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Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Chris Shearman Experience at the Wild Beast Feast, May 5!

The Chris Shearman Experience - Rocking Out!
Chris Shearman's Favorite Classical Composer?
“Bach or Nothing!”

-Story by Angie Manning & Chris Shearman

For Chris Shearman, music is the ultimate form of entertainment. For him, there's nothing better than seeing people dancing, or even just nodding their heads. He shared that times are hard right now, and music is something that can be enjoyed by everyone – everywhere – anytime. And, the Chris Shearman Experience will be playing tunes at the Wild Beast Feast coming up at the Cash and Carry Building, 801 Enterprise Blvd., on Saturday, May 5.

“The Symphony is a part of the fabric of Lake Charles. Many people don't realize that so much popular music of today is rooted in the melodies and rhythms of classical, jazz, ragtime, and the older styles of music. The Symphony is integral in maintaining the education of music's heritage and history,” said Shearman.

The members of the band include Paul Gonsoulin, Blake Thibodeaux, and often, they are joined by Joseph Darbonne.

Chris said, “We have been friends since high school and playing music together for over 10 years. We are not only close band-mates, but good friends. We spend a lot of time trying not to laugh outrageously because of how much fun we have up there. Lake Charles is a wonderful place to play live music. We do it right here in our city!”

The Chris Shearman Experience band is definitely influenced by the rock bands of today like Kings of Leon and such, but they are true to the old-school Beatles, Van Morrison, and Zeppelin. For Chris’ take on classical music and his favorite composer, he shares: “I have always been a ‘Bach or nothing’ guy. His ability to transition from major to minor and his capacity for melody have always blown me away.”

The Chris Shearman Experience cranks up at 6 p.m. at the Wild Beast Feast! Chefs and other activities will also be going on that day including live and silent auctions. The event is 5-10 p.m. at the Cash & Carry Building in Lake Charles. Tastings from the fabulous chefs start at 5 p.m. as well as the silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or advance tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Office (located in Central School 809 Kirby Street), Gordon’s Drug Store, Adult tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Children ages 7-14 are $10 or $15 at the door. For more information on the Wild Beast Feast or to contact the Symphony office, call (337) 433-1611 or e-mail