Red River Radio Spotlight: Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival's Virtual Marketplace.

Aug 13, 2020

Airs Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, professor of English at Northwestern State University and director of the Louisiana Folklife Center about this year’s Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will go live with a Virtual Marketplace starting August 17, and running through Jan 31, 2021. 

Several folk music groups, including among others Cane Mutiny, Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band, the LaCour Trio, Soul Creole, and the Yvette Landry Trio, are being filmed playing live music.  The music sets, accompanied by interviews by Rasmussen of each of the groups, will be placed on YouTube.  The project is anticipated to be completed by October 2020 if not earlier.

There will also be a silent auction on items from August 17 through September 17. Details regarding the virtual festival can be found on the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Facebook page as well as the Louisiana Folklife Center’s website.  For more information, email the Louisiana Folklife Center staff at or call (318) 357-4332.

The Live Marketplace can be found at 2020 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival Crafters on facebook.

Soul Creole
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Catherin Rouchon pendant
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Yvette Landry
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Christy Castile handkerchief bonnet
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