What does summer sound like? Visit St. James Episcopal Church on any Wednesday evening in July to find out. The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation announces the fourth annual "Summer Sounds at St. James" musical concerts, which reflect the diversity of music available in the Capital City.
• July 3: Victory Belles, a charming vocal trio from the National WWII Museum, who delight audiences with their spirited performances featuring dazzling costumes, audience interaction, and World War II-era musical classics, all sung in rich, three-part harmony.
• July 10: Hot Club of New Orleans represents the Big Easy proudly with an updated take on swing-era music and a full band featuring guitars, violin, clarinet, and bass.
• July 17: And Louisiana isn't just jazz and Bourbon Street...Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse from the Atchafalaya Basin showcase another aspect of the state's unique musical heritage. Their exuberant tunes are served up by accordion, guitar, and even frottoir (the Zydeco rubboard) as the bluesy rhythms and vocals urge the crowd off their feet.
• July 24: Another change of pace with award-winning baritone Stephen Rushing as he returns to his St. James roots after touring the country with philharmonics, choirs, and operas. The talented vocalist presents an all-English program pulling from the works of G. F. Handel, Henry Purcell, and Cole Porter, among others.
• July 31: Closing out the season is trombonist and Baton Rouge native Chris Belleau, who claims he was chosen by his instrument. In this fated role, Belleau performs a mélange of blues, Tex-Mex, and Cajun. The Louisiana-flavored roots and blues selections act as an appropriate bookend to a month of melodious summer evenings.
7 pm at 208 N. Fourth Street. $10; free for college students with a valid ID. Season tickets are available at $30 for all four concerts. A reception and a chance to meet the performers follows each concert. www.stjamesbr.org or (225) 387-5141.