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Things To Do In Downtown Covington

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You don’t have to look very far to find something to do in Covington’s St. John Historic District.  For a self-guided walking tour, just stroll down Columbia Street and New Hampshire Streets and look for the kiosks that show an historical perspective from the point where you are.

The Covington Trailhead is also home to the Trailhead Museum, where you can find more historical information about Covington, as well as a locally-produced short film.

The Covington Trailhead and Museum is located at 419 N. New Hampshire Street.

The Tammany Trace runs right through the trailhead, a biking trail converted from the old railroad line that ran through Covington.  Brooks’ Bike Shop is located on the Tammany Trace, across from the Covington Trailhead.  Brooks’ Bike Shop features convenient online rentals, as well as repairs and sales of new and used bicycles and accessories.  Brooks’ also rents kayaks and is your stop for outdoor recreation in downtown Covington.

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Covington’s 12 Days of Christmas

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From a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming, downtown Covington is aglow with holiday images this month as the City launches its inaugural lighted display, Covington’s Twelve Days of Christmas.
The tableau features twelve lighted silhouettes depicting larger than life images from the traditional Old English Christmas Carol, exhibited at various locales in the downtown historic district.
You are invited to stroll through the city to view “four calling birds, three French hens,” and other familiar images from the well known Christmas carol. The images will be illuminated seven days a week from dusk to dawn now through January 6.
Come join the fun and share your Covington’s Twelve Days of Christmas adventure to spread holiday cheer on social media, tagging the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts & Events. This event is free. Maps are available at the Covington Trailhead Museum at 419 N New Hampshire Street. (see below for map)

  1. Partridge In A Pear Tree – 300 Block Lee Lane
  2. Turtle Doves – 200 Block of Lee Lane
  3. French Hens – Pocket Park, 400 Block Gibson
  4. Calling Birds – 200 Block of Florida Street
  5. Gold Rings – Rutland & New Hampshire
  6. Geese A Laying – 500 Block Columbia Street
  7. Swans A Swimming – 400 Block of Boston
  8. Maids A Milking – 400 Block New Hampshire
  9. Ladies Dancing – 200 Block Columbia Street
  10. Lords A Leaping – 500 Block Florida Street
  11. Pipers Piping – 600 Block of Columbia
  12. Drummers Drumming – 500 Block Boston
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Three Rivers Art Festival This Weekend

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The Annual Three Rivers Art Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Historic Downtown Covington.  Tents line the street with artistic offerings from around the country. All of your favorite local spots will be open to serve you and provide entertainment while you enjoy the festival.

Parking in downtown Covington can be challenging, but the folks at the Three Rivers Art Festival have provided a Parking Map highlighting the public parking available in Covington. (see below) For more information about the Three Rivers Art Festival 2018, visit threeriversartfestival.com

The Three Rivers Art Festival began in 1996, growing from 49 to nearly 200 exhibiting artists. The event is an outdoor juried arts and fine crafts festival that is held annually in Historic Downtown Covington. The festival attracts a sophisticated buying public and a talented group of artists and fine craftsmen, with more than 50,000 visitors annually.
The Covington Three Rivers Art Festival is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is run by a volunteer board and part-time coordinator, supplemented by more than 100 additional volunteers.
The mission of the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival is to expand and enhance St. Tammany’s reputation as an arts-oriented community and a mecca for artists and art lovers; to serve as an attraction for cultural tourists to St. Tammany; and, to support art education for St. Tammany Parish school children through an annual grant program. The festival is held in downtown Covington, which as a designated Louisiana Cultural District offers attractive tax incentives to artists, buyers and retailers that help spark community revitalization.
For more information, visit threeriversartfestival.com

Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles

The Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles for Covington presents a Substance Abuse/ Mental Health Focus Group Health Fair this Saturday, November 10, 2018, noon – 2 p.m. The Health Fair will take place at the Covington Police Department Grounds during the Three Rivers Art Festival. Health fair participants will consist of recovery hospitals, providers and specialists.

A Free Drawing will take place: visitors to the Operation Angel table can register for two (2) beautiful pieces of artwork by Grace Guichet (donation from the Festival). For more information, call 985-892-1873.

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Rockin’ The Rails This Thursday

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Papa John Gros Band is the first performance of April 2018 Rockin’ the Rails season at the Covington Trailhead in historic downtown Covington. Other performances this April include Luther Kent and Boogie Falaya, then closing out with Uptown Phunk.

Columbia Street Rock n Blues Cafe hosts a Spring Jamboree on Saturday, April 7, 2018. See and hear all your favorite local performers, including Jaymz Talley, Timothy Gates, Cheeseburger Ranchers and Percy J. Late night activities include Rock It Productions

New Orleans’ Big Deal Burlesque returns to Wharton’s Green Room! Featuring Roxie le Rouge, Nikki LeVillian, Boylesque by Phathoms Deep, Bellydance by Pandorium & Hosted by Comedian Katie East. Show starts at 10pm so come get a good spot! Only $8! 18+ only, please.
Big Deal Burlesque is New Orleans’ Original Touring Show! Produced by Roxie Le Rouge and featuring the Best of the Best in Burlesque, Drag, Sideshow, Boylesque and Variety Performances, touring the coast for 6 years.

Other Live Music in downtown happens at the Columbia Street Tap Room on the corner of Columbia Street and Lockwood. Pepe’s Mexican Kitchen, located at 321 N. Columbia Street, hosts live music as well as St. John’s Coffeehouse, on the corner of Columbia and Boston.

Rockin’ the Rails at the Covington Trailhead is a free concert series made possible by the City of Covington and generous sponsors. Festival season is here, and the April concert series takes advantage of the milder spring weather on the northshore. This Thursday, April 5, it’s John Papa Gros Band. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. And end at 7:30 p.m. The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire Street in Historic Downtown Covington. For more information, call 985-892-1873 or visit online at covla.com.

 


Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs is located ½ a block from the trailhead; The Covington Brewhouse is just across the street on Lockwood; LOLA Restaurant is right down the trace ½ a block and Yujin is ½ a block down New Hampshire Street. Beverages and Adult Beverages sold to benefit local non-profits.

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Aki Opening November 20th

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For a sushi experience like no other in historic downtown Covington, visit Aki at 510 North Florida Street, one block east of Columbia St. Aki opens November 20, 2017 for lunch and dinner. Centrally located in the heart of downtown, Aki is easy walking distance with ample parking nearby. From humble beginnings in New York to Sushi Yama in Baton Rouge, owner Oui invites you to enjoy his culinary vision at the sushi bar, preferably with a warm sake and a bright smile.

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STAA Opens For Covington White Linen

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Covington is blessed with an abundance of cultural events and activities, including the Second Saturday Art Walk. It’s generally during this event that St. Tammany Art Association presents our new exhibition openings.
This month, with the popular Covington White Linen for Public Art falling on August 19, the third Saturday, many of our Second Saturday gallery partners and our arts patrons have requested that we opt out of the Second Saturday Artwalk, and host our opening on Aug. 19 instead.
Please join us Saturday, Aug. 19 for the closing of our 52nd Annual Summer Show and the opening of our Aug./Sept. Members’ exhibit, 6 to 9 pm. Come early to enjoy a bit of insight from the Summer Show’s award winning artists and Juror Bill Fagaly. Doors open at 5:15 and talks begin at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.

Covington’s White Linen Night is a completely community driven cultural Arts event, created to promote Downtown Covington’s wonderful array of businesses. Beginning this year, all proceeds will benefit the Public Art for Covington Fund, which aims to place meaningful artwork around Downtown Covington for locals and visitors to enjoy. Most area businesses have elected to donate 10% of their sales the evening of the event towards the fund, which is administered through the non-profit Northshore Community Foundation.

This means patrons can come out in their white attire and enjoy everything that historic Downtown Covington has to offer, knowing that 10% of every dollar spent will further improve our community and quality of life. In addition, portions of Columbia Street and Lee Lane will be blocked off for pedestrians to stroll and enjoy a variety of projected light art installations, live music, vendors of original art and hand made goods, and more in the works.

For more information about the event, call the Covington Business Association at 504-439-2543.
For more information about how the Public Art for Covington Fund and the Northshore Community Foundation improve our community and quality of life , call the foundation at 985-893-8757.

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Save the Date For Covington’s White Linen

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Covington’s White Linen Night is a completely community driven cultural Arts event, created to promote Downtown Covington’s wonderful array of businesses. Beginning this year, all proceeds will benefit the Public Art for Covington Fund, which aims to place meaningful artwork around Downtown Covington for locals and visitors to enjoy. Most area businesses have elected to donate 10% of their sales the evening of the event towards the fund, which is administered through the non-profit Northshore Community Foundation.

This means patrons can come out in their white attire and enjoy everything that historic Downtown Covington has to offer, knowing that 10% of every dollar spent will further improve our community and quality of life. In addition, portions of Columbia Street and Lee Lane will be blocked off for pedestrians to stroll and enjoy a variety of projected light art installations, live music, vendors of original art and hand made goods, and more in the works.

For more information about the event, call the Covington Business Association at 504-439-2543.
For more information about how the Public Art for Covington Fund and the Northshore Community Foundation improve our community and quality of life , call the foundation at 985-893-8757.

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This Week in Downtown Covington

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts the first annual Bananas Fosters Silent Auction Fundraiser for St. John Storehouse Louisiana this Saturday evening, July 15, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. Event is $10/ person in advance, or $15/ person at the door. Featuring great auction items from local businesses, live music and food by Baba Ganoush. All proceeds go to James Storehouse Louisiana to help continue supporting our children in foster care, and those aging out of the system, by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. Ticket information may be found online at eventbrite.com.

Meet Sidney P. Bellard, author of “A Cajun In France” at the St. Tammany Parish Library – Covington Branch’s Author Talk & Book Signing on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. “A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilations” is a memoir of Sidney’s life growing up speaking Cajun French, finally mastering the English language, understanding French, and eventually traveling to France. The Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library located at 310 W. 21st Ave. 985-893-6280

The Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany building at Hadden Hall holds over 30,000 gently used, donated books that are sorted into fiction and a wide variety of non-fiction categories such as: Cookbooks, Nature, History, Gardening, Biography, Computers and more.
You will find vinyl records, CD’s, DVD’s, Audio Books, Large Print, Puzzles, etc. and there is an entire room filled with children’s books! It’s a lot to explore! All proceeds from the sale benefit the Library branches of West St. Tammany. Prices range from $.25 to $1.00.

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose proceeds support the St. Tammany Parish Library. Book Sales are held once a month on the third Friday and Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. At Hadden Hall, 106 South Jahnke Avenue. July’s Book Sale takes place this Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15. Cash or check only, for questions or more information, Email: friendsofweststtammany@gmail.com

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It’s Mother’s Day Weekend In Downtown

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It’s Mother’s Day Weekend in Downtown Covington, and there is always plenty to see and do.  Rent a couple of bikes and ride around town, or take a scenic tour down the Tammany Trace, one of fifty rails-to-trails conversions across the country!  The Columbia Street Landing is always a nice place to sit and gather your thoughts, and the seating area now has a covered canopy for shade on the warmer days.  The LPO’s Annual Swing in the Pines takes place this Saturday in the Bogue Falaya Park (see the flyer on back), bring a blanket and picnic.


There are plenty of great places to eat, with favorites like Coffee Rani, The English Tea Room & Eatery, New Orleans Food and Spirits, and while your in that part of town, mom can check out the antique shops on Lee Lane.  Further down you’ll find Vazquez Poboy and Buster’s Place, plus upscale picks Del Potro Ristorante and Ox Lot.  Toad Hollow is right around the corner, and so is Mac’s on Boston, Yujin and Baan Thai.
After dinner, Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe, The Green Room, Columbia Street Tap Room and The Seiler Bar all offer drinks, entertainment and live music.  The Second Saturday Art Walk is also a great time with mom.  Take your momma out for Mother’s Day!

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Spring For Art 2017 & More This Saturday

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One of Downtown Covington’s busiest weeks is here, a jam packed kick off to Spring 2017:  the St. Tammany Art Association’s “Spring For Art” on Saturday evening, the Covington Business Association’s “A Taste of Covington” throughout the week, Harvey Jesus & Fire at the first Rockin’ the Rails Trailhead Concert on Thursday, plus a Home Tour to benefit STAA on Sunday evening.
In conjunction with Spring for Art, the St Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition, “I should have called her Virga”, opening Saturday, April 8, 2017 with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The exhibition will run to Saturday May 20, 2017.

Artist and drawing instructor, Inga Clough Falterman, will present work that will include large scale representational and metaphorical landscape drawings, nearly five feet in dimension, as well as smaller pieces. The primary medium of the drawings is charcoal, with pieces in other mediums including sewn elements and sculptural pieces.
In the artist’s words, “The idea of keeping and hoping are tangled and so become the bedrock of my work. The propensity for keeping all things that change the same is not an uncommon conflict in human nature. The question of what it is we can keep at all is more personal, and the work suggested for the exhibition “I should have named her Virga,” provokes the viewer to consider priorities, gains, and losses, and examine the emotional and/or intellectual value of those aspects of life.
Gallery Talk and Connection Series  Save the date for Gallery Talk with Inga on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.  Join this amazing artist as she shares about her creative process, her techniques, and more!
This exhibition’s Connection Series will feature a concert by The Ben Redwine Trio.  The concert, which is inspired by Inga Clough Falterman’s exhibition, will be Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.    sttammanyartassociation.org

“Virga is a meteorological event where rain falls from high altitude but never reaches the ground. Its evanescence is what gives it an ephemeral beauty that defines its existence. Although virga is obviously a part of that elementary water cycle so clearly depicted in our early earth science textbooks, it doesn’t quite fit the linear equation of water evaporating from lakes and oceans and then falling to earth again as rain to form streams and rivers to fill lakes and oceans to once again evaporate. Pilots are warned to steer clear of virga, and to keep a sharp lookout for its existence around them. Virga may preclude sudden microbursts, sudden and violent downdrafts of air that are potentially extremely damaging and can be storms within a storm, at times.
At least we can see virga. The observation is dear to me. I have seen this upper atmosphere mist often over the great plains at the foot of the Great Divide, and it is a quiet and small wonder in the vastness of our sky. The work for ‘I should have named her Virga’ therefore is not to propose a morose or pessimistic view of the inability to call anything our own, but more of a celebration in acknowledging the intangibility of dreams and wishes which we will continue to strive to make manifest.”  Inga Clough Falterman

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Friday Night Block Party

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The first Block Party of 2017 takes place this Friday in Downtown Covington.  Take a stroll down Columbia and see classic and contemporary cars on display.  Fine dining or comfort food, you’ll find it all downtown.  Live music is available at many venues during the Block Party and after.

 The City of Covington Seeks Public Input at Friday’s Block Party Regarding Traffic

The City of Covington is working on a plan to calm traffic on Boston Street and make it easier for people to access businesses and walk and ride bikes downtown.  Stop by their booth to make your voice heard.  The booth will be located on the 300 Block of North Columbia Street near Boston Street during the downtown block party on Friday, March 31, 2017.
City consultants will have information and maps to share with residents, as well as several ways to share your ideas.  This is the time for residents and business owners to weigh in before recommendations are made.  covla.com

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Life Somatics For Chronic Pain, Improved Posture and Performance

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What is Somatics?  Hanna Somatics is a method of pain relief that uses slow conscious  movements to help regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles.  Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness. Hanna Somatic Education is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to reverse chronic pain. It is the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).  Learn more at:  hannasomatics.com

Testimonial:  “Somatics has been a huge blessing to my practice and to my family.  Danny has been able to get my patients out of chronic pain in a few short visits!  In patients with a history of trauma, chronic neck, back, hip pain, Somatics has worked to reset the brain, muscle connection and to relieve their pain for the first time in years.  My own son, who was 6ft 4 inches by the time he was fourteen, had a problem with hunching over.  Danny fixed his posture after only two sessions.  My son is now 17 and over 6′ 5″ and still standing up straight.” –  Kami Dehler, Naturopathic Doctor

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Goodbee Plumbing is now in Historic Downtown Covington

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Goodbee Plumbing is now located right in downtown Covington, across from Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket! Goodbee Plumbing is licensed, insured and back-flow certified with a full range of services:  (Visit Goodbee Plumbing online at goodbeeplumbinginc.com and find them on Facebook!)

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Mother’s Day Special at Our Place Studio

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IMG_5132 (2)Our Place Studio put together a Mother’s Day package for two that includes a thirty minute massage for both, a thirty minute private Aerial Yoga class or private Pilates class, bubbly and bon bons.  You’ll both receive a goodie bag with a beautiful, handmade bracelet by local artist Sara Craig of Metal & Earth Designs, an uplifting Our Place Aromatherapy spritzer, plus special treats from Shop Soul Boutique, North Shore Belly Dance and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe.

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The Mother’s Day Special takes place at Our Place Studio, 338 N. Vermont Street on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m.  Reservations are required as space is limited.  Call 985-875-1182 to hold your place.  Learn more at opcovington.com.

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Night Life in Downtown Covington

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Downtown Covington is home to excellent dining and many places to relax for happy hour. Live music can be found at Columbia Street Tap Room, Columbia Street Rock N Blues and The Green Room. Here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend:

melo 5 finger-page-001Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe has Hot Boiled Crawfish w/Crazy Ray every Wednesday from 6 p.m. til they’re gone! It’s Steak Night and Comedy Night on Thursdays, and Ladies Night with Melo-D on Friday.  Saturday night, see 5 Finger Discount.  Bobby Blaze hosts Karaoke at Rock N Blues every Sunday and Wednesday.  rocknbluescafe.com

gr open mic davy crock-page-001It’s Davy Crockett’s Disc Grotesque on Friday at The Green Room!  Saturday Night Dance Party from 11 p.m. to close! Open mic Wednesdays! Karaoke on Thursdays and Sunday Funday with live music early + DJ Spicy Fox Karaoke Party!

Check The Green Room Events and Updates Page on Facebook!

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Down Dogs & Drafts at the Covington Brewhouse This Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Join Liz Bragdon and the great folks at Covington Brewhouse this Sunday, February 14 at 11 a.m. For Down Dogs & Drafts.  Stretch the old week away and welcome the new surrounded by friends, kegs and the charm of downtown Covington.  Tickets are $12 apiece and includes two brews!  Purchase tickets at the Covington Brewhouse Tasting Room or call Erin at 985-893-2884.     covingtonbrewhouse.com

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Covington Weekly 2015 Year in Review

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by Timothy Achan Gates

CW began 2015 with a discussion of LOGA President Don Briggs’ assertion that 2015 would be a “Year of Action.” While the action did not necessarily pan out in the manner that Briggs called for, 2015 was certainly action-packed.  Dwelling on an aggressive reinforcement of industry friendly politicians and strengthened lobbying groups, Briggs failed to understand that the backlash against the oil and gas industry is not solely coming from “rogue environmentalists”; it is also evidenced by investors and fiscally conservative voters who are  questioning the idea of shouldering the tax burden of industries that operate in the red while making enormous profits.  From that perspective, the same may be said about the film industry;  it’s not that a particular industry is being targeted, these industries should adhere p4cr-logo-300x166to the same standards of fiscal accountability that mid-size & small businesses must follow. Rather than monopolization, the energy industry could explore diversification in emerging technologies such as solar, hydroelectric and industrial hemp.  Jobs can be replaced, and new ones created.  We are in the 21st century now, establishing ourselves in the Space Age; it is safe to say that space shuttles, craft, or ships won’t be running on gasoline, probably ever.
With regard to the film industry, downtown Covington has experienced some productions that were beneficial to the locals, exhibiting proper communication, budgeting to spend locally and working with the local business owners.  Some productions offer very poor communication and were not only a nuisance to local businesses, but even a hindrance.  A small request to the City of Covington is to focus on the vetting process in finding business entities who are willing to organize and communicate intentions clearly, recognizing the impact that their Hollywood moment does have and should have on a smaller community.  Thank you to the City of Covington for continuing to strive for the solutions that yield the most benefit to all.

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Live Music This Weekend in Downtown Covington At the Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe

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Friday, the Stone Rabbits return to The Green Room for a bluesy, prog-rock-n-roll show.  From Baton Rouge, the Stone Rabbits blend a unique variety of progressive, acoustic, blues, classic rock and jam band styles. Stone Rabbits Green Room Saturday at The Green Room, it’s Todd Lemoine’s “The Hyperion Initiative” with an opening show by Burly, Haggis Rampant Plugged In.  It’s a night of Bagpipes and Airships, Burly performs from 8 – 9 p.m., Todd Lemoine from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

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Supercharger returns to Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe this Saturday for a hard-rockin’ show. While they call the New Orleans northshore area home, Supercharger frequently performs across the Gulf South.

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Their material spans the past 30 plus years of music. Led on stage by Brent Graham’s soaring vocals, Steve Landon’s screaming guitar, Mike Schoultz’s thunderous drums and the pounding bass of Jason Boyles, it’s just something you’ve gotta experience! rocknbluescafe.com