04/12/2013 02:33 PM
BATON ROUGE – Two staples of Louisiana culture – music & crawfish – will come together on Saturday, May 4, to raise funds to help local students learn about the performing arts.
The LSU Performing Arts Academy, the community programs division of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, will host its first ever crawfish boil fundraiser to support scholarships and programs to help children in the community to take music lessons and performing arts classes at LSU. The festivities will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. under the oaks in front of the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
The event will feature live music from local musicians, including father and son duo Jim and James Hogg, who have played together regularly at events around the community. James Hogg also takes violin lessons with teacher Emma Lacraru at the academy. For them, music is both a family affair and a great skill for life.
“We are making some great memories, learning about music and spending time together,” said Jim Hogg. “Music not only improves kids’ skill sets for life, it gives them inner confidence and is quite entertaining, even when no one is around. I am certainly proud of his relentless enthusiasm for music.”
Other live performers will include academy teaching faculty Sarah Stoltzfus and Vasil Cvetkov.
The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction sponsored by Kids Orchestra, a local music education non-profit. Featured auction items include a guitar autographed by country music star Brad Paisley and special LSU-themed custom jewelry from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Tickets include access to crawfish, jambalaya and dessert, plus beer and wine for adults. Vegetarian options will be available for those who do not wish to eat crawfish.
“Since the arts can bring so much joy into our lives, we thought it was important for this event to truly be joyful for the whole family,” said academy director Blake Wilson. “But more importantly, this will help us fill an important need right here in our community, since many students aren’t able to have access to the arts on a consistent basis at school
The academy hopes to raise $10,000 to kick off its new scholarship program, Wilson said.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for those ages 17 and under. For more information, or to make reservations, visit http://paa.lsu.edu. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, April 26.
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013