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Last summer’s appearance by “1964” The Tribute was so well received by a near full house at Robinson Center Music Hall, Larry Payton of Celebrity Attractions decided to bring the Beatles imposters back this year.
“1964” appears the day this paper hits the streets (Thursday, June 22).
One certain little fellow, now 4, thinks he actually saw the Beatles last summer. Let’s keep it our secret for now; best he not know that John and George are really playing string harps instead of guitars these days and that a Beatles reunion on terra firma is never going to happen. Also, best he not know that to really see Paul live, it costs $250 a pop.
But the next best thing is “1964,” which captures the Fab Four look, the mannerisms, and most certainly the songs and harmonies, note for note. The music ranges from the hits that preceded their “invasion” of America on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 to “Yesterday” and other hits from the 1966 album “Revolver.”
One day after the show last year, this little guy was asking, “Dad, can we go to Best Buy and get a Beatles CD?” He’s since memorized most of “27,” the CD of Beatles No. 1 hits released a few years back. And to think he still hasn’t even heard some of their better songs. Someday, his dad will show him some of the vinyls that are stored away, and dad will pass along the two 45 rpm copies of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Here’s hoping he’ll find something to play them on. Right now, CDs and iPod are all he knows.
Take your entire crew and enjoy a great family outing and a group that knows how to entertain.
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” premieres in Little Rock on Friday at Market Street Cinema. This is the film that’s garnered much attention for the former vice president’s take, sometimes funny but eventually shocking, on global warming.
The local Sierra Club and Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some are sponsoring a special opening night event at Market Street at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. showing. The Sierra Club and Lilly’s are inviting all hybrid owners or even those SUV drivers who still have a concern about the environment to meet before the film.
Tonya Hass, a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club, urges people to see the film to learn how local action can stop global warming. Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey and North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays are part of the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities program and have made the commitment to reduce carbon dioxide levels to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Check out www.coolcities.us to see how that can be accomplished.
And definitely see this movie.
Market Street Cinema is at 1521 Merrill Drive, just off Rodney Parham Road. Regular admission price is $7.
The price is right — and we hope the temperature will be also — for a comfortable family evening on the grass under the stars at Riverfest Amphitheatre when the Little Rock Jazz Festival is held Friday.
Lawn seats are $25; reserved seats are $30.
David Sanborn, the classy smooth saxophonist, is the headliner, and from this view he’s worth that price alone. An array of local artists kicks off the music at 5 p.m.
Food, wine, beer and water will be available for purchase.
Best of all the festival is a benefit for several organizations, including Literacy Action of Central Arkansas.
Take this opportunity to expose the family to some fine artists that don’t get as much attention in Little Rock as they deserve. You might even have a little budding saxophonist in your own brood who only needs to see great like Sanborn for the light to come on.
Fresh versions of Stephen Koch’s “Arkansongs” have returned to KUAR-FM, 89.1, on Fridays at 6:40 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Koch, an expert both on the history of Arkansas music and those players as well as on the roots acts of today, features background on his subjects and some of their music. This Friday (June 23), his subject is the Munks, a Little Rock band that defies genre description and blends piano, violin and pedal steel guitar with drums and bass and some acoustic guitar. Vocalist Aaron Grimm sounds a little like Tom Waits. The band named itself after the very different jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Drummer Brooks Browning was formerly in the local band Raudive Voices.
The Munks were finalists in this year’s Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase at Sticky Fingerz, and recently the group released its debut album, “Heartbreak Numbers.” The record is being distributed by Denver-based Big Bender Records.
Koch will feature such new Munks songs as “Believe” and “Nice to Know” on the show.
And look for “Arkansongs” columns from Koch to reappear in these pages in coming weeks.