An autumn full of live music will soon begin on the east side of the parish of St. Tammany when Bruce Daigrepont and his Cajun band kick things off Sept. 7 with a concert in the backyard of the Pearl River Branch Library, the first of four concerts planned this fall at offices in and around Slidell. Other scheduled highlights will be:
LIBRARIES: The return of the Friends of the Slidell Library Fall Concert Series will include two indoor and two outdoor concerts through Oct. 26, all on the east side, featuring music ranging from bluegrass to swing and the harp. All are free and start at 6pm, but bring seats for the outdoor shows. Rain dates are already set in case inclement weather cancels any outdoor performance.
LIVE: The Mandeville Live! The outdoor concert series at the Trailhead is also back, starting September 23 with Swingaroux at 6:30 p.m. It will be the first of five free shows, but no outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed; Buy snacks and drinks on site, but bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit or lounge on.
SYMPHONY: The following month, the Louisiana Philharmonic will present its first fall performance, the Sunset Symphony, on the shores of Lake Mandeville on October 22.
SIXTY YEARS: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will offer a weekend concert package Oct. 7-9 featuring popular songs from the 1960s at the Christ Episcopal School Theater in Covington.
ROCK OF AGES: Get ready for this Broadway hit and jukebox musical built around the glam hits of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell from September 9th to October 1st. All shows 8:00 p.m. Watch it to relive it. It’s the end of the big, bad ’80s in Hollywood, and the party is in full swing. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the last legendary Sunset Strip venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groups line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amid the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing. But the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale is about to end as German developers sweep the city with plans to turn the fabled Strip into yet another capitalist shopping mall. Can Drew, Sherri, a small-town girl fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes, and the gang save the Strip, and themselves, before it’s too late? Only the music of the hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and others has the answer. Cutting Edge Theatre, 767 Robert Blvd., in Slidell.
MTV: This weekend’s final presentation includes “I Want My MTV,” a stage production that captures the cultural phenomenon that defined a generation: MTV. The show weaves together a look at what the MTV generation grew up on, the songs and videos featuring tribute artists performing the music of Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Annie Lennox, Nancy Wilson, Kate Bush Blondie, Boy George, Madonna and month. Aug. 26-27, shows at 8 p.m., tickets $32-$45, at 767 Robert Blvd. in Slidell.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
FOOTBALL: The Chamber of Commerce of St. Tammany and the Silver Slipper Casino present the annual Fan-Up Luncheon Aug. 24 at the Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., near Slidell. The 11:30 am to 1 pm event will feature Mike Detillier discussing the upcoming football season, including a new Saints head coach, a healthy quarterback and big draft picks. Includes lunch at The Sadie Jane. The price is $45 for Chamber members and $55 for future members. Register at sttammanychamber.org.
GIVEAWAY: There are only a few hours left to purchase tickets for the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club’s Big Game Raffle to raise money for local charities. A $20 ticket offers more than 40 chances to win tickets to sporting events including the LSU-Alabama contest and other SEC games; games of saints; Zurich Open passes; and other great prizes. The draw is on August 25. Purchase tickets online at afflecreator.com/pages/30553/2022-rotary-big-game-raffle or contact Tom Quinn at (985) 789-2316 or [email protected] to handle checks or money at effective sales
TO HAVE BREAKFAST: The Slidell Noon Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast afterward August 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, hot dogs and drinks for $6 at the Lions Den, corner of Cleveland Avenue and Carey Street. Proceeds benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Louisiana Lions summer camp for children with disabilities, and local organizations. Bingo continues at 11:30 a.m
PROMOTES: The Chamber of Commerce of St. Tammany will hold a business networking event from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on August 25 at the chamber’s 610 Hollycrest Blvd. office in Covington. Chamber members just attend at no cost to give a one or two minute presentation about their businesses and then network with each other. Registration is required at sttammanychamber.org.
NPGS: The Northshore Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sept. 7, at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 57210 Allen Road, in Slidell. Guest speakers will include Dr. David Houghton, a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Ochsner, who will discuss available trials and research, and Rachel Rhinehart, a certified medical assistant at Ochsner, who will discuss the management of non-motor symptoms. RSVP by email to [email protected] or go to www.facebook.com/groups/norhshorparkinsons.
WOMEN: The next meeting of the Slidell Widows’ Social Club will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Genesis Hall, 360 Robert Blvd. The guest speaker will be Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal. All widows are welcome to attend meetings and join any of the small group adventures that take place monthly in small groups. Call Cindy Alberts at (985) 707-7676 or email her at [email protected] for more information.
NEIGHBOURS: The Hermadel Estates-Carolyn Park Residents Association will meet Sept. 8 at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 1619 East West Drive (corner of Kaycee Dr.) in Slidell. There will be a dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by a business meeting at 7:00 pm The guest speaker will be Joe Franz of the Slidell Code Enforcement Department. The Slidell police and District D council member are often in attendance with updates on our neighborhoods. Bring a dish if possible, but no alcohol please. Questions? Call Michael DeSandro (337) 319-9387.
NEWS: The annual Northlake Newcomers Club Membership Breakfast will be held at the Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, in Mandeville on September 9 at 10am. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. Bring a friend or two and learn all about our club games and social activities throughout the year. For more information, see www.northlakenewcomers.com.