Folk, Roots, World and Acoustic
Music in Baton Rouge
and South Central Louisiana


Welcome Back To The Hootenanny Power Pages, Folk and Roots Music Playlist, and Coming Events in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.  The Hootenanny Power radio show, since 1981 WRKF  Public Radio Baton Rouge.  The live audio stream may be heard via computer, Saturday nights, 9 pm to midnight central time, at www.wrkf.org, or on the airwaves at 89.3

Hootenanny Power Live Streaming Only!  Broadcast regulations and licensing make podcasting or archiving rights for music programs murky murky murky.  Unless and until these matters are cleared up, Hootenanny Power will be live streaming only, 9 pm to midnight central time, Saturday nights http://www.wrkf.org


Harry Belafonte tells crowd at likely last public appearance: 'We shall overcome'

Harry Belafonte appeared dazed, struggling to stand with a cane as an aide guided him slowly to his place on stage. Having caught his breath, the 90-year-old singer and civil rights activist warned the crowd at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday night that this was likely his last public appearance.
Martin Luther King: Harry Belafonte remembers 'I Have a Dream'

It lasted nearly two hours. Despite appearing disoriented – a stroke a few years ago took away his inner-ear balance – and taking long breaks to gathers his thoughts, Belafonte brought the crowd to rising cheers and chants....

more https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/21/harry-belafonte-we-shall-overcome-trump


HENRY GRAY, every Tuesday night 6 - 8 pm

Time Out Lounge (smokefree) on Bennington



most Wednesday nights, Sullivan's



Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6pm -Time Out Lounge, 4619 Bennington Av.  BRLA 70808

Jambalaya social 6p; Awards 7:30; Jam session 8:15

Jam Session featuring: Deacon John, CC Adcock, Carol Fran, Luther Kent, Scott Billington, Paula Rangel, more

Distinguished author John Broven-Legend
15yr. WBRH Louisiana Gumbo radio host Pat McBride-Ambassador
Career Blues men Sundance Howie & Kenny Acosta-Pioneers

Advance tickets $20 ea at Time Out FREE Capital City Blues CD with two ticket purchase
Questions:  Johnny Palazzotto rhythmpal@yahoo.com



The Manship Theatre Thurs 1 February 2018 7:30 pm www.manshiptheatre.org


Charlie King wins 2017 Phil Ochs Award

Charlie King, the musical storyteller and political satirist, won the 2017 Phil Ochs Award given to singer songwriters whose music and activism embody the spirit and commitment of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs.  Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small, to name a few. Pete Seeger called Charlie “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  Among Charlie's best known songs are "Buy, Buy This American Car", That's the Way I Made My Millions", "Two Good Arms" and "Send in the Drones".

Charlie was presented with a plaque commemorating the award and a cash stipend of $2000 at a concert presented by the Schenectady County Historical Society at Mabee Farms Dutch Barn in Rotterdam Junction, NY on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The award was presented by Phil Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs and by Ron and Kathy Cooke and Chad Phillips  representing A Still Small Voice 4U that sponsors the award.  Additional funding was generously contributed by Michael Sussman, a civil rights and environmental lawyer, from Orange County, NY.

The Phil Ochs Award is presented annually by A Still Small Voice 4U Inc. (ASSV) a 501(c)3 not for profit devoted to encouraging and supporting arts, music, literature, culture and community.  The award is determined by a national panel of judges.  ASSV directly supports individuals and organizations that share its mission and commitment and sponsors concerts, exhibits, performances, readings and community activities.  More information is available at http://www.assv4u.com/.

Charlie King may be reached through his web site: http://charlieking.org/



News from the Red Dragon: contact cmaxwell@premier.net

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Reservations  cmaxwell@premier.net

Ramblin' Jack Elliott.... Sundays are not always the best days for our shows, but we sure couldn't pass up this chance. GRAMMY AWARD WINNER and folk music icon RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT returns to the Red Dragon on Sunday, Nov 19 at 7pm. Yup......the show is tomorrow night! It snuck up on me a bit as I was distracted with other recent shows. So.......what are you doing tomorrow evening? Would you like to see a true music legend? A two time Grammy winner, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. The mentor to BOB DYLAN, LOUDON WAINWRIGHT, JERRY JEFF WALKER, GUY CLARK and thousands of others. We are about 2/3 of the way to "breaking even" on this event. That is always one of our goals. The other is to provide an opportunity to see such talented musicians and, in this case, musical icons.

Regular seats for the show are $50, VIP seats are $60, YVETTE LANDRY & RICHARD COMEAUX open and the direct ticket link is ramblinjackdragon.brownpapertickets.com

Next Week at the Dragon... We have two shows next week on back-to-back nights. On Thanksgiving night (Nov 23) we host the patriarch of country music in Australia, BILL CHAMBERS. After a lifetime in music, Bill is known most these days as the father of famed producer NASH CHAMBERS and of superstar KASEY CHAMBERS. A bit unfair, but I guess it is par for the course when your kids become famous. If you are like me, your Thanksgiving is spent all day with family and you have nothing to do that evening. My family often goes to the movie theatre that night. Well this is another option for you. A wonderful music show!! Reg seats are $30, VIPs are $40, ERIC DISANTO & AMEAL CAMERON open and the direct ticket link is billchambersdragon.brownpapertickets.com


Chuck Hawthorne, USMC (retired).... After more than 20 years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, CHUCK HAWTHORNE stepped into a whole new biz. He had always been a singer/songwriter. After his retirement from the military, Chuck had a chance meeting with our friend RAY BONNEVILLE. An album resulted and Chuck became the talk of folk music circles. His songs are that good. And that is always our criteria. Our show takes place on Fri, Nov 24 at 8pm. Our buddy TONY COBB will open and we will also have a little sample of ORDINARY ELEPHANT in advance of their GRACE HOUSE CONCERT appearance. Reg seats are $20, VIPs are $30 and the direct ticket link is chuckhawthornedragon.brownpapertickets.com


Jan 5   ERIC BRACE / PETER COOPER / THOM JUTZ   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 13   JOHN GORKA   $30/$40   GINA FORSYTH opens

Jan 19   CODY CANADA & MIKE MCCLURE   $35/$45   CLAY PARKER opens

Jan 20   DALE WATSON (band)   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 25   CHRIS KNIGHT   $50/$60   opener TBA

Thanks, Y'all....... Chris Maxwell cmaxwell@premier.net


Dyson House 

Listening Room
Address: 7575 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Dyson House Listening Room
7575 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70806

BLUEGRASS NEWS:  Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.


.Jam most Sundays at "GEORGE's Southside" on Highland Road at Staring Lane (Essen)  2:30 - 5:00
Reminder:  4th Sat. Jam at Main Street Market at 11:00 am,
Sunday Jam at George's Southside 2:45 pm - 5:00 +
2017 regular jams
Mon "HI HO Lounge" - St. Claude Ave - New Orleans 8- 10 pm 
Mon "Cite des Arts Theatre" - downtown Lafayette 7- 9 pm  (canc'd on Mar 21)
Tues "Counter Culture" coffe shop - Slidell 5:45 pm
"GEORGE's Southside" - Baton Rouge (corner Highland/Essen) 2:30 pm - 5 pm (early birds encouraged to patronize the restaurant)
1st Sun "Tom's Fiddle & Bow" Arnaudville, 1-4 pm
1st Sun "Hootenancy" at Birdman Cafe, St Fran 5 pm (pot luck)
2nd & 4th Sat - "Main Street Market" 5th & Main in BR - 11 am 'til 1 pm

Mon nite -
Lagniappe Dulcimer Soc'y - 6 pm, Comm'y Bible Church, 8354 Jeffersn Hwy - in BR
2nd Sat (only) Cajun Dulcimer Soc'y - 10 am - Acad'n Cultrl Cntr - in Laf.





Check the www.msbga.org/events/eventlist
for major bluegrass events in 2016 within easy driving range.

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams. HarrisLawFirm@aol.com

Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600





TOP ARTISTS OF AUGUST 2017 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12964 airplays from 128 different DJs
1. The Early Mays
2. Glen Campbell
3. Dave Rawlings
3. John Reischman And The Jaybirds
5. The Jerry Douglas Band
6. Susan Cattaneo
7. Tom Russell
8. Joe Jencks
9. Heather Pierson
10. Chris Ronald
11. Matthew Byrne
12. Bruce Cockburn
13. Old Salt Union
13. Pete Seeger
15. Bob Dylan
16. Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons
17. George Thorogood
17. The Jeremiahs
19. John McCutcheon
20. Slaid Cleaves
21. Amber Cross
22. Eilen Jewell
23. Rhiannon Giddens
23. Sherman Holmes
25. Kat Goldman
25. Joe Mullins And The Radio Ramblers
27. Dale Ann Bradley
27. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
27. John Prine
27. Paul Kelly
31. Joan Baez
32. Friction Farm
32. Jillette Johnson
32. Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton
32. Shawna Caspi
36. Harpeth Rising
36. Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real
36. Pete's Posse
36. Tim O'Brien
40. Johnny Cash
40. O'Connor Band
40. Rhonda Vincent
40. Sarah Jane Scouten


WXPN Radio posted the stream (and free download) of a new tribute
song tolegendary folk dj Gene Shay performed by 25 Philly based
artists.  You can read and hear (and download) the song here:





Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:



"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound."




My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <gm@cafedesamis.comwww.cafedesamis.com


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:








When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF.  Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday.  It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website.  tlcaffery at yahoo dot com


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