Coffeehouse set to open

Warren Kimball
Warren Kimball

Broadmoor Presbyterian Church will open “Brew Unto Others,” a free Christian coffeehouse targeted for college-age and young adults on Friday.

The concept was the idea of 22-year-old Darren Kimball, director of the band American Toast Crunch, which will perform at the opening at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall, 9340 Florida Blvd.

American Toast Crunch will play ska, rock and reggae music, presenting several selections to open the program. Members are Kimball, drums; Trey Smith, alto saxophone; Austin Normand, bass guitar; Chris Rabalais, guitar; and Trent Coyle, trumpet. An original song, “Firmer Grounds,” composed by Kimball, will be played for the first time.

There will also be an open-mic program featuring anyone who wants to perform, whether singing, playing guitar, reading poetry, storytelling or giving Christian testimony. Emcee will be Warren Kimball, 26, brother of Darren Kimball and a doctoral student in musicology at LSU who directs a praise service at First United Methodist Church.

“What we want is a smoke-free place for young adults to relax in a comfortable atmosphere, listen to music, drink coffee, snack on chocolates and popcorn,” said Darren Kimball. “We offer a place for people to hang out and enjoy a wholesome environment.”

The d├ęcor, geared toward an intimate, homelike environment, will feature tables for four centered by candles.

Kimball, a graphics designer at WBRZ-TV and member of Broadmoor Presbyterian, said he hopes the coffeehouse will be a new beginning for many who have stress and peer pressure issues and just want to relax and enjoy meeting new people.

The Rev. Hawley Wolfe, the church pastor, will be available for advice or counseling. For more information, call Kimball at (225) 281-8857.