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Names and faces

posted: 07/30/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek, to be released Sept. 23.

Listen Up: Montgomery hits home

posted: 07/29/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

B+ Bonnie Montgomery

Music: Holley happy to revisit state

posted: 07/29/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Singer-songwriter Claire Holley is no stranger to performing in Little Rock, but she recalls her previous visit with mild chagrin, especially as she contemplates a forthcoming show in the far more performer-friendly confines of the Oxford American's South on Main club.

Camp aims to sharpen students' love of music

posted: 07/28/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Brittany Martin, a 15-year-old student at Central Arkansas Christian, relaxes when she plays the flute -- and that's not only when she's practicing an instrumental rendition of rapper Pharrell Williams' hit summer song "Happy" at the Lorenzo Smith Music Camp.

Paper Trails: Arkansan on the road with Parton

posted: 07/27/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

HELLO DOLLY! Ashdown native Kent Wells, a Nashville musician and producer with his own production company there, has spent years working as a musician, arranger and producer with various artists. In recent years, he's been working with Dolly Parton on albums including Backwoods Barbie in 2008, Dolly: Live from London in 2009 and Better Day in 2011 and most recently on Parton's new album, Blue Smoke.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Art Porter organization sets week of jazz performances

posted: 07/27/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A slate of jazz luminaries, including Grammy-nominated keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber, former American Idol guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., saxophonist Everette Harp, keyboard player Alex Bugnon and former Art Porter Trio vocalist Martha Burks will headline the Art Porter Music Education Inc.'s A Work of Art.

Listen Up: Harris avoids coarse in Hedwig soundtrack

posted: 07/22/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

B Original Broadway Cast Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atlantic Neil Patrick Harris returned to Broadway in dramatic fashion as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a revival of a 1998 Off-Broadway rock musical.

Getting it straight

posted: 07/20/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Batesville singer proves now is time to live dream

posted: 07/20/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Debbie Cochran is bound and determined to make the second act of her life as musical and eventful as possible.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Steely Dan will do it again on Walmart stage in Rogers

posted: 07/20/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Steely Dan, headed, as it has been since it debuted in 1972, by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers.


posted: 07/17/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

1 FASHION Little Rock Fashion Week continues through Saturday with two major events at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock: “Brandon D. Campbell Presents Bare,” billed as “the first-ever natural fashion show … celebrating beauty and the skin you’re in,” 7 p.m. Friday (doors open at 6, tickets are $30), and “Big Night,” 7 p.m. Saturday, new fall/winter collections by top fashion labels (doors open at 6, “black and white gala style attire,” tickets are $55 VIP, includes appetizers, swag bag and seating closer to the runway; $40 general admission).


posted: 07/17/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA ART WALK 5-8 p.m. third Friday of the month, downtown North Little Rock. Music, art, food. (501) 993-1234.


posted: 07/17/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Drawing Invitational A 6 p.m. lecture and a 6:30-8:30 p.m. member reception mark today's opening of the "12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines" exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock.

Music: Milwaukee-named band fermented in Austin

posted: 07/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

What Made Milwaukee Famous did not, in fact, make Milwaukee famous, as it turns out, since the band with that name is from Austin, Texas.

Music Scene: Bridgit Mendler, Indie Music Night to be onstage

posted: 07/17/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Bridgit Mendler, a young Disney star, will perform at Magic Springs in concert Saturday night.


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