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Monday, July 13, 2020

Bringing it on Home


Numerous artists with ties to Shreveport will perform at “PrizePalooza”

The team behind the award-winning Prize Fest, the most exciting film, food, music, comedy and fashion festival on the planet, is thrilled to announce their newest venture: PrizePalooza, their firstever online music festival. The streaming event will take place across multiple online platforms on Sunday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. National and international artists with ties to Shreveport and Prize Fest will perform.

“The recent COVID-19 crisis has really encouraged the Prize Fest team to branch out when it comes to programming,” said Gregory Kallenberg, executive director of the Prize Foundation and creator of Prize Fest. “After our first wildly successful online festival, Film Prize Junior, we couldn’t wait to bring more digital content to the masses with PrizePalooza!” While the full festival lineup has not been finalized, many high-caliber performers have already signed on to participate. PrizePalooza is thrilled to announce the following initial artist selection:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: A Shreveport native, Shepherd creates genre-defining blues-infused rock and roll. He has sold millions of albums worldwide, been nominated for five Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive award, and two Blues Music awards.

Malcolm “Papa Mali” Welbourne: An American record producer, guitarist, singer and songwriter currently living in New Orleans.

Shinyribs: Shinyribs is the brainchild of Kevin Russell, a child of Shreveport who moved to Austin and founded The Gourds. “A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit,” says Russell.

A.J. Haynes: Haynes is the lead singer of The Seratones and winner of the firstever Louisiana Music Prize. She and the band have had their songs used by brands across the globe, including Showtime, while Haynes was chosen as one of the faces of Fender guitars.

Bayou Punks: Brady Blade and the Bayou Punks are based in Sweden. Blade is an award-winning music producer and performer from Shreveport, who has worked with artists like Dave Matthews, Jewel, Indigo Girls and Emmylou Harris.

*repeat repeat: Hailing from East Nashville, *repeat repeat are the husband and wife duo of Jacob and Kristyn Corder. They received critical acclaim after their 2018 premiere at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Airpark: Nashvillebased brothers Ben Ford and Michael Ford Jr. are the minds behind Airpark. They’ve been fan favorites for years on the Music Prize stage.

Lumpy Grits: Located in Shreveport, the Lumpy Grits is a community organization of performing, visual, literary, musical and culinary artists.

PrizePalooza is more than just an entertaining way to pass an evening. The amazing live, digital concert experience will also serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Prize Foundation, the organization that runs Prize Fest. The funds raised will allow the foundation to continue to support creative entrepreneurs by providing educational, informative, entertaining content through their weekly PrizeCast series as well as offer their traditional festivals and competitions such as the Louisiana Film Prize and the Louisiana Music Prize. This year’s Prize Fest is scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 in Shreveport.


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