In The Atrium

Mike Sumler Project

DATE: Friday, April 16, 7pm

LOCATION: Walker Atrium at Walton Arts Center

TICKETS: FREE with reservation

While attending this event, please follow these protocols for your safety and the safety of others:

  • Do not move tables or chairs. Stay seated at your designated table during the concert unless you are visiting concessions or the restroom.
  • Wear your mask when moving through the venue and while seated at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the venue. 


The Mike Sumler Project features Mike Sumler, JT Huff, John Davies and Darren Novotny. Between the four band members there's almost two hundred combined years of songwriting and performing. The music they create is a broad blend of original and cover material spanning blues to jazz to rock stylings. Sumler’s place in the musical history of Arkansas and Texas is legendary, with stints performing with Lyle Lovett and a who’s who of regional veterans.  JT Huff is a fiery, yet tasteful guitarist and a seasoned veteran player. This quartet has been working and writing together for the past several years and their shared joy of playing together projects clearly to the audience. There have been memorable live performances around Arkansas, but they are rare. Any event with the Mike Sumler Project is an event not to be missed!

JT Huff has been in the music business for over 40 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist with respectable chops on guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals and drums. JT is best known for his business of over 25 years, JTH Productions in West Fork, Ark., an event management company catering to the music industry. He’s spent half his life as a sound technician, beginning with a George Strait concert at a nightclub in Springdale.

Bassist and guitarist John Davies spent a decade with The Cate Brothers and several years on the road with Michael Burkes. He also made two albums with Paperkid (a bit more of a commercial metal venture), and appears on collaborative albums such as What It Is, featuring artist and musician M.R. Keck in his Whiplash Gumbo persona bringing together many related aspects of the Arkansas music scene. The closely linked background this bassist emerged from has been described as both incestuous and "so damn hillbilly"; it is the latter expression that goes farthest in defining his place in music history.

Darren Novotny has been playing drums, recording and teaching professionally since the mid-1970s. He toured extensively with Jo-El Sonnier and Co Co Montoya, and recorded with Charlie Chalmers, The Dillards and Ray Stafford. Darren has performed in concert with jazz artists Herb Ellis, Sheila Jordan, New York Voices, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, Steve Wilson, Vic Juris, Terrell Stafford, Art Porter, Cory Christiansen and Charles Thomas, among others. Darren has performed with a who’s who of regional bands including The Cate Brothers, Jim Greeson and Claudia Burson, and Richard Bruton. Darren currently plays with The Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece big band and is the drummer for the North Arkansas Jazz Society summer jazz concert series.

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