We’re all very sorry that the Laura Lee Williard performance was rained out, as we were very much looking forward to hearing her on the Front Porch Stage.
BUT WAIT!!!! THERE IS GOOD NEWS!!!
The Front Porch Stage and Laura Lee both have open dates in our schedules for August 16, so she has graciously agreed to join us at the ‘Stage next Saturday.
Looking forward to this. Sure hope you can all make it to the Front Porch Stage next Saturday, August 16, to hear and enjoy the music of Laura Lee Williard.
Our 2014 season on the Front Porch Stage has been full of great bands, and the Davanzo Family Band is another great example of the wonderful talent our state keeps producing. We experienced some technical difficulties with our aging sound system, and we extend our apologies to the Davanzos for that. They are real professionals and made up for our problems by playing two great sets of bluegrass, despite our troubles with the sound.
The Davanzo Family Band are from Conway, AR. Carmen Davanzo (dad) on guitar, Bridgette (Mom) on the bass, Brittany on fiddle, Monica on Mandolin, and the youngest, Nick, on banjo make up the band.
The Band’s sets were filled with traditional bluegrass and bluegrass-gospel. As their show progressed our sound problems seemed to get worse. At the break we did a work around, and the second set was somewhat improved. Before the end of the second set we managed to get some of the kinks out and got close to providing them with better sound. We will certainly invite them back and hopefully a better experience for them next time.
Despite our woes, all who attended enjoyed this most talented family band and the music they made for us. Many thanks, and we look forward to hearing you all again on the Front Porch Stage.
We ended up with a perfect evening for music this Saturday! The Clark Family Trio with Bill Nesbitt brought us a great show and proved once again that talent is alive and well in Arkansas! The trio are Cindy Clark and her daughters Sophie and Sally from Searcy, along with Bill Nesbitt, a music instructor from Little Rock. For our show Bill played guitar and banjo and Cindy played bass.
What is astounding about this group is that Sophie is only sixteen and Sally is only ten. Age makes no difference, as both these girls are already outstanding performers, and when Cindy and Bill add their voices, the magic happens. They opened their show with a great version of “Helplessly Hoping” and immediately showed that great vocal ability. Sally jumped right in with a rousing version of “Old Sloughfoot”, and Bill displayed a bit a great guitar picking to accompany her.
Our music loving crowd was really into this show and was singing along with Cindy as they performed “I Can See Clearly Now”. Sophie stepped up and really got everyone’s attention with a phenomenal version of the old Patsy Cline hit “Blue”.
As their set continued, The Trio and Bill performed a variety of great tunes. The crowd went nuts when they did “Oh Johnny”, the old Andrews Sisters song, followed by “Horse With No Name”. The Gospel songs “Round Round, I Want to Go Round”, “Walking in Jerusalem”, and “Just Like John” were well received. They closed their first set with “Down on the Corner”, and despite its being their first time to ever play the song live, the crowd loved it.
Their second set was filled with crowd-pleasers such as “Georgia” and “Drift Away”, and Sally did an outstanding job on one of her favorites, “Let It Be”!
The Trio and Bill closed their show with “I’ve Been Everywhere”, a version that included a special verse that mentioned Mount Ida, which, along with the other great music they performed this evening, earned them a standing ovation from their new fans here. Look for them again next season, as we will make sure they are invited back to play on your Front Porch Stage!
It looked for a while that we wouldn’t be able to have our Arkansas Trainwreck concert, but the clouds rolled around us, and we had a dry stage, so we went ahead with the show.
Arkansas Trainwreck from Little Rock features Richard Hinkle, Richard Gray, Alan Stewart, Kirk Furr, David Alexander and Karen Lafferty. Sharon Gray also joined them on percussion. There was unfortunately a small turn out account of the rain and threat of rain.
The show started late, but the group got it going with an instrumental called “The Story”. The band plays mostly originals and an occasional cover of great tunes, like “Flowers on the Wall” and “Teach Your Children”. The small but enthusiastic crowd really liked the tunes “Bad Luck, Poor Choices”, “Temporary Insanity”, and “Roll on Wagon”. Arkansas Trainwreck closed their show with a great version of “Lord Take Me Home”, an original song by Richard Gray.
It was an entertaining and interesting evening. As we were closing things up, however, it started raining again!
Many thanks to Arkansas Trainwreck for coming to play, and thanks to everyone who came out for our show.