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Tedeschi Trucks Band made a "joyful noise"

The Jacksonville, Fla., 12-piece outfit delivered a two-hour set of all-the-music Nov. 16, from the take-you-to-church, gospel-inflected “Joyful Noise” to the closer, a Motown-flavored “I Want More” that morphed into the Santana instrumental classic, “Soul Sacrifice.”

Eric Church toasts Little Rock at Simmons Bank Arena

Eric Church was well worth the wait.

Ho-Hum releases lost LP

"Memphysema" really does capture buzz of energy and excitement the band possessed in those days. As a re-introduction to Ho-Hum 25 years on, few bands or fans could ask for anything better.

Vocal stamina wins at Simmons Bank Arena's Heart/Joan Jett concert

Maybe it was Jett’s long-sharpened road-dog skills or her devoted vegetarian diet, or whatever soothing tonic was in Ann Wilson’s ceramic coffee cup, but neither showed a shred of evidence of vocal atrophy, and both were surrounded by the kind of musicians and engineers who can make their music work in a stadium setting.
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Opera in the Rock pays homage to the airwaves

Breaking fourth walls as often as its foley artist Erick Saoud  broke glass, a compact cast of singers and pianist/songwriter John Willis put up Menotti's 1939 radio opera "The Old Maid & The Thief" at The Studio Theatre this weekend. 

Summer music from Dylan Earl, Tsukiyomi, John Burnette, Bonnie Montgomery and more

Volume on. There's new Dylan Earl, Tsukiyomi, Bonnie Montgomery and more.

Judas Priest and Uriah Heep rock against the rolling river in Little Rock

As the river encroached the park, lapping against the bricks of the back of the amphitheater, its brisk current often matched the blistering tempos. Geese wandered about near the backstage equipment like hopeful groupies.

Opera in the Rock's "Madama Butterfly" a triumph

Mondanaro brought the libretto to absolute life. Her lines were smooth and spinning and radiant, and so nimble that she was able to lend that lovely element of surprise Puccini’s phrases can have, in the right hands — the kind where you’re not sure if a line of dialogue is going to blossom suddenly and swell upward, or demure modestly in a downward flutter and disappear.
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Phosphorescent glows at Rev Room

The band’s recorded songs routinely run longer than five minutes, and are given even more room to breathe in the live setting, during which the band skillfully vamped and locked into dynamic grooves, effortlessly waxing and waning to create an overpowering frenzy or to showcase an individual musician, depending on what the song or situation called for in the moment.

Review and slideshow: Alabama and Charlie Daniels Band at Verizon Arena

Fort Payne, Ala. country superstars Alabama made a greatest hits concert out of their stop at Verizon Arena Saturday night.

Review: Brothers Osborne at Robinson Performance Hall

Tucked in between “Shoot Me Straight” and “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” near the beginning of the duo’s show Friday night at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” was not only an early highlight of the concert, but also a fine showcase of TJ Osborne’s great voice as he sang about “the boy I used to be.”

Keith Urban brought in the reserves at Verizon Arena: Larkin Poe, Kelsea Ballerini and Carrie Underwood

Strings and stringers.
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Brad Paisley & Co. at Verizon Arena

It was a 'hell of a night.'

Gunpowder, lead and Pistol Annies

Even so, a more subdued Miranda Lambert at Verizon Arena.

Cher in North Little Rock

March 28, Verizon Arena

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Verizon

The Red Hot Chili Peppers took a slightly different musical path to its May induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame than most of their fellow honorees.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 30

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opened its season Saturday night with a return visit by the 28-year-old violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich, who had appeared with the orchestra in the Beethoven concerto two years ago.

Review: Gossip and Bonnie Montgomery

Arkansas was well represented in New York last week as Bonnie Montgomery opened for Gossip at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Both Montgomery and Gossip's Beth Ditto and Nathan Howdeshell hail from White County originally, and Bonnie still calls Little Rock home.

Review: Jimmy Buffet at Verizon Arena

It's good to be Jimmy Buffett. He's got his own brand of beer, Landshark. And his own bar/restaurant chain, tequila brand and Sirius-XM radio channel, all named Margaritaville.

Review: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 'Ode to Joy'

Last weekend's Arkansas Symphony concerts, featuring Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony, was extraordinary in that the mandatory "other work" on the program was Schoenberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw," with actor George Takei narrating and the River City Men's Chorus singing the Jewish Shema Israel.
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