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

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.