We may not be able to reach everyone whose life Antoinette has touched, so if you know anyone who would like to attend, please share via word of mouth or on social media. Children are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

If you're unable to attend, you can send a video message to Antoinette at WeLoveAntoinette@gmail.com.

Facebook Event

 

Rosie and The Swingin' Riveters

Rosie and The Swingin' Riveters

Friday July 21 | BYOB | More Info Coming Soon...

Genre- Swing/Jazz 1950's - 1960's Pop

Michelle "Rosie" Morgan - Vocals
Pris Ashworth - Piano
Jordan DeWitt - Bass
Robert Reynolds - Drums and Vocals
Richard "Slide" Kilpatrick - Trombone
Cary Griffin - Trumpet
Alan Honeysucker - Trumpet
Brian Fiegles - Alto, Tenor, Soprano Sax
Jim Wilson - Alto, Tenor,Soprano Sax/Flute/Clarinet
Stuart Sonnier - Baritone Sax/Clarinet

About- 10 piece swing band performing the songs from the great American song book. 

 


 

 

Clay Parker & Jodi James w/ Molly Taylor & David Harbour

Clay Parker & Jodi James w/ Molly Taylor & David Harbour

Saturday, July 14 // BYOB

Tickets $10 online or cash only at the door



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C.W. Stoneking at Midcity Ballroom

C.W. Stoneking at Midcity Ballroom

Wednesday, July 11




Spanish Moon Presents

C.W. Stoneking 

and more TBA


8PM

Mid City Ballroom
Baton Rouge, LA


C.W. Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.
A first generation Australian of American-descent, C.W. Stoneking was born in the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory and spent his childhood growing up in Central Australia, Sydney and rural Victoria. He has travelled the world from Egypt to New Orleans (where he worked as a hoodoo doctor’s assistant) to Trinidad, where he learned about Calypso music. He has lived in isolated farmhouses working as a handyman, and been involved in and survived a shipwreck, spending time in Africa, and touring internationally as a recording artist.
After spending the past half of a decade stamping his inimitable stylings across the UK and Europe, C.W. Stoneking once again settled down in the Northern Victorian countryside to record his latest release, Gon’ Boogaloo. Far from the sepia toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his latest release, Jungle Blues, C.W. entered into the world of electricity - replacing his much-loved Banjo with a shiny gold Fender.
Released to critical acclaim in May 2015, Gon’ Boogaloo has seen C.W. embark on multiple jaunts across Australia and Europe with his delightful band in tow, including singers Vika & Linda Bull stepping in as backing vocalists. He’s set a pace that is not looking like it will slow down any time zoo, as C.W. continues to entertain and delight crowds of all ages.
“Oozes energy, chemistry and a wild imagination. Its thoroughly charming.”
The Australian
“Immaculate, old-world musicianship.”
Rolling Stone

RiaRosa

RiaRosa

Support your local musicians, Baton Rouge! This Neosoul group likes to get DOWN.

Saturday, June 30th // BYOB // Tickets $8



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Doors 8:30pm Show Starts at 9:00pm


Maria Gough
Jacob Stanley
Andrew Woolsey
Earl Wheeler
J.T. Oneal