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 southern Illinois, Wil Maring  has performed several times at KASU Bluegrass Monday with her regionally acclaimed group Shady Mix. She toured Europe for ten years with a European version of that band. 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 piano 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 such renowned musicians  as Ray Price, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall and others.

KASU station manager Mike Doyle said, “I know that northeast Arkansas/southeast Missouri fans will 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. You’ll hear some light jazz, a little Western, 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.