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Columbia Theatre presents new artists through concert series

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds
by: Tonya Lowentritt

COLUMBIA THEATRE’S NEW CONCERT SERIES - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a series for up and coming bands called the New Artist Concert Series. First on the calendar is a concert featuring a blues/rock/gospel/soul band called Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. The group will perform on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Columbia Theatre.


     HAMMOND – See them before they make it big and say, “I saw them perform before they were famous.” Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a new series for up and coming bands called the New Artist Concert Series.     
    Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood is excited about the new series for bands.
    “The New Artist Concert Series was designed to provide an exciting additional category of presentations for music lovers in our area,” he said. “Please come enjoy the music and give us some feedback on what you think.”
    First on the calendar is a concert featuring a blues/rock/gospel/soul band called Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. The group will perform on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Columbia Theatre.
     “This is the only Louisiana stop on their huge fall tour in support of the release of ‘The Weather Below,’” Blackwood said. “Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds has performed more than 600 shows, released three full-length albums and an EP produced by Randy Jackson of ‘American Idol.’ They have enchanted tastemakers ranging from ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and ‘LA Times’ to ‘Glamour,’ ‘USA Today,’ and ‘The New Yorker.’”
     Blackwood said the group has shared the stage with such heavyweights as Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, and Galactic, and has turned audiences into believers through appearances on the festival circuit at Bonnaroo, Firefly, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Voodoo Music Experience and many more.
    Tickets for the concert are $15 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
    All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.




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