Louisiana's history is imbued with music that came here – or arose here – as a wide range of cultural influences took root. But music doesn't exist only in Louisiana's past. It's alive, vibrant and echoing through the streets of all of our cities. Music is alive in homes throughout the state where people play the tunes and instruments of their ancestors. It throbs in clubs and dancehalls from New Orleans to Lake Charles. It resounds from festival stages from Shreveport to Lafayette to Thibodaux. If you don't hear Louisiana's music live, you haven't heard Louisiana's music. Check the schedules, find a spot and sit yourself down – you're in for the musical time of your life!
Located in northwest Louisiana, Mansfield is the parish seat of DeSoto Parish. The rural community near Shreveport-Bossier is popular among outdoorsmen for its many lakes and hunting locations. History buffs may want to learn more about the Battle of Mansfield, fought there during the Civil War. The discovery of the Haynesville Shale, one of the country’s largest natural gas fields, has been an economic boon for the region.