The City of Slidell’s Bayou Jam Spring Concert Series concludes on Friday, May, 10, with a performance by the Fat City Swing Band starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

“Bayou Jam concerts have become a beloved tradition for our citizens that unites our city through the power of music and community,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite you to join us at Heritage Park for fantastic Friday nights filled with music and fun!”

Bayou Jam concerts will be held on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, ice chests and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the free concerts. Olde Towne Pizza will be selling concessions for a nominal charge.

Fat City Swing Orchestra is comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in the New Orleans area. Jon and Wesley Mannino founded the band to keep their family’s musical legacy alive. This 16 piece big band plays all your favorite jazz and swing tunes. For more information about the band, visit their website at FatCitySwingBand.com and view some of their past musical performances on YouTube.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra is cancelled for today. We will reschedule for another date.

 

It’s the perfect recipe for an enchanting evening. Enjoy a picnic with family and friends, sprinkle in some great music by the Northshore Community Orchestra, add a gorgeous sunset over scenic Bayou Bonfouca and voilà! You have “Some Enchanted Evening!”

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, the Slidell City Council, and the Slidell Commission on the Arts are pleased to present the 22nd annual “Some Enchanted Evening” concert on Sunday, April 28 in Heritage Park. The concert begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

“Some Enchanted Evening” is the perfect family event for both the young and young at heart. A celebration of family, friends and fellowship, this event encourages the community to come together to enjoy timeless music from the Northshore Community Orchestra.

The Northshore Community Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor. The orchestra was established in 1987, and has operated continuously ever since. The orchestra performs several full orchestra concerts as well as some smaller group ensembles throughout the year, with genres including classical, jazz, pop, folk, ethnic, traditional, movie themes, and Broadway hits. Each year, the orchestra typically performs for Slidell’s Patriot Day ceremony and Christmas and spring concerts.

The members of the orchestra come from Slidell, St. Tammany Parish and from surrounding parishes in the Greater New Orleans area and south Mississippi. The members represent a diverse assortment of backgrounds such as students, medical professionals, engineers, skilled tradesmen, scientists, homemakers, members of the military, educators, and retirees. Though our student members typically begin with us around late middle school or junior high age, currently our youngest member is just 9 years old, and our oldest is in his 80s. Some of the orchestra’s musicians are family members who play together – spouses, parents, children, and siblings.

The orchestra’s conductor since 2006 has been Mrs. Susan Messina, a Slidell native who has a master’s degree in music from Southeastern Louisiana University, and over 30 years experience as a music educator. She has served as a band director at several area schools, and currently teaches private lessons on a wide variety of instruments at Christy Music in Slidell.

Guests are encouraged to bring their ice chests, picnic baskets, blankets, and chairs to enjoy a picnic in the park.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, visit MySlidell.com or follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook and Instagram.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

Bayou Jam is going country!

The spring concert series returns on Friday, April 5, with a performance by Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

“Bayou Jam concerts have become a beloved tradition for our citizens that unites our city through the power of music and community,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite you to join us at Heritage Park for fantastic Friday nights filled with music and fun!”

Mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts at Heritage Park:

  • Slidell’s High School Band and Choir Showcase – Friday, April 19
  • Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra – Sunday, April 28 (5 to 7 p.m.)
  • Fat City Swing Orchestra – Friday, May 10

Bayou Jam concerts will be held on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, ice chests and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the free concerts.

Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band plays all your favorite country hits from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s plus some of their own original songs. They’ve opened for some of country’s biggest stars, including Mickey Gilley, John Conlee, Lorrie Morgan, Doug Stone, Jamie O’Neal, Ronnie Milsap and late Merle Haggard to name only a few. The band consists of six of South Louisiana’s finest musicians including Clifton Brown (lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist), Chris Smith (bassist), Greg Manchester (lead guitarist/vocalist), Danny Harrell (pedal steel guitarist), Paul Golmon (drummer) and Brenda Harrell (female vocalist). For more information about the band and to see videos of their performances, visit their Facebook page.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

The Bayou Jam concert featuring Fat City Swing scheduled for March 22, 2024, has been cancelled due to weather. The concert will be rescheduled for a later date.

On Friday, March 15, 2024, arts students from around St. Tammany Parish were joined by family and friends in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall for the opening reception and award ceremony for the 33rd annual Salad Days Juried Exhibition of Student Art.

“We are incredibly blessed to have so many talented students here in St. Tammany Parish and I would like to congratulate all the Salad Days artists,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite everyone to come to City Hall and see these amazing works of art.”

This year’s juror is Mary Christopher. Christopher received a Bachelor of Art Education from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and a Master’s Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University in 1989. She has worked in a variety of fields including social work, marketing and volunteer services. She retired from teaching art at Cypress Cove Elementary in 2016. While at Cypress Cove she received recognition as Teacher of the Year and Educator of Distinction. She was selected as the Slidell Art League’s Master Artist of the Year in 2010 and was featured by the City of Slidell with a one woman show in 2015. Her art was selected as the Arts Evening 2018 Poster Artist and was featured on the cover of Slidell Magazine.  She has served on Slidell’s Commission on the Arts for many years and remains active in the Slidell Art League. She completed two murals commissioned by the City of Slidell along with five pelicans for the Pelicans on Parade public art project.

Category A: Matthew Landry, Laura Chin, Lilly Claire Hatt, Chloe Lewis, Emerald O’Toole, Kambrie Simmons, Mary Christopher

Salad Days entries are divided into four age categories. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions are awarded in each category.

Category A (5 to 8 year olds)

  • 1st –  “Louisiana Pelican” by Matthew Landry
  • 2nd – “Shotgun Houses” by Laura Chin
  • 3rd – “Happy New Year India” by Chloe Lewis
  • HM – “Whale” by Peiton Munguia
  • HM – “Nativity” by Kambrie Simmons
  • Participating Artists: Lilly Claire Hatt and Emerald O’Toole

Category B: Morgan Roberts, Ella Sue Ryan, Olivia Vicidomina, Ashley Mannino, Dylan Landry, Mary Christopher

Category B (9 to 11 year olds)

  • 1st – “Wicked” by Ella Sue Ryan
  • 2nd – “Knarly” by Gemma Patterson
  • 3rd – “Mr. Z” by Ashley Mannino
  • HM – “Freedom” by Dylan Landry
  • HM – “The Birds and the Bees” by Ashley Mannino
  • HM – “Fruit Loops” by Morgan Roberts
  • Participating Artists: Olivia Loomis, Olivia Yi, and Olivia Vicidomina

Category C: Melanie Clapp, Alexis Smith, Chloe Landry, Jack Cox, Mary Christopher

Category C (12 to 14 year olds)

  • 1st – “Seeing Red” by Camille Hicks
  • 2nd – “Blue Skies” by Camille Hicks
  • 3rd – “Woodie” by Jack Cox
  • HM – “Trapped” by Chloe Landry
  • HM – “Untitled (Dog)” by Currynn Orr
  • HM –  “Magical Dust” by Clara Tullis
  • Participating Artists: Melanie Clapp, Aiden Finchis, Max Jones, Shyanne Mealer, Kalet Posadas, Alexis Smith, and Hadley Stroud

Category D: Ella Steele, Kaiden McElroy, Nhi Nguyen, Catherine Owen, Alexis St. Romain, Isabella Vindel, Hana Wall, Connor Carollo, Mary Christopher

Category D (15 to 19 year olds)

  • 1st – “Beignets, Madame” by Connor Carollo
  • 2nd – “Orange You Glad You Called an Ambulance?” by Kaiden McKleroy
  • 3rd – “Birds of Paradise” by Ella Steele
  • HM – “The Peanut Vendor” by Connor Carollo
  • HM – “Created” by Ella Gex
  • HM – “Tonight” by Isabella Vindel
  • Participating Artists: Catherine Owen, Nhi Nguyen, Alexis St. Romain, and Hana Wall

The George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of Slidell City Hall. Gallery Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gallery viewings are by appointment only by calling the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. Same day appointments are available. Admission is free.

In preparation for the Olde Towne Merchant Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, several streets in the Olde Towne area will start closing at 6:00 a.m.

For public safety, any vehicle that is left parked along the parade route after 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, will be towed at the owner’s expense.

This includes sections of:

  • Bouscaren St.
  • First St.
  • Erlanger Ave.
  • Fremaux Ave.
  • Teddy Ave.
  • Front St.
  • Carey St.
  • Cousin St.
  • Robert St.
  • Brakefield St.
  • Guzman St.
  • Bryan St.
  • Cleveland Ave.
  • Bilten Ave.
  • Mayfield Ave.
  • Old Spanish Trail
  • Lee St.
  • College St.
  • William Tell St.
  • Ciruti St.

Please refer to the parade route map to see the affected streets.

The Slidell Police Department will begin closing down streets along the parade route to vehicular traffic at a later time. Please do not congregate in the streets until all the streets are closed.

UPDATE, 3/22/24, 8:30 a.m.: Due to the weather, the Bayou Jam Concert with Fat City Swing has been cancelled. We will reschedule for another date.

Get ready for another exciting season of great Bayou Jam concerts in Heritage Park!  The spring concert series returns on Friday, March. 22, with a performance by Fat City Swing Orchestra starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

“Bayou Jam concerts have become a beloved tradition for our citizens that unites our city through the power of music and community,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I invite you to join us at Heritage Park for fantastic Friday nights filled with music and fun!”

Mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts at Heritage Park:

  • Fat City Swing Orchestra – Friday, March 22
  • Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band – Friday, April 5
  • Slidell’s Highschool Band and Choir Showcase – Friday, April 19
  • Some Enchanted Evening with the Northshore Community Orchestra – Saturday, April 27 (5 to 7 p.m.)

Bayou Jam concerts will be held on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, ice chests and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the free concerts.

Fat City Swing Orchestra is comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in the New Orleans area. Jon and Wesley Mannino founded the band to keep their family’s musical legacy alive. This 16 piece big band plays all your favorite jazz and swing tunes. For ore information about the band, visit their website at FatCitySwingBand.com and view some of their past musical performances on YouTube.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

In preparation for Arts Evening on Saturday, March 2, 2024, the City of Slidell is announcing that several streets in Olde Towne Slidell will be closed to traffic during this event.

Streets will be closed on March 2 from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Streets affected include areas of First Street, Erlanger Avenue, Second Street, Bouscaren Street, Cousin Street, Carey Street and Robert Street. Access to the U.S. Post Office in Olde Towne will not be obstructed.

Mayor Greg Cromer invites citizens to come view the works of over 50 artists and arts organizations that will be on display at over 30 locations throughout Olde Towne during Arts Evening, plus live entertainment from 8 different bands, antique and boutique shopping, and casual and fine dining at participating locations.

Citizens should not park within the Arts Evening street closure area on Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 10 p.m. For public safety, bollards will be placed throughout Olde Towne and any vehicles left inside the bollards will not be able to leave Olde Towne until 10 p.m. when the bollards are removed.

For more information about Arts Evening, please visit the city’s website at MySlidell.com or call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer invites you to join the City Slidell for the 29th annual Arts Evening on Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Olde Towne Slidell.

One of the largest cultural festivals on the Northshore, Arts Evening features over 50 artists displaying their works at over 30 locations in Olde Towne Slidell. In addition to the artwork, there will be live entertainment; antique, boutique and unique shopping; fine and casual dining and surprises on every corner of Olde Towne. Admission is free.

“Arts Evening is one of Olde Towne’s biggest nights, and I invite you to bring your family and friends to Olde Towne and join us for a great night of art and entertainment in Slidell,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I would like to thank all of the Olde Towne restaurants and businesses who participate during this event.”

The festivities kick-off at 5 p.m. with the unveiling of the new Antique Umbrella Alley mural. The mural, created by Matt Litchliter, is located on the side of Lowry-Dungham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency on the corner of Erlanger and First streets. The mural was funded by The Northshore – St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission. Antique Umbrella Alley will also feature talented student artists as well as Slidell Magazine cover artists Anna Braud and other sidewalk chalk artists to promote the new Chalk the Walk fundraising event.

Artists will be displaying their works at these locations in Olde Towne:
  • Annette’s House of Decor: Arts Evening 2024 Poster Artist Lori Anselmo with art students Amelia Chen, Laura Chen, Lily Colwart
  • Antiques & Art on First: Shana Marshall
  • Bella Style Salon: Jessica Weems, Jessica Williams
  • Bistro 55: Danielle Camp, Gina Castle, Wess Foreman, Alexandria Richard
  • Borchert Law at Notting Hill: Elsa Baker, Jonathan Chadwick, Solange Ledwith
  • Camellia Well Being
  • Carolynn’s Wonderland: Grace Dunning
  • Christina’s Therapeutic Touch: Aubin Brian, Jessica Moody, Linda Moran
  • Crippin Residence: Olde Towne Slidell Main Street, and artist K. L. Smith
  • Daiquiris Gone Wild at Triangle Square: Denise Gilhousen, Gina Gillio, Wallflower Resin Co.
  • Damsel n Distress: Ernest Roberts, Dustin Young
  • Fresco Ole Towne Slidell: Joe Lopez
  • Green Oaks Apothecary: Jill Anderson, Anderson’s Woodworking, Brittany & Maleigh Ballard, Kelley Chauvin, Layla Clark, Jenny Creel, Crystal Moon Designs, Amanda Poole Douglas, Nancy Gaines, Anya Gisclair, David Guestella, Cheri Hart, Jennifer Laurent, Jessica Little, Bri Miller, Jessica Moody, Jenna Pendarvis, Mikayla Perkins, Tristen Rolling, Amber Ryan, Aeva M. Santini, Lauren Penton Taylor
  • Heidelberg’s Bar
  • Hidden Tattoo Collective
  • Hingle Boys Collectibles
  • Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien: Matt Litchliter
  • Magnolia House Antique Mall
  • Olde Towne Pizza: Olivia Clatterbuck
  • Pontchartrain Investment Management: John Berry, Linda Bickel, Pete Karenina Designs, Mary Rich
  • Slidell Museum: Andreè Maduell, Joy Rancatore, Kevin Walgamotte
  • Tres Co. Boutique: Elizabeth Johnson
  • The Venue: Kelly Andrew, Emily Edwards, Leiana Funck

There will be plenty of live entertainment throughout Olde Towne:

  • Audio Beach: 6 – 9 p.m. at Restaurant Coté and The Maple Room
  • Steve Authement: 5 – 9 p.m. at the Crippin Residence
  • DJ Andrew Pear: 5 – 9 p.m. at Bella Style Salon
  • Fat City Swing: 7 – 9 p.m. at Roots Plants and Coffee
  • Northshore Community Orchestra Jazz Ensemble: 5 to 8 p.m. ay Green Oaks Apothecary
  • Overboard: 5 – 7 p.m. at Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency
  • Ozone Music Songwriters Showcase: 5 – 9 p.m. at Borchert Law at Notting Hill
  • Sara, Jim and Jeff: 5 to 7 p.m. at Pontchartrain Investment Management
  • Sweetie: 5 – 9 p.m. at Brass Monkey

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at many of Olde Towne’s finest establishments, including:

  • American Legion
  • The Arcade on Carey 
  • Bistro 55
  • Brass Monkey
  • Camellia City Pizza
  • Daiquiris Gone Wild at Triangle Square
  • Deanasco Restaurant
  • Electric Avenue
  • Fresco Olde Towne Slidell
  • Heidelbergs
  • The Maple Room
  • Old Town Soda Shop
  • Olde Towne Pizza
  • Olde Towne Tavern
  • Restaurant Cotè
  • Roots Plants and Coffee
  • Tacos and Beer
  • Whiskey and Ashe

For more information about Arts Evening, call the department of Cultural Affairs at (985) 646-4375 or visit MySlidell.com. A digital brochure with more information will be posted several days before the event.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, the City of Slidell, and the members of the Slidell Commission on the Arts would like to congratulate Lori Anselmo for being selected as the Arts Evening 2024 Poster Artist. Her art work, “Slidell Sunflowers” will be featured on the Arts Evening poster and publicity materials.

The 29th annual Arts Evening takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Olde Towne Slidell. One of the largest cultural festivals on the Northshore, this family-friendly event features over 50 artists displaying their works at over 30 locations in Olde Towne Slidell. In addition to the artwork, there will be live entertainment; antique, boutique and unique shopping; fine and casual dining and surprises on every corner of Olde Towne. Admission is free.

Anselmo is a self-taught artist who began her art business in 2002. Her work has been featured in numerous art exhibitions in the region, including her “Freedom” exhibit celebrating our military and her twentieth anniversary retrospective exhibit, both in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall. In 2018, she opened Lori’s Art Depot and Creative Center for the Arts in the historic Slidell Train Depot, where she teaches art classes, hosts art parties and sells her art.

Many of her public art projects can be seen in Slidell and the New Orleans area, including seven streetcars for the popular “Streetcar Named Inspire” project benefitting the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, six bead dogs benefitting the LASPCA “Bead Dog” project, and four pelicans for Leadership Northshore’s “Pelican’s on Parade” project to raise money for Rainbow Childcare. She has also created several murals for the City of Slidell, including a Mardi Gras mural and a mural celebrating our healthcare workers for their sacrifices during the pandemic.

In 2016, she painted poppies on her fence and shared a picture on her Facebook page. Within weeks, photos of her fence went viral and were shared on social media millions of times! She received requests from all around the world to come paint fences. This lead to her creating fence panel art work, featuring Anelmo’s original works of art printed on panels, that can create murals on any fence around the world.

She is the recipient of the City of Slidell’s 2019 BRAVO! Arts Award which recognized Anselmo for her artisitc contributions to the City of Slidell. She gives her time and talent to many charitable organizations, raising almost $300,000 since 2009 for local non-profits and organizations.

Anselmo will be selling signed copies of the event poster during Arts Evening. For more information about Anselmo and Lori’s Art Depot, visit her website at LoriAnselmoArt.com and visit her pages on social media.

For more information about Arts Evening, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, visit MySlidell.com or follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.