Coffeehouse Concerts at TheArts@311

Maring and Bowlin to Perform at Third KASU Coffeehouse Concert of Season

KASU, the Arkansas State University FM and online public media service, will team up with the Arts at 311 to present the third Coffeehouse Concert of the 2015 season Thursday September 24 at 7:00 pm at 311 S. Church St. in Jonesboro.

The acoustic Americana duo of singer-songwriter Wil Maring and multi-instrumentalist Robert Bowlin will return to the Arts at 311 where they launched last year’s 2014 season as the first act of the new series.

A native of Missouri, Wil Maring played for ten years touring Europe and America with Shady Mix, a contemporary bluegrass/folk group that performed several times at KASU Bluegrass Monday concerts.  Wil became a highly acclaimed songwriter after winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at North Carolina’s “Merlefest” (named for Merle Watson) and making it to the finals of the Kerrville New Folk competition.  

Maring’s song “Bottomlands” was recorded by the Bankesters of Carbondale, Illinois and the Italian group Red Wine.  Progressive bluegrass artist Matt Wingate included the song “Heart of the Sea,” written by Maring and Tim Stafford, on his new album “Glimpses.”

Robert Bowlin, who grew up in Pocahontas, Arkansas, developed talent as a teenager playing mandolin and banjo. Bowlin is a national guitar finger picking champion who placed second in the national guitar flat picking contest.

Robert was the last fiddler hired by Bill Monroe to play in the legendary Bluegrass Boys. As a session fiddler and guitarist in Nashville, he played on stage and on hundreds of recordings with renowned musicians such as BB King, Vassar Clements and Ricky Skaggs.

KASU station manager Mike Doyle said, “I know of some northeast Arkansas/southeast Missouri fans who’ll be delighted that Wil and Robert are returning to Arts at 311 for another concert. They aren’t bluegrass artists in the traditional sense, although they have strong connections to that genre. But you’ll hear some light jazz, a little Western, and some of Robert’s great arrangements of American standards, his wonderful guitar compositions, and Wil’s great original songs. Put Sep. 24 on your calendars.”

KASU Coffeehouse Concerts at The Arts at 311 are underwritten by  Dr. Richard Stevenson, cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeon; Dr. Carl Abraham of Jonesboro Infectious Disease and Control Consultants (IDCC); and Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Homes.

Admission costs ten dollars when doors open at 6:30 pm the night of performance, or in advance at IDCC between 1 pm and 4:30 pm on Mondays through Thursdays.