Here’s an invitation to join me every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on wairadio.com’s newest streamed show, the Arkansas Times Entertainment 120. Our first show featured interviews with the Boondogs (they have a great new album, “Fever Dreams”) and Lookback Marys’ Sean Rock (he’s in the process of releasing a new album). We’ve played music by local groups, some we wish were still together, such as Mulehead, and some by acts we hope you’ll discover soon at local clubs if you haven’t seen them already, such as Wildwood.
In coming weeks, you’ll be hearing from musicians Sara Thomas, Isaac Alexander, Amy Garland, Kevin Kerby and Burt Taggart (the man behind local record company Max Recordings) and local club and band promoters Chris King at Sticky Fingerz, Eric Hurley at Juanita’s, Fletcher Clement at Vino’s and Tim Jones of Porter Jones Entertainment.
This is also an open invitation to anyone out there who hasn’t already run a CD past my desk or told where they’re playing to give me a call (375-2985) and let me get you more exposure via Internet streaming. Owner Steve Freeman says wairadio.com is averaging more than 35,000 hits a day.
Arkansas Times Entertainment 120 airs live on Wednesdays and is replayed Thursdays and Fridays, usually from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Give a listen to the earlier Entertainment 120 shows and let me know what you think.
Congratulations are in order to Parachute Woman (four guys who got their band name from a Rolling Stones song), who were by far the best in the room at Cornerstone Deli and Pub on Saturday for the “Battle of the Ad Bands.” The four talented musicians understand blues and blues rock and also put on an entertaining stage show. The band is often booked at the White Water Tavern. Check it out.
Isaac Alexander of Big Silver and the Easys and Jason Weinheimer of the Easys and Boondogs (there is a lot of overlap among the better Little Rock bands) also joined up for a great “garage band” portion of the showcase.
Grab an early lunch at the Main Street Food Truck Festival then head north across the Main Street bridge to North Little Rock, where an afternoon of provocative speakers is planned for today's Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas. It's free and that could include some craft beer at the end of the session.
And speaking of violence: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will speak Monday in Little Rock at the Violence Reduction Network Summit. along with U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer of Little Rock.
The senior high classes of 1969, ’75 and ’86 and all in between and around were entertained with a completely satisfying four-plus hours of “San Francisco Fest 2016” featuring Bay area natives Journey and The Doobie Brothers, with special guest Dave Mason.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.
Eight years. I’ve really been “at the job” of newspapers for much longer, it just focused on entertainment during these past eight years. Starting next week, it will focus on sports. Again. Where I started eons ago.
Where was I, the sports lover, the guy who couldn’t wait for Dickey-Stephens to open, a few of you may ask? I was checking out one of my other loves: a local, original music show at Juanita’s that the University of Central Arkansas Honors College had pull