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‘Playing the Staircase’ returns | Arts & Entertainment

HAMMOND — The Hammond Regional Arts Center has announced the next session of its original listening room series, “Playing the Staircase.”

This concept sees the Hammond Regional Arts Center transform into an intimate listening room for original, acoustic music designed to expand the Arts Center’s mission into the audio arts.

“Playing the Staircase” features local and regional musicians playing on the landing of the HRAC staircase and gives audiences an intimate listening room to enjoy original lyrics and music. Each “Playing the Staircase” session occurs quarterly throughout the year, with musicians performing from 6-8 p.m. These events are BYOB.

The HRAC announced local Hammond musicians Troy Bennett, Will Vance, Byron Daniel, Callie Hines, Ryan Church and J Rees playing on Friday, Nov. 17.

Admission to the listening room is $10, and the entire door proceeds for this session will be donated to the family of Allen Lloyd, who passed away at the end of October.

“Allen was a great influence on the local music scene here in Hammond,” said HRAC Media Coordinator Tara Bennett. “Many local artists got their start because of his involvement, and so we wanted to do something in honor of his memory.”

The HRAC has had a long history of promoting and presenting original art, theater and storytelling and is pleased to re-add original music and songwriting to that impressive list, according to a press release. Bennett believes such programming makes the Arts Center more versatile and opens the door to new opportunities.

“The City of Hammond needs outlets for original, live music,” Bennett said. “People don’t just watch bands; they share an experience, and it’s our job to create the best environment to let such experiences happen. Our listening series is our attempt at doing just that.”


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