Band: Johnny Barbato
Date: Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room, 78 St. Francis St., thelisteningroommobile.com
Tickets: $7.50 at the door
MUSIC BRIEF 3

The Listening Room has been satisfying local music junkies with an environment that provides an intimate experience with each evening’s featured artist. For this Friday performance, The Listening Room brings a bit of the Flora-Bama to its stage. Life experience is one of the most appealing aspects of Flora-Bama’s line-up of performer-songwriters, and Johnny Barbato has plenty of life experience to share.

Barbato developed a love for music during his early years in New Orleans. When he began to compose original pieces, he mingled soulful country with blues and Southern rock. Eventually, this singer-guitarist made his way along the Gulf Coast and spent time performing as both a solo artist and with his band the Lucky Doggs.

Barbato is also a veteran of the International Blue Challenge’s Solo and Band divisions. His set at the Listening Room will feature “a master fiddler from Louisiana.” As always, audience members will get a chance to get to know Barbato better through a meet-and-greet intermission.