Big Band night at Chicky’s Boom Boom Room in downtown Shreveport

Bill Causey leads the Constellation Orchestra at Chicky’s Boom Boom Room on Thursday, July 28.

Last night I finally caught Bill Causey’s Constellation Orchestra at Chicky’s Boom Boom Room. The big band has had a standing engagement on Thursday nights, 7:00 p.m.-10 p.m., since early this year. Thursday is also ladies’ night at Chicky’s Boom Boom Room, so women get in free. For guys, there’s a $5 cover. The big band night is definitely something new to Shreveport-Bossier’s night life offerings: not only was the music impressive, the crowd was, as well. There was lots of dancing and an atmosphere of respect for the performers – this crowd was here for the music.

The only downside to this experience is that it made me genuinely want to learn to dance. I’ve managed to scrape by at any number of indie rock shows by stuffing my hands in my pockets and (occasionally) swaying slightly; if I want to go back to Big Band night, I’ve got to learn to cut a rug.

I shot a handful of photos of the Constellation Orchestra, view them here.

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