17th Annual Holiday Arts Tour, November 20-23, 2014 Today's listings for the Tour include two visual artists and two bands on West Park Avenue.
Delta Dry Goods and Social & Leisure are concept shops presented by Patton's Downtown. Each of these shops will be hosting an artist for the Tour this year.
On one side you will fine Richard Kordal. Richard uses golfballs to create mid-century style clocks. He says:
Inspired by the mid-century modern clock designs of George Nelson, each clock is made after recycled golf balls are cut in half to reveal the unique colors and patterns which vary according to the manufacturer. Then the center dial is cut from alder and laser etched with a pelican design for the nature lover or for folks in Louisiana. It was then stained with a natural stain and finished with polyurethane for durability. The spokes are made of wooden dowels and are stained to match the clock face. They are finished with polyurethane for a lasting finish. The clock hands are brass. Each clock is one of a kind and is powered by a single AA battery.
Next door to Richard you will see Alice Morgan. She will be offering fused glass jewelry. Alice says:
Several years ago local artist Jack Lewis invited me to his studio to learn how to fuse glass and use his kiln. After that I was hooked. Fusing glass was a lot like ceramics: I never knew exactly how they would turn out and it made it that much more exciting to open the kiln and see these little gems of glass. So I started to make hand made jewelry with the glass. It is very rewarding as an artist to see my art in someone’s home, and I get that same feeling when I see my jewelry being worn by someone.
Just down the block Blue Wire Electronics will be hosting Stiff Necked Fools and The Bluesaholics. It's the first year for both of these bands to play Holiday Arts Tour, and we're so excited to offer them to you!
Stiff Necked Fools - Friday night, Nov. 21, from 8-9pm.
Stiff Necked Fools are a Reggae band based out of Shreveport, Louisiana. Dan Sanchez was an award-winning Blues artist from Los Angeles who was looking to do something new. His search led him to Reggae music, which soon became his passion and led him to form a project. Mr. Sanchez recruited the sounds of John Hoffman (the son of Stanton Hoffman of the Killer Bees) on drums, the fast fingers of Jason Ball on keys, and the explosive basslines of Greg Pitts. Unfortunately, just as the group was starting to blossom, Dan fell ill to cancer and passed away in March of 2010. Devastated, but determined, the Fools worked to pick up the pieces and keep on moving. Their persistence paid off. With more players added to the group and a new sound emerging, the weekly Reggae Thursdays jam at the Tiki started exploding. Rounding out the Fools are reggae 6 string extroirdinaire Chase Parker on guitar and the insane talent of Eddy Hoffman on drums. Also, the awesome funky horn playing of Ruston's own Mr. Jacoby Phillips on tenor sax. Today, they are easily the hottest Reggae/Jam band in this part of the country. With the group opening up for bands such as Rebirth Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, and many others. Boasting 700+ shows to their credit and traveling the country side bringing their own style known as 'Bayou Reggae" to music lovers everywhere, Stiff Necked Fools has left heads spinning in disbelief everywhere they go. The impression they make with their unique sound and style is not easily forgotten, and many great things are bound for this one of a kind band in the future!
The Bluesaholics are a six-piece band from North Louisiana. Their music is a gumbo cooked with some Mississippi soul, a bit of Memphis funk, and some Chicago blues - heavily seasoned with Louisiana heat. Their blues are Da BLUES. The Bluesaholics are currently playing clubs, festivals, and parties in Louisiana, Arkansas and Clarksdale, Mississippi. They consist of Dave P. Moore - harp and vocals, Bruce Gay – guitar and vocals, Fiddlin’ Tim Brogan – blues fiddle and vocals, Tony Cortellini - keyboards, Eli Drumgold -bass, and Professor Bill Deese - drums. Special guests often include the talented singers Judge Willis McGee or Miss Dorothy Prime.