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:



With a musical vision that began in 2008, the New Orleans’ experimental rock outfit, Biscuithound, emits an evolving sound and lyrical message that is human, real, raw, and above all, transcendental. With their often-lengthy compositions, the band balances an accessible use of melody and catchy riffing with a healthy dose of progressive adventurism, ambient layering, and gritty contrast.

2010’s “Meet You at the Riverbone” was akin to an atmospheric rock album with singer-songwriter roots, delivering distinctive content for such a young band. It was ambitious with its instrumental segments and conceptual use of cinematic-style sound design. From this foundation, the group sought to delve into heavier live performances over the coming years.

After a period of reformation and redirection, 2018’s long-awaited second album, “Possible at Sea,” delivers a bigger, more mature, and haunting sound with dense layers, killer guitars, sonic experimentation, and evocative lyrics. Floating somewhere between post-grunge, spacey soundscapes, and subtle improvisations, Biscuithound offers a freshness to hard rock, with an emotional and intellectual seriousness.


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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