Natchitoches – Members of the dance ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts will present their spring dance concert, Refraction, March 30-April 1 in the Black Box of the Center for Performance and Technology.
Molly Rushing, an actress from Watson, has had the same dream since she was a young girl and now after 19 years of training, that dream will finally be realized on a Broadway stage in New York City, today as she performs in the new show, “Anastasia,” at the Broadhurst Theatre.
The photography of about a dozen members of the Louisiana Photographic Society (LPS) is on exhibit through Mar. 30 at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish on Hummell Street in the Antique District of Denham Springs.
Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire and Team Toyota proudly present the Grand Country Junction’s Legends Impersonators Show on March 18!
One of only three country bands in the last 15 years to put three singles in the Top Ten from their debut album, Parmalee will be in concert next Friday night at the Texas Club.
With the ability to play a multitude of instruments, two albums done and another in progress and upcoming gigs at two of south Louisiana’s most prestigious venues, James Linden Hogg could end his musical career now and already have done more than most musicians in a lifetime.
But Hogg is only 16 and his career is just beginning.
His list of accomplishments is impressive, no matter his age. He won the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship at Northwestern State University and is the youngest musician to ever be featured at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Hogg has worked in three films and was a featured actor on a nationally syndicated television program. One of his albums features country star Ricky Skaggs, with whom the young talent has performed in concert.
“I had the honor of recording with Mr. Ricky in his studio and while we weren’t in the studio together, he plays mandolin on one of the songs on my album, ‘College Fund Volume 2,’” Hogg said. That album will be released soon and he’s working on a third album now.
He called Skaggs “such a wonderful musician,” adding, “He’s been an important influence on me, on my music.”
This Saturday, Mar. 18, he will take the stage at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge with two of south Louisiana’s most familiar musical talents, his father Jim Hogg and Nelson Blanchard.
“They are both such talented musicians,” he said. “They can listen to a song just once and be able to play it.”
On Mar. 30 and Mar. 31, Hogg will perform at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with two more well known Louisiana musicians, Mark O’Conner and Michael Doucet.
Despite the long list of achievements in the entertainment arena, soon-to-be Satsuma resident Hogg remains a quiet, modest teenager.
“I’ve been playing music pretty much as long as I can remember,” he said after playing early American music with the elder Hogg at the LSU Rural Life Museum for the American Judicial Alliance’s Patriots Day Luncheon.
“It wasn’t until I was 8, though, that I became more focused on music, got serious about it and began taking lessons,” Hogg said.
He’s now adept on numerous instruments including almost anything with strings – guitar, banjo and violin – and he plays piano, accordion, bagpipes and fife.
The last two are clues about where is musical love lies, in historic Scottish and Irish music, the foundation of early Americana music.
“I love music – I was drawn to music by my parents,” Hogg said when asked why he enjoys performing. “My favorite kind of music is Scottish, Irish and Celtic folk music – early Americana, our nation’s music in its infancy.”
His beginnings in music are modest at best, having picked up an old violin and playing by ear. Home-schooled, Hogg says he’s deeply appreciated the support of his parents in his musical endeavors.
“I definitely have to give my father credit but I also have to give my mother credit because the first fiddle I had was one she bought,” Hogg said. “She was the one who first wanted to play the fiddle so it was always laying around the house.”
“I was very careful with it and even as a child, my parents encouraged me to play it,” he said. “It didn’t sound that great and soon – remember, I was just a kid – I had it in a state of disarray.”
The violin made it to a couple of violin repairers, or luthiers, who said, “It wasn’t worth the trouble to fix,” but Hogg said another was enthusiastic about taking on the task.
“He shaved it down, reworked it and restrung it and it sounds fantastic now,” Hogg said. “The luthier who did the work said it was one of the best fiddles he’d ever worked on.”
For more information on Hogg, visit his website, www.JamesLindenHogg.com. For tickets to Saturday’s show at the Shaw Center for the Arts, go to www.manshiptheatre.org.
Tommy Comeaux is the Lifestyle editor at The Livingston Parish News. He can be reached via email at TommyComeaux@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, @tommycomeaux.
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish hosted its annual Watercolor Exhibit, featuring the work of juried artists Mary Jane Hunt, Chris Bajon Jones and A. Lynne Jones, at its facility on Hummell Street in the historic Antique District of Denham Springs.
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an exhibit featuring the work of several members of the Louisiana Photographic Society through Mar. 30 at its offices on Hummell Street in downtown Denham Springs.
BATON ROUGE – Can you explore 3D printing and medical physics, race solar-powered cars, design a roller coaster, and compose a digital symphony all in one day? You can at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s fourth annual Engineering Day on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Pioneer Day will be held at Train Station Park in Denham Springs on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be an 1800s working gristmill, handmade cypress boats, chair caning, quilters, Louisiana Gold Honeybee observation deck, Pelican Woodcarvers Club, handmade soap, bears…
Called an “up-and-coming” and “very talented country singer,” Sara Collins of Baton Rouge is one of precious few who can say they began their careers at Carnegie Hall, but the Central High School student can.
Port Allen – Come on a journey filled with fiddle music, pirogue water fun, animal escapades, crafts and Cajun folk tales.
Port Allen – The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society is pleased to announce our 16th Annual Dulcimer Festival, a weekend music event for all acoustic instruments, from March 9 – March 11, 2017, on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center and West Baton Rouge Museum, 749 North Jeffe…
Natchitoches –Twenty-nine students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts participated with other junior high and high school students from across the state at the Louisiana Thespian Festival held Jan. 28-29 on the campus of Northwestern State University.
Prize-winning film to be screened at 2018 New Orleans French Film Festival
With “Clifton Brown: Live It…Love It…Breathe It,” local country singer/songwriter/guitarist Clifton Brown said his objective was to try to return country music to its roots.
Natchitoches –Twelve students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts participated in the Louisiana Music Educators Association District Honor Band clinic Feb. 3-4 at Tioga and Bolton high schools.
This year’s state Teacher of the Year Joni Smith said when she was given the title it would not just be symbolic – she wanted to make a difference in children’s education.
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, opened January 28, 2017, at the West Baton Rouge Museum
The talented house band at the Old South Jamboree in Walker will host a tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard this Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 7 p.m.
DENHAM SPRINGS – First-time author Kay Street wanted to tell a love story, and she did it by letting her Cajun characters tell their story.
Baton Rouge – The 4th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival VIP Pre-Party Fundraiser will be held on Feb. 23 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Baton Rouge – “The Great Baton Rouge Flood of 2016” is a digital album by local musicians who were directly and indirectly affected by “The Storm with No-name.” The compilation album is executive produced by Henry Turner Jr. for Hit City Digital Records and is available at all leading digita…
Hammond – A fun-filled way to support two good causes is coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. “Breakfast in Paris, Martinis in Manhattan: A Cabaret” is a unique fundraiser and musical program organized by the Friends of Sims Library and the Columbia Theatre.
Touting itself as a “Branson, (Mo.) style show),” the Grand Country Junction treated its fans Saturday to an outstanding performance to mark its 10th anniversary – classic country music performed by The Junction Boys.
What a milestone! Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire and Team Toyota proudly present Grand Country Junction’s 10-year Anniversary Show featuring the return of Glynn Fendlason, Duane Black, Ron Galbo and Greg Sullivan as the Junction Boys Quartet.
Members of the Suburban Reviewers Book Club recently toured the Louisiana State Archives, a treasure trove of Louisiana art, documents and books, beginning with an entertaining introduction to the building from its top official.
LOHS Talented Theater Troupe traveled back in time on Nov. 17 in a production of student-directed scene, which included scenes from classics such as “The Great Gatsby,” “Into the Woods,” “Who’s on First.”
Natchitoches – Since its opening in 1983, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts has offered students a wide variety of visual arts opportunities.
BATON ROUGE — Smooth jazz and unique Girl Scout cookie-inspired dishes will fill the air for Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s “Cookies & Cocktails” gala set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at club XLIV in New Orleans.
Port Allen - The “Walter Anderson’s Fairy Tales” exhibition, which features original drawings, block prints, and ceramic works by the famed southern artist, will be on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum through Jan. 29, 2017.
For nearly five months following the Great Flood, the Arts Council of Livingston Parish building downtown was transformed primarily into the disaster offices of the Small Business Administration, but 2017 is a new beginning for the group.
Roberts United Methodist Church holds a special place in history as the oldest church in Denham Springs and the first for African Americans in Denham Springs.
Natchitoches –Members of the mixed ensemble and chorale at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts presented a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 4, and Monday, Dec. 5, in the recital hall of the Center for Performance and Technology.
Baton Rouge - Manship Theatre and Playmakers of Baton Rouge will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “A Christmas Carol the Musical” with a special two-night concert event in December.
Jim and James Linden Hogg will perform in concert during a Rural Life Christmas, which is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the LSU Rural Life Museum on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The Hoggs will also perform during the Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair, scheduled f…