The Lion's Roar

Musicians take their talent on the road

Amanda Shaw, a Cajun fiddler and long time resident of Mandeville, has toured out of the state to places like Europe and Brazil.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

May 13, 2019

Mobility is often a requirement for professional musicians. Those who center their career around music often go on tours, which require them to be away from their home for extended periods. Amanda Shaw, Cajun fiddler, singer and actress, shared how far she travels to perform for her fans. “I have performed ...

Alumnus pursues excellence in music

Casey Saba, singer, guitarist and alumnus, earned the nickname “The Human Jukebox” after learning 580 songs by 230 bands.

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

From his beginnings as the son of a chicken farmer, 36-year-old alumnus Casey Saba made a career out of music and earned himself the nickname “The Human Jukebox.” Saba plays everything from festivals and dive bars to weddings and funerals. His selection of covers includes 580 songs by 230 bands. ...

How artists find an audience and get the word out

Dr. Marc Settembrino, assistant professor of sociology,  poses with his artwork. Through the Hammond Art Guild, Settembrino advertises his art to the community.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

Artists incorporate a variety of techniques to promote their work to the public. L’Oreal Willams, a freshman business administration major, discussed how social media has helped her promote her photography business, “L’Oreal Productions.” “I use a lot of social media to do promoting,” stat...

5 years of laughter fuel a theatre memorial

Alumni returned to the university for an improvisational comedy performance to honor the memory of three university theatre community members, Brandon Cubas, Jacob Zeringue and Kay Files. The “Cubas/Kay/Jacob Memorial Comedy” is in its fifth year of running.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

December 4, 2018

Alumni returned to their home Vonnie Borden Theatre stage to honor the memory of three university theatre community members with the 5th annual “Cubas/Kay/Jacob Memorial Comedy Show.” Brandon Cubas and Jacob Zeringue were students, and Kay Files joined the university’s theatre staff in 1993....

Improvisational comedy enlivens a memory

Alumni returned to the university to present the 5th annual

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 21, 2018

Alumni reunited for a tribute to three members of the university theatre community with the 5th annual "Cubas/Kay/Jacob Memorial Comedy Show." The cast performed in the Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. Brandon Cubas and Jacob Zeringue were students, and Kay Files joined the university's...

Finding local live music in Hammond

Casey Saba, a 2006 alumnus, performs at Red, White & Brew. He performs both covers and original music. Beyond live music, Saba is also a comedian and teacher. Saba has seen the live music business grow from face-to-face booking to email and Facebook.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

October 3, 2018

Whether looking to hear live music or for a place to perform, a number of venues in Hammond can fit the bill. Red, White & Brew invites musicians to perform every Saturday. For Jarred Smith, manager of Red, White & Brew, the benefits of live music go beyond a break from hearing the same playlist.  ...