LSU’s Manship School to Host Free Concert Celebrating First Amendment Thursday Evening

03/21/2013 12:24 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication will kick off a year of centennial celebrations as well as celebrate the First Amendment with a free concert at 5 p.m. Thursday featuring the Nashville-based recording group Freedom Sings.

The event is open to all LSU students and will feature jambalaya and refreshments. The event is sponsored by John Q. and Nancy Barnidge, as well as Manship Media.

Freedom Sings, a program of the First Amendment Center, is a critically acclaimed, multimedia experience with an all-star cast of musicians, now in its 11th year of touring the country. The presentation features music that has been banned or censored or has sounded a call for social change, and it invites audiences to experience the First Amendment in a new way. This entertaining, irreverent and inspiring program is packed with live music and showcases hit songwriters, engaging performers and Grammy Award winners.

Freedom Sings recognizes the full spectrum of political views, an approach praised by journalists, including nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, who wrote in his column that the program is “fun … scrupulously well-balanced” and appealing to “all political perspectives.”

Performers include:

  • Craig Krampf, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and legendary rock drummer behind songs such as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Bette Davis Eyes”;
  • Jonell Mosser, soulful singer whose work can be heard in such films as “Hope Floats” and “Boys on the Side,” and who has performed with such talents as Ringo Starr and B.B. King;
  • Don Henry, Grammy Award-winning songwriter whose work has been recorded by Ray Charles, Kathy Mattea and many others;
  • Bill Lloyd, of the top country duo Foster and Lloyd, whose work has been recorded by Hootie and the Blowfish and other top acts;
  • Ashley Cleveland, a gritty, powerful singer and the only woman to win three Grammy Awards for best rock gospel album;
  • Joseph Wooten, a singer and songwriter, and keyboard player for the Steve Miller Band;
  • Jason White;
  • Jackie Patterson;
  • Dave Coleman;
  • The Wrights;
  • Michael Webb; and
  • Shonka Dukureh.


For more information on the event, contact Emily Wascom with the Manship School at 225-578-2187 or

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013