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Names and faces

updated: 05/22/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus. After all, the ceremony was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a concert venue where his band has performed. The New Jersey native premiered a new song, "Reunion," which he said was a gift to the graduates.

Phase Three

posted: 05/22/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The music festival that debuted in 2006 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark is entering a new phase in its history. But event director Brett Mosiman says the latest incarnation is not that much different after all.

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 05/22/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

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Names and faces

posted: 05/21/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman has signed off. The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of televisi

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 05/21/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

It's Memorial Day Weekend. Really. (Surprised? It's the earliest date on which Memorial Day can fall, almost a full week "early.") That means Riverfest 2015 has come early -- 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-11 p.m. Sunday in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park (behind the River Market, access from Little Rock's President Clinton Avenue), the Clinton Presidential Center and Park (1200 President Clinton Ave.) and nearby Heifer International, 1 World Ave. For the seventh consecutive year, Verizon and Nokia are presenting sponsors.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 05/21/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA GALLERY 413 Main St., North Little Rock. "Lend Me Your Eyes," North Little Rock High School and University of Arkansas at Little Rock students, through Wednesday.

Fast Forward

posted: 05/21/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month Next week Blues: Influential rhythm and blues singer/songwriter Charlie Wilson, along with Kem and Joe, take over North Little Rock's Verizon Arena on his Forever Charlie Tour, 8 p.m. May 29.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 05/21/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Argenta guitarist Little Rock-based acoustic guitarist Vicki Genfan will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at The Joint, 301 Main St., in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District.

Music Scene: Atlanta's Slang to headline show at Stickyz

posted: 05/21/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Slang, a new band from Atlanta, will perform an 8 p.m. show today at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack that will also include opening sets by The Dangerous Idiots, The Federalis and The Hacking. Admission is $5.

Music Review: Singer-guitarist Butler wows Jazzlights crowd

posted: 05/17/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

The clouds parted -- literally -- for South African-born singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler.

Critical Mass: Music manifesto

posted: 05/17/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

It might be impossible to overstate the importance of Mystery Train, but that doesn't mean people haven't tried.

Spin Cycle: High notes see a crest; fallen Idol is recalled

posted: 05/17/2015 2:16 a.m. Comment 1

Last week the 14th season of American Idol closed, with (fill in the blank) being crowned and covered in confetti before belting out a corny coronation song.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Cellist Gates, 6 UA faculty play chamber music festival

posted: 05/17/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Fayetteville public radio station KUAF-FM, 91.3, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville music department will offer three concerts as part of the seventh annual KUAF/Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival, Thursday-June 5.

Blues legend King dies in Vegas at 89

updated: 05/16/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

B.B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

posted: 05/15/2015 4:06 a.m. Comments 2

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

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