Townsquare Media’s Shreveport Bossier City's Flashback Party 2013 is in the history book!

What a night of fun and retro flash it was. New Orleans’ party band Bag of Donuts brought the music and flash backers’ involvement through out the night. Then, there was the Flashback Costume Contest. From the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and yes, the first decade of the new millennium, they came dressed flashing their favorite decade.

During Bag of Donuts’ set, everyone took time to eyeball the fifty or so costumed attendees and get some idea as to who would cap the night as the winner and take home the $250 cash prize. DiamondJacks rocked to a set from Bag of Donuts that included dance and sing a long favorites from – get this – a music time window spanning about 70 years!

The evening lit off with the feel-good movie track from Beetlejuice, “Shake Senora,” that had folks doing just that as the front man literally rolled the dancers. Using what's known as a squirrel cage blower from an HVAC unit, he blew toilet paper across the revelers encouraging them to sing along.

The band’s 3-piece instrument orchestration is a favorite in the land of swamp rock and good times: drums (costumed as a caveman), lead guitar (costumed as Gene Simmons of KISS) and bass (costumed as The Joker) with a lead vocalist. Four guys making a whole lot of music with a tremendous showmanship and penchant for crowd participation.

The night's other big hit was the costume party. Without a doubt, participants were dressed imaginatively reflecting the 60s through even now. At the judging, there was no question of the $250 prize winner. Overwhelmingly from the 60s, it was Sonny and Cher -- in drag, no less.

Howard J Hart

Bag of Donuts played another set after the costume judging. Other surprises on the finale set list included the band’s take on Hank Williams' “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Jambalaya.” Those, along with a sing along of David Allen Coe’s monster country hit “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” a rowdy performances of “Shout” and reggae treatment of John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” closed out a great flashback night.