Seven Musicians & Bands To Watch
By Chazmyne Jackson
Pat Richard considers music to be a part of his destiny and hopes to inspire younger musicians to carry on the tradition of making good Southern Louisiana music. Self-taught since the age of five, Pat has since gone on to perform live at festivals, casinos, and episodes of “Swamp N Roll.” He has produced three CDs, some featuring well-known artists like Wayne Toups; he describes his sound as Swamp Pop meets Southern Rock. On his most recent CD, “Smile,” Pat plays all of the instruments, including guitar, bass and drums; while his wife, Patricia, is his music engineer.
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Madi Conrad is a local cover artist who loves to entertain across Acadiana. Her covers include Elvis Presley, Adele, Journey, The Fray, and many more. Inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” movie at the age of two, Madi learned the piano and committed to her dream. Catch her performing at Legends Pub on Feb. 1, Romacelli on Feb. 8, Agave on Feb. 21 and POUR on March 9.Madi will be opening for the summer band series at Splashway on May 11.
Facebook: Madi Conrad Music
Taught to rap by his uncle at the age of 12, Nino has made a name for himself performing in Baton Rouge, La. His music is inspired by life situations that he feels his community can relate to. Nino’s rap style presents a sense of realism that is refreshing to the genre. He was a finalist at Ruffins’ Downtown Daiquiri Lounge and plans to perform there regularly. Nino will release his first mixtape at the end of February but in the meantime watch him perform at private parties and clubs in the Baton Rouge area.
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The Mirages infuse hard rock, jazz, and blues into their music to bring a unique sound to Metalcore. Based out of Lake Charles, La. for six years, the Mirages have toured Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The band is motivated by connecting with passionate individuals that love metal and want to spread the message of self-exploration. The Mirages released their EP “Vista” in December 2018 and it can be found for free on their website. Listen to the Mirages on all music streaming platforms or catch them live Feb. 1 in Beaumont, Texas and Feb. 2 in Dallas, Texas.
STEVEN JOHN SIMON
Steven is a father, soldier and singer who wants to spread good country music across the world. Inspired by his daughter’s love of singing, Steven joined the music scene to show his children it’s never too late to chase their dreams. He is signed to Heart Songs Records and released a single, “Tongue Tied,” Nov. 30, 2018. Steven has performed at Agave and Music Cove, and his music can be found on all music streaming platforms. Steven’s music covers everything from love to summertime fun and he spreads the message to never give up.
Facebook: Steven John Simon Music
LVVRS combines Modern Pop and Rock ‘N’ Roll to create a unique and catchy sound. Their music is influenced by Classic Rock and the desire to inspire others to pick up the guitar. The three-member group debuted May 2018 and has performed across South Florida to Austin, Texas. LVVRS has four singles that are available to stream and videos that capture the heart of Pop Rock. For LVVRS, music is a way of life and they want to share it with the world.
Cole Pham is a rapper hailing from Lafayette, La. His rap style has been influenced by skillful rappers such as J. Cole, Lil Wayne, and Meek Mills. His interest in rap began in middle school and since then he has released 20 songs. His latest album, LA 2 LA, was released December 8, 2018. Cole has performed across Northern California and Southern Louisiana. His passion for music is infectious and his songs spread a message of getting over struggles together. His music streams on Spotify and Apple Music among other services.
Facebook: Cole Pham