Live music in multiple venues throughout St. Tammany Parish | St. Tammany community news


The Fall Concert Series at Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St. in Old Mandeville, continues October 1 with the Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band and music by Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and the group’s original compositions. Their unique “progressive traditional jazz” style is energetic, approachable, danceable and just plain fun. The 6:30pm-9pm performance is $10 cash at the door. Arrive early to get the best seat. Sit inside or bring deckchairs for outside. Drinks are available by donation, and the ladies at First Free Mission Baptist Church next door sell plated meals, cash only. Children welcome but no pets and no freezers.

DREAMY: Blato Zlato Live performs on October 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Harbor Center’s Lobby Lounge at 100 Harbor Blvd. in Slidel. Enjoy the group’s dark, dreamy Balkan music and haunting harmonies.

JAM: Louisiana violinist and songwriter Amanda Shaw blends enduring Cajun country music with endearing local charm. The Mandeville native and her band Cute Guys will open the Bayou Jam Fall Series at Slidell’s Heritage Park for free and open to the public on October 1 from 5pm to 7pm.

WIRELESS: The new Rockin the Rails concert series continues on September 30 with Rockin’ Dopsie & The Zydeco Twisters playing funk from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Rev. Peter Atkins Park New Orleans. Free admission. Bring blankets, chairs and ice chests of food and refreshments to Covington Park.

SOUL: Mandeville Live! The fall outdoor concert series continues on September 30 on the Trailhead stage, with Soul Revival performing Motown, R&B, pop and Top 40 hits. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. show is free at 675 Lafitte St. No outside food, drinks, or coolers are allowed; Food and drink vendors on site, but bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on.

TAPE: The Covington Concert Band will perform the “Autumn Dreams” concert at Pelican Park on October 1st with guest conductor Joseph Hebert, Professor Emeritus at Loyola University in New Orleans. The concert at the Castine Center in Pelican Park is open to the public from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

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1960S: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will perform a “Forever Young” concert package of 1960s folk songs at the Christ Episcopal School Theater in Covington early next month. The concerts at 80 Christwood Blvd. will feature music by John Denver, The Mamas & the Papas, Peter, Paul & Mary and other great folk artists on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 at 3 p.m. Are $20 for 19 and older, 5 $ for students, available at Braswell’s Pharmacy, online at, or at the door


LOVE: Playmaker’s Theater will open its 68th season in Covington October 1-16 with Kathleen Clark’s charming love story Southern Comforts. This poignant comedy is a tour de force journey of a widow and widower who meet late in life and are given a second chance at love. Originally performed by husband and wife Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook, the local stage sees the taciturn Northerner Gus, played by Jimmy Bassford, fall in love with the vivacious Tennessee grandmother Amanda, played by Arden Allen Dufilho. Directed by Edward Dufilho. On opening night, guests will be treated to champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail created by the Southern Hotel. Saturday performances at 7:00 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $20 and available through Visit for more information

GYPSIES”: A musical fable on stage at 30 by Ninety Theater in Mandeville through October 2 is the story of an ambitious stage mom who fights for her daughter’s success while secretly longing for her own. Set in the 1920s and 1930s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born; based on the memoirs by Gypsy Rose Lee. PG-13 at the Theater, 880 Lafayette St. Shows Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. General Admission Adult $29; seniors and military, $27; 13 and older, $25.

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ROCK: The sounds and sights of the 1980’s will take the stage at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell with the Broadway hit and jukebox musical ‘Rock of Ages’ for a few final shows concluding October 1st. Experience glamorous 1980’s Hollywood while the party rages on to the music of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more at 767 Robert Blvd. Theatre.

MONSTER: See Nick Drear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the classic tale of Victor Frankenstein’s creation of a creature from human corpses. Shows at 8pm on October 7th and 8th and October 14th and 15th. Visit the Cutting Edge Theater website for tickets starting at $32 or text (985) 285-6666 for discounted tickets.



PHOTOGRAPHY: Louisiana photographers Harriet Blum, Margaret Crosby and G. Andrew Boyd’s work, which depicts the natural beauty of America’s coastal regions, remains on view at the Christwood Atrium Gallery at 100 Christwood Blvd. in Covington through October 27. Visitors can come in 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

DECADES OF ART: A retrospective of Lori Anselmo’s art over the past two decades is on view at the George Dunbar Gallery at the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St. through October 21. The exhibition can be viewed during the regular opening hours of the gallery from Wednesday to Sunday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Same day appointments possible.


MOVIES: On September 30th, movie nights at Heritage Park begin with the screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at 7pm. Admission free. Moved out of summer to take advantage of cooler autumn evenings. For more information, call (985) 646-4375 or online at

PARTY: There will be a free Columbia Street block party and vintage car show on September 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Covington.

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STRETCHER!: Oktoberfest in Olde Towne Slidell, where the antiques district is transformed into a German village, takes place on October 8th from 4pm to 10pm; drive into Erlangen from 2nd Street. German food from the Slidell companies includes schnitzel, pretzels, German ice cream and cakes, and German cheese, sausage, and roasts. German beers on tap as well as local beers, Jägermeister and hopefully some German wines. There will be saves provided by local non-profit organizations who can keep the money raised through their use. The Bayou Bavarians Band will play; there is German dance by The Dance Project; and Slidell resident TJ Menke will be the moderator. Competitions include beer mugs and costumes.


VETERANS: The St Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office is hosting on October 15 from 10am to 2pm at its office in Lacombe, 65278 La. 434, a Veterans Appreciation EXPO. A tent in the parking lot will be filled with vendors offering vet services, resources, and quality of life activities.

MEN: The Northshore Men’s Group is an informal organization of retirement-age men, already retired or nearing retirement, who meet at Mandina’s in Mandeville on the first Monday of each month for lunch and fellowship. New members are encouraged to join this group, which has no fees, officers, goals, or activities, and no political, charitable, or community involvement. If you are interested, contact Group Coordinator Ralph Oneal at (985) 705-9252 or email [email protected]


TEE OFF: The second annual Holes for Hospice Golf Tournament will be held on October 14th at Oak Harbor Golf Course, 201 Oak Harbor Blvd. near Slidell. Scramble for four people; 11 a.m. start time. Call (985) 643-5470 for more information.

IT’S BACK: Madisonville’s Wooden Boat Festival is set to return October 15-17. A pirate-themed fundraiser gala is planned for October 14 at the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum.

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