Blues legend Bobby Rush in concert at the Ron Robinson Theater tonight, presented by CALS Arkansas Sounds

CALS Arkansas Sounds presents an intimate solo show with blues legend BOBBY RUSH!

Bobby Rush is a Grammy Award winner, a Blues Hall of Fame member, a 12-time Blues Music Award winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

Bobby Rush was actually born as Emmett Ellis, Jr. outside Homer, La. His daddy was a preacher and knew enough about a harmonica to pass along a few riffs to his progeny, who twanged a diddley bow before picking up a guitar around age 11. The senior Ellis relocated his family to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1948. When young Bobby went professional as a blues musician, he changed his moniker to not disrespect his devout dad. And Bobby Rush was born.

Bobby started playing with Delta blues guitarists Boyd Gilmore and Elmore James in Arkansas during the early ’50s before migrating to Chicago. There he assembled a band with an equally young Freddie King on guitar and Arkansan Luther Allison came into the combo later. Rush gigged around the West Side and in the southern suburbs of the Windy City, but it took until 1964 for him to debut on record with the tough downbeat blues “Someday” for the Jerry-O label.

And now, jumping forward to 2019, after decades of tearing up the chitlin’ circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funk-fests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. He won a long-overdue 2017 Grammy for his spectacular album Porcupine Meat and consistently tours the globe as a headliner. What’s more, Bobby’s brand-new album Sitting on Top of the Blues on his own Deep Rush imprint promises to further spread the news that this revered legend, well past his 85+ years of age even if his stratospheric energy level belies the calendar, is bigger, badder and bolder than ever.

Don’t miss this chance to see BOBBY RUSH perform a special SOLO SHOW on Friday, December 6 at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock! That’s right, you’ll see and hear Bobby Rush singing, playing guitar and harmonica, and telling stories-all by himself!

Tickets are $30 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Tonight on CALS Ron Robinson Theater stage: Hot Club of Cowtown

CALS Arkansas Sounds presents Hot Club of Cowtown

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy-jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their magical musical chemistry to audiences. Violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith, and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy and jazz inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt—which accounts for the “Hot Club” portion of their name—with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing–inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the “Cowtown” part of their name. This performance features a special musical tribute celebrating 50 years since the release of The Band‘s self-titled album, featuring Arkansas music legend Levon Helm!

Tickets are $25 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Presented by CALS Arkansas Sounds and the Acansa Arts Festival.

Sponsored by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL), Acansa Arts Festival, FM 89.1 KUAR, Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Charitable Trust and David Austin at The Charlotte John Company.

Celebrate Country Music tonight at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Join the Central Arkansas Library System as they celebrate country music with a screening of the 45-minute advance trailer of Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary.

The showing will be followed by a special performance of classic country songs by The Salty Dogs and special guests Buck TrentTim Crouch and Chuck Dodson.

The sixteen-hour Country Music film premieres September 15th on AETN/PBS.

This event is FREE and open to the public with general admission seating on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7:00pm and the event starts at 8:00pm.

Presented by CALS Arkansas Sounds and AETN/PBS.

Kari Faux at CALS Ron Robinson Theater tonight presented by Arkansas Sounds

Tonight (May 22), CALS Arkansas Sounds presents Kari Faux

Arkansas’s biggest hip-hop artist returns to her hometown of Little Rock for a special performance, making a stop on her Help Wanted tour to celebrate the release of her new EP Cry 4 Help. The tour takes her from coast to coast.

Since 2011, the rapper, singer, and record producer has released her debut album, four mixtapes, and two EPs, working with artists such as Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), bLAck pARty, the Internet, Chloe x Halle, and Issa Rae and being featured on NPR and in SpinVogueThe FaderXXLVibe, and Rolling Stone

THIS EVENT IS ADULTS ONLY: AGES 18 & UP  Tickets are $15 day of show, all general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm, and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Presented by CALS Arkansas Sounds.

Sponsored by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL), Acansa Arts Festival, FM 89.1 KUAR, Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Charitable Trust and David Austin at The Charlotte John Company.

Tonight (5/11) – Arkansas Sounds presents Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Tonight (May 11) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, Arkansas Sounds presents Jim Lauderdale

“He’s a man of great style, an exceptional songwriter and tremendous singer” – Elvis Costello

Jim Lauderdale is a two-time Grammy-winning Americana icon and A-list Nashville singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-encrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity for thirty-one albums over decades of recording.

He’s written number-one songs for George Strait, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Mark Chesnutt, and the Dixie Chicks as well as recording albums with Elvis Costello, Dr. Ralph Stanley, the North Mississippi Allstars, Donna the Buffalo, Elvis Presley’s band, Buddy Miller, and longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter. His prolific streak of releases continues in 2019 with his new album From Another World.

This is a solo concert with no opening act.

Tickets are $20 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Presented by Arkansas Sounds. Sponsored by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL), Acansa Arts Festival, FM 89.1 KUAR, Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Charitable Trust and David Austin at The Charlotte John Company.

Tonight (5/10) Arkansas Sounds presents The Cate Brothers Band at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Tonight, Arkansas Sounds presents The Cate Brothers Band

Arkansas music legends, The Cate Brothers Band, reunite for a special performance of the biggest hits and most beloved songs from their storied five-decade career, including their Top 25 hit “Union Man.”

The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who in the mid-1960s began performing soul music throughout the South. Both brothers 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 country soul-rock.

Tickets are $25 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Arkansas Sounds presents Dara Tucker tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Image result for dara tuckerArkansas Sounds presents Dara Tucker at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater tonight at 8pm.

Nashville-based vocalist and composer Dara Tucker is establishing herself as one of the premier voices in jazz and beyond. From opening for Gregory Porter to appearing on the “Tavis Smiley Show” to winning the silver medal and the Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the prestigious American Traditions Competition in 2017, Tucker is making her mark with a unique blend of soul, Americana, gospel, and jazz. Her latest album, “Oklahoma Rain”, showcases her as a formidable songwriter, able to express love, loss, and healing.

Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Sponsored by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL), Acansa Arts Festival, FM 89.1 KUAR, Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Charitable Trust and David Austin at The Charlotte John Company.