The 14th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival Presented by Twisted Root Burger Co. will take place, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Columbia Park in Shreveport. Festival organizers recently announced details of this year’s live music line-up, which will include headliner performances by Marc Broussard, Chris Thomas King and Maggie Koerner as well as performances by Professor Porkchop and the Dirty Dishes, Buddy Flett, The Kings of Pleasure, Tchai, and The Smoke City Band. The festival, which previously began at noon and wrapped up at 5 p.m., also announced that it will begin an hour earlier and end an hour later due to popular demand. The festival is free to attend. Columbia Park is located at 600 Columbia Street in Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood.
Marc Broussard, a native of Carencro, Louisiana, performs a mixture of blues, R&B, rock and pop that has been dubbed “Bayou Soul”. With a big, beautiful voice and a dedicated fan base who get really into his live shows, he looks like a great fit for the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival’s main stage. Broussard will take the stage at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Thomas King is perhaps best known for his involvement in the hit film O Brother Where Art Thou?, in which he starred as a blues guitarist who claimed to have sold his soul to the devil. King also starred in and helped score the Oscar-winning film Ray. He’s also an incredible musician in his own right, and has been hailed as a “darling of blues purists and aficionados, and the last great hope of the waning folk blues revival.” His bio is absolutely worth reading in preparation for the festival. King will perform at 3 p.m. on the main stage.
Maggie Koerner is a Shreveport native who has built a huge following since moving to New Orleans. She’s performed vocals for everyone from Galactic and Gov’t Mule to Trombone Shorty, and has released several great records with her own band. Koerner will perform at 2 p.m. at the gazebo stage.
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