Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friday To-Do: Night for Jett

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

White Water Tavern hosts a night to remember James Jett Talbert Friday night.
  • White Water Tavern hosts a night to remember James "Jett" Talbert Friday night.

NIGHT FOR JETT
7 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5 after 8:30 p.m.

If you ever went to the White Water Tavern, you probably saw James "Jett" Talbert sitting at the bar, or later in the evening, dancing on the tables to whichever band happened to be playing. He was a vital voice in the colorful oral history of the WWT that the Times published in 2010.

This show is a celebration of the life of Jett, who passed away last week.

White Water co-owner Matt White wrote eloquently of his friend, so I'm going to quote him at length: "In losing Jett, we lose an amazing storyteller and historian on the bar and Little Rock in general. He lived just up the street for over 20 years and his spirit, attitude, and heart were a perfect example of what makes the White Water such a unique and special place. When we took the place over five and a half years ago, he and Goose were seemingly inseparable and Jett had our backs from the very beginning.

"An avid music fan and people person, Jett witnessed more shows than most of us who worked here during those first couple of years. He was known by bands all across the country for dancing on the rail in the back of the room, helping them carry their equipment, and for being a wildly encouraging and HILARIOUS friend. ... He was a friend to so many. A sweet heart. An original. He was an absolute staple to the bar and the neighborhood, and to say that the place won't be the same without him barely begins to scratch the surface; it is so tough to comprehend that he won't be walking in at two on the dot every afternoon."

There will no doubt be many tears shed on Friday, but also many great stories, and music from Amy Garland, Nick Devlin, Bart Angel, Andy Warr, Mandy McBryde, Iron Tongue, The P-47s and likely more.

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