The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel has extended the Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room Thursday-night residency through Feb. 25.
Local musician Turner relocated the Listening Room, originally on North Street, to Bar 102 in the casino’s atrium in October. He opened the Listening Room in 2014, hoping the fill the gap left by the 2003 closing of Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall.
For more than a generation, the late Tabby Thomas operated the Blues Box, a venue open to local and aspiring blues musicians. Turner broadened Thomas’ concept to include nearly all genres of music.
Turner’s original Listening Room accommodated about 75 people and didn’t serve alcohol. The new Bar 102 space serves food and alcohol. Every Thursday, multiple bands, solo artists, local, regional and touring acts, as well as Turner’s group, Flavor, perform. There’s no cover charge.
Since expanding into Bar 102, the Listening Room’s special guests have included Smokehouse Porter and Miss Mamie, “American Idol” contestant Mikey Duran and the New York City based blues band Brewster Moonface.
Upcoming special guests include soul and blues singer Lil Fallay, scheduled for Dec. 17 and blues guitarist and songwriter Wil Jackson, scheduled for Dec. 24.
The Belle of Baton Rouge is located at 102 France Street.