This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. This week Bobby Bridger and John Inmon will be performing at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Read below for all the details.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to bring Bobby Bridger and John Inmon to the Dixie Center for the Arts on October 24 for an educational presentation of Lakota, the third part of a trilogy of poetic ballads chronicling the American West in the nineteenth century. Lincoln Parish sixth graders have been invited to this private performance which includes a question and answer session with the musicians, as well as an art exhibit by Bridger in the Dixie Center Lobby. The duo will perform again Thursday evening for the public at 7pm.
Bridger blends American History and theater to bring historical characters to life through song, and to demonstrate unique perspectives of the great Euro-American Westward migration, American Mythology, the Plains Indians, and the development of American culture during this time.
This unique school performance is made possible through sponsorship by Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Dixie Center for the Arts, Lewis Boutique and O’Neal Gas. Lincoln Parish Achieve has agreed to provide bussing, so this educational field trip is free for participating Lincoln Parish School Board schools and students. NCLAC and the Dixie Center for the Arts collaborate on an annual “School Show” each fall, in order to expose students to musical genres of which they may not be familiar. An educational packet has been sent to the schools so that teachers may adequately prepare their students in order to make the most of the experience. The historical Dixie Theatre in itself is a place many students have never visited, so the “magic” of the performance often begins when they first enter the doors.
Bobby Bridger is a modern-day Renaissance Man: singer, songwriter, painter, sculptor, actor, and author. He has performed around the nation and has appeared on shows such as PBS’ American Experience and Austin City Limits. John Inmon is considered one of the finest guitarists in Austin, and is a sought-after music producer, winning Texas Music Awards’ “Producer of the Year” in 2012. He will accompany Bridger on Lakota for the performances at the Dixie. Admission for the evening performance is a $20 general ticket, $5 student ticket, or a Dixie season ticket. Interested persons should visit the Dixie Center Box Office for tickets at 212 North Vienna, or call (318)255-1450.