The 2015 Live After Five free spring concert series kicks off April 3 with New Orleans-based rock band Cowboy Mouth.
The downtown Baton Rouge concert series, which is in its 17th year, runs on Friday evenings until May 15. The last show, featuring modern country band 90 Degrees West, is on Thursday May 21.
Here’s the full lineup:
April 3, Cowboy Mouth with Elvin Killerbee (rock/blues/pop)
April 10, Hai Karate (’70s horn funk)
April 17, Gina Brown and Anutha Level (soul/blues)
April 24, The Flamethrowers (party rock cover band)
May 1, Kenny Cornett & Killin’ Time (swamp pop)
May 8, Startisan (rock/pop) and West Without (indie/alternative)
May 15, Dumpstaphunk with Captain Green (funk)
May 21, 90 Degrees West (country).
The concert times run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Galvez Plaza on the stage with the silver Crest statue.
Alicia Baron, managing director for the Downtown Business Association, said the Live After Five concert series attracts between 5,000 and 8,000 people every week, many of whom stick around after the concert to patronize the various downtown restaurants and bars.
The concert series is known for drawing local or regional bands, but Baron said the hope is that they will continue to be able to draw bigger nationally known artists.
“There’s so much great local talent, but within the last year, having bands like the Chee-Weez, Bag of Donuts, Marc Broussard and having Cowboy Mouth, a nationally touring artist, I think we’re moving in that direction,” Baron said. “We like to have a lot of different genres, but we’re going to bring in some nationally recognized artists as well.”
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