The weekend of July 22 has an interesting line-up. Even though the biggest show will be hitting the stage at the New Orleans Arena, there will be a plethora of things to do right here in Baton Rouge. Choosing the top five events was difficult, but making the final cut are some great local bands and a twisted murder mystery dinner.

Sade with John Legend

On Friday, July 22, pack up the car and head to New Orleans to see Sade and John Legend in concert at the New Orleans Arena. Enjoy the smooth, classic sounds of Sade’s sultry voice, then groove to John Legend’s jazzy vocals and inspirational lyrics. These two huge stars should not be missed, so pick up tickets before they sell-out.

Purchase tickets at Tickets range in price and start at $61.35.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Spice up the weekend with a little mystery at Ralph and Kacoo’s (6110 Bluebonnet Blvd.) on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. Sit down to a wonderful dinner with a story and play along as everyone tries to solve the night’s thriller. The show starts at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, call (225)766-2113.


A must-have on this weekend’s agenda is the Meriwether concert at the Varsity Theatre on Friday, July 22. Meriwether will be rocking the house with their exciting music and catchy lyrics. Starting out right here in Baton Rouge, Meriwether has had a full-length album released and has great hits like as “If You Had Guts, I’d Hate 'Em,” and “I Sleep Alone.” Head to to fall in love with this band’s sound.

Tickets are $10 in advance at or $12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Jason Turner Band

The Roux House presents the Jason Turner Band on Saturday, July 23 as a part of their Louisiana Saturday Night Concert Series. This band’s twist on classic rock and modern country keeps you moving with lyrics that tell a story. Singer/songwriter Jason Turner will inspire audiences with his heartfelt lyrics and smooth guitar strumming. Check out a few of his songs at

The show starts at 10 p.m. Call (225)344-2583 for more information.

BAND AIDS Benefit Concert

The Varsity Theatre will host a benefit concert for the Phoenix Initiative, a non-profit organization that assists people who are affected by AIDS/HIV on Saturday July 23. Support a cause while listening to a few great local bands this weekend. Onion Loaf will be hitting the stage with their funky, almost reggae, sounds. Melomania is an outstanding rock/R&B band with a hint of rap and Rockapotamus is a cover band that pulls off an impressive version of Weezer’s “Say it ain’t so.”

Tickets are $8 in advance at and $10 at the door. The benefit concert’s doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.