Sea­son And Se­ries Sat­isfy 10X10 ARTS SE­RIES

Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter over­flows with en­ter­tain­ment

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FEATURE - JO­CE­LYN MUR­PHY

The Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter in Fayet­teville an­nounced its full 2017-18 sea­son at the end of June, of­fer­ing eight col­lec­tions of di­verse pro­gram­ming in ad­di­tion to the Broad­way Se­ries that be­gins Oct. 3. The 2017-18 sea­son will be the first non­ab­bre­vi­ated sea­son in sev­eral years fol­low­ing the ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion that now en­ables the cen­ter to uti­lize both its per­for­mance spa­ces at the same time. Create-your-own sub­scrip­tions and sev­eral ticket pack­ages are avail­able for pur­chase al­ready at 443-5600 or wal­tonarts­cen­ter. org, and in­di­vid­ual tick­ets for most per­for­mances go on sale Aug. 7.


Open­ing the sea­son on Sept. 19 will be two leg­endary blues artists, Taj Ma­hal and Keb’ Mo,’ join­ing to­gether on stage as part of the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Se­ries. The se­ries sees sev­eral ac­claimed mu­si­cians re­turn­ing to Baum Walker Hall and two new faces: Al­though LeAnn Rimes and Char­lie Daniels have both played the area, nei­ther has per­formed on the WAC stage be­fore.

Sept. 19 — Ta­jMo: The Taj Ma­hal and Keb’ Mo’ Band with spe­cial guest Black Pa­cific

“These guys have known each other for decades,” says WAC pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor Jennifer Wil­son. “Taj ac­tu­ally played a role in Keb’ get­ting his first record­ing deal, but this is re­ally the first time they’ve joined forces.” Wil­son and WAC di­rec­tor of pro­gram­ming Jennifer Ross both ex­press ex­cite­ment over two gen­er­a­tions of blues icons open­ing the sea­son.

Oct. 18 — Jake Shimabukuro “Some of the songs he plays on his uke are just amaz­ing, be­cause I can’t fathom how he gets that sort of sound out of his in­stru­ment, but it’s thrilling,” Ross gushes of the in­ter­na­tional ukulele player. Dec. 12 — LeAnn Rimes

May 10 — Char­lie Daniels Band


In its sec­ond year, the West Street Live se­ries trans­forms Starr The­atre into an in­ti­mate club at­mos­phere with cabaret ta­bles and small acts — solo, duo and trio per­for­mances — as an ad­di­tion to the down­town live mu­sic scene. “Brian Crowne and I co-cu­rate the se­ries and we’re try­ing to of­fer a range of ex­pe­ri­ences to mu­sic lovers who are a lit­tle bit cu­ri­ous about things they may not have heard of be­fore,” Ross re­veals. “From Hot Club of Cow­town — sort of west­ern-swing meets gypsy-jazz — to Su­san Werner who is a singer/song­writer and sort of writes on the edge, to John McEuen, whom ev­ery­one has known for years from his work with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, we look for shows that run the gamut.”

Tick­ets start at $30

Sept. 28 — Hot Club of Cow­town Oct. 19 — Joe Ely Acous­tic

Nov. 9 — Su­san Werner Trio

Feb. 3 — John McEuen & Friends: Will The Cir­cle Be Un­bro­ken

March 1 — Raul Midón

March 31 — An Evening with Peter Yar­row

“Peter, Paul & Mary is mu­sic I grew up lis­ten­ing to be­cause my par­ents lis­tened to it, and I’ve al­ways been in love with it,” Ross shares en­thu­si­as­ti­cally. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to bring Peter Yar­row for that in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.”

One of the WAC’s most pop­u­lar se­ries is de­signed to bring people through the doors for the first time as well as ex­pe­ri­ence art forms they might not oth­er­wise con­sider at a higher ticket price. The 10x10 Arts Se­ries presents 10 per­for­mances of vary­ing medi­ums for $10 each and in­cludes a pre-show “Cre­ative Con­ver­sa­tion” with the artists, as well as a post-show party. “It has a


The first per­for­mance of the 10x10 Arts Se­ries is Bal­let Arkansas’ “Emer­gence.” The state’s renowned pro­fes­sional bal­let com­pany presents a pro­gram fea­tur­ing a work set to the mu­sic of Johnny Cash, as well as the world pre­miere from the win­ner of the com­pany’s 2017 Win­ter Vi­sions chore­o­graphic com­pe­ti­tion, hosted at the WAC in Fe­bru­ary.

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