1st Annual Cole Kickin’ Music Festival coming in March

3 day music festival celebrating life of Barry Eakin Jr.

Holy guitar, Batman! Over 20 bands from the surrounding ArkLaTex, food trucks, art vendors, live auction, raffle and more is coming to Shreveport.

It’s the Cole Kickin Music Festival, March 15-17. The first annual Cole Kickin Music Festival will be Bayou Thunder Saloon. It’s to celebrate the life of Barry Eakin Jr, a popular Shreveport musician who recently passed.

It’s a free event, and they’re teaming up with businesses to raise money by doing cool things like this Twisted Root Event on Valentine’s Day.

For more information about this music festival contact Nikki Pepper at nikki.pepper@outlook.com or by calling her at (318) 349-0800

The idea of a Cole Kickin’ Fest came out of Scott Greene’s mouth at Barry Eakin Jr.’s wake. At the time Tap Dead Sinner members, Laurie, myself and other loved ones were spending our time grieving and supporting each other with Barry’s family at Renee and Barry Sr’s home. Everyone was devastated. Nothing was getting easier and seeing others’ different levels of loss was sad and mentally draining.
I zoned in on Barry’s youngest son. He and my rugrat had gone to school together last year and I thought, “What if we put on a benefit show like the Bearded’s Sinners of Texas had done? What if it turned into something big, Lance and Christian were there and saw just how many people came together because their Dad had a lot folks that truly loved him and came out to support local music just as he did? What if it encouraged Magdelayna to play her guitar more? Would Lance dedicate himself to drumming? ”
The subject got brought up again and I mentioned the fact that Magdelayna has been on my ass for about 5 – 6 years about going to a local show. She would get so mad if I went to one because she couldn’t come with me. They’re always at a 21 yrs+ venue so here comes this wave of more thoughts like, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we did it, first of all, but did it somewhere like Columbia Park?” Scott said he would make a call to JB and wait. The next and last time it was brought up as just an idea, Scott hadn’t heard anything back from his friend, so I made the phone call that Matt Hopper suggested I make that is responsible for all of my new beautiful gray hair. I asked about the cost of a permit to take over Columbia Park for a day for local bands to throw down some music for our friend Barry Eakin Jr.
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Lost my job and got a new job offer because a friend of mine was on the first Cole Kickin’ Music Fest group, I’ve learned damn near everything there is to know about non profit organizations, donating to them, fiscal sponsorship, who to talk to about installing this memorial bench downtown, etc etc ETC. I’ve emailed dozens of local businesses, even accidentally asked a funeral home for a gift card while copy and pasting my “donation letter.” Ha.. Oops. Built For Speed and Optimus Prime are playing this gig alongside Last Machine Operation. A reuinion of reunions… and this is just the start of these shenannigans.
I’ve gotten overwhelmed, frustrated, pissed off to the point where I said I quit but honestly, I haven’t been this happy in a very long time. Barry had been urging and nudging me in this direction for the last 10 years. I didn’t think this would ever happen and if he was here right now, he’d have the biggest shit eating grin on his face doing that dance he did at the end of the LMO video..



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