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story.lead_photo.caption Courtney Taylor (shown) and Melissa Evans perform for Boomtown Opry on Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

Elsewhere in events, entertainment and the arts:


Comic Flamingo

Red Octopus Theater presents Flamingo, sketch comedy with a slight south Florida accent, 8 p.m. today-Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. The show is recommended for mature audiences. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets (at the door only) are $10, $8 for senior citizens, military and students. Call (501) 291-3896, email or visit

Shuckin' for Shelter

Music, fellowship, fun and crawfish will abound as Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas holds its Shuckin' for Shelter benefit, 5:30-9:30 p.m. today at the River House, 140 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock. Tickets are $35; proceeds go toward building a house for a central Arkansas family. Visit

Sounds in the Stacks

Saffron, a five-piece jazz band, performs for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Sounds in the Stacks -- a series of free community concerts that is part of the Arkansas Sounds Music Series -- at 6:30 p.m. today at the Central Arkansas Library System's Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road, Little Rock. Admission is free. Call (501) 320-5728 or visit or


Band concert

The North Little Rock Community Concert Band performs, 7:15 p.m. Friday under the canopy in the Lakewood Village shopping center, on McCain Boulevard between McCain Mall and North Hills Boulevard, North Little Rock. Rico Belotti will conduct a program he calls "Songs in the Key of J," featuring music whose title or composer's name has a "J" attached, including John Philip Sousa's Jack Tar March; "Jupiter Hymn" from The Planets by Gustav Holst; Arthur Pryor's The Whistler and His Dog; The Strategic Air Command March by Arkansas native J. Clifton Williams; "Slidin' Saints," showcasing the trombone section; and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." Admission is free. Call (501) 758-2576 or visit


Garden market

The Bernice Garden Vintage and Craft Market sets up, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St., in Little Rock's SoMa neighborhood, featuring vintage collectibles and handmade items from area artists, craftsmen, jewelers and collectors. The event will also include music and a food truck. Call (501) 410-3938, email or visit or the Facebook event page,

Boomtown Opry

Gene King, Heather Ponce, Melissa Evans, Courtney Taylor, Terry Lyne Moore, Shinbone and Dance Connection are the featured performers for Boomtown Opry, 7 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. BJ Kyle leads the house band with backing vocals from country duo Southern Koast (Keith Owens and Susan Tolin). Actor/singer Steve Harrell is the emcee. Aspiring singers can audition for future shows before rehearsals on show day around 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, free for children 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit the El Dorado Boys & Girls Club. Visit the Facebook page,


Rascal Flatts

Tickets -- $51.50-$62.50 in advance ($10 more day of show) -- go on sale Friday for Rascal Flatts, performing at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Murphy Arts District Amphitheater, 105 E. Locust St., El Dorado, with 2016 American Idol winner Trent Harmon as the opening act. Call (870) 863-4547 or visit


Country awards

The Zac Dunlap Band won four awards, including entertainer of the year, at the inaugural Arkansas Country Music Awards ceremony Monday in Little Rock. The band also won for vocal group of the year and its song, "Arkansas' Mine," won awards as song of the year and video of the year.

Cory Jackson was county artist of the year, Bonnie Montgomery won female vocalist of the year and Blane Howard was named male vocalist of the year. Erin Enderlin's Whiskeytown Crier won album of the year.

The complete list of 2018 Arkansas CMA recipients:

• Entertainer of the Year: The Zac Dunlap Band

• Americana/Roots Artist of the Year: Bonnie Montgomery

• Bluegrass Artist of the Year: The Keisler Brothers Band

• Country Artist of the Year: Cory Jackson

• Inspirational Artist of the Year: Heaven's Echoes

• Female Vocalist of the Year: Bonnie Montgomery

• Male Vocalist of the Year: Blane Howard

• Acoustic Act of the Year: Caleb Ryan Martin

• Vocal Group of the Year: The Zac Dunlap Band

• Album of the Year: Whiskeytown Crier by Erin Enderlin

• Song of the Year: "Arkansas' Mine," written by Zac Dunlap, performed by The Zac Dunlap Band.

• Songwriter of the Year: Erin Enderlin

• Music Producer of the Year: Randy Loyd

• Sound Engineer of the Year: Jon Raney

• Promoter of the Year: J.R. Rogers

• Video of the Year: "Arkansas' Mine" by The Zac Dunlap Band

• Radio Station of the Year: KSSN-FM of Little Rock

• Radio DJ of the Year: Bob Robbins of KMJX-FM in Little Rock

• Magazine of the Year: Arkansas Living

• Venue of the Year: Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View

• Young Artist of the Year: Cam Shelton

• Bassist of the Year: Jimmy Young

• Drummer of the Year: Doobie Bowie

• Fiddler of the Year: Melody Hart

• Guitarist of the Year: Randall George

• Steel/Dobro Player of the Year: Steve Matlock

Courtney Taylor and Melissa Evans (shown) perform for Boomtown Opry on Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

Weekend on 06/07/2018


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