Rod Melancon @ Neches Brewing Co.

Rod Melancon @ Neches Brewing Co.

Neches Brewing Company, nestled in Port Neches – hence the name – has quietly become a go-to place for not only beer lovers, but also those who love good live music you can’t find in other spots in Southeast Texas.

Louisiana native Rod Melancon will perform two shows at the NBC on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to attend, and his Saturday show will be with the full band. Sunday, Melancon will perform solo.

Born in the small town of Wright, Louisiana, south of Crowley, Melancon appreciated the Cajun sounds but never really wanted to imitate it. His father and grandfather spoke French Cajun, but he was intrigued by theatre.

“My mom was a theater teacher and I was interested in playwrights,” said Melancon. “I was really into Tennessee Williams when I was young,” he added.

Louisiana went through a film boom a few years ago because the state was offering big tax breaks, so Melancon worked on many movie sets.

So with that in mind, Melancon left Louisiana in 2007 at the age of 18 and headed to Los Angeles, hoping to continue a career as a worker in the film industry.

While in L.A., he purchased a guitar and it took over his life.

“I always wanted write and create stories with characters, so I thought I would do it in the movie world,” he said. “But songwriting became my outlet for storytelling.”

Melancon taught himself how to play the guitar then began to structure his own songs. He was inspired by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen.

“I wanted to try to capture a story and tell it in 4-5 minutes,” said Melancon.

He then recorded a few albums and is now ready for his sophomore national release, Southern Gothic, which will be available June 16.

“I have a lot of stories of when I was a kid, and all these tales my dad used to tell me,” said Melancon of his inspiration on the new album. “These songs on Southern Gothic are very personal stories that I felt like needed to be told. I’m very proud of this record.”

So those who attend the show, expect to see a “gritty swamp trip,” per Melancon: “I want to take people on a trip that I construct with some rock-n-roll.”

For show information, call (409) 718-0003. The NBC offers 70 different brews, including their own, and 20 on tap. NBC is a non-smoking, family friendly atmosphere.


Chad Cooper is the editor of the Southeast Texas Entertainment Guide. Email: cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com