Downtown Covington has a spot with plenty to offer musicians and their patrons. At The Green Room (521 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-2225), the walls are painted emerald and hung with pop art posters and dartboards, but the $5 Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers and live music schedule attract the most attention.
Owner Rob Fielding, a Covington native, had always wondered why his hometown didn't have many live venues.
"There wasn't a place in Covington for local music to be heard, so my friends and I came together with some money and finally made it happen," Fielding says. "I wanted to make it like a small club on Frenchmen (Street), a very chill, very relaxed, very mellow place where you can come in and not feel threatened and listen to some great music."
The goal was to make The Green Room a place for locals to unwind. Fielding says it's a popular spot for local artists to hang out at the end of the day, and there are different events each night of the week: Sunday is karaoke night; there are drink specials Monday and Tuesday; Wednesdays feature an open mic and gyros cooked on the patio by restaurant Baba Ghanoush; and Thursdays there's a dance party with DJ Killahouse. The bar is being renovated to create more room for customers to dance, drink and be merry.
"The goal is to increase floor space as much as possible," Fielding says.
There are drink specials during New Orleans Saints games and free shots with each touchdown. If customers get too wound up during a game, they can go on the patio and use the coin-operated boxing ma-chine to vent. "You wouldn't expect it in bars," Fielding says, "but if you get aggravated at someone, you can come back here and let the aggression out — not on someone inside."
Every Friday and Saturday night there is live music by bands like Rik Slave and The Phantoms, Bonerama, Astral Project, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and Dax Riggs. Alexis Marceaux, a contestant on NBC's reality singing competition show The Voice, got her start on Fielding's stage.
"Alexis played here for almost six months straight," Fielding says. "When she was first starting out, she played her first gig here. She's outgrown The Green Room, and I wish her luck."
It's fitting that the musician got her start in the aptly named bar. According to Fielding, he and his friends brainstormed for almost a week for a name, and when the name was chosen, everything fell into place.
"The green room, for a concert or show, is that place where the artist gets ready and prepares for the show, so it fits with what we try to do here," Fielding says. "We love nurturing local talent. That's what we're here for."