Art Talk Monday....on Tuesday

This week's Art Talk is written by Ashley James, founding member of Troupe Dixie and Dixie Center for the Arts Board ImageMember of the Year 2012. Thursday is Troupe Dixie's Loud & Live Music Spectacular, featuring dance-worthy live music from the 90s. Be sure to get your tickets, and dig through your closet for your best 90s know you still have some things still lingering in there....

Whoever said there’s never anything to do in Ruston? We’ve all heard it many times and we all know there’s very little truth to it. Actually, what makes Ruston such a cultural hub for our area are the many organizations that strive to raise the bar more and more each year with unique events and experiences for our community.

Speaking of raising the bar, Troupe Dixie is doing just that next Thursday, October 17, when it will host the Loud and Live Music Spectacular at the Dixie Center for the Arts. This LIVE musical event will feature an all-star group of local musicians including Estevan Garcia Jr., Eric Cripps, Nick Cripps, Jordan Copeland, Kyle Roberts and vocals by Victoria Garcia, Amy Dubois and Hannah Crye. Now that we have your attention with this amazing list of local artists, here’s more… they will be playing music exclusively from the 90’s!

When asked what makes this event unique, Troupe Dixie member and band member Estevan Garcia says, “We are focusing solely on music from the 1990's. That decade was such a pivotal moment in music history.” Although Estevan and the rest of the band are killing us with anticipation of the oh-so-secretive set list, Estevan does tempt us by stating, “The 90’s had so many great musical talents that it was hard to choose just one style, so you can expect to hear music from all types of styles of the 90’s.”

We asked vocalist Amy DuBois, who also performed at Troupe Dixie’s 80’s Spectacular event last year, if children are welcome at the upcoming show. She responded, “Definitely. Last year, I brought my kids to the 80's show and they are still talking about it. They had a blast while being exposed to the style and music of the 80's that night. I'll be bringing them again this year. I think it's a great way to introduce music from the past that they probably wouldn't be exposed to otherwise. Also, this is a show where you can get dressed up and you are encouraged to participate. You and your kids can rock out together instead of sitting in a seat asking them to be quiet!” DuBois continued, “This show also makes an amazing date night or a fun girls’ night out.” 

We also attempted to get Amy to leak the set list for us, but all we got was more anticipation of what’s in store… “We've got a little bit of everything. Think of us as bringing you some of the most recognized and loved tunes of the 90's. My favorite thing about covering a decade in music is the audience getting excited about a song that evokes a memory and watching them bust out in song and dance themselves.”

The Loud and Live Music Spectacular will begin with a pre-party at 6 PM on Thursday at the Dixie and will include light fare and beverages for all attendees (adult beverages available for guests ages 21 and over).  The live music show will follow the pre-party starting promptly at 7 PM.

Tickets are on sale now and pre-purchasing is recommended in order to enjoy a discounted price of $15 (tickets will also be available at the door for $20). Your ticket provides admission to the pre-party at 6 PM including light fare and beverages.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at several downtown locations including Chartreuse Pear, Fine Line Art Supply & Print Lab, Rumo’s Barber Shop and Ruston Photography or by calling the Dixie Center ticket office at 318-255-1450 to pay by credit card and pick up at will call.

Also on Troupe Dixie’s calendar this month is their 3rd Annual Reels & Chills Movie Event which will be held at the Dixie Theatre on Saturday, October 26. The day will kick off with a family friendly movie showing of Casper at 1 PM which is co-hosted by Junior Auxiliary of Ruston. The event will continue with an evening showing of Scream at 7 PM preceded by a 6 PM pre-party including food and beverages.

Troupe Dixie, founded in 2010, is a group of young professionals who support Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts and are dedicated to generating awareness and involvement at the Dixie among Ruston’s forty-, thirty- and twenty-somethings. The Dixie Center for the Arts, located at 212 North Vienna Street in Ruston, is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization that works in partnership with The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Community Theater and Ruston Civic Symphony Society.  Learn more about Troupe Dixie hosted events at