201 N. Columbia St.

Covington, LA 70433






Welcome to Center Of Performing Arts!

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 continued the series with

The Mesmerizers, featuring Debbie Davis, Alex McMurray, and Josh Paxton.


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!


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.

Thank You!






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