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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friends @ SRAC Present Program



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Holiday in Dixie Parade, Makers Fair, and UNSCENE! creates “BIG SCENE” in Shreveport Common arts district
For further information please contact:
Casey Jones, SRAC Marketing Director,
(318) 673-6510casey@shrevearts.org,
Brandon Oldenburg, UNSCENE! Artistic Director,

Josh Porter, SRAC Public Art Director

Pam Atchison, SRAC Executive Director,

     A BIG party hits Shreveport Common bustling with dancing, singing, music, shopping, food, a parade, and other uninhibited, surprises! The BIG SCENE, a collaboration of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, Holiday in Dixie Parade, and UNSCENE! featuiring Theresa Andersson is Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Texas Avenue (near Municipal Auditorium). Admission is free with an abundance of free parking near the street festival.
      The day-into-night, multifaceted event begins with the Texas Avenue Community Association (TACA) Makers Fair featuring more than 250 vendor booths of makers, crafters and artists of varying talents selling original creations. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Makers Fair recreates the lively vibe in this historic, downtown neighborhood that was once a booming merchant area. Also, look out for the official UNSCENE! Art Mobile that rolls back into action selling souvenirs and original art work from local artists for under  $25.
     At 5:30 p.m. Holiday in Dixie (HID) rolls down Texas Avenue in a parade of Shriner’s Clowns and cars, Classic Convertibles, Fire Trucks, The National Guard, Bossier City Marshals and Fire Departments, Local School Marching Bands, Floats and more! Once again there will be tons of “throws”, cups and candy showering the crowds that line the streets. The parade route begins at the Municipal Auditorium heading east on Milam, north on Market, then west on Texas. A map of the route is available atwww.THEBIGSCENE.org.  The Holiday in Dixie spring festival runs from April 12 to April 20.
     UNSCENE! brings the Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Soul, and many more eclectic styles of music that will resonate through the streets of Shreveport Common from four stages beginning at 11 a.m. Catch acts on the Green Stage by The Dubonauts, Jasper McAdams & Co., No Refunds, Port Belly Project, and Summit Falls. Stop by the Café Stage for performances from John & Karen, Shreveport 100, and Co-Op Mode. Pull into Central ARTSTATION’s ENGINE ROOM STAGE for “Lady Day”, a bluesy rendition of Billie Holiday songs performed by singer Reneessance. And on the BHP Billiton main stage the Shreveport Hoop Group, Nicole Durbin, and headliner Theresa Andersson create unforgettable, theatrical experiences.
     At 7 p.m. Theresa Andersson collaborates with dance choreographer Luther Cox Jr., choir director Sereca Henderson, and artist Joe Bluhm who will digitally illustrate upon a large projection screen during the performance to create a multidimensional, multimedia concert experience. Andersson is singer and musician originally from Sweden and currently living in New Orleans. She is best known for her fluid music consisting of looping pedals and effects that has become an integral part of her unique one-woman show, but for the first time ever, Andersson joins creative forces with these artists groups of Northwest Louisiana for a dynamic show!
     Admission to The BIG SCENE! is FREE with souvenirs, art, food and more available for purchase.        Eagle Distributing/Budweiser presents their Craft Beer selections including the flavor sensations from Shreveport’s own GREAT RAFT BREWERY. Delightful dining at the tips of your fingers provided by Some Like It Hot, Lilah's Bakery, La Michoacana, Jester's, IFry, Cliff and Julie's Place, and Geauxsicles.
     For a complete lineup, map and other information about The BIG SCENE!, visit www.THEBIGSCENE.ORG. For more information about UNSCENE! visitwww.unsceneshreveport.com.

ABOUT TEXAS AVENUE MAKERS FAIR
The Texas Avenue Makers Fair was founded as a way to draw the community to this underutilized section of Downtown Shreveport as the Texas Avenue Community Association and other organizations work to revitalize the area. Makers offer a wide assortment of handmade, re-purposed or reconstructed items ranging from clothing and fashion accessories to toys, food and art.  www.texasavemakersfair.com
ABOUT HOLIDAY IN DIXIE
HID is a multifaceted spring festival celebrating its 66th year in the Shreveport area, making it one of the oldest running festivals in Louisiana. HID provides cultural enrichment, family oriented activities, economic development, a celebration of The Louisiana Purchase and most importantly, a spirit of community involvement and pride. www.holidayindixie.com
ABOUT UNSCENE!
     UNSCENE! is a monthly event series launched in October 2013. The goal of the series is to debut the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of Shreveport Common, a 9-block arts district in downtown Shreveport. The Residency Artists’ Series is underwritten by grants from two national “Creative Placemaking” organizations: the National Endowment for the Arts, ARTPLACE AMERICA, and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.  Sponsors include BHP Billiton, KSLA News 12, Louisiana Lottery, Eagle Distributing, Aggreko, The Times, AEP Swepco, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, The Community Foundation, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish and SPAR.
     In October 2013, UNSCENE! teamed with minicine?/ Swampland, INC to extend MSPS New Music Festival to include a Friday night ‘prelude’. For November, UNSCENE! partnered with the Texas Avenue Community Association’s Makers Fair.  December brought global arts group INSIDE OUT to Shreveport, pasting life size portraits on an abandoned parking garage. This year UNSCENE! celebrated the artistic elements of skateboarding with Steve Olson and UNveiled the public art installation, “Skateable Sculpture”, located in front of Municipal Auditorium. In April UNSCENE! partners with Theresa Andersson.
     For more information on UNSCENE! Visit www.unsceneshreveport.com, ‘Like’ the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unscenesb, and ‘Follow’ the Twitter page @UnsceneSB. 

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