Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band will funk you to death at Bears on Sat, Oct 25

Wear your oldest shoes, coat and hat for the melee of dancing engendered by the Rebirth's powerful street jazz. Tickets, 15.

Block party at Herby-K's on Sun, Oct 26, 1 pm to 6 pm; music, kids, pets

Herby-K's, the historic restaurant at 1833 Pierre Avenue, Shreveport, will host its 4th Annual Block Party and Benefit on Sun, Oct 26, from 1-6 pm. The event benefits PetSavers of Shreveport, says Angela Busi Doe.

- $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
- buffets with shrimp busters, fried catfish, fried onion rings, chicken and sausage gumbo, poboys and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Music by Bayou Gypsy, Kelcy Mae and Red Thread on an outdoor stage.
- bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for children.
- adoptable pets and a “puppy park”.
- cash beer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brian Blade kicks on Daniel Lanois' new instrumental record, Flesh and Machine

Shreveport-born and raised Brian Blade has played drums for Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock and more. For some years he has been at a jazz pinnacle, touring with Wayne Shorter and winning plaudits for his articulate band, Fellowship. Blade, the consummate jazz percussionist, also rocks out. When he kicks it in 4/4 it is usually with longtime friend Daniel Lanois. The 2 have made numerous albums together. My favorite is Black Dub.

This week Lanois released Flesh and Machine, a spacey and melodic set of instrumental pieces. When it kicks, it's the foot and 8 arms of Blade at work. On tour the album "will be performed live by a trio including himself, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson where both the playing of instruments and the sampling, dubbing and processing will happen in real time, essentially bringing the studio to the stage," says Lanois. The Nashville date is as close to Shreveport as is listed.

This week you can hear a preview of the whole thing at Npr.org, where it is called "a deeply otherworldly adventure."

There is an intriguing call to artists for films to accompany their shows.

Recommended for interstellar music trekkers.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

High-pitched voices and tightly-strung guitars celebrate Leadbelly at Ledbetter gravesite, Shiloh Baptist Church, Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1 pm, Sat, Oct 25

The annual Leadbelly Era Celebration, a graveside memorial jam, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat, Oct 25, at the Shiloh Baptist Church graveyard in Mooringsport, Louisiana, says Kathryn Hobgood Ray. Louisiana musicians will gather at the grave of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, 10395 Blanchard Latex Rd, to perform his songs. All are welcome.

Kathryn Hobgood Ray, 504-650-1238, kathryn@bienvilleray.com Danny Wilder, 318-751-2733

Directions to Shiloh Baptist Church: Take I-20 Exit 3 (LA -169), North 10 miles to Caddo Parish #6. (a.k.a. Blanchard-Latex Rd.). Turn left on Caddo Parish #6, drive 2.6 miles to Shiloh Baptist Church.

Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series begins Sun, Oct 19, 3 pm, Frost Chapel, First Baptist Shreveport: the I-49 Brass Quintet

The droll, sensual sounds of trumpet and multiple horns opens the Noel Foundation Chamber Music Series, says Lois Robinson.

The brass concert is 3 pm, Sun, Oct 19, at Frost Chapel of First Baptist Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr.

Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano are featured in the Nov 23 concert (3 pm), to be held in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College.

John-Henry Crawford performs on cello on Feb 8, 2015, 3 pm, at Artspace, 710 Texas St. A string quartet also performs.

An afternoon of duets - violin and voice - will be performed at Anderson Auditorium on May 3, 3 pm.

Performances feature the core players of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recommended: Kevin Russell and Americana group Shinyribs at Horseshoe Rooftop Party on Thurs, Oct 23, 8 pm

Kevin Russell, founder of Shreveport band Picket Line Coyotes and the Austin band Gourds, has a new group. It's called Shinyribs after his longtime nickname.

Since Russell wrote a ton of songs recorded by the very successful Gourds (including one called "Shreveport" on the classic album Haymaker), expect an audience of animated Gourds fans who will know the songs. Russell has been an entertainer for many years. A highly recommended evening. $10 - 20.

Thurs, Oct 23, 8:00pm

Horseshoe Casino Rooftop Party 711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Moonbot shorts debut at Shreveport Symphony performance on Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater

Two premieres of Moonbot Studios' animated short films, The Cask of Amontillado and Silent, plus orchestra performances of film scores, including Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The X-Files, Superman, and more.

Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 pm, Riverview Theater.


Costumers throw down at ArtScare on Fri, Oct 24, 7:30 pm to 1 am; Dragstrip Phantoms entertain

Best Costume at ArtScare, Fri, Oct 24, wins two tickets to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s fundraiser, Christmas in the Sky (12.13.14), says Pam Atchison, plus a room that night at the Hilton Hotel.

Dragstrip Phantoms play live all night at ArtScare. Comp buffet and Cash bars.

Drew Hunter returns to Shreveport, once again becoming Dr. Blood.

Ages 21+ admitted only. $25 in advance at www.artspaceshreveport.com and at artspace. $30 on event day at the door.

Also, see the Silent Book Art Auction.

Meadows Museum video installation ends Oct 25: "Testimonies on Motherhood Lost" by Mali De-Kalo, Tel Aviv

Mali De-Kalo, a multi-media artist from Tel Aviv, worked 3 years on the presentation she calls "Relaying: Testimonials on Motherhood Lost." It is a powerful multi-screen use of emotion and video. Highly recommended.

Exhibit closes on Sat, Oct 25.

Meadows is open Tues - Fri, 11 am to 6 pm. And on Sat, noon to 4 pm. 318.869.5040.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Return of the sweet potato: Shreveport Farmers Market opens fall stalls on Sat, Oct 25, 8 am

Shreveport Farmers' Market will open on October 25 for its fall session, says Noma Fowler-Sandlin.

- Saturdays, 8 a.m. until noon.
- through November 22.
- two pavilions in Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St.
- fruits and vegetables, locally-raised meats, gourmet, baked and canned goods, arts and crafts.
- Market Cafe: ready-to-eat foods, tables at which to dine, music performances.
- Opening day music: The Fiddlin' Tim Trio.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Classical music and dance of India at LSUS on Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm

Top drawer performers of Indian classical music will perform in Shreveport on Tues, Oct 14, in a production by Sanjay Menon, head of LSUS India Studies.

The event takes place in the LSUS University Center. It is open to the public. While it is not free, there is no attendance charge.

Among the performers is dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj, seen here, and singer Pramodini Rao, seen in this video.