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Crawfest returns with three days of music and food at Betty Virginia Park


Crawfest returns March 18-20 to Shreveport’s Betty Virginia Park with an expanded
lineup that celebrates the area’s musical heritage.

The festival is returning after a two-year hiatus in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizer Matt
Snyder aims to make it bigger and better than ever.

“After COVID, everybody reexamined everything,” Snyder said. “My interest is in growing Crawfest into
something that will really matter for our region.”

To that end, Snyder enlisted the help of Shreveport entrepreneur and musician Jim Malsch to bolster
Crawfest’s entertainment lineup.

“I’ve always liked Crawfest and music,” Malsch said. “Matt approached me this year to be part of it. It’s
neat to do something for the city and create this post-COVID music festival. That’s what we are gearing
toward for years to come.”

Malsch reached out to his friend Papa Mali, a Shreveport native and New Orleans guitarist, about the
festival. Mali is headlining three New Orleans bands that will close out the festival on Sunday.

“When he lived in Austin, Papa Mali did this Gospel brunch in the parks around there,” Malsch said. “It
would be neat to start something like that here. This is the beginning of the restart.”

Crawfest will open on Friday, March 18, with Dan Smalley headlining. Cody Cooke and the Bayou
Outlaws and The Cory Cross Band will also perform. Friday’s music is presented by Johnny’s Pizza.

Saturday’s lineup features BCAM and the Zydeco Youngbucks, OHM House and Stiff Necked Fools. Also,
Malsch and other local musicians will form the Shreveport Super Jam. Wayne Toups headlines the day’s
lineup, presented by Hargrove Roofing.

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory and The Rumble will join Papa Mali and Friends to perform
Sunday, which is presented by Shreveport Music.

In addition to the music lineup, Crawfest will feature a variety of local food vendors. They include:
Ki’ Mexico
RNL Authentics
Roadrunners Food Truck
Down South Dawgs
La Casa Del Taco
Jimbeaux & Sons
Kajun Korner
Shane’s Crawfish
Kona Ice
Dripp Donuts

Snyder said the venue is just as important as the music and the food in making Crawfest one of
Shreveport’s signature events.

“I want to have it somewhere that feels like Shreveport,” Snyder said. “I want to see people walking out
of their houses with their chairs over their shoulders coming to beautiful Betty Virginia Park.”
Advanced tickets are $7 and are available at shreveportevent.com. Tickets will be $10 the day of the

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