Summer Sounds returns for St. James Concert Series

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is bringing back its popular Summer Sounds at St. James series of musical concerts for a fifth year.

Concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in July at St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of Convention and North Fourth streets in downtown Baton Rouge.

Admission is $10; free for college students with a valid ID. Season packages are available for $40, which includes five tickets: attend all five concerts, or one concert with four friends.

A reception follows each concert where the audience can meet the performers, obtain memorabilia and recordings and enjoy the St. James Artists’ Guild Summer Exhibition and Sale.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, at stjamesbr.org or by calling (225) 387-5141.

The concert schedule is:

July 2 — The National WWII Museum’s Victory Belles, a charming vocal trio who gives spirited performances featuring dazzling costumes and a potpourri of songs in their newest red, white, and blue celebration featuring great American composers.

July 9 — Washboard Rodeo, a New Orleans group focusing on western swing, which blends fiddles, steel guitars and, sometimes, horns in a blend reminiscent of swing and blues with a little country thrown in.

July 16 — Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony features the singer and her two daughters, Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips, performing their original compositions as well as their signature arrangements of traditional and modern jazz, blues and gospel.

July 23 — Everett Parker Gospel Quartet, featuring the former longtime director of the LSU Gospel Choir, who will bring his experience teaching gospel music and spirituals for more than 36 years to the stage. Parker studied sacred music at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has consulted and conducted workshops in the authentic performance of African-American music across Louisiana, the United States, France and Italy.

July 30 — Recording artist and raconteur Armand St. Martin, a 10th-generation New Orleanian, will sing and entertain with his popular Louisiana-flavored stories and his New Orleans-styled piano playing.

His original composition, “Storyville Blues,” was featured on the final episode of HBO’s “Treme.”

Sponsorships of Summer Sounds to support this mission of St. James Episcopal Church are available, and donations are tax deductible.

Become a Friend of Summer Sounds with an additional $100 donation; a Patron of Summer Sounds with a $200 donation; or a Summer Saint with a $500 donation.

Call the church or visit the website.