Shreveport, Louisiana, the state’s third largest city, is often referred to as the entertainment capital of the “Ark-La-Tex” region. Located in northwest Louisiana, where Arkansas, Texas and the Bayou State meet, Shreveport has a thriving casino scene and a vibrant riverfront area with restaurants, bars and shopping. Although most of Shreveport’s bars and nightclubs are geared to the 21-and-over crowd, the region offers teens 18 and over — and even, in some cases, high-school kids — several nightlife alternatives.
The H & H Lounge hosts all-ages concerts and other performances, like drum circles, to raise money for music education programs. A non-profit organization, H & H is also home to the Port City Music Mart, a music swap meet for local bands. The venue has featured shows by rap, R & B and alternative bands. Media Star Entertainment Hall an arts organization dedicated to expanding creative options for Shreveport’s youth, offers live music, production services and music lessons. Some shows are for all ages, while others are for patrons 21 and older. Concerts for the 18-plus crowd include performances by metal and alternative bands.
Restaurant/Bars with Entertainment
Chicky’s Boom Boom Room and Oyster House serves raw oysters and has a dance club for the 21-and-up set, but it occasionally offers all-ages and 18-plus rock shows on its music stage. Abby Singer’s Bistro (robinsonfimcenter.org) provides eclectic fare like Southwest Chicken, fried green tomatoes and scallops in downtown Shreveport’s Robinson Film Center. The non-profit organization screens indie and cult films, from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “Young Frankenstein” and occasionally offers live music performances.
The Shreveport Music Collective (no website, 1262 Dalzell St, Shreveport, LA, 318-670-7637) provides an all-ages, 300-capacity venue for alcohol- and drug-free concerts. The space also offers rehearsal rooms, graphic design and other services for Shreveport’s high school and college age musicians. The Pamoja Art Society (pamojaartsociety.org), a non-profit arts center, is the oldest African-American arts organization on the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The society’s cultural center features occasional all-ages concerts and drum circles.
Holiday Lanes (bowlholidaylanes.com), a bowling alley in Shreveport’s neighboring municipality, Bossier City, offers “Tunes and Ten Pins” every Friday — a concert series featuring fledgling bands that aren’t old enough to play in bars yet, as well as established groups. Teens can bowl up a storm while listening to a local metal, progressive or oldies bands. Intergalactic Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling, on Friday and Saturday nights at Holiday Lanes, gives high-school kids a safe place to party after the weekly football game. The nightclub-like, black-lit venue glows in the dark while pop music plays in the background. A glow-in-the-dark necklace is included with admission