Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 11:01
Eight-day festival expects to draw 180,000 for art, food and music
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Red River Revel organizers have announced details of the 2011 event, including a complete list of confirmed live music performers. The 2011 Red River Revel, the 36th annual installment of the festival, will be held October 1-8 in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. Presenting sponsors are Chesapeake Energy, the City of Shreveport, JP Morgan Chase, the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc., Pepsi Beverages Company, and Willis-Knighton Health System. The Revel is the largest outdoor arts festival in north Louisiana, attracting more than 180,000 visitors over the course of eight days and generating an economic impact of more than $10 million.
A juried roster of 104 visual artists from 19 states will be displaying and selling their original works of art. An estimated 15,000 fourth graders from Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools will participate in hands-on, participatory arts education experiences ranging from dance and storytelling to quilting and the culinary arts.
Opening night will feature performances by popular alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra and special guests Super Water Sympathy. On Sunday, October 2, a Bluegrass music celebration will take center stage as local Appalachian roots rockers Twang Darkly opens up the Chase stage before regional acts Mill Creek, Blake Brothers, The Little Roy and Lizzie Show, The Greencards, and Grammy-winning artists, The Grascals round out the day. Singer-songwriter Katie Herzig will open for Civil Twilight, a rock trio from Capetown, South Africa whose songs were featured in the recent film “I Am Number Four” on Tuesday, October 4. Christian rockers Red perform on Wednesday, October 5. The Wes Jeans Band will open up for alt-country act Whiskey Myers on Thursday, October 6. Closing weekend will feature R&B/funk from Windstorm and The S.O.S. Band on Friday, October 7, and modern country courtesy of Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlawz, who will open for country rapper and “Dirt Road Anthem” co-writer and original performer, Colt Ford on Saturday, October 8.
For more information, including admission fees, information on area hotels, and a complete list of sponsors and supporters, visit www.redriverrevel.com.
For More Information
Christy M. Long, Office Manager
Red River Revel Arts Festival
Chris Jay, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
Office: (318) 429-0658