Coffeehouse Concerts at TheArtsAT311

“Motel Mirrors” to play KASU Coffee House Concert at TheArtsAT311

KASU Radio will present the second “Coffee House Concert” of the summer at The ArtsAT311, located at 311 S. Church St. in Jonesboro, on Thursday August 7 at 7 p.m.

The featured group is “Motel Mirrors,” a Memphis-based side-project of Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, and Shawn Zorn. In 2013, Motel Mirrors recorded a seven song EP on vinyl that included covers of songs by Buck Owens and Susan Ray, Red Foley, and Mickey and Sylvia. Lavere and Keith wrote original songs for the project that are reminiscent of the “honky tonk” love songs that played on juke boxes in the late 1950s and early 60s.

Roots music blogger Amos Perrine, reviewing Motel Mirrors’ music for No Depression magazine, wrote: “There’s something strange yet familiar about Motel Mirrors – like an old photograph of a place you think you know but don’t quite remember having visited.”

Amy LaVere, born Amy Fant, is a singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress based in Memphis, Tennessee. Her music is classified as Americana, combining a blend of classic country, gypsy jazz, and southern soul. Her first Memphis band, Amy and the Tramps, played classic rockabilly a decade ago and performed at KASU Blue Monday events in Jonesboro and Paragould. Since that time, she’s had film roles in Walk the Line and Black Snake Moan and recorded some critically acclaimed CDs of original material. Her current CD, Runaway’s Diary, is climbing the Americana charts.

Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, John Paul Keith sang in church, learned to play guitar around age ten, and inherited a love of classic rock and blues from his truck-driving father. In his teens he  played in a Nashville alt-country band, the Viceroys. A move to Memphis in his late twenties brought a renewed creative energy to Keith who soon formed The One Four Fives, a band that’s been playing in Memphis nightspots for years.

Shawn Zorn, the drummer for Motel Mirrors, has backed Amy Lavere, Ryan Peel, Jacob Church, Twin Forks and other musicians around the city of Memphis, nationally and internationally for about 15 years.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at TheArtsAT311 box office located at 311 S. Church St., Suite E, in Jonesboro, from 1 pm until 4:30 pm Monday -Thursday. The price is ten dollars each and only fifty tickets are available to the general public.

TheArtsAT311 is a community-based, grass roots organization that was initiated by Dr. Carl Abraham of Infectious Disease and Control Consultants in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is an Arkansas not-for-profit whose  Mission is to promote and support regional arts and artists. Inquiries can be made by email to taa311@idcconsult.com. Their Facebook page lists upcoming events.

Coffeehouse Concerts are underwritten by Dr. Abraham, Dr. Richard Stevenson, Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office and KASU-FM. The concert series opened on June 19 with Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin. These exclusive concerts feature some of the most talented musicians in the region performing at TheArtsAT311, downtown Jonesboro’s most intimate audience setting.