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Third annual Crawfest to be held at Betty Virginia Park March 22, 23

The third annual Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, in Shreveport.

The free-admission festival holds the distinction as the first event of its kind to be held in the historic park. Crawfish boiled onsite by Shane’s Acadiana of Shreveport will be available for sale, along with food from other local vendors, including a whole-hog roast by Southern Fork, and beignets and crawfish sacks by Marilynn’s Place. Other concessions such as snow cones, ice cream and beer from Great Raft Brewing will be also available for purchase.

Live music will take place throughout the event from 4 -10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Local artists will have their works on display, a kids’ carnival area will be set up, and a VIP viewing area will be available. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the event are reserved for improvements to the park.

This year’s live music schedule is one of the most ambitious, diverse and eclectic of any music festival in North Louisiana. Crawfest 2019 features a variety of rock, funk, brass, blues, R&B and Americana bands from North Louisiana, New Orleans and Austin. New to this year’s event will be sets by local DJs, who will spin music during set breaks, providing uninterrupted music throughout the day.

Friday night will feature music from Dirtfoot, the local outfit who brands their music as “a dose of gypsy punk country grumble boogie.” Friday’s headliner is Dumpstaphunk, described by The New York Times as “the best funk band from New Orleans right now.” Founded by Aaron Neville’s son, Ivan, and Art Neville’s son, Ian, the band has wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Voodoo Experience, Hangout Festival and multiple appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Saturday’s live music starts with Bayou Gypsy, a popular rock and funk cover band fronted by singer/pianist James Pendley and guitarist Danny Wilder. A highlight of the afternoon is sure to be an appearance by the 100- member Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band. The world-famous marching band has played in Super Bowls, Rose Bowl parades, and presidential inaugurations. This will be a very rare and unique opportunity to see the band in Shreveport.

Tipsey, the local R&B and Soul powerhouse and 2018 Louisiana Music Prize winner, will play Saturday afternoon. Following Tipsey will be Ouro Boar, a Louisiana Afrobeat band comprised of a dozen local musicians. Saturday’s headliner, The Band of Heathens, will conclude the weekend’s festivities. Based in Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens are an Americana and Southern Rock stalwart, leading the charts and captivating audiences around the world for well over a decade.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to throw a fun, free, family friendly event in Shreveport’s historic Betty Virginia Park,” said event organizer Matt Snyder. “We believe that having amazing events in the heart of our city fosters unity, promotes growth, and solidifies Shreveport’s cultural identity. We look forward to growing last year’s estimated crowd of 10,000 attendees. By growing to two days and assembling this year’s remarkable roster of musicians, Crawfest is now a regional festival which can legitimately compete with similar events from New Orleans, Austin, Little Rock and Nashville. Bring your family and come enjoy great local music, food, drinks, and art in the park!” Organizers of Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park include:

Matt Snyder, PinPoint Local Marketing; Grant Nuckolls, Twisted Root Burger Co.; and Andrew Crawford, Rhino Coffee. Sponsorship opportunities at all levels are available. The organizers put on other events in Shreveport, including: Derby Day at Norton Art Gallery, Catahoula Wine Mixer at Provenance, Wheels in the Hills at Betty Virginia Park, Bourbon & Bowties, and Tinsel – a Holiday Shopping Experience on Line Avenue.

For more information on Crawfest, visit www.face book.com/crawfestshreveport and www.crawfestshreveport.com.

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