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Spa City JazzFest extends to six days

posted: 09/01/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Just a year shy of its silver anniversary, the 24th annual Hot Springs JazzFest is stretching its musical wings, with activities spread over a six-day period, starting Wednesday and continuing through Monday.

Millennial revue

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

Summer arrives early this year, at least at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, where alumni of the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) program have gathered to stage Project Elan, a musical that premieres tonight.

Music: Hurray for Riff Raff cheers collective spirit

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

New Orleans proudly counts a lot of "riff raff" among its populace, and some of them are not reluctant to cheer about it -- and, in fact, to even name a band Hurray for the Riff Raff. And with the band's sixth album, Small Town Heroes, the applause has started to spread.

Music: Newman follows own path

posted: 01/20/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Randy Newman doesn't spend all of his time composing and singing songs destined for Pixar and Disney movies.

Music Scene: 'Guitar Masters' set 3 shows in central Arkansas, Conway

posted: 10/23/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Acoustic guitarists Peter Janson of Boston and Steve Davison of Little Rock will bring their eight-date, Mid-South "Main Act: American Guitar Masters" tour to three central Arkansas locations this weekend:

MUSIC: Crow’s red-dirt roots true

posted: 01/21/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Not everyone linked to the “red dirt band” musical trend in Texas and Oklahoma can lay claim to having that much familiarity with actual dirt, red or otherwise, but Bart Crow has the credentials.

MUSIC: Adding girl singer made Sleeper Agent a success

posted: 01/09/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The career of alternative rock band Sleeper Agent awakened when a teenager joined the band, taking over the lead singer job and bringing a female perspective.

MUSIC: Aycock has Tulsa sound in genes, kindred spirits in LR

posted: 11/05/2013 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Just because he lives in Tulsa doesn’t mean Jesse Aycock hasn’t become tuned in to the central Arkansas music scene.

MUSIC: Railers quit their day jobs, decide to go for life in band

posted: 10/17/2013 3 a.m. Discuss

Reckless Kelly is a band that needs no introduction, having logged many a central Arkansas show for a decade or more. The band will visit again this weekend while on tour to promote the band’s eighth studio album, Long Night Moon, released Sept. 3.

MUSIC: One-man band sets blues debut in state

posted: 10/15/2013 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The voice of Lincoln Durham is somewhat striking, unlike that of most small-town Texans, resembling more such legendary country bluesmen as Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Some are reminded of Townes Van Zandt, Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company), Ryan Bingham and Ray LaMontagne.






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