Community gathers to hear local artist

Hanna Flynn

There’s nothing quite like crisp Autumn weather and country music.  

Every Wednesday of September, the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosts the “Brown Bag Concert Series” where different musicians will come out and perform at The Pavilion at 7th Square. 

“Bringing arts to our community is just one way we support quality of life and economic development,” Kristopher Kelly, Executive Director of the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce said. “We’re proud to support this concert series every fall and spring.”

Last week’s featured artist was country singer songwriter Zach O’Neil. O’Neil is a 22-year-old musician from Simsboro, Louisiana who has been performing since the age of 12. 

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to perform for the Brown Bag Concert Series again this year,” O’Neil said. “The setup, the people who help make the event possible and the ones attending are all remarkable.”

People gathered around to hear O’Neil play some country classics, blues, classic rock and even a little bit of his original music. Every seat under the pavilion was filled, and families set out chairs and blankets on the lawn below. 

Local businesses also came out to promote and get acquainted with the community. They passed out treats, talked to the locals and got to enjoy the music as well. 

“I feel like the Brown Bag concerts are a great way for the community to connect,” State Farm employee Josh Masterson said. “I really enjoyed the music and the opportunity to support local.”

These events give local people, businesses and musicians the chance to connect with one another. Friends, families and students listen to live music and enjoy some treats while companies get an opportunity to get out in the community and engage. And of course, the concert gives local musicians a platform to play their music to a large audience and grow their name.