The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and the City of Shreveport have created a monthly series, UNSCENE!, which will UNleash Shreveport Common, debuting the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of this new Uncommon Cultural Community, moving the promise of the City and Parish approved Shreveport Common Vision Plan to implementation.
On Friday, October 11, 2013 UNSCENE! debuted as a ‘Prelude’ to the MSPS New Music Festival (MSPSNMF), sponsored by Swampland, INC, minicine?, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and UNSCENE!.
MSPS Prelude: Presented by UNSCENE! took on MSPSNMF’s mission to explore experimental tendencies, legacies, and new directions in music and installation art with origins, roots, or associations to the American South. The streets, alleyways, and buildings of Shreveport Common came alive with original music, art installations, an UNKNOWN artists’ market and much more. Throughout the night local performers took to the two levels of the Andress Ford Garage and the garage below the Fairmont Towers Apartments to create a continuous, flowing concert.
Performances included an artist amplifying the sound of as he ate a 5-course dinner in “An Auditory Feast”. An energetic performer wearing a bedazzled banana suit and sunglasses lead the audience in songs, chants and dancing. A DJ spun records outside the Kallenberg Artist Tower, leaving no area of UNSCENE! UNtouched by sound. The final act of the night was of the highly anticipated narration by national artist Homer Flynn who spoke about the legendary music group The Residents. Homer Flynn is a Shreveport-native who is vice president and director of The Cryptic Corporation. He is also rumored to be the founder of The Residents, an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The evening concluded with Party Party Partners playing a collection of songs by The Residents.
Take a look through our photo album to see just some of the things that happened at MSPS Prelude: Presented by UNSCENE!