Playing the Staircase

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is pleased to announce the return of its original listening room series, "Playing the Staircase." This exciting new concept to Hammond, Louisiana will see the Hammond Regional Arts Center transform into an intimate listening room for original, acoustic music designed to expand the Arts Center’s mission into the audio arts.

"Playing the Staircase" features local and regional musicians playing on the landing of the HRAC staircase and gives audiences an intimate listening room to enjoy original lyrics and music. Between the months of April through August, each session of “Playing the Staircase” will occur the last Friday of the month with musicians performing from 6-8 p.m. These events are B.Y.O.B. Admission to each listening room is $5, and the entirety of the cover will go to the musicians.

The HRAC has had a long history of promoting and presenting original art, theatre, and storytelling and is now pleased to add original music and songwriting to that impressive list.


Check out Playing the Staircase on Dave McNamara's "Heart of Louisiana" programming:



The Wilder Janes is a Baton Rouge band formed in 2013 of three musicians from three parts of Louisiana making original music with an original sound. All women sing lead and harmony and are also multi instrumentalists. Sounds range from harp and marimba to banjo and mandolin, upright bass and guitar, and various percussion.  Since each of them write songs, the voice of the song is always fresh in sonic tones and in lyrical perspective. Attend their shows and you will find full houses of misty-eyed listeners hanging on every shift of lush vocal and instrumental harmony. There's no girl group kitsch, just a break from the noise and action of the everyday world where for a moment everything is in synchrony. The Wilder Janes are Becca Babin, Heather Feierabend (pronounced fire-robin), and Melissa Wilson.


Interested in "Playing the Staircase?"

The HRAC will provide an intimate listening room environment, provide and run the sound, market and promote the event through all of our social media, print and radio outlets. We will collect a $5 cover and give the musician the entirety of the funds collected at the door. So in turn, it will be in your best interest to promote your show through all of your media and social contacts as well. The event is B.Y.O.B. Musicians will literally be playing on the landing of the staircase. We will open the doors from 6:00-8:00 p.m. every last Friday of the month. We are currently booking the months of April through August of 2019.

If you are interested in "Playing the Staircase" at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, please send a digital press kit including contact information, a high resolution photograph (at least 300 dpi), samples of your music and a biography to

Please also indicate the dates that you are available.

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