Matthew Davidson News ~  Nov. 17,  2014   



The Matthew Davidson Band is looking forward to performing at "Turn on the Holidays" in Natchitoches, LA on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 pm. This is the first night that the Christmas lights will be turned on this season. The band will be opening for Amanda Shaw, and the evening will include the Festival of Lights Opening Ceremony and a fireworks show over Cane River Lake.




Here's complete information on the day's events from the press release:


NATCHITOCHES - The City of Natchitoches will "Turn on the Holidays" on Saturday, November 22!  Turn on the Holidays is a Louisiana Main to Main and Natchitoches Tri-Centennial event that officially marks the beginning of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival season. The event will feature live musical performances, amusements, food, lights and fireworks.  Admission is free and open to the public.


Turn on the Holidays, the official start to 45 nights of Christmas lights, is an entire day of family entertainment in downtown Natchitoches.  The event kicks off the Natchitoches Christmas season as the city prepares for the 88th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, December 6, 2014. 


Amusement and food vendors for Turn on the Holidays will open at 10:00 a.m.  All vendors will require tickets. Tickets may be purchased at automated ticket dispensers located along the downtown riverbank.


The entertainment schedule for Turn on the Holidays begins at 11:00 a.m. with a performance by the Hallelujah Chorus and Ukulele Band from Glenview Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.  The group consists primarily of senior adults and is led by Glenview's Senior Pastor, Dennis Baw.  The band includes ukulele instrumentalists and singers that perform a variety of hymns, praise choruses and folk tunes.


At 12:00 p.m. children of all ages are invited to attend the Tri-Centennial Birthday Bash, a kid-friendly event to wrap up the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration.  The bash will feature a magic show, stilt walkers, balloon twisters, hula hoopers, and more!


Live musical performances continue at 3:30 p.m. with The Matthew Davidson Band, a high-energy, upbeat rock and blues band from Shreveport. Led by award-winning guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson, the band has performed at countless shows in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi including New Orleans JazzFest, Dallas House of Blues, Louisiana Seafood Festival, and Natchitoches' own Celebration on the Cane.


At 4:00 p.m., the Natchitoches Historic District Business Association will host a Holiday Open House.  Visitors will have an opportunity to preview the latest holiday merchandise and trends at shops along Front Street as select shops extend hours to 8:00 p.m.


Headline performer, Amanda Shaw, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Amanda Shaw is an American Cajun fiddler, singer and actress from Covington, Louisiana.  She has been touring nationally and internationally since the age of eight, and was named the Emerging Cultural Leader by the State of Louisiana in 2009.  Amanda has also appeared in several Disney films.


The highlight of the evening will be the official turning on of hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights that will illuminate the Natchitoches Historic District throughout the Christmas season.  A lighting ceremony will be held at 6:45 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake at 7:00 p.m.


An encore performance by Amanda Shaw will be held immediately following the fireworks display.


Admission to Turn on the Holidays is free and open to the public.


Turn on the Holidays is sponsored by grants from the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration, and the Office of the Lt. Governor, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.


For more information on Turn on the Holidays, please call the Natchitoches Main Street office at (318) 352-2746 or visit For more information on the Natchitoches Christmas Festival and Christmas Season, visit



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Caddo Magnet High School Jazz Band - Out and About

The Caddo Magnet High School Jazz Band was out and about representing the school on Thursday, Oct. 30. The band performed at the Caddo District PTA Principal's Luncheon at East Ridge Country Club. After this well-received performance, complete with a standing ovation, the band moved on to their next priority....lunch at Strawn's! The band's second performance of the day was at Community Renewal's 20th Anniversary Celebration at The Municipal Auditorium. This event featured former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. 

The Jazz Band's next off-campus performance will be on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Shreveport Opera Guild's "Les Boutiques de Noel" Preview Brunch. The brunch will be at the Bossier Civic Center from 8:00 - 10:30 am, with private shopping by ticket holders from 9:00 am to noon. The band will begin playing at 10:30 am, providing entertainment while you "shop till you drop". Click HERE for more details. 
Principal's Luncheon at East Ridge Country Club
Community Renewal 20th Anniversary Celebration
 at Municipal Auditorium

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Upcoming Schedule


Thurs., Nov. 20 - Caddo Magnet High School Jazz Band at "Les Boutiques de Noel" Preview Brunch 8:00 am - Band begins at 10:30 am - Bossier Civic Center 

Sat., Nov. 22 - "Turn on the Holidays" - Downtown Riverbank Stage, Natchitoches, LA - 3:30 - 5:00 pm


Fri., Dec. 19 - Holiday Trail of Lights Event - Alexandria Zoo - Alexandria, LA - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 28 - Superior Grill - Shreveport, LA - 6:30 - 10:00 pm


Fri., Jan 2 - Private Event - Shreveport, LA - 8:00 pm


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Matthew's Music
Matthew's 2nd EP "Cross My Heart" is now on iTunes and AmazonYou can order a physical copy online at this link: We hope you will check it out! Thanks for your support!

"It's not just that the 16-year-old Matthew Davidson writes his own music, a considerably rare thing among blues prodigies. And it's not just that he deftly combines these rootsy leanings with towering pop hooks. It's not just his boyish good looks, either. It's all of that, as Davidson crafts a sophomore project that is as intriguing as it is offbeat. In the end, Cross My Heart is both a blues record that often moves far afield from the blues, and a pop record with real soul. And it works, principally because of the endless approachability that Davidson brings to things." ~Nick DeRiso, Something Else Reviews, May 14, 2014


"If there's anything to be said of Matthew Davidson's music, it's that you never truly know what to expect. His ability to capture the essence of his roots in jazz and blues but stay relevant are always what intrigues me about Davidson's appeal."~Derick Jones, The Shreveport Times, April 23, 2014 


"From the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters and U2, smart teen Matthew Davidson gets it. His new 5-song release, "Cross My Heart," is danceable and effervescent. It's the kind of pop that will make you drive better and make you look good cutting a rug in your living room. Beginning as a kid with a hot hand for blues guitar, Davidson is transitioning to vocalist, songwriter and entertainer. Surrounded by rockin' tunes and effective harmonies, Davidson's package kicks." ~Robert Trudeau, Heliopolis, April 16, 2014 

Louisiana Music Factory 
Matthew's second EP "Cross My Heart" can now be purchased at Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans. To order online, click HERE