Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live – Heather Smith Band at 7:30pm at South on Main

llsom heatherTonight at 7:30pm, this week’s installment of Local Live features the Heather Smith Band!

Presented by the Oxford American magazine, Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Heather Smith Band, a Little Rock based jazz/pop group, is set to release Stay Away Love, their first full-length album of original songs on May 9. The band originally formed in 2013 and is comprised of Heather Smith (lead vocals), Wythe Walker (keyboard, guitar, harmonica, vocals), Ray Wittenberg, (drums), Bill McCumber (bass), John Gaiser (electric guitar), and Matthew Holland (keyboard).

When asked to describe their genre of music, Smith is hard-pressed. “While we are heavily influenced by jazz of the 1940s and 50s [Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee], we also have some definite pop influences; specifically in our contemporary lyrics and the twenty-first century stories we tell in our songs,” Smith said. “It’s sort of a hybrid of jazz and pop that’s timeless with a specifically vintage feel, but also distinctly modern.” Smith and Walker co-wrote all the songs using Smith’s autobiographical lyrics. “All of our songs are based on actual experiences in my life, the good, the bad and the inevitable heartbreaks,” Smith admits sheepishly, “It’s wonderfully cheap therapy.”

Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live at South on Main – Marcella & Her Lovers

llsom marcellaTonight at 7:30pm at South on Main, join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert.  This week it features Marcella & Her Lovers! As always, Local Live is free and open to the public. To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Whether arcing the curve of the highest golden high, or lighting the depth of the lowest blue low, the music and voice of Marcella Simien and her Lovers can take you there, to that magic spot where time slows down, worry and concern retreat, and everybody feels fine, primed and ready for an unforgettable time.

Like savoring the flavors in a dish made by a master chef, one detects in Simien’s music subtle yet devastating touches of the Memphis and Muscle Shoals sounds infused with the fingerprint of her Creole ancestors—that now laughing, now sighing Zydeco accordion and exhortations shouted in Creole French.

Throughout, Simien’s voice, an instrument fierce and galloping with dignified pleading, floats above the music’s cradled melee like a night star, fondly reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of the uncertain future.

An eclectic mixture of the dark magic of Louisiana swamps and the angelic grind of Memphis soul, Marcella’s repertoire spans Stax classics to wall-of-sound pop unforgettables.

Learn more at: marcellaandherlovers.com

Guido Ritchie and Steve Hudelson at Local Live tonight

llsom s gTonight at 7:30pm at is this week’s installment of Local Live concert series at South on Main.  The artists tonight are Guido Ritchie and Steve Hudelson!

Presented by the Oxford American magazine, Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Guido Ritchie and Steve Hudelson have been performing together as a duo for over twenty years, presenting some the finest jazz Arkansas has to offer. They first began playing together in the early 90’s where they were both music majors at UALR. Hundreds of gigs in restaurants, private parties, and concert stages later, Ritchie and Hudelson have honed their unique trumpet and guitar pairing into a beautiful and exiting sound. Recently, both musicians were added to the Arkansas Art Council’s Arts on Tour roster.

Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live at South on Main features MellowDee Groove

llsom mellTonight at South on Main at 7:30 PM, this week’s installment of the Local Live concert series features MellowDee Groove presented by the Oxford American magazine.

Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

MellowDee Groove is a Little Rock band that’s been together for two years. They play original neo-soul music infused with rhythm and blues and a touch of funk. The group is fronted by Debra Bell-Willis with backing vocals by Pamela Bailey, Jamaal Lee (drums), Cloyd Willis (bass), Lucas Murray (guitar), Brian Austin (guitar), and Gavin Hawkins (keys).

Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live at South on Main features Katmandu

llsom katmanduTonight at 7:30pm, join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert at South on Main, featuring Katmandu!

As always, Local Live is free and open to the public. To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Katmandu is primarily a classic rock band based out of Central Arkansas. All band members have been playing together in various bands off and on for several years including the Resistors, Idol hands, and Thumpin. Band members include Kat Hood on lead vocals and guitar, Chuck Gilbert lead guitar and vocals, Paul Edmonson on drums and vocals, Billy Hoover on keyboard and vocals, David Seago on bass guitar and Vince Castiglia III on vocals and guitar. Kat and Chuck met in 2001 and began the acoustic duo that later became the Kat Hood Trio w/ Eric Nolen. The trio were the 2002 Central Arkansas Acoustic festival and their 2004 performance still can be seen on AETN’s Front Row.

In 2009, a mutual desire to play classic rock tunes with Chuck’s former band mate, Paul Edmonson, inspired the beginnings of Katmandu. Their slogan, “Music for you that works for us” came from their vision of performing a variety of well loved, but not over played tunes by such artists as Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Allman brothers, Fleetwood Mac, the Band, etc. Their repertoire also includes some interesting original band compositions that stem from the acoustic flavor that the duo started out with. Expect to hear some tight vocal harmonies backed by solid, in-the-pocket percussion, creative guitar and piano leads, and a band that truly loves each other as well as the music they obviously love to perform.

Tonight at South on Main – the Local Live concert features Nan Maureen

llsom nanTonight at 7:30 PM join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert at South on Main, featuring jazz singer Nan Maureen!

As always, Local Live is free and open to the public. To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Nan Maureen is a jazz vocalist who has been performing for many years in the Arkansas area, giving a special vocal touch to all the old jazz standards that everyone enjoys. She has recorded several albums and currently is the female vocalist for the Swing Band Reunion. She has been privileged to sing with the backing of many notable jazz musicians such as Art Porter and Charles Thomas and for this performance she will be joined by Bob Boyd on keys. To learn more about her go to www.nanmaureen.com.

Flowers and Dirt headline tonight’s Local Live at South on Main

llsom f and dTonight at 7:30, this week’s installment of the Local Live concert series features Flowers and Dirt!

Presented by the Oxford American magazine, Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

The rural ingredients of Amy Garland’s songs create less of the musical gumbo typical of the southern half of her native Louisiana than a slow-cooked stew. Raised in rural Webster Parish, she blends folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop, and country into what one would expect from an artist raised on a cattle farm in the woods of north Louisiana.

Mark Currey is a Little Rock singer-songwriter whose roots run through North Texas and Southeast Arkansas. Inspired by roots rock, classic country, folk and americana music as well as southern gothic literature, Mark is a storyteller searching for a honest expression of his own southern voice. Currey has shared the stage with artists such as Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Wanda Jackson, Amanda Shires, David Olney, and Lilly Hiatt.

Trey Johnson mixes a blend of blues, folk, and country music into a cornbread salad that is all his own.