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


Mipso will be playing in the Baton Rouge area around Fri. March 23, 2018. For information on their tour schedule, their website is:




May 13, 2018   7 pm  Manship Theatre



Upcoming shows: SMITHFIELD FAIR

Greetings everyone - We've had so many questions about upcoming performances that it seems the right time to send this announcement. We have three upcoming shows books and hope you'll mark you calendar for them:

APRIL 7, 2018 -- LOUISIANA TARTAN FESTIVAL (http://scottishsociety.wixsite.com/tartan-festival) at Scotland Farms in Minden, Louisiana. A small outdoor festival for the whole family centered on Scottish heritage and culture. Smithfield Fair will be concentrating on our Scottish repertoire and there is so much to do there. Check their website for directions and the schedule.

MAY 11, 2018 -- A-TOWN EVENINGS (http://www.louisiana-arts.org/performing-arts-series.php) a 7:00 p.m. concert series in downtown Alexandria in an intimate and fun setting with Smithfield Fair playing favorites from our original song catalog. This year our performance will be in the lobby at Coughlan-Saunders Performing Arts Center with tickets $15 in advance.

We're still working out the details for a June show in Baton Rouge and we'll let you know how that goes.

JULY 20-21, 2018 -- LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL (https://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/2018-natchitoches-nsu-folk-festival/) at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches. The schedule hasn't been posted yet, but this is an amazing festival celebrating varying aspect of Louisiana culture and the theme this year is "Celebrating Louisiana's Folk Roots". We'll be performing a blend of traditional songs and tradition-based songs with connections to Louisiana culture.

Also, remember that our albums are available at all performances and from the kiosk to CDBaby on the Smithfield Fair website. Bob, Jan and I look forward to sharing our music with you and visiting with you. All the best….dbs

Dudley-Brian Smith

Smithfield Fair/Stevenson Productions




HENRY GRAY, every Tuesday night 6 - 8 pm

Time Out Lounge (smokefree) on Bennington



most Wednesday nights, Sullivan's


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

Red Dragon TheWebsite: www.reddragonlr.com

Reservations  cmaxwell@premier.net


Reckless Kelly tomorrow...

On Sunday, March 18 at 7pm we host RECKLESS KELLY for a full band show at the Dragon. The boys played with us last month and we had to turn away customers. So we set up this second show. VIP seats sold out quickly, but we still have some regular seats......and there ain't a bad seat in a place as small as the Dragon! Remaining seats are $60 each and are available at

Our buddy BILL ROMANO opens! Get em while they last!!


Vance Gilbert on March 24....

His good friend and opening artist for the evening is our good friend GINA FORSYTH! This is one helluva show, but folks just don't know Vance's work in our area. We are going to change that! This show is a gift to my wife. Vance put on Liz's favorite shows at FOLK ALLIANCE and we have always wanted him to come to Baton Rouge. That will finally happen on Sat, March 24 at 8pm. Reg seats are $20, VIPs are $30 and the ticket link is

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


Dyson House 

Listening Room
Address: 7575 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
ReOpening the House
May 31, 2018 12:00 PM
Dyson House Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA
Dyson House Listening Room (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) needs your help to raise $20,000 to make updates to bring the building up to standards for hosting and providing for those patrons with mobility issues. Help us get back in the house by May 1, 2018. Please help us in any way you can - no amount is too small!

Your tax deductible donation can be made here or by sending a check to:
Dyson House LR, Inc.
4180 Churchill Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Resonant Rogues with Ben Herrington and Peter Simon of Minos the Saint
Mar 23, 2018 7:30 PM
The Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre
Baton Rouge, LA  Get Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3330565

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


 Sunday bluegrass jams held in different locations. We are confirming the jam time and place by text message to your cell phone, if we have your number.  So, send us your cell number for text messaging, if you desire to have up-to-the-hour info on jam attendance etc.
J Harris
B R Bluegrass Ass'n
Tel/text:  225.252.2708
Reminder:  4th Sat. Jam at Main Street Market at 11:00 am,
Sunday Jam at George's Southside 2:45 pm - 5:00 +
 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
Sun Baton Rouge Bluegrass Association jams,
INFO/text:  225.252.2708
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 DECEMBER 2017 www.folkradio.org
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 14015 airplays from 132 different DJs

1. Sultans Of String
2. The Wailin' Jennys
3. Sofia Talvik
4. Rachael Sage
5. John McCutcheon
6. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
7. Ryanhood
8. Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
9. Noel Paul Stookey
10. Christine Lavin
10. Dori Freeman
12. Joel Mabus
13. Mara Levine
13. John Gorka
15. Mary Chapin Carpenter
16. Beppe Gambetta
16. Joe Jencks
16. Tim Grimm
19. Tom Russell
20. John Prine
20. Pete Seeger
22. Kim Beggs
23. Billy Strings
23. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
25. Emma's Revolution
25. Mark Stepakoff
27. Bett Padgett
27. Kate Rusby
29. Robin And Linda Williams
30. Bruce Cockburn
31. Bob Dylan
31. Trout Steak Revival
33. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
33. Robin Greenstein
35. Jay Ungar And Molly Mason
35. Krista Detor
35. Slaid Cleaves
35. Stan Rogers
39. Darryl Purpose
39. The Early Mays
39. Tom Paxton


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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