Programs by Genre - Music

11:45 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Meeting Room
New Orleans Remix

Jack Sullivan explores how New Orleans musicians perpetually renew a grand musical tradition from classical to jazz, funk, and beyond.

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Senate Chamber
A Life in Jazz

Danny Barker was born when jazz was still in its infancy, and by the time of his death he was known as both a master of the idiom and a guardian of its history.Join British jazz scholar Alyn Shipton and journalist Gwen Thompkins, host of public radio’s Music Inside Out, as they reflect on the breadth of Barker’s knowledge and the scope of his vision as a storyteller.

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fan’s Perspective, 50 Years On

Join well-known Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer as he discusses The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper, a book written by fans, for fans.

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor

My Damage is more than a book about the highs and lows of punk rock legend Keith Morris. It's a story from the perspective of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and has appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man.

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room C
Blues from the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge

This intensely personal and entertaining account by Julian C. Piper is a snapshot of Blues from an outsider welcomed into the inner circles of Southern Blues icons.

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter

Paul McCartney and John Lennon described him as the Beatles' "favorite group," he won Grammy awards, wrote and recorded hit songs, and yet no figure in popular music is as much of a paradox, or as underrated, as Harry Nilsson. Alyn Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson, offering an intimate portrait of a man who has seemed both famous and unknowable–until now.


All performances take place on the Entertainment Stage.

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m. to Noon
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Henry Gray
Blues piano

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Indie folk

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Beth Hazel
Americana, folk

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bills
Rock, Surf, Garage


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