BTE: A Bayou Benefit
Monroe’s homegrown band, Better Than Ezra, took to the stage at the Monroe Civic Center Arena for BTE: A Bayou Benefit. The concert was organized to raise money for the sister of bandmate Jim Payne. Payne’s sister, Beth, has multiple sclerosis and the proceeds were to help pay for her medical expenses.
Food and drink were served during a back stage pre-party, which gave guests a chance to catch up with friends and to visit with members of the band. Also, during the backstage party, buyers made bids on silent auction donations, including fine art, salon services, and more than a few luxury vacations.
With the concert still humming in their ears, fans made their way to Portico, where Better Than Ezra partied the night away with their fans at an after party. All told, more than 2,000 people turned out for the event, which organizer Sue Sartor called a “huge success.” The highlight of the night? Sue’s husband, Dr. Walter Sartor, took to the stage to perform Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” with BTE.