Schedule

The John Bush Quintet

The John Bush Quintet

Friday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $10

Saxophonist John Bush and his quintet play vocal and instrumental jazz favorites in the spirit of Arkansas's own Louis Jordan, the Original Yellow Jackets, and Pharaoh Sanders.

Jazz saxophonist John Bush’s musical upbringing occurred in Little Rock in the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with jazz enthusiasts John Stubblefield, James Leary, and Claudine Meyers. While Bush’s contemporaries pursued professional careers playing jazz music, he took another direction in that he came back to music later in life. His aspiration is to uphold the original edict that drove all of the players he grew up with, as well as recognize the same Arkansas jazz traditions and honor the paths taken by musicians like The Original Yellow Jackets, Louis Jordan, Al Hibbler, and Pharaoh Sanders. Bush is dedicated to playing in the same spirit of those who helped lay the foundations for this rich and beloved genre. The John Bush Quintet includes vocalist Kelley Hurt, bassist Bill Huntington, keyboardist Chris Parker, and drummer Brian Withers.

Runaway Planet

Runaway Planet

Friday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $10

Traditional string band Runaway Planet performs hard-driving bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements, and original songs.

Runaway Planet is an Arkansas four-piece bluegrass group that has performed nearly 15 years. The band’s original music features traditional bluegrass instrumentation with modern lyrics, three-part harmonies, and highly skilled playing showing their rock, folk, and jazz influences.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute

Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Arkansas Sounds presents a detailed look at the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a screening of The Godmother of Rock and Roll and a tribute mini-concert of her songs.

Arkansas native Rosetta Nubin Tharpe (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) was one of gospel music’s first superstars, the first gospel performer to record for a major record label (Decca), and one of the first artists to cross over from gospel to secular music. Tharpe has been cited as an influence by numerous musicians, including Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Arkansan Johnny Cash. In partnership with AETN, Arkansas Sounds will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth with a screening of the PBS American Masters documentary The Godmother of Rock and Roll, followed by a musical tribute performance of her songs.

Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years

Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years

Saturday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $35

In this show, Jimmy Webb shares the music and personal stories of his friendship with Glen Campbell that provided a soundtrack for generations.

Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. He is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. Glen Campbell and Webb were an unexpected pairing: a multi-platinum recording artist who was an arch conservative and a once child prodigy who had become a long-haired, stoner songwriter. Yet, Campbell and Webb became one of the most successful musical collaborations of all time. At this special Arkansas Sounds concert, Webb’s solo piano and vocal performance of many of his and Campbell’s biggest hits (“Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Where’s the Playground Susie,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Didn’t We,” “MacArthur Park,” “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” “Honey Come Back,” and many more) will be paired with rare and archival videos of Campbell.

The Cate Brothers Band

The Cate Brothers Band

Friday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $20

Arkansas music legends The Cate Brothers Band reunite for a special performance of their biggest and best songs.

Arkansas music legends Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, performed southern soul music in the mid-1960s at clubs throughout the South. Both are singers, with Earl on guitar and Ernie on piano. Since the mid-1970s, they have been prolific performers and recording artists of their signature blued-eyed soul and rock music. At this special performance, they will perform their biggest and best songs, including their Top 25 hit, “Union Man."

Arkansas Sounds Holiday Concert Featuring the Dave Rosen Big Band and the Maumelle High School Jazz Band

Arkansas Sounds Holiday Concert

Featuring the Dave Rosen Big Band and the Maumelle High School Jazz Band

Friday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Dave Rosen Big Band and the Maumelle High School Jazz Band will play Christmas and holiday favorites with jazz and swing arrangements at this free concert.

The Dave Rosen Big Band, led by local musical instrument store owner Dave Rosen, is an 18-piece big band jazz powerhouse. These top-notch musicians have been playing classics from the Big Band and Jazz eras since 2004.

Led by band director Carl Mouton, the Maumelle High School Jazz Band plays a variety of music, representing different styles of music and cultures. MHS Jazz Band students learn to improvise within a song using the given chords as a guide. They put these skills to work by performing at local holiday and spring concerts, as well as community events.

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