There’s no reason to have the blues when it’s festival season! This weekend is the one we’ve all been waiting for – The Baton Rouge Blues Festival. With a lineup including household names like Mavis Staples and Kenny Neal & the Neal Family Band, the Blues Festival brings artists new and old together to celebrate the genre of music that put Baton Rouge on the map.  

The best part about the festival is the free music and good times, but don’t forget to treat yourself to great food, drinks, and local wears (Mid City Makers Market will host its next market at the festival). Want to really treat yourself? Snag some VIP tickets for the event to ensure you’ll have unlimited cocktails, beer, and water; private restrooms; and a one-year membership to the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation 

Flavor of the Week: Lip-Smacking, Finger-Licking BBQ 

Some of the best barbecue joints are housed in hole-in-the-wall locations that you might just miss if you aren’t looking close enough. Luckily, we’ve scoped out some of the best BBQ in the Capital Region for you to add to your bucket list. 

fan favorite in the Baton Rouge Area, Smoking Aces is back in town under a new name. Pitmaster Robert is still cooking up great barbecue at the newly-named Garden District BBQ. As with any good BBQ joint, the earlier you get there the better. Garden District BBQ is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

If you’re looking for that authentic barbecue feelBig Jake’s is the place for you. Located on a backroad between Baton Rouge and the Prairieville/Gonzales area, Big Jake’s is easy to spot if you look for the U.S. Army truck in the front yard. With ribs that fall right off the bone, it’s one of the best kept secrets in the Capital Region. Make your weekday lunch plans now though, they’re only open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Are you looking to take your barbecue to the next level?  Try a date night at The Francis Southern Table & Bar. Or if you’re more of an early bird, pop into one of BRQ’s locations in Baton Rouge or Denham Springs for a delicious brunch 

Take a pic of your barbecue feast and tag it with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on the BRAC blog. 

Workin’ It: Executive Assistant and Programs Coordinator 

BRAC is seeking an Executive Assistant and Programs Coordinator to assist its Business Development team. The Executive Assistant and Programs Coordinator works handinhand with the Senior Vice President of Business Development to assist with administrative tasks, program coordination and execution. In addition to assisting the SVP, the Executive Assistant and Programs Coordinator is responsible for coordinating a monthly committee for senior level investors, managing compliance and reporting of state grant programs, as well as assisting with the sites development program. A bachelor’s degree is required, and 1-2 years of relevant job experience is preferred. To apply, submit cover letters and resumes to russell@brac.org with the subject line “Executive Assistant and Programs Coordinator.” 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Fur Ball BR 

It’s time to deck out your furry friends for this year’s Fur Ball! What’s a Fur Ball you ask? No, it’s not something you need to sweep up from underneath the couch, it’s Baton Rouge’s premier pet-friendly gala. Grab your tuxedos and ball gowns for a great cause benefitting Companion Animal Alliance on May 18. The event includes a cocktail buffet, open bar, musical entertainment, silent auction, and even a photo of you and your pet on the red carpet!  

Want to kick off the fun a little early? Start by rocking the vote and donating to your favorite pup’s page. All money goes to Companion Animal Alliance and the furry friends that raise the most money will be crowned king and queen. 

Grab your tickets today! 

Having a ball while raising money for a good cause, that’s my Baton Rouge. 

Out on the Town

  • Fest for LifeApril 13, celebrate health at this free event courtesy of Mary Bird Perkins 
  • Tunica Hills Music Fest and JamApril 13, jam out in the park at this music festival in St. Francisville 
  • AgMagicApril 14, interact with live animals at this exciting event perfect for all ages 
  • Crop 2019April 18-19, get inspired at this conference dedicated to creativity and community 

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.