I spent the weekend hobnobbing and schmoozing with publishing industry folks from all over during the Louisiana Book Festival this weekend and I wish to inform you that they are all duly impressed with Baton Rouge. This is partly due to the miraculous weather we seem to get every Book Festival weekend, but most of the credit should go to Jim Davis, Robert Wilson and the slew of volunteers that make this thing a well-oiled machine. Just in case no one else says it, thanks.
One of the more interesting contemporary musicians straddling musical boundaries is classical pianist Christopher O'Riley. As a host of NPR's From the Top, he understands the struggle of presenting classical music to new audiences and through his albums of classical piano reinterpretations of Radiohead, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and other artists from the cerebral end of pop culture, he succeeds. Come to the Manship on Friday after Live after Five to be dazzled by his immense talent only to be jolted by that "hey, I know this song" feeling.
Teddy's Juke Joint is bursting at the seams with talent this week. Georgia roots and blues artist Roger "Hurricane" Wilson will be making a stop at the venerable club on Wednesday, Elvin Killerbee will whoop it up on Thursday, Mississippi guitar powerhouse Lil Dave Thompson with tear it up on Friday and Baton Rouge blues legend Kenny Neal will do two shows on Sunday.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library kicks off this year's Live @ Chelsea's series of free dinner-hour concerts with Harry Anderson at 6:30. The American Tragedy will momentarily leave the earbuds of every teenager and materialize on the Varsity stage on Friday as Art Brut and Princeton angle their way into your thought processes at the Spanish Moon down the street.