The Rose Theater is bringing a little bit of New Orleans to Bastrop as it hosts the Bad Monkeys Brass Band Sunday, September 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Founded by locals Mike Lenard and Keith Joiner, the Band’s goal is to bring traditional New Orleans Jazz to Northeast Louisiana.
“We realized Northeast Louisiana never had a true New Orleans style brass band, and we enjoyed that kind of music so we decided to form a band,” said Lenard
They are locally based and members include Lenard on Trombone, Lee Sawyer on bass guitar and banjo, Robby McReynolds on drums, Joiner on Trumpet, Jared Cody on Tuba, Lynn Bass on tenor and soprano sax, David Carakash on tenor sax, and Emily Roberts on alto sax.
The band has played a number of events and festivals throughout Northeast Louisiana, winning the NELA Music Award in the Jazz Division in 2016. They play a variety of jazz and other music, including originals.
“We do the Beatles, songs from the radio that have made it into movies, songs from the Blues Brothers movie, and originals so it’s really very varied,” said Lenard.
They are family friendly and lots of fun.
“We are family friendly, uninhibited and have lots of fun,” said Lenard. “Once we even threw whistles into the audience so they could play along to one of our songs.”
Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Visitor-Center Bastrop at 281-0911 or Cox Funeral Home at 283-3101.
The Rose invites everyone to come out and enjoy a night of great jazz and good fun.