The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American continue celebrating Louisiana’s year of music by taking the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series to Ferriday Aug. 3 with Great Balls of Fire: Delta Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Jerry Lee’s Hometown. The event will feature a concert, panel discussion and movie screening.
“Ferriday’s strikingly rich musical heritage makes it a natural location for one of the five Louisiana Soundtrack events,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “The Delta area has produced a disproportionately large amount of musical talent and we are excited to celebrate it.”
The free event at The Arcade Theater will include:
3 p.m. Panel Discussion: Preserving Our Musical Heritage moderated by Oxford American Louisiana Music issue guest editor Alex Rawls featuring Kenny Bill Stinson, Susan Roach, J.D. Davis and Tommy Polk.
4:45 p.m. Movie Screening: Lt. Governor Dardenne and BP America Present: Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music, a made-for-TV film highlighting Louisiana music hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and produced by LPB. The film features the Marsalis family, Better Than Ezra, Tim McGraw, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Buckwheat Zydeco, Irma Thomas, Zachary Richard, Zion Harmonizers and Mickey Gilley.
The Louisiana Soundtrack Experience series’ final event, Marching In: Coming Home to the City Where Jazz was Born, is Nov. 16 in New Orleans. Previous soundtrack events were held in Shreveport, Natchitoches and Lafayette. For more information on the concert series and Louisiana’s year of music, visit www.LouisianaSoundtrack.com.