Live After 5

All the world’s a stage, and, this spring, Baton Rouge is front and center! Maybe you want to rock ‘n’ roll all night, or maybe you just want to dance with somebody. Guess what? Baton Rouge residents celebrate throughout the year with unique festivals (many of which are F-R-E-E!) that showcase our deep-rooted musical culture. After all, we’re the birthplace of the blues and Pitch-Perfect enough for the first two movies to be filmed here (aca-scuse me)! 

Kick off spring with these upcoming music festivals in the Capital Region: 

  • Rock N Rowe – Jam out to local acts during this special springtime series every Thursday, starting today (March 15) through May 10, at Perkins Rowe. RSVP for one (or more!) of the nine live music shows here, and your name might be pulled in a giveaway or gift card drawing! 
  • Ebb & Flow Festival – Where does the Mississippi meet the Amazon? At the Ebb & Flow Festival, from April 7-8! This free, family-friendly international river festival will spotlight the cultures of Baton Rouge and Brazil, with performers like Grandmaster Flash and Vanessa Da Mata headlining. 
  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival – Stake out spots in and around Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge and spend your April 14-15 weekend in a family-friendly environment, swaying to internationally recognized performers and local blues legends alike (check them out on Spotify)! 
  • Third Street Songwriters Festival – Sing along to your favorite country, rock, blues and pop hits with the people who wrote them. The 4th annual Third Street Songwriters Festival will take place on April 21 at the Manship Theatre. 

Flavor of the Week: Strawberry Season

What’s fresh at the Red Stick Farmers Market? Strawberries! These little red berries are the fruits of Ponchatoula, and, by association, the rest of Louisiana. (Cue Bubba’s voice in Forrest Gump) You can jam ’em, bread ’em, preserve ’em, put ’em in salads, on cakes or even in beer… No matter how you like them, the farmer’s market has you covered.

Sadly, strawberry fields won’t last forever, so fill your basket with this seasonal fruit while it lasts. When you get your local strawberries, snap a picture and share it with us. It may just end up on our blog!

Workin’ It: Policy & Research Project Manager

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is seeking a policy and research project manager to join its economic competitiveness team. Main job functions include managing, researching, analyzing and administrating initiatives that advance BRAC’s annual policy agenda.

The ideal candidate has 2-4 years of work experience, a strong command of Microsoft Office products and polished presentation skills. While a Bachelor’s degree is required, an MBA, MPP, JD, or MPA is preferred.

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email talent@brac.org.

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 the job, employer or organization, email talent@brac.org.

My Baton Rouge: Taking Home the Gold

Baton Rouge native Brenna Huckaby took home the gold medal in snowboarding at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Diagnosed with an osteosarcoma that forced her to have her right leg amputated in 2010, Huckaby shifted her focus from gymnastics to snowboarding. Just eight years later, she is a Paralympic medalist!

Never giving up the fight for gold? That is my Baton Rouge.

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org

Out on the Town

  • Annual Audubon Pilgrimage, March 16-18, tour historic homes, churches and gardens during the day and listen to cemetery tales at night in St. Francisville 
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, throw on your green and get ready to celebrate the day at this family-friendly parade in Baton Rouge 
  • 2018 Camp Fair and Summer Fun Expo, March 24, meet with in-state and out-of-state camp representatives at the Mall of Louisiana to learn about your child’s summer options 
  • Walk-On’s Boil Bash, March 25, enjoy all-you-can eat crawfish at the popular Louisiana restaurant Walk-On’s and buy raffles to support the Bella Bowman Foundation 

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