Downtown Out to Lunch concert series heats up summer

By Emma Stone

Louisiana’s hot weather forecasts have called for good times with lunch and live music in Downtown Ruston.

Last Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ruston’s cultural district presented an out to lunch concert at the Heard Freighthouse Food Park featuring the Mixed Notes band from Grambling University.

Dylan Sanders, Ruston Cultural District board member, got the idea after being inspired by another event similar to it.

“I was kind of researching some ideas about what some fun things could be culturally for downtown Ruston,” said Sanders. “I thought why not some sort of live music event while people are eating lunch. It’s a built-in audience.”

After presenting the idea, one of the board members got in touch with the representative for the Mixed Notes band, Rodney Terrell. 

The band consists of six to seven players with instruments ranging from a trumpet, trombone and saxophone focusing heavily on jazz music.

“It went great. I think everybody out there enjoyed themselves,” said Terrell. “They really enjoyed our singer and the instrument solos from our trumpet player and our trombone player and we just had overall good time.”

The concert series has been hosted on the second Friday of each month starting in May. The next will be Aug. 11.

“It’s just about building community, having a time to relax on the middle of the workday and a great day to kick off the weekend early,” said Amy Stegall, Ruston community coordinator.