Ponchatoula streets will rock during Art & Wine Stroll 2017

PHOTO: TJ Barends of Bare Sounds Recording Studio, organizer of 18 music venues for September 16 Art & Wine Stroll in downtown Ponchatoula.

Bigger, better and bustin’ out all over downtown best describes this year’s Art & Wine Stroll sponsored by Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, September 16, will see something new added to Art & Wine from 5-8 p.m. and that is music galore from 6-8 p.m. Eighteen sets of performers will be singing and playing in fourteen locations in an easy-walking five-block area on both sides of the railroad tracks. In a recent interview with Kim Howes Zabbia and T. J. Barends, coordinators of the musical portion of the evening, it was easy to catch the excitement this addition will bring. Barends owns Bare Sounds Studio, 276 East Pine Street, and is known for his quality recording as well as his own expertise in both playing and teaching music. He said the event will be mostly acoustic and easy-listening.

The public can vote on its favorite musician giving the winner two hours studio time recording and being featured on next year’s poster. Attendees will be given a booklet with details of the evening and contact info will be on posters near each musician’s stand. Musicians booked by Barends are from the area although they perform across a large region and their style of music is varied and plentiful due to their versatility, greater than can be listed.

  • “Invisible Cowboy”- Classic Rock
  • “Alex & Lexie Theriot” – Classic Rock and 80s and 90s
  • “PTown Ramblers” – Folk and Country
  • “Graham Guillory” – Classical
  • “John-Mark Gray” – Rock and Roll
  • “Lacy Blackledge” – Rock and Roll
  • “Ballot’s” – Folk and Pop
  • “Lake Ragan” – Pop, Rhythm and Blues
  • “TJ Barends” – Folk/Rock
  • “Avery Meyers” – Pop
  • “Benjamin Thomas” – Rhythm and Blues
  • “Lance Younger” – Rock and Roll,
  • “Britton Newton” – Rock
  • “Lindsay Cardinale” – Pop and Country
  • “Lil’Bit Meaux Band” – Swamp Pop
  • “Britney Jenkins” – Pop and Country
  • “Cody Ellis Band” – Modern Country\
  • “Sylas Faust” – Country.

Zabbia said thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors, each performer will be paid an honorarium directly from them: Especially for You, JaniKing Gulf Coast, Benton Thames State Farm, The Art Station, Bare Sounds Studio, LaCaretta’s Restaurant, ITL Accounting, Louisiana Purchase Brewery, Paw Paw’s Country Buffet, Legnd Internet Market, Ponchatoula Therapy, Roussel’s Specialty Shop, Margaret Bailey, Gwen and Robert Barsley, Andrew Edwards, Roux and Brew Seafood and Steak, Middendorf’s, Moss and Berry, Xpressions, Mad Maidens Bar, and Stray Cats Sports Bar.

Art and Wine Stroll Committee Chair Jenel Secrease and Co-Chair Kathleen Elstrott report applications from Visual Artists are still coming in for that part of the evening. Watch for upcoming news about the Visual Art portion and for more info, visit the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or www.ponchatoulachamber.com which includes an Artist application form.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite visual artist, giving the winner $100 in art supplies from The Art Station and a featured spot on next year’s poster. A wine glass will be supplied along with an arm band for a $20 fee for the entire evening and will be available for purchase from the Chamber the night of the event in front of Ole Hardhide’s alligator cage, at Ponchatoula Therapy and at A Touch of Country. (Purchasers will be carded.)

The event is free for those not partaking in wine samples and children’s art will be on display bringing everything together for a delightful family outing.

By Kathryn Martin
Contributing Writer