Tonight’s Amy Kelley Bell curated Sessions at South on Main features Rodney Block covering Q

In honor of her April birthday, Amy Kelley Bell is curating April Sessions by choosing her favorite local musicians to cover her favorite artists. For the final Wednesday in April, Amy has invited Rodney Block to cover Quincy Jones.

Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets to confirm your reservation.

Rodney Block is a Dumas native who has been thriving in the local music scene for the past four years.  He is much sought after to appear at special events and parties. He is also a fixture on the live music scene at many venues around Little Rock.

Block released his smooth jazz album, STEEL, in October 2012 and his hip hop collaboration  record, THE LAST ACTION HEROES in 2014. A trumpeter who has been featured and performed in various venues across the globe ranging from corporate to social, he has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop.

Notable artists he has shared the stage with include Earth, Wind, and Fire, Joe, Whoodini, Conya Doss, Johnny Gill, Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Layla Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Marsha Ambrosius and The Yellowjackets.

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Tonight at South on Main – The Funkanites!

Image result for funkanitesThe Funkanites are back at South on Main with their afro-funk grooves on Saturday, April 20!

Show kicks off at 9 pm. Purchase advance tickets for $7 or pay $10 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets in order to confirm your table reservation.

ABOUT THE FUNKANITES

Funkanites are an eight piece Little Rock Arkansas-based Afrobeat, Soul, and Funk ensemble. The lineup features members of other Little Rock bands such as Amasa Hines, Velvet Kente, and Twice Sax to name a few. To say the band is well seasoned is an understatement. They are quite capable of handling any genre thrown at them, however, their focus is heavily on late 60’s and 70’s Afrobeat, Soul, and Funk with a contemporary spin on the genres.

Big bombastic horn lines are the norm, as well as an airtight rhythm section that stretches and sews the pocket but never leaves it. Though almost entirely instrumental, some of the members have been known to sing on a traditional Afrobeat tune or two. They are ambassadors of a music that is not so readily available in a live setting in this day and age. They will move you.

Tonight at South on Main – John Burnette covers Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms” album

In honor of her April birthday, Amy Kelley Bell is curating April Sessions by choosing her favorite local musicians to cover her favorite artists. For the third Wednesday in April, Amy has invited the extremely talented John Burnette to cover the Dire Straits Brothers in Arms album..

Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets to confirm your reservation.

Singer-Songwriter and contract guitarist John Burnette is at work on follow up EP slated for early 2019 release.

John Burnette has been a contracting guitarist in various groups and organizations since his teenage years, helping forge his unique style that combines the lyric-driven descriptiveness of Classic Folk and Country, the technical challenges of Jazz and Classical, and the grit of his home between the Delta and the Ozarks viewed through the tragedy-tinged glasses of a millennial in the South.

His eponymous debut album was warmly received by the international music blogging community. John resides in Nashville, TN and has commenced production on a follow-up EP with an expected Spring 2019 release date.

Tonight at South on Main – the OXFORD AMERICAN presents UCA Jazz I Ensemble with soloist Dr. Patricia Poulter

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

The Jazz I Ensemble is the top jazz ensemble at the University of Central Arkansas and it is directed by Dr. Gail Robertson – Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz.

This performance will feature vocalist Dr. Patricia S. Poulter, UCA’s new provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs. Also joining Jazz I will be the band’s favorite Little Rock vocalist, Rychy St. Vincent.

An evening of folk music with Tim Higgins at South on Main tonight

10a4c2d6 dd87 4a0c 8f86 2ad0e094cc32Join South on Main for an evening of folk music with Tim Higgins, presented by South Main Creative. Concert begins tonight (April 13) at 9 pm.

Purchase advance tickets for $7 or pay a $10 cover at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase tickets in order to confirm your reservation for the concert.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Singer-songwriter Tim Higgins writes and performs songs which spiral around issues dealing with love, loss, grief, and the downfall of society; his are personal songs that often carry broader social implications. Born and raised partly around Detroit, Michigan, and coastal Alabama, his Rust Belt meets Southern upbringing is channeled in his straightforward imagery and gravel-throated delivery.

His teenage and college years in Alabama lead to the formation of Bible Study, a collective of songwriters including Higgins, Emily Dozier-Ezell, and Kori Hensell. Their self-described “convoluted folk” genre garnered much attention in West Alabama, including performances at the Kentuck Folk Art Museum and the historic Bama Theatre. In 2014, Bible Study released their first record, Guilt Trip, recorded at WouldYou Studios in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under the direction of England in 1819’s Andrew Callaway.

In November 2018, Higgins released his first single, Blight, the title track of his upcoming full length album debut, to critical acclaim. Blight was included on Rolling Stone magazine’s Best New Country/Americana Music on 11/9/18, and a music video was released the same day. Shot in Greensboro, Alabama, and directed by Reagan Wells, the video showcases the beauty, decline, and revitalization of the area, conjuring the experiences of both the artist’s upbringing in Detroit, and his later home in the Deep South.

Higgins currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is working on a collection of new songs dealing with the ideas of blight, destruction, history, and responsibility.

SESSIONS :: JOSHUA ASANTE X NIRVANA UNPLUGGED tonight at South on Main

ISessions :: Joshua Asante x Nirvana Unpluggedn honor of her April birthday, Amy Bell is curating April Sessions by choosing her favorite local musicians to cover her favorite artists. For the second Wednesday in April,  Joshua Asante will transport us to the early 90’s with the music from the Nirvana Unplugged album.

Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets to confirm your reservation.

ABOUT JOSHUA ASANTE

Musician, photographer, a sometimes poet; art informs most aspects of Joshua Asante’s life. Joshua is a guitarist and lead vocalist for two bands, Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines. The latter of two released their first full-length album, All The World There Is, to widespread critical acclaim in early 2014. Whether he is behind a camera lens or onstage with a band, or even alone a poet; the aim remains the same. Clarity, positivity, and ascension through art.

SESSIONS :: GENINE DOES NINA – tonight at South on Main

Sessions :: Genine does NinaIn honor of her April birthday, Amy Bell is curating April Sessions by choosing her favorite local musicians to cover her favorite artists. For the first Wednesday in April, Amy has invited the incredible Genine Latrice Perez to celebrate the music of Nina Simone.

Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets to confirm your reservation.

ABOUT GENINE

A self-taught jazz and blues singer with a booming voice, Genine LaTrice Perez “captures the spirit of the live-sound era,” said Rex Bell of Infrared Records. Her performances With elegance, fun, and excitement in a jazz and R&B atmosphere, Genine will keep you entertained by her musical journey back in time to the sounds of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Etta James, and Otis Redding. Not only does she take you on a journey back in time, she moves you forward with neo-soul by Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Leelah James, and Chrisette Michelle. She has two jazz projects: Self-titled, Genine LaTrice Perez on iTunes, and Cafe’ Windsong, a live project. She is also featured on two Rex Bell Trio albums: Two Faces: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday and Let me Sing it for You-A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Genine devotes herself altruistically to serving her community as well as the state of Arkansas. A prolific educator, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, leader and visionary, Genine has committed her life to empowering people to thrive, even if the environment dictates otherwise. Although she is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life, she is principally passionate about service to youth. She has been listed on the Arkansas Arts Council Artist in Education (AIE) Roster since 2005. Her AIE residency workshop invites students into the world of jazz through historical accounts using music, creative writing, and dramatizations, while sharing key messages on the importance of good decision-making, dreaming the impossible dream, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

She is executive director of the statewide Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative, a proud matriculate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree and a Masters of Arts Degree in Professional and Technical Writing. Genine is an adjunct composition and business-writing instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.