Newsboys, Dustin Lynch, Jana Kramer Among 39th Annual Red River Revel Headliners

Photo: A promotional image of The Newsboys, courtesy of their website.

The 39th annual Red River Revel Arts Festival will be held, Oct. 4-11, 2014, at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. Event organizers have just announced the list of headliner performances, which include: The Newsboys’ We Believe 2014 Fall Tour, Wednesday, Oct. 8; Dustin Lynch, Thursday, Oct. 9; Jana Kramer, Friday, Oct. 10; and Blackberry Smoke, Saturday, Oct. 4.

A photo of Dirty Redd
Shreveport jazz trumpeter Don “Dirty Redd” Crenshaw will perform at the Red River Revel Arts Festival on Thursday, October 9.

In addition to musical acts from a variety of genres, this year’s Red River Revel Arts Festival line-up includes some pretty cool performances by cultural groups like New Orleans’ Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, 4 p.m., Sunday, October 5 and the Kaminari Taiko Japanese drum group of Houston, 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4.

A full schedule of live performances can be found on the Red River Revel Arts Festival website, or read on for a complete list of performers from their press release:

Revel 39 headliners include rising stars, popular favorites, and breakout artists from a myriad of musical genres.  Kaminari Taiko Houston (10/4); the Newsboys’ We Believe 2014 Fall Tour includes performances by 7th Time Down and Family Force 5 (10/8); The Black Cadillacs (10/9); Goodbye June and the “Best Up-and-Comer” (Rolling Stone) at the 2014 CMA Music Festival, Mama Dear (10/11).  Full schedule available at

CHASE Stage performers include The Blake Brothers, Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Earshot Graffiti, Windstorm, Total Choice, Landry & Company, Professor Porkchop, Josh Hyde and the Hitchhikers, Freddie Robinson Band, Voodoo Bayou, Trini Triggs, Port City Big Band, Centenary Suzuki School, and Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band.  Local and regional performing arts companies including Louisiana Dance Theatre, Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, Shreveport Metropolitan Dance Co., Lee’s Kung Fu, Jill’s Gymnastics, Vicki’s Dancers, Power & Grace, Candace Dance Co., and Christian Dance Center will showcase their broad repertoire of talents.  Also, get your fill of Praise music at the Revel!  In anticipation for The Newsboys’ Tour (10/8), get inspired Sunday (10/5) with the music of Joanna Endsley, FUMC Bossier’s Encounter Band, Broadmoor’s DOXA, and the mighty sounds of Alive By Sunrise.

Gracing the Eldorado Performing Arts Stage in the lower level throughout the eight-day festival will be local and regional favorites Jared Mourad Band, Blackwater Bride, Cody Cooke & the Bayou Outlaws, Casey Martin, Matthew Davidson, Tyler Lenius Band, England in 1819, Louisiana Swamp Donky, Aubrie Layne, Kate McRae, The Larangos, and Shayliff (website for details).

Shreveport Opera Xpress, John and Karen Keane, and Rick Kelley will incite excitement and energy at the AEP Swepco Family Stage – in the center of Festival Plaza this year – while Bloonz the Entertainer, Dewayne Hill (magician), and Spinner Entertainment’s street performers strut around Festival Plaza entertaining the crowds with their multi-faceted skills and abilities.  From hula hoopers to stilt walkers and twisted balloons, come enjoy the all the magic at Revel 39!

If you’re propitious enough to be able to Revel during a workday, hoof it to the CHASE Stage to catch the tunes of Trout Fishing in America/Airheart (10/6), Grammy Nominee Buddy Flett (10/7), Will Maranto/Graves Theus (10/8), Project of Love ( Redd (10/9), and Danny Wilder/Julieann Banks (10/10).  The downtown lunchtime trolley will even pick you up and return you to work (see website for trolley schedule).

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