Brown Bag Concert series goes digital, bringing community together through music

By  | 

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, artists will continue the West Monroe Brown Bag Concert series online. West Monroe Chamber of Commerce president Lila Strode said the series is a ray of hope for the community during these uncertain times.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic , artists will continue the legacy of the West Monroe Brown Bag Concert series by online. West Monroe Chamber of Commerce president Lila Strode said the series is a ray of hope for the community during these uncertain times.

The Brown Bag Concert series has been ongoing for several years and takes place every Wednesday at noon through the month of May. It gives artists and musicians throughout Northeast Louisiana a platform to play and get noticed. Keeping the series going has helped to support many artists who are out of work because of the pandemic.

They are playing music virtually because of social distancing guidelines. This year, they are giving tribute to artists who have recently passed away like Little Richard, Bill Withers, and Kenny Rogers.

“We have had some significant loss this year, so this is a tribute to those artists and musicians throughout the country that we’ve lost that have been so significant in our lifestyle that we enjoyed all these years,” said Strode.

Typically, the concerts are an outdoor event held at the Pavilion at Seventh Square in West Monroe. Sponsors have helped support the artists struggling financially due to the pandemic.

Strode said she’s hoping this series will help bring the community together in a time of need.

“For us, you know, we just wanted to offer that ray of hope in the community. Put that sunshine out there that we have great music, we have great artists; we have a great community. So hopefully, this type of thing will bring the community together,” she said.

Strode said going virtual has helped them to expand their viewership with over 2,000 digital streams. For next week’s concert, they will be doing a drive-in show at the First West Baptist Church in Calhoun.

To tune in and watch, go to the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce website or Facebook page.