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Get to know the 12 musicians competing at the 2023 Music Prize in downtown Shreveport

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The 2023 Music Prize is taking place Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Remington Garage in downtown Shreveport. Get to know a little more about the 12 bands who will be battling it out on the stage for the $10,000 grand prize. Come out to the Remington Garage both nights to watch all the bands play and cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award before finding out who the judges picked as the winner. The Christopher Brothers The Christopher Brothers are an alternative pop / rock band from Los Angeles, CA.

Their album Dog Daze featuring the single "Let Me Out" debuted at number seven on Billboards Hot Single Sales Chart and made it to number 68 on the Top 40 Radio Media Base Chart. Since the brothers formed their band, they have toured throughout the United States performing at venues including the world-famous Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, Legoland California, Six Flags and the Time Warner Center in NYC.

The brothers have opened for The Plain White T's and Drake Bell on the High School Nation Tour performing hundreds of shows with Hollister and Ernie Ball as sponsors. Currently, The Christopher Brothers regularly perform at Disneyland. Deadsled Funeral Company Deadsled Funeral Company is a New Orleans-based horror rock act whose melodies, lyrics and performances shed light on the romantic side of mortality and the beauty in all things macabre.

With influences drawn from dark, hard-rocking and experimental acts like My Chemical Romance, Type O Negative, HIM, Ghost and Avenged Sevenfold. Those who bear witness to DSFC on any given evening are in for a night of spooky, emotive, lustful crooning accompanied by melodic and mellifluous instrumentals intermittently broken up with guitar-and-drum-oriented wailing and aggression.

The members of Deadsled Funeral Company are Boneghazi, Wraith Vanglorius and Belmont Lugosi. The trio deliver a taste of New Orleans gothic subculture and an intimate, lascivious and fun-loving interpretation of life after death. Dexter Duran and the Port City Sound Dexter Duran is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a lifelong musician.

He's spent the last decade as a singer and guitarist for the multi-award-winning decade tribute touring act The Hollow Decks. During the 2020 pandemic, Duran explored writing and producing his own music, described as Dave Matthews Band meets Incubus with influences from his favorite decade of music that includes bands Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, Green Day, Hootie & the Blowfish and more. Duran plans to release his first full-length album at the end of September and bring his fresh music straight from the 90s to the community along with his backing band, the Port City Sound that includes an ever-rotating ensemble of Shreveport legends.

His shows have tremendous energy, and his songs will stick with you. Jesse Rawlinson Jesse Rawlinson is Louisiana's upstate country crooner that captures the soul and country songwriter sound of the past. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana who sings about pain, heartache and things that make you this about pain and heartache. Rawlinson and his friends recorded 13 songs in three days in Florence, Alabama with Alabama Shakes' Ben Tanner titled Country Cream that should be available to stream this fall.

Rawlinson is also associated with bands CHICKENHAWK, The Booger Brothers and The Port City Sadness. LVVRS LVVRS is a group of charismatic rockers crafting infectious sounds that are a stylish blend of disco pop and 1970s rock-n-roll flair. Their songs work equally well on the dance floor or roaring out the window of a speeding car. Formed in a south Louisiana on Valentine's Day, LVVRS are a group of young musicians taking cues from current Alt-Pop contemporaries as well as from your parent's vinyl collection.

Their live shows are a master class of the power and conviction of modern rockers coupled with the sonic detail of major pop artists. LVVRS are currently working on their debut EP. Mr. Taylormade and the Taylormade Band The Taylormade Band is a group of talented and versatile young men and women from Bastrop, Louisiana.

They present a unique brand of entertainment fusing hard-hitting grooves, tight and unique vocal harmonies and mind-blowing solos combined with well-known covers and original music. Led by the grandson of the late great Delta Blues Legend Po'Henry, Mark Taylor Jr, better known as "Mr. Taylormade" combines funk, soul, R&B, rock and blues in ways that are taylormade for all audiences. Niki J.

Crawford Niki J. Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, Crawford is back with a new band, new songs and a new show. Crawford is an American Recording Artist and Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful and unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer-songwriter crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel.

From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music. Octavia the Great and GG Octavia was born and reared in Portsmouth, Virgina. Her superpower is her ability to demonstrate through powerful verses, melodic rap that speaks volumes to all generations.

Octavia has mastered the art of pulling influences from just about every genre, giving her music a sound that when heard, can only be described as her voice. She speaks from a place of freedom, power and redemption. Her latest release titled "No Bra" is the sonic embodiment of the divine feminine state of the world and it expresses the desire that many women have to break away from what the world deems as appropriate and empower them to tap into the greatness within. Reggae Force Reggae Force is the quintessential reggae band of the 21st century, blending classic roots reggae sound and message with a contemporary edge.

Formed in 2011 by four seasoned musicians with a wealth of experience playing with some of Jamaica's most legendary reggae artists, Reggae Force has carved out a unique and authentic sounds that pays homage to the greats who came before them. With three singles already under their belt, Reggae Force released their debut album Tune In earlier this year.

The album, which features deep grooves and powerful messages, continues the legacy of Bob Marley's mission to "free the people" with music. Scott Strickland If Scott Strickland were to post up with his guitar at a New York subway transfer station - or downtown Austin, Texas for that matter - he might put a dent in the local economy with the number of people who stuck around to listen. Exploring love, loss, heartbreak, desire, self-doubt, ambition and anxiety in his debut self-titled LP, Strickland finds strength in vulnerability and that vulnerability is his armor. Stone & Snow Named the "Best Folk / Soul Artist" at the 2022 Richmond International Film + Music Festival, Stone & Snow is a Cincinnati-based Americana pairing of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson began a collaboration in 2012 filled with close harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. The duo gave it a name that gives a nod to the mountain landscapes of the West. Stone & Snow have recorded and produced five studio albums to date and are passionate about elevating women in music.

Through hosting performances for women artists, their work collecting data on the gender balance in their local scene and Bridges' involvement in the "Girls Rock!" franchise, Stone & Snow is invested in seeing more women grow and thrive in the music industry. Wild Ire Wild Ire is a project from the Pacific Northwest that began in 2014.

With several EPs, a couple of full-length albums and several singles, they have played from Seattle to Los Angeles to share their music. Wild Ire is a fusion of Pop Rock and Progressive Music. Their love of Jazz and Funk makes appearances throughout their melodies and riffs. Wild Ire is loud and fund music with something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets for both nights of Music Prize are currently on sale for $40, but the price will go up after Sept.

15. You can snag VIP tickets for both nights for $150 that includes access to the VIP lounge, complimentary food and beverages including beer and wine along with a dedicated seating area inside the music venue. You can purchase your tickets at the Prize Fest website. Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times.

You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at

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