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:
UP NEXT WITH PLAYING THE STAIRCASE: PAUL SANCHEZ
ABOUT PAUL SANCHEZ
Fans may know native New Orleanian Paul Sanchez as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth, with whom he has 11 albums; for his role in the HBO series TREME where he played himself; or as the creative force behind the musical NINE LIVES, a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Dan Baum. NINE LIVES follows the lives of nine people in New Orleans from 1965 (the year Hurricane Betsy ravaged the city) through 2005 (the year of Hurricane Katrina) and beyond.
Paul Sanchez transforms audiences with his unique blend of music and storytelling – at once powerful, sad, humorous, entertaining, and hopeful.
Like many New Orleanians, Paul was tremendously impacted by Hurricane Katrina, having lost his home. “I lost my home, my possessions, community and, eventually, my job after the flood. I was changed, am changed as a person and it couldn't help but change my music", confesses Sanchez, who like many struggled to find a new identity after Hurricane Katrina. After much soul-searching, he left Cowboy Mouth to go solo.
Paul Sanchez began writing songs and playing his first professional shows in the French Quarter before he turned sixteen. By the 1980’s, Paul was an established part of the New Orleans rock scene, playing in The Backbeats along with Vance DeGeneres, another native New Orleanian.
He lived in New York City in the late 80's and was part of the now legendary Anti-Folk scene in the East Village.
In January of this year Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul Songwriter of the Year 2014, he won three Best of The Beat Awards n 2010: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards.
Primarily a songwriter Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie and The Blowfish, had a song in the country charts which was recorded by The Eli Young Band, and a song covered by Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans. Paul resides in the Treme neighborhood, where he sings and breathes everything New Orleans.
UPCOMING FEATURED ARTISTS
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 email@example.com.
Please also indicate the dates that you are available.