Huntington High jazz ensemble, Strand Theater, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Park one place and take a grand tour of the old river town. That makes a visit to downtown Shreveport a spanking new proposition.
But what if you give the public even more than cool facilities and an easy tour? What I've found exciting during happy hours in London, Portland, Paris and New Orleans is streetlife enlivened by musicians.
Leaving RFC, I saw the group of musicians above blowing their horns in front of the Strand Theater.
If these fellows, who said they attend Huntington High, are hired to play in front of the RFC, SUMAS, Artspace or the Multicultural Center of the South, then Shreveport will begin to fulfill its cultural mission for the future.
Art and movies are only part of the tourism game. And getting people from suburban Shreveport to patronize downtown sites requires the energy of a tourism blitz.
Popcorn, movies, paintings, poetry, r&b, cocktails, supper, retail, yes.
But, on the street, give us something extra, like jazz.