Business Person of the Month: Chris DeJohn

Chris DeJohn

Owner, Be Bop Music Shop

560 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 343-7433

Chris DeJohn

“If you took that lick and sped it up, you would have two licks.”
    — Tabby Thomas

“Be ready to fold those kings if an ace hits the table”
    — Unknown

BeBop Music Shop is dedicated to serving all musicians in the Baton Rouge area, from the beginner to the professional. The store specializes in new and used drumsets, hand percussion, and cymbals plus all the parts and accessories (sticks, heads, hardware, etc…) as well as a great selection of new and used electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, cables, strings, cases, and accessories. They offer bass and guitar lessons and can refer the budding musician for lessons on other instruments.

Professional drummer Chris DeJohn has been the owner since 2001 when he bought BeBop from the previous owners, Mike Armshaw and Doug Johnson, who had opened the shop in 1981. When they decided to close the store, DeJohn took out a loan and bought the store where he had been working as a sales assistant since 1997. Long a hang-out for a lot of local musicians, BeBop is “the hippest drum/guitar combo shop in Baton Rouge. We carry local CDs, have a bulletin board for networking musicians, and let them post flyers for upcoming gigs.”

DeJohn says he’s been around music most of his life. His uncle, who lived across the street when he was growing up, had a set of drums which he would go over and play. He seemed to have a knack for drumming, so his parents bought him his first set of drums when he was ten. Though he took private lessons from Joey Ferris throughout his years at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, he never played in the school band (“didn’t want to march.”)

He categorizes his family as “reluctantly-supportive. I don’t think they really thought I’d pursue it as a career.” DeJohn attended LSU for one year before dropping out to go on the road with the band Hoppergrass, which later was renamed Juice and became the house band at Tipitina’s. He can understand his parents’ trepidation, because it’s very hard to make a living playing music, especially just starting out. He had to keep some sort of day job to supplement his income. He worked in various kitchens like The Chimes and George’s before he came to work for BeBop. Working in a music store was ideal and owning one was even better.

Chris DeJohn bills himself as a Drummer/Percussionist specializing in Second Line, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Soul, Country, Rockabilly, Surf, Western Swing, & Blues. He likes to play congas and other “hand drums” and can play a little bit of guitar and bass. “I feel like these other instruments really improve my facility on the drumset and my ear.” As for drummers who may have influenced him, he cites the greats like Buddy Rich, Max Roach, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, and Neal Peart of Rush as musicians he enjoys hearing. He does confess that he sometimes finds long drum-solos really boring.

Working in music over the past decade, DeJohn has amassed a number of credits. He has performed and/or recorded with–George Porter Jr., Bill Summers, Eric Lindell, James Johnson, Kenny Neal, Rudy Richard, Eric Baskin, Michael Foster, New Orleans Juice, Kerry Rhys, Donald Evans, Andy Pizzo, Ricky Castrillo, Ned Fasullo, Nuevo Hippie Cover Band, The Bromaines, The King James Band, Chicago Al & The Backburners, Billy Kimbrell, Lance Chauvin, The Souls of Blues Revival, All That, Mary’s X, and Simba’s Children. He’s also made television appearances on City Confidential with Righteous Buddha and Louisiana Jukebox with Mary’s X. He’s currently drummer for the bands Righteous Buddha, The Roebucks out of Lafayette and The Black Sound Parade.

When not making music, DeJohn is an avid mountain biker. He likes to ride the Hooper Road and Comite River trails and has traveled to the western part of North Carolina where they have a plethora of bike trails for various levels of expertise. He also enjoys playing poker. “I love Hold ’em but I also enjoy Omaha and Seven Card Stud; mostly cash-games, but I don’t mind the occasional tournament.” With the travel and night life involved in the music world, DeJohn doesn’t have much time to spend in the library. He enjoys a good spy novel, but the last three books he read were trail guides for mountain biking.

DeJohn would like to see Baton Rouge downtown up and thriving with a great night life like Austin, Texas. “I don’t really know why BR isn’t more supportive of live music. When I go to places like Austin; Boulder, Colorado; Athens, Georgia; or Asheville, North Carolina, I notice people out enjoying local, original artists as opposed to here where it seems like everyone (except for a small handful) wants to hear cover bands playing songs they already know.”

Thirty one years old and married for two years now, DeJohn met his wife, who’s a lawyer, in high-school but they didn’t really start dating until college. “Cat is very supportive of my music as long as I’m pulling my weight. I wouldn’t do it for nothing; it really is a job.” They have a diverse group of friends with his “music friends” and her “lawyer friends,” but some are mutual (the leader of one of the bands for which he drums is a local judge.) Poker buddies and mountain bike buddies round out his circle of friends.

The poker quote from the beginning of this profile could be called his personal philosophy. DeJohn is adventurous, daring and willing to take chances, but wants to keep a clear head and know when to cut his losses. Poker metaphors make sense with his life as a professional musician, a career which requires risk-taking and often benefits from a little luck. He’ll be closing BeBop at the end of November, because he’ll be on the road with the Eric Lindell band for all of 2008, touring in support of the album, Change in the Weather on Alligator Records, coming out on January 11th. “Finally playing music is going to be my full-time job. I feel like my career is really moving forward since I got the Eric Lindell gig. No more 9 to 5.” The New Orleans Times Picayune has characterized the band’s music as “stellar, sublime blue-eyed soul and romping New Orleans R&B, played at the same intersection of soul, blues and roots rock as Van Morrison.”

He’s been running the shop alone lately. Though there are quite a number of music shops in town, the competition wasn’t bad until the big box store Guitar Center moved into the market. “How does one compete with such buying power?” He compares it to the effect new Wal-Marts have on local hardware stores. DeJohn is to be commended for keeping alive the BeBop Music Shop, a local tradition which lasted over twenty-five years.

Chris DeJohn “I’m really going to miss this place.” With his drumming career on the upswing, he plans to “form a new LLC (as of yet to be announced) and will be working under that title.” Music is Chris DeJohn’s business whether it’s under the BeBop name or another.

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Finding Louisiana Election Results

You can find the results for Louisiana elections on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

First, go to the Secretary of State’s homepage at In the left sidebar, click on the plus sign (+) next to Elections. This expands the menu. Then select Election Results. Near the top of the page is a link to the Elections Database. Click on CLICK HERE, in the sentence CLICK HERE TO SEARCH THE ELECTIONS DATABASE.

From this page, you can search either State-Wide and U.S. Races, Multi-Parish races, Amendments and Multi-Parish Propositions, or All Races in a Parish. Select a group of races to search, and then select the date from the drop down menu. If you need an older election (pre-2005), choose the Archived Elections link. Then click on the Get Results button to retrieve the results.

Thompson / Gale Small Business Resource Center

What’s new at your library on the subject of small business…?

New to the electronic database collection is the Small Business Resource Center. Gale’s Small Business Resource Center is a one-stop source for info on starting and/or growing your business.

Highlights include

  • Business Plans Handbook Series, with over 300 actual business plans. .
  • A “How To…” section including topics on,
    Writing a business plan
    Financing your business
    Marketing and growing your business
    Buying and selling a business
  • Access to 200 business journals

Using Small Business Resource Center is easy; for example, you have an idea to open a music store. From the site’s opening page, you can select Business Type, find music stores, click on that subject and see business plans, and full text articles about opening a music business.

Small Business Resource Center is located on the library’s Online Databases page under the Gale Group collection.

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal for aspiring writers is to write a 50,000 word novel (about 175 pages) starting no earlier than November 1 and finishing before November 31.

By signing up at the National Novel Writing Month website (also known as NaNoWriMo), you can create a profile and access the participant forums, where you can finds tips, hints and helpful encouragement. You can post excerpts of your novel for others to read. When you are ready, you can submit your novel for an official word count, which is “read” by a computer. If you succeed, you get a certificate and the satisfaction in having finished a novel.

According to NaNoWriMo, the key to success is to worry less about the quality and more about quantity. The brute force method must work, because every year more and more people finish as “winners”.

Learn more:

National Novel Writing Month FAQ

Wikipedia: National Novel Writing Month

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is a great place to find information about literature and authors. It has full text journal articles, author biographies, timelines, and reviews about literature from around the world and throughout history. For example, you can find:

  • Several biographies of Ernest Hemingway
  • Literary analyses of A Confederacy of Dunces, with titles such as “A Confederacy of Dunces as Reverse Satire: An American Subgenre” and “Ignatius Reilly and the Concept of the Grotesque in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces
  • An article on romanticism from Encyclopedia of Literature
  • A timeline of literary events that happened in 1929

There is also a Guide to Conducting Literary Research which has articles on choosing topics, organizing a research paper, and creating a Works Cited page, among many other topics.

To access Literature Resource Center, go to the library’s database page and choose Gale Group Databases. From there choose Literature Resource Center – LRC.

Business Person of the Month: Dr. Anne Odenweller, D.C.

Dr. Anne Odenweller, D.C.


Odenweller Chiropractic Clinic

13580 Coursey Blvd, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA
Phone 2225-755-0499
FAX 225-756-8029

Dr Anne Odenweller

“Whatever you can do or think you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
    — Goethe

“This above all, to thine own self be true.”
    — William Shakespeare

“Doctors of Chiropractic care are trained to improve the function of the nervous system through the manipulation of joints so that the body can function more productively, and without pain” Jefferson Hennessy wrote in a recent article in Acadiana Profile. This description of the profession is one Dr. Anne Odenweller (known as Dr. Anne to her patients) embraces. She believes motion is life. “I don’t just treat patients, I try to educate them on preventive measures to help them attain and maintain a healthy life.”

Born and raised in Ohio, she had chiropractic care growing up, which sparked her interest in the field. The family’s chiropractor educated them on health care rather than sick care, introducing her mother to information about nutrition and health foods. Dr. Anne was taught chiropractic first, medicine second and surgery last. She finds it rewarding to help people feel better. “So many times people feel immediate relief after an adjustment.”

At a young age Dr. Anne decided on chiropractic as her career choice. She liked being active, working with her hands, making and repairing things, and didn’t think a desk job would suit her temperament. “Chiropractic is sort of a mechanical profession.” She also had another goal in life—to join the Army. Her dad had been in the Army, and she loved looking at books he had which were put out by different battalions during WWII. “I felt it was my duty to serve, to help protect the country and preserve our freedom.” She joined the service after her freshman year at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio and was able to complete a second year of college going part-time and nights to Harford Community College while stationed in Maryland.

She worked as a Medical Corpsman for the first two years of her stint in the Army before being chosen for the AMOSIST Program (Ambulatory Military Outpatient System.) There was a shortage of physicians due to the Viet Nam War, so corpsmen were trained to triage sick call patients, take care of minor illnesses and work under the guidance of the doctors. During her four years of active duty, Dr. Anne worked and trained in several states, but spent most of her time in Maryland assigned to Aberdeen Proving Grounds. She was never deployed out of the country, though she loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She switched her military occupational specialty to helicopter maintenance while in the second year of her two–year Army Reserve obligation.

Dr. Anne’s pre-chiropractic study, with its emphasis on the sciences–chemistry, biology and anatomy, had prepared her for entrance into the Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas. With the aid of the GI Bill, she finished her four years there and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Her postgraduate studies include Chiropractic Orthopedics, Sports Injuries, Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Animal Chiropractic. “I’ve always loved seminars.” She’s had continuing education courses in nutrition, whip-lash injury and adjusting techniques for the extremities.

After she graduated, Dr. Anne did temp work in various chiropractic offices in several states and had to pass the state boards to be licensed in each one. Although there is no national license in the field, chiropractors are required to take the National Board Exams before graduating. She was encouraged by a friend from Texas Chiropractic College who was practicing in New Orleans to take the state boards to practice in this state. Louisiana was the last state in the union to license chiropractors, and the profession has been firmly established here for many years now.

She visited Baton Rouge in the early eighties and settled here because “it appeared clean and green and seemed like a nice place to live.” After working four or five years for a clinic, she opened her private practice. Dr. Anne feels Baton Rouge is growing nicely and hopes future growth and development is being carefully planned. She is concerned about building in what appear to be flood plains. Believing we should be stewards of our environment and protect animals, she thinks we should preserve habitat, rather than eliminating open spaces. “I’d like our city to be aware, open and tolerant, and I’d like to see more places that are animal friendly, as in other cities and countries.”

When she is away from the office, she enjoys gardening, woodworking, travel, astronomy, studying chiropractic, and caring for animals. She has dogs, cats and a horse. When she has time she likes to read science, history, gardening and nature articles and books as well as do-it-yourself books. Visiting the library at least once a week was one of her main activities growing up. “I got lost in the world of books.” Dr Anne loves how books can transport you to other places and help you use your imagination. Whenever she has traveled, she’s used libraries in the places she’s gone. She especially enjoys visiting medical libraries. “Everyone has something to say and writing a book is a good way to do that.”

Besides the favorite quotes listed at the beginning of this profile, Dr. Anne also likes this one by St. Francis of Assissi–“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” It pretty much sums up her philosophy of life. She likes to stay busy and feels that goals are important. From this profile one can see that the things she loves include helping people feel better, animals, books, travel, astronomy, and learning new things. Dr. Anne agrees with the old saying, “the things you love, you can’t get in catalogs.”

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Finding eMedia in OverDrive

Finding books in your favorite format is easy with Overdrive, the Library’s new eMedia service.

Use the search box at the top of the page to do a simple search to find  eMedia by title or creator/author. So if you just want to find Huckleberry Finn or any eMedia titles by Mark Twain, use this option.

If you want a particular format — or you need a particular language — use the Advanced Search option.  In Advanced Search you can specify format (audiobook, video, or Adobe or Mobipocket ebook), language, publisher, or subject, as well as the book title and author/creator.  You can also perform a keyword search with Advanced Search.

Don’t feel like searching for anything?  Browse the collection using the menu links on the lefthand side of the page.  From the menu you can browse the Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, explore the Teen and Childrens’ collection, or view all titles in a particular format.   You can also see new releases, what titles the Library staff likes, what titles have been checked out the most, and what titles have been recently returned. 

Browsing is fun and allows you to sample eMedia content without committing.  You can read excerpts of ebooks, listen to audio excerpts and view movie clips — all from the comfort of your home computer!  What could be simpler (or more entertaining)?

So check out the Library’s eMedia collection and start using Overdrive today!

Overdrive For Business

What does your East Baton Rouge Parish library card, a personal computer and a fast Internet connection have in common? By using all three, you can access eMedia from Overdrive. a new service offered by the library with access to downloadable audio books, ebooks and videos.

Are there business books in Overdrive? Yes, Overdrive currently lists 25 business titles such as:

  • The 100 Greatest Leadership Principles of All Time
    by Leslie Pockell and Adrienne Avila
    Format – Mobipocket eBook
  • 101 Best Cover Letters
    by Jay A. Block Michael Betrus
    Format – Adobe eBook
  • How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work
    by Susan Marshall and Anna Fields
    Format – OverDrive Audio Book

Good! How do I access Overdrive?

  • Go to the library’s eMedia page
  • Take a few minutes to read the Quick Start Guide. The guide has information on the type of materials available, check out procedures, and how to place items on hold.
  • Downloads are required to use Overdrive; the Quick Start Guide has instructions and links for downloading.

Put your computer into high gear and enjoy Overdrive.


With Overdrive, the Library’s new eMedia service, you can now download a variety of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos — then enjoy them from your home computer or upload them to your mp3 player, PDA, or smartphone.

Go to our eBR eMedia page to browse or search for eAudiobooks, e-books or videos then, after installing the Overdrive Media Console software,  check them out and download them.  It’s just like checking books out from the library, only better, because the items are “returned” automatically on their due date and you don’t get charged late fines.

Get started now with the Quick Start Guide.

See if your device is supported.

OverDrive Community Reserve

OverDrive is our new eMedia platform that allows you to download ebooks, audiobooks and video to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn them to a CD.

Within OverDrive’s broader collection of eMedia is a collection called OverDrive Community Reserve. Participating libraries from around the world have donated materials to this collection. They have been created for educational, informational and entertainment purposes.

OverDrive Community Reserve includes video interviews with authors called Expanded Books Interviews. There are also regional materials provided by libraries from across the country, student films, music and fiction titles — and even real estate information.  These items have many copies available for check out, so there should always be one available.

Community Reserve items are included in the regular Overdrive collection, but you can also view these titles as a group by clicking on the Community Reserve icon on our eBR eMedia page.