Get ready for a big weekend in Shreveport-Bossier and not just because of the big football game between La. Tech University and Texas A&M University. This Saturday night, Oct. 13, there’s lots of live music going on and you don’t have to wander too far to find it. Check out some of these upcoming shows:
Country music isn’t the only musical genre known to pack southern venues. When it comes to Shreveport-Bossier, in the words of the iconic tune, “Hey! Hey! The Blues is Alright!” Come Saturday night, it will be bigger than ever when legends Denise LaSalle and Bobby Rush take the stage at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium for the Toast to the Blues concert series. Fans first fell in love with LaSalle in 1971 when her self-penned “Trapped By This Thing Called” reached No. 1 on the national R&B chart. Around that same time Rush, a Homer native, cracked the Billboard R&B chart with his self-penned hit “Chicken Heads.” Showtime is at 7 p.m.
Her big soprano voice soaring over hit ballads like “A Broken Wing,” “I Love You” and “Blessed” is what earned Martina McBride the nickname as the “Celine Dion of Country Music.” However, through the years she’s established herself as a star in her own right with a longtime career and 14 million albums sold just in the U.S., which include five platinum albums, two multi-platinum albums, one gold album. Hear her live at 8 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome.
She’s called Shreveport’s Queen of Soul and you find out why when Betty Lewis takes the stage with Floyd and the 5GK in Chicago’s Hookah Room. Betty Lewis has performed all over the world and in a number of music festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, International Caribbean Fest and Belvedere Blues Fest. She is beloved for her soul-stirring gritty sound. Showtime begins at 10:30 p.m.
Also, don’t miss the Red River Revel for its final night, featuring plenty of local, regional and national live music shows, including headlienrs Levi Riggs and The Farm. See the full music line-up.