Take your lunch break outside during this beautiful spring weather during the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana’s FREE Brown Bag Concert Series. Everyone is welcome to come out at noon every Wednesday in April at Anna Gray Noe Park. The park is located in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse. Limited seating is available, and picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Complimentary cookies are provided. Lemonade and water are provided by First Baptist Church of Monroe, which is also the rain plan venue. April 4 – Josh Madden When Madden is not hosting KEDM’s “The Set List” or teaching guitar and piano, he’s performing live at venues around town and the region. His musical influences are Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, and Elton John on the piano, and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Dave Matthews on guitar. Today he brings those flavors and more to get our series off to a rocking start. April 11 – Landry Allen, Danny Allen, Brian Allen and Julian Jones Joining the Arts Council for an encore at the series, Landry Allen is a junior at West Ouachita High School where he serves as Choir President. Allen’s talent has been recognized by his selection as first chair Tenor 1 at the District 1 Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) auditions as well as performances in the LMEA All-State Mixed choir and American Choral Directors Association All-State Men’s Choir. Allen will be accompanied by Danny Allen on bass guitar, Brian Allen on drums, and ULM music faculty member Julian Jones on keyboard. April 18 – Rod Payne and Lisa Spann The series mellows out as Rod Payne and Lisa Spann join the Arts Council at the park. The duo will perform show tunes, old standards, easy listening, and more. These two provide the classic example of how the perfect blend of voice, repertoire, and setting can make for an extraordinary experience. This will be a must-see feature of the series that promises a great way to spend lunch on a beautiful spring midday. April 25 – Mason Granade A long-time series favorite, Granade has performed for over 30 years and is a regular at regional cafes and night spots, and as Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in West Monroe. Granade finds inspiration from Eagles, America and The Beatles. He has recorded an album with Matthews-Granade, and his songs were featured in R-Squared movies “New Hope” and “Flag of My Father,” where he had a cameo. Sneak a listen online at www.masongranade.com, then join the Arts Council for this rocking series finale at the park. About the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana seeks to nurture a vibrant regional arts culture through support, promotion and education. The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana strives to be a transformative force for the community by encouraging a passion for the arts, promoting partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring access to the arts for all.