Ticket packages are now available for 2017-18 West Street Live Series presented by Neal R. Pendergraft at Walton Arts Center. The second season of the popular series features Hot Club of Cowtown, Joe Ely, Susan Werner Trio, John McEuen and Friends, Raul Midón and Peter Yarrow. The six-show package is $180 per person for stadium seating and can be purchased in-person at Walton Arts Center’s Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600. Single show tickets will go on sale this summer.

West Street Live caters to live music fans, bringing artists from a variety of genres to Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theater for intimate, relaxed concerts in an atmosphere reminiscent of neighborhood listening rooms and nightclubs. The setting of the popular music series allows patrons to connect with the music and musicians. 

Hot Club of Cowtown
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown has developed a reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows. The impression that the band is in some way a country act, especially in the current climate of American popular music, is somewhat misleading since the Hot Club’s influences have always been as much the musette music of the smoky bistros of 1930s Paris as they are the hoedowns and Western swing of the mythic American West. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times).

Joe Ely Acoustic
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Panhandle Rambler is Joe Ely back home, returned to the always dusty, perpetually windy, generally arid, frequently smoldering and seemingly barren landscape around Lubbock where he grew up and first began playing music. It’s where Joe found his calling as a writer and performer and first developed that unmistakable voice. Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains of west Texas – a tradition that includes the likes of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Guy Clark and Delbert McClinton.

Susan Werner Trio
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years. From her 1995 major label debut on BMG/Private Music, the folk/rock gem Last of the Good Straight Girls, to her 2004 Koch Records collection of Tin Pan Alley styled originals I Can’t Be New, to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal The Gospel Truth, to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots Hayseed, Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic. “I like concept albums, because they provide a place for the audience and the artist to meet. You may not know me and I may not know you, but we both know something about a farmer’s market, about what it is to sit in a pew at church and wonder what life means, we both know something about falling in love and maybe falling back out again. I like to have a starting point for an evening’s conversation with an audience – it’s a great icebreaker.”

John McEuen & Friends: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Saturday, February 3, 2018

John McEuen brings with him more than 45 years of experience performing worldwide with his banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Often referred to as “the String Wizard,” he weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), taking us where his musical path has taken him. A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, John instigated the 1972 classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, (inducted in to the Library of Congress as ‘one of America’s most important recordings). This multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos, narrative and music from early NGDB takes us on their incredible journey – all interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard early classics and more.

Raul Midón
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ever since the turn of this century, singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices – “a one-man band… who is spiritually connected,” according to The New York Times, and “an eclectic adventurist,” in the words of People Magazine. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released eight albums since 1999 including the acclaimed studio productions Don’t Hesitate (Mack Avenue/Artistry, 2014), Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005). Attesting to his enduring ambitions is Midón’s ninth studio album, Bad Ass and Blind, released via Mack Avenue/Artistry Music in 2017.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Peter’s talents as a creative artist—both with Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs the trio have recorded, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, he has earned many gold and platinum albums, has been awarded numerous Grammys, and nominated for several more. Peter’s life and work, culminating in the founding and leadership of Operations Respect, is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.