Featured photo: Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at Shreveport’s Strand Theatre on Sunday, June 28.
More live music is always a good thing, but here lately – and correct me if I’m wrong – the assortment of touring artists who are passing through Shreveport-Bossier seems to have veered noticeably towards the wildly esoteric. June 2015, honestly, is shaping up to be a great month for live music lovers who are on the market for something different. Here are a few shows that I’d recommend to folks who are looking to have their minds blown:
Bigg Robb at Let the Good Times Roll Festival
Most likely 8-10 p.m., Saturday, June 20
The first time I saw Bigg Robb perform live, I walked into Festival Plaza about 20 minutes into his set at Let the Good Times Roll Festival. Robb, a rotund man in an oversized mirror ball suit and top hat, was belting out a song called “Good Lovin’ Will Make You Cry,” and the audience was going haywire. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any crazier, the singer – exceptionally spry for a man his size – leapt from the stage and into the audience, where he climbed onto a table in the first row and sang directly to a couple, who’d been trying to enjoy their nachos before Bigg Robb brought the action to them. A half-dozen costume changes later, my face hurt from smiling and I had been converted – Bigg Robb is the CeeLo Green of Southern Soul.
The Let the Good Times Roll Festival website lists Robb as performing on Saturday night, but does not list a time; I’d guess that he’ll take the main stage at 8:30 p.m., immediately before Genuwine, which would be a perfect spot in the line-up for him. This show is probably best for ages 18 and up.
Old Crow Medicine Show at The Strand Theatre
7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 28
Okay, so this won’t be “Bigg Robb”-level bonkers, but Old Crow Medicine Show – a six-piece Americana group from Nashville who regularly perform on the Grand Ole Opry – are a perfect fit for Shreveport’s historic Strand Theatre, the Official State Theatre of Louisiana. The group started out as buskers – street performers – until bluegrass legend Doc Watson stumbled upon them. In a manner of younger Cajun acts like Lost Bayou Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show bring a kind of wild, youthful energy to a format – Americana and bluegrass – not always associated with high energy. Feet will be stomped. Hoots will be hollered.
Soul Track Mind, who won the Music Prize in 2014, are six guys from Austin who perform fiery uptempo numbers inspired by old-school soul and R&B. Their modus operandi is to jump, shake, dance and blow horns hard enough to raise the roof. In other words: How the heck are they going to pack all of that energy into the Shreveport House Concert Series, a venue that usually hosts quieter singer-songwriters and laid-back folk bands? Finding out the answer to that question is worth the price of admission to what will undoubtedly be a very unique show.
Richard Buckner at Somewhere in Shreveport
8 p.m., Wednesday, June 24
Easily the most unexpected show on this list is the semi-mysterious upcoming Shreveport appearance by Merge Records artist Richard Buckner. A songwriter’s songwriter, Buckner counts among his devotees current indie rock deity Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. With a dozen albums to his name and a dedicated cult following, Buckner’s beautiful voice should be a powerful thing to experience in whatever living room or space this show takes place in.