Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Seeking Pearls for Fest

Ben_Jenkins_performing_at_the_Farm_3.20.10Organizers for the second annual Pearl Fest outdoor music festival are seeking more songwriters, singers and musicians to perform on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24. The two-day event will take place on the four-acre festival site known as The Farm.

Last year's Pearl Fest was held in June in scorching temperatures of more than 100 degrees, prompting Cultural Crossroads' board to move the festival to the fall.

The September date was selected in 2010 and a recent collaboration with Penal Farm Entertainment prompted organizers to extend the festival to a two-day venue.

With nearly 150 singers, songwriters and musicians at last year's Pearl Fest, organizers are hopeful that even more participants will sign up to perform.

"We are excited about joining forces with Cultural Crossroads," said Sugar Bear Ewing of Penal Farm Entertainment. "We believe our more than 30 years of combined experience in the music industry will enhance the musical experience we hope to present the public this fall at the Farm."

Anyone interested in performing at this year's Pearl Fest is required to register with the selection committee.

Private auditions can be arranged or copies of music may be dropped off at The Children's Center at 806 Broadway in Minden.

Interested parties may call co-chairpersons Julie Vogel at 286-9472 or Sugar Bear Ewing at 205-7517.

CDs may be mailed to the selection committee at P.O. Box 1393, Minden, La. 71058.

Professionals will be on-hand to handle the sound and offer sound equipment and back up instruments as needed.

Entertainers already signed up for the weekend include Louisiana's Queen of Soul, Dorothy Prime and local blues artist Angela Mills.

Also to perform is another local favorite and recording artist, Ben Jenkins.

"Dat Band," noted for their blues, old school style and independent music and "Engine," both of Shreveport, will also be performing. "Dat Band" will serve as the house band for any singer/songwriter requiring back-up.

Tagged as the festival for "all music and all people," Pearl Fest #2 is expected to present one of the largest gatherings of musicians in recent history.

For more information about Pearl Fest or Cultural Crossroads, log on to their website at www.artsinminden.com.

Proceeds will be used for scholarships for seniors seeking higher learning opportunities in the arts.






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