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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“His shows are not only impressive from a musical standpoint, but he gives the audience a lot to think about—how this traditional music of the past influences today's culture.”
Everything Sundry

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“There’s a kind of clarity and calm in Joan Shelley’s music that feels especially welcome in these fractious times. Her crystalline voice, with just a touch of vibrato, glides over soft fingerstyle guitar, with melodies and imagery that seem to spring from traditional folk yet are her own.” 
Acoustic Guitar

FRIDAY, MAR. 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A free-to-the-public panel discussion presented in collaboration with the National Park Service and Clinton School of Public Service will be held at Central High School National Historic Site. Featuring  Rufus Reid and Bobby LaVell, the panel will be moderated by composer Chris Parker. The goal is to facilitate discussion on the ongoing work of social equity in the United States from the perspectives of people living in different communities and what role music and the arts play in affecting change in our society today.

SATURDAY, MAR. 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A reprise performance of the No Tears Suite, written by jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt, with expanded symphonic arrangements written by and featuring Rufus Reid (bass); Brian Blade (drums); Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone); Marc Franklin (trumpet); Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone); and an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble—conducted by ASO's Geoffrey Robson.

The No Tears Suite was written in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.

SUNDAY, MAR. 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A reprise performance of the No Tears Suite, written by jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt, with expanded symphonic arrangements written by and featuring Rufus Reid (bass); Brian Blade (drums); Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone); Marc Franklin (trumpet); Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone); and an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble—conducted by ASO's Geoffrey Robson.

The No Tears Suite was written in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.

THURSDAY, MAR. 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“Mark Mullins and Craig Klein . . . together they created the core sound of Bonerama—reminiscent of street-tromping brass bands, avenues of jazz clubs and heavy-pulsing rock. It feels like a force of nature, and as such, it threatens to sweep away everything in its path.”
—NPR

THURSDAY, MAR. 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“This is a killer organ trio barrage that’s deep in the pocket. Bernstein, Goldings and Stewart have a natural feel for this music, laying down a groove that lets each soloist float across the tunes.”
DownBeat

THURSDAY, APR. 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“We've so rarely seen sibling artists mine their common musical roots in southern pop, country and soul traditions while fashioning utterly distinct identities for themselves, Lynne an embodiment of tough-minded sensuality, Moorer a model of introspective elegance.”
—NPR's First Listen

TUESDAY, APR. 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome the University of Central Arkansas Jazz I Ensemble back to the South on Main stage, featuring soloist Dr. Patricia Poulter. This event is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, APR. 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“[Purdy] evokes the emotion and fragility that make him a great songwriter . . . . In the end, you are left with wanting to hear more.”
Folk Alley

FRIDAY, APR. 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

**SOLD OUT**

“[Patty Griffin] writes cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people.” 
New York Times