Bringing Live Performances to Your Community
The Banners Cultural Season is an annual performance series full of outstanding talents from around the globe, including live music and arts, readings and academic lectures, film screenings, family entertainment, and more.
Each Spring, a committee of volunteers assists in choosing the season roster, with the series running every March and April since 1993.
Save with our membership packages, available for those avid performance attendees, or check out our economical flex deals to choose pairs of tickets to your three favorite events.
"Banners Presents" shows are those which take place outside of the regular season.
Banners CURRENT OFFERINGS
McLeod lecture series on Thursday, March 10, 7:00 pm, in Squires. The discussion panel will be led by KPLC’s John Bridges and will also include: Dr. John Fletcher from LSU, Mr. Jim Beam retired Political Columnist for American Press: and Marshall Simien local attorney and political figure. Blue and Red America will be the topic, related to better government in Louisiana.
90 LIES AN HOUR: MARCH 18, TRITICO THEATRE, 7 P.M. $20
Lake Charles Little Theatre Partners with Banners to present 90 Lies an Hour. 13-time Fringe Best of Fest Winner Paul Strickland performs this collection of Original Hilarious Tall-Tales from his beloved Ain’t True and his Uncle False. “…the best tall-tales you can hear without actually having to risk a stabbing in the back of a boxcar.” – Edmonton Vue Weekly. 90 LIES AN HOUR won BEST SOLO COMEDY at the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival! LCLT will host a reception following the performance.
THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS: MARCH 19, BULBER AUDITORIUM, 7 P.M. $20
The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy. Behind the project is a single question: is it possible to create jazz and classical music in the 21st century that appeals to everyone? Even people who normally wouldn’t go to concerts? The Queen’s Cartoonists present a concert for everybody - regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall. Reception to follow.
THREE FRIENDS OF LINCOLN: MARCH 23, SQUIRES, 7 P.M. $20
Celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln through the stories of those who knew him best! This lively, interactive performance features his childhood friend Austin Gollaher, his law partner Billy Herndon, and the poet Walt Whitman. Austin Gollaher will tell the stories of Lincoln’s early life. Billy will share a side of Lincoln few have studied, his legal career and how it helped Lincoln in his rise to power. Walt Whitman’s best friend was in Ford’s Theater the night of the assassination and many scholars believe Whitman’s story is the best eyewitness account of that fateful night and what it means for America.
CHA WA: MARCH 24, TRITICO THEATRE, 7 P.M. $20
Cha Wa – Everyone enjoys a savory bowl of gumbo so come enjoy this ”gumbo of singing, chanting, intoxicating rhythms, and def funk grooves that are simply impossible to resist” as stated by Popmatters. Grammy-nominated New Orleans brass band – meets – Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Reception to follow.
WORKS ON PAPER: MARCH 24, MSU FINE ARTS GRAND GALLERY, 6 P.M. FREE Reception
The 35th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition will be on view March 24th - May 6th, 2022 in the Grand Gallery, Shearman Fine Arts Annex, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. The juror of this year's exhibition is Jennifer Dasal, creator and host of ArtCurious Podcast, a podcast about art history, previously Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art. An opening reception will be held on March 24th, 6-8pm, with a juror's talk and awards at 7pm.
LEON CHAVIS AND ZYDECO FLAMES: MARCH 27, LOCATION Bulber Lawn, 2 P.M. $20
Down home talent and zydeco influenced in its purest form. This talented performer and band are a unique spawn from the heritage and roots of south Louisiana. Experience the blended methods of years past and the evolving styles of new artists. Genuine Louisiana music to be enjoyed by all and preserved for future generations. Enjoy open-air entertainment in the oaks!
LEO P: APRIL 1, TRITICO THEATRE AUDITORIUM, 7 P.M. $20
Leo Pellegrino, popularly known as Leo P, is an American saxophone player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His wailing on the baritone sax and unique dance moves accompanied by his ever-changing hair style and matching outfits have taken him from the subways of NYC to featured status at Royal Albert Hall and international prominence. He will be joined on stage by McNeese's own Professor Bill Rose, and MSU alum Jay Ecker and Ty Ellender. After Party at Rickenjack's.
JEFF BOYER’S BIG BUBBLE BONANZA: APRIL 8, BULBER AUDITORIUM, 7 P.M. $20
Living in a bubble doesn’t sound very fun but Living in World of Bubbles is cool! Guinness Book of World Records awarded Jeff Boyer’s the ultimate title for his mastery of bubble making and bubble manipulation. Have the most fun with bubbles since you were in that memorable bubble bath as a child. Truly an event for all ages. Reception to follow.
GINA CHAVEZ: APRIL 9, TRITICO THEATRE, 7 P.M. $20
Derived from deeply personal experiences and emotions, her collection of bilingual songs journey from her Latin roots to her story of life in Texas as a married, queer Catholic. Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner -- including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered and have been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.
POEMS AND STORIES FROM A TRAVELER: APRIL 14, STOKES AUDITORIUM, 7 P.M. FREE
Dr. Robert Cooper writes poems and tells stories about places he's been and people he's met. Many are about Lake Charles but with a hurricane or two added in, but some are inspired by experiences far removed from everyday Louisiana civilization. His writings can be sad or funny or biting, but they are all insightful.
THE FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS: APRIL 23, TRITICO THEATRE, 7 P.M. $20
The Flying Balalaika Brothers feature a unique blend of Gypsy folk, electric rock n' roll, and eye-catching, interactive performances featuring instruments like the behemoth contra-bass balalaika, a triangle-shaped stringed instrument from Russia.
LOUISIANA RISING: APRIL 24, SQUIRES HALL, 2 P.M. FREE
A panel of local community leaders and citizens will share stories of redemption in the face of hardship, with valuable insight from mental health practitioners. Audience members will not only be invited to participate in the discussion but will help create a collective work of art to represent their resilience. Event to be headed by panelists Eric Avery of Crying Eagle, Jonathan Cerneck (Tribal Chairman of Coushatta), Dr. Tari Dilks, Dr. Kevin Yaudes, and artist Tracy LeMieux.
LA POET LAUREATE MONA LISA SALOY: APRIL 30, TRITICO, 7 P.M.FREE.
Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D., current Louisiana Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author & folklorist, educator, and scholar of Creole culture in articles, documentaries, and poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina. Dr. Saloy documents Creole culture in sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play. She writes on the significance of the Black Beat poets and on keeping Creole to today. Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her collection of poems, Second Line Home, captures New Orleans speech, family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans, the unique culture the world loves. Saloy's screenplay for the documentary Easter Rock premiered in Paris, the Ethnograph Film Festival and at the national Black museum. She's lectured on Black Creole Culture at Poets House-NYC; the Smithsonian; Purdue University; the University of Washington; and Woodland Patterns Book Center. Her documentary, Bleu Orleans, is on Black Creole Culture. She is an editorial reviewer for Meridians: Feminism, race, transnationalism. Most recent publications of verse include I am New Orleans, anthology. Reception to follow.
BANNERS 30TH YEAR RETROSPECTIVE: MAY 1, SQUIRES HALL, 2 P.M. FREE
Join us for a season-culminating cake and champagne toast following a 30 year retrospective of Banners at McNeese State University with speakers Mary Richardson, LaDonna McKnight, and Randy Fuerst. Come share your favorite Banners stories and be part of the conversation!
Thank you SWLA for SUPPORTING BANNERS!
Puddles Pity Party (photo: Killer Photography)
Abdullah Ibrahim (photo: Chuck Curet)
Red Hot Chilli Pipers (photo: Killer Photography)
William Aprill's "Unthinkable: Inside Criminal Minds"
Chase Padgett's "6 Guitars" (photo: Killer Photography)
An Evening with Josephine Baker
The Americans (photo: Killer Photography)
Freedom Brass, the United States Air Force Band