Thursday, January 10, 2008

Susan Garner, teen promoter, provides Shreveport with indie rock at all-age venues such as Big D's BBQ

Susan Garner, Shreveport
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“We’ve got this hobo culture thing happening today,” said Susan Garner, events producer who over the past year has brought a circus tent’s worth of alternative music to Shreveport. “These are musicians and poets who are booking themselves into little venues from town to town and are willing to sleep on someone’s couch.”

Today Garner gets emails from across the country from indie groups willing to perform at alternative sites. Her favorite venue is a restaurant on the run-down side of town, a place for which she created a myspace page: Big D’s BarBQ.

“Big D’s has a great reputation among musicians,” she says of the shop run by food veteran Hosea 'Big D' Williams. One of the reasons she favors Big D’s is her feeling that Shreveport needs to have more all-age shows. She produced a number of events at coffee shop Java Junction, now defunct, and has also brought music to the Body Electric Tattoo Parlor. Bands perform outdoors at Big D's, corner of Caddo and Common Sts.

Garner is a hard-working, often-green-haired events producer who is not neglecting business at school, which is Caddo Magnet High. A senior, she is taking Advanced Placement English and art and took two AP history classes last year. She is a National Merit Semi-finalist (one of 21 at Caddo Magnet), a member of the Latin Club and president of Leadbelly Society.

On Jan 14 Garner presents:
Monadnoc, a Chicago poet.
The Noids!; garage rock from Paul Garner's (her brother) trio.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Goooo, Susan!