Kenny Wayne Shepherd was honored in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana on Wednesday, when the Tipitina’s Foundation announced a new music education initiative in the city and unveiled a giant portrait of him on a downtown wall. A news conference was held at the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op building, 700 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport, completing the initial phase of the foundation’s public tribute to legendary Shreveport musicians.
The foundation also announced the launch of Shreveport Instruments A Comin' 2012, a program that will provide a $10,000 grant to a local school for the purchase of band instruments. The school will be chosen by the community and will be identified in the next 30 days.
In a statement, Roland Von Kurnatowski, co-founder of the Tipitina’s Foundation and co-owner of Tipitina’s in New Orleans, says, “We’ve been looking for the opportunity to replicate what we do to support school marching bands and music programs. Because of this remarkable connection that has popped up between the Tipitina’s Foundation and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, we’re very excited to begin planning in Shreveport.”
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