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Lee Street Lyrical.  Pictured, Buddy Case (left) and Casey Penn (right)
KASU

  Lee Street Lyrical & Special Guests will perform a concert of bluegrass and acoustic music on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The Kody Norris Show:  left to right, Tyler Wiseman, Josiah Tyree, Mary Rachel Nalley, Kody Norris
The Kody Norris Show

The Kody Norris Show will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The Producers poster.
The Foundation of Arts

The Foundation of Arts opens Mel Brooks' The Producers this Saturday at the Forum Theater in Jonesboro.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media went behind the scenes to meet the actors as they prepare for this colorful, and sometimes controversial, musical theater favorite. 

In photo, left to right, Justin Harrison, Calder Baker, Carolyn Routh, Daniel Routh
Nu-Blu

The band Nu-Blu will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Trinity River Band: (L to R) Michael Harris, Lisa Harris, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, Brianna Harris
Trinity River Band

  The Trinity River Band will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of historically significant properties.

Po' Ramblin' Boys
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Tito Deler
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JONESBORO – KASU and the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at Arkansas State University, together with the West End Neighborhood Association, will present the Arkansas Roots Music Festival Saturday, April 14.

The festival will begin at 12 noon at Jonesboro’s City, Water, and Light Park at 1123 S. Culberhouse St.  In case of rain, the festival will move to A-State’s Humanities and Social Science Building, Auditorium 1028. 

Breaking Grass from left to right, Tyler White, Zach Wooten, Cody Farrar, Britt Sheffield, Jody Elmore
BreakingGrass.com

The band Breaking Grass will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Bill Clinton was known as the rock ‘n’ roll president – the first from a generation that grew up on the music to reach the highest office in the nation. Sunday, he spoke at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock at the opening of a temporary exhibit that looks at the impact rock music has had over the years on politics and social movements.

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Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The city of Walnut Ridge is the only city in Arkansas where the Beatles ever set foot during their touring days as a band, and seven years ago Mayor Charles Snapp and a group of civic leaders wanted to commemorate the event with a festival. This year, it struck gold.

Zach Williams
Wikipedia

Two Arkansas musicians took home Grammys Sunday night at the 60th annual ceremony in New York City. 

Zach Williams said on his Facebook page that he was “blown away” after winning Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Chain Breaker.”

Cedar Hill (left to right) — Dan Stokely, Patti Lafleur, Pete Brown, Frank Ray (seated) and Jim Bunch.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The band Cedar Hill will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Frank Ray, who still leads the band today, formed Cedar Hill in 1967.  This Missouri-based group plays traditional bluegrass heavily influenced by the music and culture of the Ozark hills. 

Trumpeter Swans
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 12!


Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneering gospel singer and guitar player from Arkansas, will be among the 2018 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was born in the Woodruff County town of Cotton Plant in 1915 and achieved fame in the 1930s.  Tharpe was among six acts announced Wednesday for next year's induction ceremony and will be honored in the category Early Influences. 

Stephen Koch, host of the weekly feature Arkansongs, says given her influence, it’s an honor long overdue. He spoke with KUAR during All Things Considered.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its upcoming Riviera Reading Retreat, April 13-14, 2018, at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott. 

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three novels to read at their convenience.  The titles include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America

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JONESBORO – Arkansas’s oldest public broadcasting station, KASU Radio 91.9 FM of Arkansas State University, will present “Jazz for the Holidays”, Saturday Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street.

Featured musicians will perform traditional holiday songs with jazzed-up arrangements and improvisational jam sections to create a festive atmosphere for all. Admission price at the door is a $10 suggested donation and $5 for students.  The concert has underwriting support from River Bank of Pocahontas and Corning.

Little Big Town
Wikipedia

Multiple musicians with connections to Arkansas received 2018 Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday. 

The country music group Little Big Town includes Phillip Sweet who was raised in Cherokee Village in Northeast Arkansas.  That group was nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for the song “Better Man.”  That song, which was written by Taylor Swift, was also nominated for Best Country Song.  Little Big Town was also nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy for their CD The Breaker.

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home in Dyess
Arkansas State University

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board is to meet Wednesday to consider 14 properties for nomination to the list of the nation's historic places.

(From left) No Time Flatt — Becky Weaver, Patrick Cupples, Kevin Wright, Kevin Keen and Steve Moore.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The band No Time Flatt will perform a concert of bluegrass music Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM, the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University. 

Delta Regional Authority

Art and culture have always been a way of life in eastern Arkansas and now at least one organization thinks both can become economic drivers in the region.

A Communications degree student due to graduate this week from Arkansas State University finished off her college journalism career with an interview with Hollywood actor and director Stephen Baldwin filmed at the university's television studio.

“I’m a little nervous,” Destiny Quinn admitted as she paced around, anxiously checking her phone every few minutes for a text from Baldwin, who was running late but had promised her an interview about politics, his acting career and life in general.

The bad-boy of Enrico Fermi High School is less than welcome when he unexpectedly returns to school as a revenant zombie in Arkansas State University Theater’s production of Zombie Prom, which opens on Friday in the Drama Theatre at the Fowler Center.  After all, Rule Number 7, Subsection 9 of the Handbook of Student Life clearly states “no zombies,” according to the school’s principal, Miss Strict.

Still, Zombie Jonny, who died three weeks earlier when he flung himself into the cooling tower of the Francis Gary Powers nuclear plant in a fit of teenage heartbreak, is determined to graduate and win back the heart of good-girl Toffee and take her to the prom.

“I have to go back behind stage and I have a whole amazing crew that helps me get the makeup on and prepare for that, and it all has to happen in less than 10 minutes, so it’s going to be awesome to see it on stage,” said theater major Zac Passmore, who plays Jonny.  He was attracted to the role of the only actual zombie in the story because of its lead vocals — Zombie Prom is, of course, a musical — and the challenges of playing a larger-than-life character authentically.

The Little Rock-based Psych of the South record label recently released "Baby Doll," a CD featuring music by a 1960s band called the Playboys, which was a group of teenagers from Pine Bluff.  The group performed regularly in the region around Pine Bluff in the early 1960s.  Under the name The Magnificent Seven, the group released a 45 rpm single in 1962 on the Vee-Eight record label.  An unreleased, live recording of the band from 1963 was discovered, and the new CD features that recording and both sides of the 45 rpm record. 

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Soundgarden and Sturgill Simpson are among the musical acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis in May.

Festival officials also announced Wednesday that Widespread Panic, Death Cab for Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, Booker T. Jones, Bush, Ludacris and Jill Scott also are in the lineup for the 41st installment of the annual three-day festival.

Kevin Prater Band to Perform at Next Bluegrass Monday

Feb 16, 2017
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO — The Kevin Prater Band will perform a concert Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the musicians.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Arkansas State University

The 2017 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival takes place over three days in October.  It will be held October 19th through the 21st.  

On Monday, February 13th, Rosanne Cash will be in Dyess to announce the festival talent that will perform.  

The new event that combines educational activities in Dyess, as well as entertainment and special events, continues the legacy of the earlier concert series held in Jonesboro.

The press conference featuring Rosanne Cash starts at 1:30 Monday afternoon and you can see the press conference LIVE on KASU Public Radio's Facebook Page.  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A new entertainment complex featuring exhibits and restaurants focused on the life and career of Elvis Presley is scheduled to open in March at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 200,000-square foot complex will be located across the street from Graceland, Presley's longtime home. The house was turned into a museum after his death in 1977. It has attracted Presley fans and tourists from around the world ever since.

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