As part of Newport’s Monster Nights Downtown Entertainment Series, KASU Public Radio and Arkansas Steel Associates have teamed up to bring you Monster Groovez Concerts. The concerts will take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May and June. We will skip over the summer heat of July, and resume the series in August, September, and October.
All concerts are free and last from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The concerts will be held downtown Newport, at the Terry Scroggins Memorial Stage in Front Street Park. In case of rain, the performance will be moved inside to Frankie’s Place, 306 Front Street, in Newport.
Monster Groovez will continue on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00pm, with a performance by Lectric Liz Lottman.
Over a 45-year career, Liz Lottmann’s feisty, high-energy Memphis soul, blues and R&B performances have earned her the respect of musicians and audiences alike. She has performed in blues and jazz clubs in the U.S., Europe, Japan, South and Central America and Canada. While touring with her own bands, she also frequently sang with Donn McMinn’s Memphis Blues Revue, whose players included Jeff “Stick” Davis and Billy Earheart of Amazing Rhythm Aces, and Willie Hall of The Blues Brothers.
Liz is proud to be born-and-raised in Northeast Arkansas. While still in high school there, she began composing and performing her own special brand of “barbed-wire” folk. She was a solo artist at Memphis coffeehouses and soon attracted the attention of Jud Phillips, who produced an album of her original songs at Sam Phillips Studio in midtown Memphis (as Liz Greene). When Jerry Lee Lewis heard the rough mix of her album, he encouraged her to reach out toward the blues. At that time, Furry Lewis, the legendary “country bluesman,” was working the Memphis area, and each time they’d run into each other, Liz pestered him to show her a few licks on guitar. Furry’s brief lessons allowed her to get hold of the backbone of the blues, and she’s never let go of it.
Liz was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards organization, and inducted into the Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. She has served on the board of the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas since 2003, and was president of that board from 2006-2010. She’s performing now with Divas On Fire, an all-woman performance production.