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:















Click here to listen to a recording of Ben Bell play on Tangi 96.5 FM with Johnny Chauvin.



In music, Bell is a man of much experience, some learning, and a deep devotion to the craft of folk singing, guitar playing, and songwriting. He aspires to be both a musician's musician and diggable to men and women of all ages. After years of exploring roots music, literature, philosophy, and the broken road of life, Bell has grown into himself and found a strong-yet-gentle approach to his music. He is finally becoming the type of songwriter, performer, and person he has aspired to be. A lot of vintage music, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, much classic country and button-down folk, part trad jazz and skiffle, part indie-rock and 70's light rock, Beatles, Bob Dylan, and acoustic Neil Young, and largely inspired by the performance of that American Master, Willie Nelson, Bell can pick and croon to you while you either sip your lemonade on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or sip whisky with your loved one by firelight and, honestly, keep you entertained.


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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