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An exhibition of artwork by local students opens at the Bradbury Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a public reception, 5-6:30 p.m.

Featured in two galleries will be paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media objects by Jonesboro High School art students.  The exhibition continues through Dec. 7.

In September three JHS classes and BAM began a semester-long project.  The students first toured the museum, discussing the portrait-themed exhibitions on display. In response, they then created a portrait of their own, inspired by the work they had seen on their visit.

An Irish band known for its collaborations with Nashville musicians will perform as part of Arkansas State University’s free lecture-concert series October 16 at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall in ASU’s Fowler Center. The Brock McGuire band’s Jonesboro appearance is underwritten by KASU, the on- air and online public media service of A-State, with additional support from Dr. James and Mary Sheridan of Campbell, Mo.; Dr. Troy Bartels, “Dentistry for the Entire Family;” Donn & Kacky Mixon of Jonesboro; and the ASU-Lecture Concert Series.
 

Instrumental music faculty expands to meet growth

Aug 17, 2016
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    When the Sound of the Natural State Marching Band takes the field at Centennial Bank Stadium the first Friday in September, Dr. Polly Middleton will proudly watch the A-State students perform their first halftime show under her direction.

Middleton, who is stepping into the marching band tradition at A-State, is the new director of athletic bands and assistant director of bands in the Department of Music.

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KASU Radio’s next concert in Jonesboro will be on July 21 with Mark Currey playing at Lost Pizza Company, 906 Southwest Drive, Suite A.

Mark Currey is a Little Rock singer-songwriter whose roots run through North Texas and Southeast Arkansas. Inspired by roots rock, classic country, folk and Americana music -- as well as southern gothic literature --  Mark says “I’m a storyteller searching for an  honest expression of my own Southern voice. “

Doreen Selden, KASU

Students from the Arkansas State University Department of Art have been working on painting this mural in downtown Jonesboro.  On Friday,  the students were joined with city officials for a ribbon cutting of the unveiling of their work.  Thanks to KASU's Doreen Selden for taking the pictures of the festivities.

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Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, one half of the musical duo "The Memphis Horns", passed away at the age of 74 on Tuesday.  Jackson was a native of West Memphis.  KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with two Arkansans who knew Jackson well.  

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  For the next KASU Coffee House Concert June 16, four local and regional musicians reunite, about 25 years after they first played together.

Sarah Jo Roark and John T. Parks have performed as a vocal duo in restaurants and at private functions throughout the Melbourne-Batesville-Hardy area. The other duo – Vikki McGee and Sonny Campbell – are familiar players at Jonesboro area venues.  Members of these separate duos played in a couple of different bands in the 1990s and are looking forward to being on stage together again.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould

A-State alumnus Rob Reep will show his film Captain tonight at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the A-State campus.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks to Reep about his film, which focuses on a family that makes a move to Arkansas around the time of the War of 1812. 

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New members are being recruited for the A-State University-Community Choir.  In November, this ensemble will perform selections from a very popular and well-known piece of choral music, Handel’s Messiah.  Concerts will be held in both Jonesboro and Blytheville.

KASU's Program Director Marty Scarbrough interviews Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University. Click on the Listen button above. 

Paul Thorn returns to Helena for two shows

Jun 1, 2015
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The Paul Thorn Band will do two shows at the Malco Theater in Helena on June 12th and 13th, at 7:30 each night. Tickets are available at KingBiscuitFestival.com. Here's our interview with Paul, which aired on Arkansas Roots...

The A-State Theatre Depeartment will present a classic American drama on the stage of the Fowler Center.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks with Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn about the play that she directs.

In an interview conducted by Marty Scarbrough for KASU's Arkansas Roots, Dr. Tom O'Connor, retired professor from the A-State Music Department, reminisces about playing jazz music in The Tribe when he was a student at what was then Arkansas State College.

This Friday night at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus, four former American Idol finalists will perform a concert in tribute to the music of Motown.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to one of those finalists, Melinda Doolittle, who described the show that will be presented in Jonesboro.

Stephen Koch, host of Arkansongs heard on KASU, is the author of the new book “Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R & B.”  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Koch about Jordan, who was a huge influence on many musicians, yet many people today, even Arkansans, do not know about Jordan or his music.

You typically would not put “space aliens” and “opera” in the same sentence, but those two worlds will collide as the ASU Opera Theatre presents “Help, Help, The Globolinks!” Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14, at 7:30 each night in the Drama Theatre of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Marika Kyriakos, director of the ASU Opera Theatre, about this unique operatic work and its upcoming presentation at ASU.

David Bailin, Warren Criswell and Sammy Peters, three prominent central Arkansas artists, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition, “Disparate Acts,” opening Thursday, March 13, and continuing through April 16 at the Bradbury Gallery on the campus of Arkansas State University.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Les Christensen, director of the Bradbury Gallery, about this exhibition.

A new song has been created to celebrate Arkansas State University.  In a feature for the program Arkansas Roots, KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities at ASU, who told the story behind the song.  Click the link to hear a 1963 recording from ASU’s past, the discussion with Dr. Miller, and the new song, “Red Wolves Rising.”

Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series presents a concert by virtuoso pianist Thomas Brown on Sunday, March 2, at 3:00 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Mr. Brown about his music and the works he will perform at his concert in Jonesboro.

The Arkansas State University Theatre Department will present the play “Steel Magnolias”. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, as well as Monday through Wednesday, March 3-5, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the drama theatre of the Fowler Center on the ASU-Jonesboro campus.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Molly Simpson, professor of theatre, who is directing this production.

The sixth annual “Friends In Great Places” concert will be this Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  Numerous Arkansas musicians will perform to raise money for various causes at the community college.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with concert organizer Danny Dozier.

Folk music super-group Brother Sun will perform in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.  This admission-free concert is part of the ASU Lecture/Concert Series.  The group’s newest CD was named The North American Folk Music Chart’s Album of the Year for 2013. In addition, their song, “Lady of the Harbor,” was named Song of the Year.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Greg Greenway, one of the three singer-songwriters who make up Brother Sun.

Acclaimed country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, will perform at KASU’s Bluegrass Monday on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to Ulisse about her musical roots.

The Moipei Quartet, a vocal ensemble of four sisters from Kenya, will perform Saturday, February 22, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Wendy Hymes, Fowler Center Director, about this concert.

The Foundation of Arts will present a community theatre production of the play The Scarlet Letter at the Forum in downtown Jonesboro February 22-24.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam, artistic and community development director of the Foundation of Arts, about this production.

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