201 N. Columbia St.

Covington, LA 70433






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We are proud to present...

Friday Night Music Club


The Friday Night Music Club is back this year, and we're bringing you plenty of local flavor to celebrate the return of this concert series. For the Spring 2015 season, a series of five concerts, we are bringing in noted New Orleans musicians once a month for an intimate evening of songs and stories.


Each concert is from 8pm-10pm, and will feature two sets of music and an intermission. Attendance at these events includes Meet and Greet time with the artists before the show and at intermission.



On January 9th, the season opened with Luther Kent.


On February 6th, we continue the series with The Mesmerizers, featuring Debbie Davis, Matt Perrine, Alex McMurray, and Josh Paxton. Allison Fensterstock, of the New Orleans Times Picayune, says that "Davis has a big, lush and wryly sultry voice, infused with intelligence and wit; the well-rehearsed Mesmerizers are a perfect setting for that gem. After logging so many dozens of hours as a live ensemble, they work together like surefooted dance partners, making the musical twirls and dips look easy." Whether you have seen them on an episode of TREME, on Bravo's Top Chef: New Orleans, or performing in any of the finer music venues in the city, you won't want to miss this evening of entertainment. Individual tickets to this concert can be purchased on our webstore.


On March 6th, we welcome The Pfister Sisters. Since 1979, the Pfister Sisters have been bringing traditional jazz from New Orleans to the world. Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker and Debbie Davis (in truth, neither Pfisters nor Sisters) have shared stages with everyone from Linda Rondstadt and Irma Thomas to Maxine Andrews of the Andrews Sisters. Steeped in New Orleans traditional jazz, they carry on the legacy of innovative jazz vocal harmony begun by New Orleans' own Boswell Sisters in 1925. The subject and stars of an original show in Berlin's premier cabaret venue, the "sisters" have toured the US and Europe, performing in venues as diverse as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Ascona Jazz Festival and Angola State Penitentiary as well as having played themselves in an episode of the HBO series, TREME. They continue to be staples of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and perform regularly domestically and abroad. Individual tickets to this concert can be purchased on our webstore.


On April 10th, we will host the Tim Laughlin Trio, featuring clarinetist Tim Laughlin, drummer Hal Smith, and pianist David Boeddinghaus - the trio featured on Tim's latest album, The Trio Collection: Volume I. A native of New Orleans, Tim Laughlin fell in love with the sound of the clarinet before he ever held one. His first job was on a Mardi Gras float when he was only fifteen. After finishing high school he began working around town and eventually joined the musicians union where he would meet and perform with some of his most influential mentors. He has recorded a dozen solo CDs among which “The Isle of Orleans” (2003) is an award-winning collection of Laughlin originals. With this, he was the first and only New Orleans clarinetist to ever write and record an entire album of originals. Today, you can catch Tim at some of his favorite clubs in New Orleans such as The Bombay Club, The Palm Court, Snug Harbor and The Windsor Court Hotel, where he performs every Saturday. Individual tickets to this concert can be purchased on our webstore.


On May 8th, we will close out this premiere season with John "Papa" Gros and Friends. Most notably known for his thirteen year stint as the frontman of Papa Grows Funk, John is one of New Orleans's most sought-after session and live keyboardists. With numerous Jazz Fest appearances under his belt, he has been seen with Better than Ezra, Raw Oyster Cult, and Sarah McLachlan. New Orleans music lovers will appreciate “Papa’s” colorful songwriting which features his funky piano and gritty, soulful voice reminescent of Leon Russell, Dr. John, Little Feat but a whole lot of John Gros. Swamp blues, New Orleans piano, Louisiana rock-n-roll, heartbreak ballads, and even a Cajun waltz highlight these musical gems. John “Papa” Gros has performed with his group or solo at festivals and music clubs across Southeast as well as Japan and the Czech Republic and has been a featured annual performer at WWOZ’s Piano Night during JazzFest for the last decade. In January 2011, John was awarded OffBeat magazine’s 2011 Best of the Beat Award for Best in Piano / Keyboards. Individual tickets to this concert can be purchased on our webstore.




We are excited to provide these quality entertainers for your enjoyment right here in Downtown Covington. We look forward to seeing you at the shows!






Playwriting I: Finding Your Voice


In early 2015, we are proud to offer a ten-week college level course with Dr. Jim Fitzmorris. On Tuesdays from January 27th through March 31st, through vigorous rewriting and critique, you will create your first dramatic work for the stage both in monologue and play form, and you will do this in a voice that is uniquely yours.


This intensive ten session course will appeal to both creative writers as well as theater enthusiasts. Enrollment is limited, so reserve your space now. Don't miss this opportunity to work closely with Jim in a small class workshop setting.




A playwright, critic, dramaturg and editor, Jim Fitzmorris is a New Orleans native who specializes in writing about the rough-and-tumble, daily life of the city he calls home. He was the theatre critic for Nola Defender and now does the same for The New Orleans Advocate. Jim is the winner of four Big Easy Awards for Best Original Production, a two time finalist for The Heideman Award, and a finalist for The Osborn Playwriting Award.


Holding a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from The University of Washington’s School of Drama, Jim has worked as a university professor, a theatre interventionist, and a political fixer.


This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to hone their skills and develop a stage-ready performance piece from their individual perspective.


Candlelight Cabaret

at Speckled T's

with the Pfister Sisters


Speckled Ts will host "Candlelight Cabaret" on January 18th, 2015, turning back the clock to a simpler time when supper clubs were all the rage. Tickets to this casually elegant evening will include a Filet Mignon dinner with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a show by "The Pfister Sisters". Seating is available for the evening (7pm) dinner performance.


Co-sponsored by the Center Of Performing Arts, this event is the first collaboration to bring a taste of the Marigny to the Northshore. Since 1979, Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker, and Debbie Davis have brought traditional jazz from New Orleans to the world as The Pfister Sisters. Having shared stages with everyone from Linda Ronstadt and Irma Thomas to Maxene Andrews of the Andrews Sisters, they carry on the legacy of innovative vocal jazz harmonies that began here with the Boswell Sisters in 1925. They continue to be staples of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and perform regularly domestically and abroad.


Tickets for the 7pm seating can be bought at the door.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support

Yes Virginia, The Butler Did It!, The Island of Dr. Fitzmorris, True Blue Bayou, and SING!


This has been our first official season with a full slate of stage offerings, and thanks to you it was a resounding success. These shows would not have made possible without your support, and we are thankful for your patronage.


We hope that you will stay in touch with us to find out

what else we have coming to COPA in 2015!


Head to the "Contact Us" page to find out how to reach us.

201 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433 – 985.727.4638 – centerofperformingarts@gmail.com