Tuesday, February 9 | 7:30pm | BYOB
$17 online in advance. $20 cash only at the door.
Love life not taking you where you wanna go these days? Valentines Day kind of a let-down? Let our bands light your fire for a more fulfilling and satisfying adult experience. LOVETAP will be there to set the mood with a soft touch and a slow hand. Dwayne Dwayne will follow with a steady rhythm and a hot pulse to take you higher. Finally YourMom will rock you in the face and send you home thinking about your next cookie. Y’all come!
B.J. Barham was a long way from home when the tragedy happened.
On November 13, 2015, the singer-songwriter—raised in a small North Carolina town called Reidsville—was in the middle of his fourth European tour with American Aquarium, the rising alt-country act he’d led for nearly a decade. They were in Belgium, less than two hours from Paris, when bad news began to arrive: a series of terrorist attacks, including one in a rock club, had left more than 100 dead. Family members, friends, and the fans American Aquarium had amassed from so many years on the road immediately reached out, making sure the band had been far away.
“The onslaught of text messages, voicemails and everything that came in the next day sparked something in me,” Barham remembers. “In the next two days, the entire record was written.”
The record he’s talking about is Rockingham, Barham’s remarkable and intensely personal solo debut. Not long after the wave of well wishes had passed, Barham found himself piecing together composites of people he’d known since childhood, of those folks and places who had impacted his life in fundamental ways. He sang into his cell phone and scribbled in notebooks, stealing away for quiet moments in order to put the melodies and characters floating through his mind into song.
The shock of the moment and the distance from home seemed to give Barham a crucial perspective on the moments and circumstances that had helped shape him. Wolves, American Aquarium’s much-lauded 2015 breakthrough, had contained Barham’s most honest, vulnerable statements to date. But these songs took the next step, allowing Barham to share stories about those around him. In “O’Lover,” he portrays a hard-working farmer forced to make some desperate decisions to support the ones he loves. In “Reidsville,” named for the place he’d called his home until relocating to North Carolina’s capital, he immortalized beautiful, sweet, doomed souls, stuck in love in the sort of small towns that are disintegrating all across America. You needn’t have been to Reidsville to recognize these elegantly written, expertly realized protagonists.
“This is the first record I’ve ever made that’s not autobiographical—it’s fictional narrative in a very real place,” Barham says. “These songs are human condition stories set in my hometown, Reidsville.”
Barham made these songs his new priority. Not long after he returned stateside, he asked Bradley Cook, the musician and mentor who had co-produced Wolves, to hear them. By afternoon’s end, they had hatched the plan to make Rockingham. Two months later, on January 31, Barham returned from another American Aquarium tour.
On Monday, he and the band he’d built to record Rockingham—himself, Cook, Cook’s brother and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook, drummer Kyle Keegan, American Aquarium standbys Ryan Johnson and Whit Wright—met for the first time. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they rehearsed. And on Thursday and Friday, they cut all eight songs at Durham’s Overdub Lane. They mixed the results over the weekend, between the sold-out hometown shows and various festivities of American Aquarium’s annual pilgrimage, Roadtrip to Raleigh. Cialis The whirlwind kept the songs simple and the recordings human, reflecting a reality much bigger and less perfect than the vacuum of a recording studio.
These tunes, after all, didn’t need much tampering. Rockingham puts its scenes and scenarios front and center, the beautiful grain and twang of Barham’s voice bringing it all to life. He limns lifelong romance and instantaneous tragedy during the paradoxically heartbreaking, heart-mending “Unfortunate Kind” and details the disappointments and dreams of the blue-collar laborer with “American Tobacco Company.” With its acoustic guitars and pealing organs, ragged vocals and rugged characters, Rockingham is a stunning, personal portrait of small-town America, easily identifiable and familiar .
For the album’s sole autobiographical moment, Barham, now happily married and sober, penned a letter of sound advice and Southern attitude to his daughter-to-be, “Madeline.” It’s too personal to fall under a roots-rock purview, too singular to be swallowed by a larger situation. Like all of Rockingham, it’s not the sound of Barham stepping away from American Aquarium but instead stepping confidently into the thoughts, stories, and feelings of his own thirty years.
“This is just an outlet for a songwriter. It’s me being able to do something different. This is like people who love their jobs, picking up hobbies,” says Barham, “This is an exercise for myself.”
Clay Parker and Jodi James are an acoustic duo from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pair's use of dense harmony-singing and subtle musical arrangements indelibly binds them to the tradition of singer-songwriters and positions them well in the folk roots and americana strains of country music.
Friday February 8th 2019
Real Rock Club & Spanish Moon bring you ...
Garrett’s Dirty 30 Emo Night!
Do you ever want to go back in time and throw your skinnies on, flat iron your hair, and paint your nails black again? Well you get another chance Feb 8th!
Garrett is turning 30 and its going to get wild with Live Emo covers performed by Material Feeling and as always Dan Lion will be playing your favorite Emo songs to cry too!
If that’s not enough we will have a keg of beer and it’s free with your cover charge for those 21+
So let’s have one hell of a night and MAKE SURE you don’t miss this party
Mid City Ballroom
136 South. Acadian
Baton Rouge, LA
As Cities Burn is Terry Lee Bonnette Jr., Cody Ryan Bonnette, Aaron Michael Lunsford, Stephen Albert, Joseph Keech, Hunter Walls. With opening acts Baby in the 90’s and WONDERKID.
Louisiana biggest and best latin night come to the MID CITY BALLROOM for one night don't miss it .
136 S. ACADIAN THRUWAY, BATON ROUGE
DJ DAVILA from 9pm till 2 am
If you live in the Baton Rouge or surrounding area & looking for a place to dance Salsa, Bachata,cumbia & Merengue; check out Spanish Moon Latin Night .Dj Davila will be playing the best mix of Tropical Latin music, with a nice mix of international flair. If you have been dancing for a few years, we will have a nice mix of guys and gals for you to dance with. We pride ourself with having a fun and friendly atmosphere. Bring your friends I'm sure you'll have a blast.
The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy rock rave-ups and haunting lush acoustic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting. The Norway Rats are a collective of Portland indie all star players whose credits include The Decemberists, Eels, Viva Voce and more. Neill has been touring with the band and solo throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe for more than a decade, performing his songs at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and the Newport Folk Festival. The new Norway Rats record Subterrene is a major leap forward for the band that No Depression calls "a milestone in Neill and company’s trajectory thus far" while Rolling Stone says " (Neill's) songs mask their complexities beneath a simple, singalong-worthy surface... these swimming waters have serious depth."
Belcurve is from Austin originating from different parts of the US, bringing individual hometown influences to create their sound, which they call Psych-Americana. They fit in well and thrive in Austin because of their eclectic backgrounds, genre-range and lyrical themes.The band consists of Sarah Castro the mastermind behind it all (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Parmenter (bass, keyboards, producer), Andrew Solin (guitar), Charlie Anderson (bass, violin) and Matt Booth (drums). Listeners can hear the influence of contemporary song-focused rock bands in their recordings and on stage. They like to get creative with synths and spacey/acid guitar sounds and vocal harmonies that stretch them into Pink Floyd territory.
Hurricane Becca and Her Outer Band is a new solo project of Becca Babin from The Wilder Janes. Becca is exploring her rock side with a classic rhythm section, bass played by Ryan Blanco and drums played by Chad Townsend. And you can expect unique instrumentation with Becca on harp, Ben Herrington playing trombone and accordion, and Susan Aysen on clarinet. Beccas songs are direct and quirky, raunchy and sweet. She will keep you on your toes!
Daniel Lee- IG drummers and a troubadour
We are back at Baton Rouge’s Midcity Ball Room with another installment of brain shaking space bass, house, dubstep, riddim, and trap.
Featuring local producers from the surrounding areas to showcase exciting new originals as well as the weirdest, deepest, heaviest tunes they have to offer!
Dubba D. (House Set) 9-10 pm
Wayvz 10-11 pm
Meevacc 11 pm -12 am
Deathix 12-1 am
CCMIRE - 1-2 am
Toast is a Louisiana band that plays Classic, Alternative, blues, and hard rock!
Pool Kids are back! They have put on incredible shows the past two times they have been to Baton Rouge. With the release of their new album, Music To Practice Safe Sex To, Pool Kids is hot on the rise. Come grab a copy and support good touring music.
Like most of MCBR shows, all ages and BYOB for those of age.