KASU Live Events

KASU produces numerous live events to benefit and to entertain the community it serves. 

Bluesday Tuesday


The next KASU Bluesday Tuesday Concert at Newport Country Club will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 featuring Snap Crow Legs, a Jonesboro band that plays an interesting mix of blues-influenced musical styles.

Snap Crow Legs was formed in 2005 by several faculty and students at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  All of its members are scientists who happen to believe that the practices of music and science reinforce each other.  The band started out performing covers of rock standards, but their repertoire has expanded to include more regional music of interest – blues, Southern rock, and Americana.  They have also posted a few original songs on reverbnation.com.

While members have come and gone over the years, the core group of  Dr. Rich Grippo (bass guitar, harmony vocals),  Dr. Tanja McKay (violin) and Dr. Greg Phillips (guitar, vocals) have been continuing members.  Unfortunately, Tanja will not be joining Snap Crow Legs for Bluesday Tuesday due to a conflict. 

Grippo and McKay are faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Phillips is a faculty member of the College of Agriculture and Technology.  The current lineup includes Shane Eason (lead guitar, vocals), who joined the band while an undergraduate student in agricultural business, and is currently pursuing a master’s of agricultural economics at the University of Tennessee – Martin.  A guest drummer for Bluesday Tuesday will be announced.

McKay also performs locally with the band Sky City.  Grippo has performed with a number of praise bands in Jonesboro and sits in with a blue-grass band in Nashville.  Phillips also performs with the band Hobbit Nirvana, most recently in Savannah, Georgia. 

Bluesday Tuesday concerts have been   presented as a community service by KASU, the Arkansas State University public radio station, on the second Tuesday of each month at Newport Country Club since April 2010. The band payments are  underwritten by ASU-Newport, C and C Distributors and Harris Ford of Newport. KASU passes the hat for tips. 

This will be the last Bluesday Tuesday concert presented by the station, due to changing financial requirements at the performance venue.  General manager Mike Doyle said, “We’ve had almost a seven-year run in Newport, going back to 2007 when concerts were presented at the Brick Room restaurant downtown until it closed. We appreciate our sponsors and Newport Country Club for making these concerts possible, and the faithful listeners and dancers who have attended and   supported these free musical events.”

For more information, contact KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle at 870-972-3486 or mdoyle@astate.edu.

Bluegrass Monday

On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU presents the "Bluegrass Monday" concert series at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  Shows begin at 7:00 p.m. 

The concerts feature acclaimed bluegrass musicians from across the country.  Past performers include Larry Stephenson, Valerie Smith, Nothin' Fancy, Special Consensus, Monroe Crossing, and many more.

KASU will "pass the hat," collecting money to pay the musicians.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.  The Bluegrass Monday concert series is made possible thanks to support from Backbeat Music, the Posey Peddler, Main Street Paragould, and the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association.

For more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at 870-972-2367 or mscarbro@astate.edu.

Coffee House Concerts at TheArtsAT311

KASU-FM, the Arkansas State University public radio service announces the launch of a new concert series, in downtown Jonesboro, in conjunction with The ArtsAT311 and three other community minded sponsors.

Between June and December, KASU will present five exclusive concerts at 311 S. Church Street featuring some of the most talented musicians in Arkansas and the region.  Tickets will be sold to 50 audience members who will enjoy an unforgettable experience in downtown Jonesboro’s most intimate musical setting, the ArtsAT311. The coffeehouse atmosphere of these performances will add to the vibrant mix of live music in downtown Jonesboro in the following ways:

1.       “Something for everybody”  -- musical genres ranging from blues, jazz, and soul  to folk and Americana alt-country -- performed by singer-songwriters and small combos with wide-ranging musical tastes and regional connections.

2.       “Something different”  -- these performers will come from the Ozarks, the Delta, Little Rock, Memphis and neighboring states.

3.       “Something special”  -- other downtown music venues are busy and noisy. Listeners at KASU Coffee House Concerts will hear   talented  musicians performing great original material in the Arts AT311’s wonderful ambience.

4.     “Something unique”  --  TheArtsAT311 is “all about the music.”  These Coffee House Concerts will be available to 50 to 60  seat-holders who will have a truly special experience.

KASU Coffee House Concerts at TheArtsAT311 will be  made possible by the Arts @311, Dr. Richard Stevenson, Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, and Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office.

Upcoming concerts:

August 7 – Motel Mirrors  (featuring Amy Lavere)