The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation will host its sixth annual “Summer Sounds at St. James” series of musical concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 No. Fourth St., Baton Rouge.
Admission for each concert is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows each concert.
The series opens Wednesday, July 1, with a return engagement of the National World War II Museum’s vocal trio Victory Belles performing its newest revue, “America’s Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters.”
On Wednesday, July 8, Spencer Bohren and his award-winning history of American music, “Down the Dirt Road Blues,” will be featured.
Emmy award-winning composer and pianist Mike Esnault makes his third Summer Sounds appearance on Wednesday, July 15. Joined by celebrated vocalist Ed Perkins, Herman Jackson on drums, bassist Harry Anderson and Donald Evans on sax, they will perform classic jazz standards and rhythm and blues standards, reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and Joe Williams.
On Wednesday, July 22, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue relates humorous stories of broken-down rigs and hard times on the road with tribute to such greats as Hank Williams, Connie Smith and Web Pierce in their original compositions.
The 2015 season will conclude on Wednesday, July 29, with The Viper Mad Trio, a young group rooted in traditional jazz and jazz-swing.
Season packages are available for $40, which includes five tickets good at any show — attend all five concerts or one concert with four friends. Become a Friend of Summer Sounds with the purchase of 10 tickets for $100; or, a Patron of Summer Sounds with 20 tickets for $200. Sponsorship levels are recognized in the concert programs.
Individual tickets are available at the door. For advance tickets, call (225) 387-5141 or visit stjamesbr.org.