Summer is almost over, and this weekend has events to make it end with a bang. From elephants in the River Center to a “bizarrely irresistible” band, Baton Rouge has much to offer. So, save the gas, stay in the city and have a high-flying good time!

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Zing Zang Zoom show is coming to the River Center this weekend and it absolutely deserves the top spot on this week’s “Top 5” list. Experience the amazing illusions of David DaVinci, who has been called a “modern Houdini,” and laugh at Dean Kelly, the circus clown. This circus show also incorporates dogs, cats, birds, motorcycles, elephants and a number of talented performers flying through the air.

The circus starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29, and runs through Sunday, July 31. Ticket prices start at $16.50 and are available at the River Center box office and

Eric Lindell

This Friday, July 29, Chelsea’s Café welcomes Eric Lindell, whose eclectic sounds offer something for everyone. Lindell combines jazzy blues music with rock and roll. He also throws in a bit of country and funk for good measure. Lindell not only has several radio hits, but his single, “Lay Back Down,” appeared on the hit TV show “True Blood.”

The show starts at 10:30 p.m. For more information, call (225)387-3679.

The Molly Ringwalds

Make sure The Molly Ringwalds’ performance at The Varsity Theatre is on your “go-see” list for this Friday, July 29. This popular tribute band goes all-out with high-energy performances and full costumes. Originally from England, The Molly Ringwalds perform some of the greatest hits of the '80s, including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Tickets are $12 in advance at Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Flow Tribe

Jam out at The Roux House this Friday, July 29, as Flow Tribe takes the stage. This funky rock band from New Orleans has been called “bizarrely irresistible.” With upbeat songs like “Black Mamba” and “Shoot Down,” Flow Tribe will have the audience dancing in no time. Check out their psychedelic songs at and don’t miss the show this weekend.

For more information, visit or call (225)344-2583.


On Saturday, July 30, the band Givers will be rocking the night away at the Spanish Moon. This band’s funky sounds combine magically with heartfelt lyrics for a fantastic show. Famous for their energetic and upbeat live performances, Givers have the amazing ability to make the audience feel like they are a part of the band.

Tickets are $12 at the door and the show starts at 9 p.m.