The 47th Red River Revel Arts Festival returns September 30 – October 8, 2023, to Festival Plaza in Downtown Shreveport with an expanded festival footprint, electrifying Chase Entertainment Stage music lineup, and futuristic look with the official poster.
The Red River Revel and Shreveport based architect and sketch artist, Mike McSwain, collaborated on the official poster design for the 47th annual edition of the festival.
The artwork features the staple landmarks of Festival Plaza in an imaginative futuristic setting, with flying cars whizzing by ultramodern towers and festival goers milling about the grounds under massive transportation structures. “Mike McSwain is well-known for his architectural designs such as Sci-Port, Caddo Common Park, and developments all over the world, but he is also a gifted sketch artist.” said Logan Lewis, Executive Director of the Red River Revel. “He took this project and ran with it! There are several nods to the direction the Revel is headed this year and we are very pleased with how the artwork turned out.” A limited run of posters will be available during the 47th annual festival at the Souvenir Tower.
The music lineup for the Chase Entertainment Stage includes nationally touring artists such as Paul Cauthen, Eric Gales, Here Come the Mummies, Sophie B. Hawkins and more.
The lineup also includes regional artists, both familiar and new to the festival, hailing from the Ark-La-Tex to New Orleans, Lafayette, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Additionally, the festival will feature a unique tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with a secret roster of national, regional, and local contributing artists to be announced over the summer. “This lineup was the most challenging we’ve put together by far and we’re really proud of it,” Lewis said. “Last year’s lineup was some new and a lot of nostalgia, and this year’s lineup is the direct opposite. Approximately half of the artists on this roster are releasing new original music in 2023, so it is delightful to present the Ark-La-Tex with a diverse lineup of the music of today.”
The Red River Revel is expanding the footprint of the festival in 2023, returning the children’s activity area to the parking lot adjacent to Sci-Port on Clyde Fant Parkway. The rebranded “Discovery Maker Zone” (or “DMZ” for short) will feature festival classics like the mock dig and mini grocery store along with the addition of new experiences and activities, as well as a third entertainment stage for the DMZ. The festival is deepening its existing relationship with Sci-Port to offer special discounted admission, new free experiences, and special weekend events.
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