WALKER -- Audiences can normally expect to hear country music whenever they enter the Old South Jamboree.
Not last weekend.
Instead, it was the smooth jazzy sounds of Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, Ray Charles, Carole King and others of the big-band era that filled the historic Walker music venue.
For one night, ticket buyers were taken on a musical journey to the past.
Swing music highlighted the night at the Old South Jamboree on Saturday for a music show dubbed “Through the Decades: A Musical Journey,” which also served as a fundraiser for a local non-profit acting troupe.
During the night, audience members enjoyed music from the 1950s through 1970s, including bluesy hits such as “This Magic Moment,” “Georgia,” “Big Spender,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and more.
The night’s featured ensemble was Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters, a local swing band out of Denham Springs that brought with it a horn section, a drummer and two guitarists. Other performers included Anita LeBlanc, Tracy Ardoin, Susan Burdette and newcomer John Hutchinson.
Apart from an array of toe-tappin’ tunes, the event featured a silent auction with items from local artists and merchants as well as a 50/50 drawing.
Proceeds from the show are going toward the Spotlight Theater Players and its spring production of “Steel Magnolias,” which will take place March 28-30 under the direction of Melani Glascock at the Old South Jamboree.
The Spotlight Theater Players group, which sponsored the event, was formed in March 2011 as a local community theater group, according to its website. The group has performed several stage plays, including “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Aladdin,” before it was contracted to perform an Abbott and Costello Radio Show for a WWII reenactment in the spring of 2013.
On Black Friday, the Spotlight Theater Players will present a showing of “A Christmas Carol” during the Lighting of Old City Hall in the Denham Springs Antique Village on Nov. 23, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Last weekend’s show kicked off a slew of events coming to the Old South Jamboree, one of the most well-known music venues in the parish that opened in the mid-1960s.
The next show will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring Carlton Jones and the Red Hot Country Band alongside special guest performer Kerwin LeBlanc.
Admission for the show is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments including hot dogs, popcorn, and cold drinks will be available.
Following Saturday’s show, Elvis Presley tribute artist and Baton Rouge native Jay Dupuis will make his third trip to the Old South in less than a year when he takes the stage for an “Elvis Christmas Celebration” on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Dupuis is one of only three tribute artists in the world employed by Elvis Presley Enterprises. More information regarding his upcoming performance can be found by visiting www.jaydupuisaselvis.com.
The Old South Jamboree is located at 9554 Florida Blvd. in Walker, between the Juban Road and Walker exits. For more information, call (225) 936-0349 or visit oldsouthjamboree.webs.com.