Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Libby English with the Dixie Center for the Arts. Come see her at the Box Office to get your tickets – 212 N Vienna in downtown Ruston. The number is (318)255-1450. Check out the Dixie Center’s website linked here.
Great Music at the Dixie!
We are excited to kick off our 2017-18 Season at the Dixie Center for the Arts on September 14 at 7:00 PM with The Rod Allen Payne Trio, playing the music of some of the “Great Divas” of popular music. This will showcase Rod on piano, Lisa Spann as vocalist, and Lawrence Gibbs playing saxophone or clarinet or both. Season tickets are still $100.00 for five shows with reserved seating, $20.00 at the door for adults, and 2 for $10 cash for all students with ID in the balcony. With our Priority Partners, RCT and NCLAC, you are invited to join us for some great family entertainment at the Dixie this season.
Some of you may remember Rod and Lawrence from last year with our Sinatra tribute. Rod is a very gifted performer who is the master of a fantastic keyboard instrument that sounds like a full-blown orchestra. He is no stranger to many of us, since he has entertained folks in this area for more than 40 years playing piano for dances and society events. When asked if he plans to slow his schedule any time soon, his answer was “No! There’s so much more to learn and enjoy with music, and playing with outstanding musicians and singers like Lawrence Gibbs, Lisa Spann, and others keeps the music fresh and challenging.”
Lisa Spann began her musical career in school and in the church choir. She is a native of Louisiana, currently residing in the Monroe area. Her repertoire includes jazz, blues, rock, country, pop, and the classics. Along with other numbers, she has promised to sing “At Last”, the Etta James classic, for Libby.
In addition to her gigs with Rod, Buddy Terzia, and The Harmon Drew Group, she has performed and recorded with Louisiana Legend Doug Duffey and was invited to appear with him at the 2003 New Orleans Jazz Fest. She was also invited by Louisiana Legend G. G. Shinn to perform as his club and in concert. She has formed her own group, Lisa Spann & Company, and regularly performs in this area.
There should be very few people in this area who are not familiar with the talents of Lawrence Gibbs on clarinet or saxophone. Lawrence is a very gifted musician who has also performed as clarinet soloist with the St. Petersburg String Quartet for a concert here at Tech. He has recently retired from Louisiana Tech as Associate Director of Bands after 27 years of service and is now a Board Member with the Dixie where he donates his time and talents to help us provide a variety of family friendly entertainment.
Lawrence is also responsible for forming the Russ-Town Band that now features 60 volunteer members who will present their December 15 “Christmas at the Dixie” benefit concert at 7:30 PM for the CCA Pantry and the “Stuff Santa’s Sock” program that provides toys for local children who might not otherwise get a visit from Santa. Your ticket is a nonperishable food item, a toy for children of any age, or a cash donation if you don’t have time to shop.
Along with our Priority Partners, Ruston Community Theatre and North Central Louisiana Arts Council, we invite you to join us for some great entertainment at the Dixie this season. Keep an eye on the marquee and this column for upcoming programs. Call the Box Office for more information at (318)255-1450.