Shreveport, La — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is rescheduling the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series in Shreveport. Originally slated for Jan. 19, the concert, film screening and panel discussion will take place Feb. 23. The event, From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 years of the Louisiana Hayride, will be held at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. The legendary Louisiana Hayride Band featuring Maggie Warwick and other north Louisiana music legends will headline the concert.
"This is the first of a five-concert series which is a result of a partnership with Oxford American. The series will explore Louisiana’s diverse musical heritage will take place throughout the state," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "We hope folks will embrace the new date and come to the historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium to experience an authentic salute to north Louisiana’s music."
Shreveport-based band Dirtfoot will open the concert at 7 p.m. A panel discussion about Louisiana music featuring local music experts moderated by Oxford American music issue guest editor Alex Rawls is scheduled for 2 p.m. followed by a screening at 4 p.m. of Sunshine by the Stars, a made-for-TV film highlighting Louisiana music hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and produced by LPB.
The remaining Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series are:
March 2 Raising Cane: A Musical Tour is Creole Country Natchitoches
April 20 Cajun Seasoning: Zydeco Rhythms in the Heart of Acadiana Lafayette
Aug. 3 Great Balls of Fire: Delta Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll Ferriday
Nov. 16 Marching In: Coming Home to the City Where Jazz was born New Orleans
The Louisiana Office of Tourism is celebrating Louisiana music in 2013 by focusing marketing efforts on the musical heritage of the state. In addition to the concert series, much of the office’s 2013 print and broadcast advertisements concentrate on music.