Brief clip of PATRICE FISHER AND ARPA. They will be playing in Baton Rouge area in late May.
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, 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


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:

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 ( 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

Red Dragon TheWebsite:




We have an incredible group of shows upcoming at both the Manship Theatre and at the Red Dragon Listening Room. Sure hope you can make em all. Or at least some of them, anyway!!!

Our friend LYNN WOOD is hosting the 
again this summer. The school will take place from July 5-8 in St. Francisville and will feature the great VERLON THOMPSON. It will also feature a cast of great Louisiana artists including our own FUGITIVE POETS!!!


Six BIG Manship Shows....

We are almost half way through our 2018 season of the RED DRAGON SONGWRITERS SERIES at the Manship Theatre. On Wednesday we had a wonderful show with BOB SCHNEIDER. That leaves six BIG shows left this season. Let's sell some seats!!! Seats for all six concerts are available at

Thur, May 24   DAVID BROMBERG QUINTET   $39.95-$69.95   CROSSING CANAL opens

Fri, Aug 17   JAMES MCMURTRY (solo)   $39.95-$59.95   ERIC DISANTO & KRISTIN COURVILLE open

Fri, Sept 21   MARY GAUTHIER (solo)   $39.95-$59.95   JODI JAMES & CLAY PARKER open

Fri, Oct 19   LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III (solo)   $39.95-$59.95   DAYNA KURTZ opens

Fri, Nov 16   DAVE ALVIN & JIMMIE DALE GILMORE (band)   $39.95-$59.95   STEVE JUDICE opens

Fri, Dec 21   RAY WYLIE HUBBARD   $39.95-$59.95   Bringing his own opener


Thanks, Y'all....... Chris Maxwell


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
(Artist, number of airplays on folk radio)
1. John Prine (194)
2. Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches (122)
3. Joe Jencks (114)
4. Vi Wickam and Justin Branum (97)
5. Dom Flemons (92)
6. Willie Nelson (90)
7. John McCutcheon (84)
8. Joan Baez (79)
9. Anna and Elizabeth (77)
10. Mary Chapin Carpenter (70)
11. Tom Rush (67)
12. Sparrow Blue (64)
12. Pete Seeger (64)
14. Wood and Wire (63)
15. Rita Hosking (62)
16. John Gorka (59)
17. I'm With Her (56)
18. Vivian Leva (55)
18. Tracy Grammer (55)
20. The Young Novelists (54)
21. Barbara Dane (53)
21. Jesse Terry (53)
23. Chris Smither (50)
24. The Roe Family Singers (48)
25. Pharis and Jason Romero (47)
26. Peter Rowan (46)
27. Western Centuries (45)
28. Mipso (44)
28. Mary Gauthier (44)
30. Caitlin Canty (42)
30. The Fretless (42)
32. Tom Russell (41)
32. Alan Barnosky (41)
32. Lindsay Lou (41)
35. Low Lily (40)
35. Doc Watson (40)
35. John Linn (40)
38. Old Crow Medicine Show (39)
38. Belle of the Fall (39)
40. The Mammals (38)

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
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.

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




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.",0,6735268.column



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 <


"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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