DENHAM SPRINGS -- James Linden Hogg still uses a flip phone.
The singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge — who needs two hands to count all the instruments he can play — simply refuses to upgrade, believing the time he’d spend on an iPhone or Android would take away from the time he puts into his music.
And that would be a lot of wasted time — time he’d rather put into his craft.
“I can make and answer phone calls with this, and that’s all I need,” Hogg said before he flipped his phone shut, stuffed it back in his pocket and picked up his banjo, one of many instruments the 18-year-old can play.
He played some of those instruments on the sidewalks of Range Avenue in the Denham Springs Antique Village during the annual Fall Festival, which drew nearly 8,000 to the historic downtown area on Saturday, Oct. 6.
While shoppers perused more than 150 vendors who were selling a mix of jewelry, arts and crafts, clothing and other items, a collection of musicians and performers provided the entertainment — all free of charge.
Several musical groups and ensembles, both locally and abroad, played on stages at Centerville Street and Train Station Park last weekend. Some, like James and his father Jim, walked the streets playing their music.
“Sometimes we even wear costumes,” joked Jim, who said he and his son have played at Fall Fest “a half dozen times.”
Headlining the Centerville Street stage was David St. Romain, a Baton Rouge country singer who appeared on the reality singing competition “Nashville Star.”
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, St. Romain recently joined the band “Vidalia,” which released its debut album “Look At Us Now” in July. The country singer also has recorded three other albums as a solo artist.
Others to take the Centerville stage were Westbound Train, a country/southern rock group from Zachary; Surrender All, a Watson-based worship band; the Woodcreek Boyz, a gospel bluegrass band from Central; and Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters, a 10-piece swing band from Denham Springs.
Four dancers from the Odyssey Academy of Dance also performed a two-song routine on the Centerville Street stage.
Bands from various Healing Place Church campuses played at Train Station Park, including one from the Baton Rouge campus, the Denham Springs campus and the Devoted Student Band.
The Restoration Project Sound, a gospel group in Baton Rouge, also played a set on the stage.
Additional music was provided by Shawn Pierron, a local DJ who played in front of Old City Hall on Mattie Street, which was turned into “Arts Avenue” for the festival.