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The Dixie Center for the Arts presents The Joe Woods Wildwood Express Show

The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, Louisiana will again host the annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Show to benefit the Historic Dixie Theater in Downtown Ruston. This 16th annual Showcase will hit the stage at 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th. With foot-stomping country music and entertainment! We celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Woods as we bring back band members who played in his original band and singers who often have a tie to Joe, and always a connection to the music he performed at the Dixie Theater every Saturday night back in the day when the Wildwood Express was a weekly cultural happening in Ruston. The tribute show began as a fundraiser for the Dixie but it’s much more than that. The venue, music, and the people on the stage and in the audience represent all that is good about times past in Ruston.

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The Dixie Theater has been the cornerstone of entertainment in the North Central Lousiana community for 95 years, and because of fundraisers like the Joe Woods Wildwood Express Show and the generosity of our patrons, we are able to keep up the maintenance and repairs that come along with managing this historic and wonderful building in the heart of our downtown.

The Dixie Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and restored historic theater in Ruston, LA that also serves as a rental venue. Our mission is "To be the home and heart of the arts in North Central Louisiana. For more information about the Dixie Center please visit our website at

Fredrick Louis is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and has worked in and around Northeast Louisiana for more than 40 years. He graduated from Wossman High School and then went on to the University of Louisiana at Monroe to graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics. Following that, he attended Grambling State University where he received his M.A.T. He loves the city of Monroe and is always looking for a way to serve in the community. That love for community has led him to a 10-year career in teaching. He has worked in both the Monroe City and Ouachita Parish school systems. He was also a candidate for mayor in 2020 and has used that experience to show his students that you can do anything you want and that the only failure is not trying.