BOSSIER CITY, La. - Freedom Fest Friday: Red, White and Blue Night was a party with a purpose on this Flag Day. Looking out over the sea of people at East Bank District & Plaza in Bossier City, it was clear that nobody was afraid to show their true colors.
Once again the weather was perfect for a free end-of-the-week concert. There's not a better way to unwind.
Following the opening prayer by KTBS 3's Brenda Teele, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker led the Pledge of Allegiance, then the National Anthem was performed flawlessly by Espy Moran.
The evening's first performances were by Brandon Bennett and the Van-Dells who later took the stage at Margaritaville. They're also performing at Margaritaville Saturday evening.
For years, the Van-Dells have entertained audiences across the country with their fun and exciting tribute to the 50s and 60s. With impressive lead vocals, tight harmonies, and humor, they have been called "The Three Stooges set to music".
South Louisiana's Brandon Bennett wowed the crowd with his spot-on Elvis impersonations, including a spectacular performance of Blue Swede Shoes.
The ever-lovely Victory Belles then took the stage at about 5:30 p.m. They are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s. Based at the World War II Museum in New Orleans, the women have performed across the globe, even recently in Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
It was a special night, especially for veterans as they were taken back in time by the Victory Belles.
Next, it was time for a costume change for the Victory Belles, who would return to the stage later.
KTBS 3's Rick Rowe and Brenda Teele took a few moments to talk about God and country and why living in the ArkLaTex is so special.
They also gave away dozens of American flags.
Steven Schafer from Christus Velocity Urgent Care also spoke to the crowd about their clinics and Saturday's Freedom Fest Color Run. Click here learn more about the Color Run.
After a short break and the costume change, the Victory Belles returned to the stage about 6:30 p.m. for more classics from the World War II era.
It was a perfect evening for the family to get out and enjoy some great music, good eats from the food trucks and bouncy houses and face painting for the kids.
Be sure and join us again for the next two Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as we provide more fantastic music, your favorite food trucks, free parking, face painting, and a laid-back atmosphere to kick off your weekend right. It's all leading up to the KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Series Finale on July 4th.
Of course, KTBS 3 will broadcast each concert LIVE on your KTBS Everywhere devices. They'll also be available on demand on connected devices. Click here to learn much more about the KTBS Freedom Fest Series.
About East Bank District
For the past two decades, Bossier City, like most communities in the U.S., has looked for ways to revitalize its downtown area, but has always been faced with the challenge of how to go about the process and how to finance the project. Since knowing that a re-energized downtown would aid in the success of the new high technical jobs that were coming to the area and also become a tool for economic development of the downtown area, the City took action and engaged the services of a local architectural firm, McSwain Architecture, to be the project architect for the redevelopment process.