Seratones perform at opening of new pavilion in Shreveport’s Common Park

(Source: Dylan Glasgow Guice)

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - The Shreveport native band Seratones played a free concert to celebrate the opening of a new pavilion in a downtown park.

On Nov. 12, the new performance pavilion opened in Caddo Common Park, Shreveport’s first downtown green space, located at 880 Texas Ave.

A.J. Haynes, singer of Seratones, performed a song she wrote with the children from the Renzi Center as part of the celebration.

The Seratones are known for winning the Louisiana Music Prize in 2013, having been entered into NPR’S Music Tiny Desk Concert in 2015, being named one of Paste Magazine’s Top 20 new bands in 2015, and being showcased at the South by Southwest music fest in 2016.

The band Bond+ opened for the Seratones.

Officials say the pavilion will be used for many events, including musical performances held every weekend.

“When we were finally able to finally say that the park was being funded and it was being built, some of the buildings that had been blighted for 50 years found developers that can now do something about it. While a few are still boarded up, every building in this nine-block area now has somebody who cares for it and is working toward making something happen here,” said Wendy Benscoter, executive director for Shreveport Common.

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and attended Southwood High School. They're a professional, self-taught local artist and is now one of KSLA’s digital content producers.