Jason Mraz Brings Solo Acoustic Tour to Walton Arts Center
Dec. 6, 2017 - Multiple Grammy® Award- winner Jason Mraz has announced plans for a 17-city live tour which includes a stop at Walton Arts Center on Friday, March 30, 2018.
The dates – dubbed “An Evening With Jason Mraz, Solo Acoustic” – begin Thursday, March 8 in Raleigh, NC and continue through the month ending in Arkansas. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Today’s tour announcement follows the recent news that Mraz will be extending his Broadway debut run in the hit musical, Waitress, with performances now scheduled through Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The two-time Grammy Award-winner will be joined on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 by Tony and Grammy Award-nominated Waitress composer Sara Bareilles, making her long-awaited return to the production. Mraz and Bareilles have a long history of collaboration, having previously teamed with for two songs on 2015’s top 10 album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit waitressthemusical.com.
In other news, Mraz has co-written and performed a new original song, “Can’t Hold Out On Love,” to be featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. feature film, Father Figures, arriving in theaters nationwide on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Mraz recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his RIAA platinum certified major label debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, with the album’s first-time-ever vinyl release. The double LP is available now on standard black vinyl at all music retailers carrying vinyl records (see here); an orange vinyl edition is exclusively available via Barnes & Noble. All vinyl editions feature expanded artwork by Robert Fisher and Alison Dyer, plus lyrics and new liner notes by Mraz.
As People recently noted, Waiting for My Rocket to Come launched Mraz “from the Southern California coffee house scene into global stardom and the forefront of contemporary American singer-songwriters.” Released October 15, 2002, “the album indeed propelled Mraz to the forefront of contemporary American pop, fueled by a trio of indelible hit singles in “You And I Both,” “Curbside Prophet,” and the #1 favorite, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry).” The latter single proved Mraz’s breakthrough, ascending to the Top 15 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” while also reaching the top of the “Top 40 Adult Recurrents” chart.
Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a diverse fan-base throughout all parts of the globe. Since getting his start in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound to rapt audiences around the world through his vibrant recordings, humorous live performances, and philanthropic efforts. Along the way, he has earned numerous platinum certifications for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking classic single, “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up”, racked up two Grammy Awards, won the prestigious Songwriter Hall of Fame Hal David Award, has sold out amphitheaters and arenas across the globe, including sell-outs at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and London’s O2 Arena.
A dedicated artist and gentleman farmer, Mraz is first and foremost a committed global citizen. His impassioned social activism and philanthropic efforts span from environmental advocacy to ardent support for human rights. His own Jason Mraz Foundation serves to shine for arts education and the advancement of equality. Through it all, Jason Mraz continually confirms and celebrates music’s myriad forms and miraculous power, inspiring and delighting his countless fans around the world.
For more, please see www.jasonmraz.com and www.atlanticrecords.com
Jim Gaffigan to Perform at the Walmart AMP This Summer
Dec. 4, 2017 - The Walmart AMP is excited to announce another addition to the 2018 Cox Concert Series. Grammy®-nominated comedian, actor and best-selling author, Jim Gaffigan, will perform at the Walmart AMP on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Gates open at 6pm, and the show starts at 8pm.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 8 at 10am. Ticket prices range from $30 to $99 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com.
Jim Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life. In 2014, Gaffigan became one of only ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden. He also had the honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.
Gaffigan, who is one of the world’s highest grossing stand-up comedians, recently premiered his fifth stand up special, Cinco (2017), on Netflix. The album version is currently at the #4 spot on iTunes’ Top 10 comedy albums list. Gaffigan can be seen in Showtime’s Chuck (2017), opposite Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman and Elisabeth Moss, along with Entertainment Studio’s Chappaquiddick (2017), opposite Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern and Kate Mara. He also co-starred in the hit drama, Experimenter (2015), alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.
Last year, Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie ended their critically acclaimed semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, after two successful seasons. Lauded by People magazine as “one of TV’s bright spots,” the series was written by Jim and Jeannie who both also served as executive producers. The single-camera comedy co-starred Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg, and revolved around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.
Jim’s first book, Dad Is Fat, was released in 2013, and it debuted at #5 on The New York Times’ Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks. His second book, Food: A Love Story, was released in 2014 and debuted at #3 on The New York Times’ Bestseller’s List. In addition to his own television show, widely popular stand-up comedy and best-selling books, Jim has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from “Portlandia” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to HBO's cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order.”
Cabaret Coming to Walton Arts Center for a Limited Run
Nov. 30, 2017 - The Tony Award®-winning musical, Cabaret, takes the stage January 19-21, 2017 at Walton Arts Center for a limited five-show run as part of the Procter & Gamble Broadway Series.
Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Friday, Jan. 19 at 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub where Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. Come and hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”
This production is based on the second Broadway revival of Cabaret by Roundabout Theatre Company which opened in 1998 and received the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival that same year. The show was directed by Sam Mendes (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Skyfall, American Beauty) and choreographed by Rob Marshall (Damn Yankees, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Victor/Victoria). Cabaret is making its debut at Walton Arts Center.
“Divinely, dangerously decadent.” – The New York Times
VoiceJam A Cappella Festival Returns to Walton Arts Center
Nov. 28, 2017 - Now is the time to submit your audition videos for VoiceJam, the annual a cappella festival produced by Walton Arts Center. The festival will light up Northwest Arkansas with smooth harmonies and unbelievable beats in April, and any a cappella group of three or more can audition to be part of it.
Video audition submissions will be accepted from November 30, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Registration, competition criteria, submission information and festival details can be found at VoiceJam Compete.
Up to eight groups can be selected to compete, and the finalists will be announced on February 3, 2018. A cappella fans and finalists will converge on Northwest Arkansas for a weekend of activities April 6-7, 2018 including the VoiceJam Competition on Saturday, April 7, 2018 hosted by Deke Sharon, dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as "the father of contemporary a cappella." The VoiceJam Grand Champion will have the opportunity to attend the Vocal Asia Festival in Taiwan.
Tickets for the headliner concert by VoicePlay and the VoiceJam Competition can be purchased online now by visiting waltonartscenter.org/voicejam or by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600. Ticket details for the a cappella workshops will be available soon.
Friday-Saturday, April 6-7, 2018
Headliner Concert featuring VoicePlay
Friday, April 6 at 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $15
Based in Orlando, Fla., VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. Seen nationwide on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” this five-piece vocal band’s show is full of on-stage antics, soulful vocals and catchy tunes.
Saturday, April 7, 9 am-5 pm
Registration details coming soon
Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $19
This is your chance to witness the hottest vocal bands from around the country competing for the title of VoiceJam Champion. Hosted by a cappella producer Deke Sharon, the competition portion of the VoiceJam Festival is full of audience participation and fun for all ages. Come cheer on these vocal masters and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite!
Robert Earl Keen Celebrates Christmas, Family and Awkward Holiday Get-Togethers in Newest Show
Nov. 27, 2017 - Robert Earl Keen’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree with special guests debuts at Walton Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7pm.
Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 479.571.2719 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas has been part of Robert Earl Keen’s repertoire ever since he released “Merry Christmas From the Family” on his 1994 album Gringo Honeymoon. This year’s Christmas tour, number six for Keen, continues that holiday tradition.
Keen and his band along with the Quebe Sisters will give audiences a festive, variety-show-meets-country revue that will have audiences dancing and laughing all night.
It’s not always easy to succinctly sum up a career — let alone a life’s ambition — but the five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem “The road goes on forever…” just about do it. From his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, Keen has blazed a peer, critic and fan-lauded trail that have earned him living-legend status in the Americana music world.
Three decades later, with well over a dozen records to his name and thousands of shows under his belt, there’s still no end in sight to the road ahead.
LeAnn Rimes Brings Holiday Spirit to Walton Arts Center for Debut Performance
Nov, 27, 2017 - Multi-platinum, two-time Grammy® Award-winning female vocalist LeAnn Rimes is bringing her Today is Christmas tour to Walton Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7pm, just in time for the holidays.
Single tickets start at $45 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 479.571.2719 or emailing email@example.com.
Performing for the first time at Walton Arts Center, this internationally acclaimed pop-country icon will bring good tidings of joy and cheer with traditional and original Christmas songs from her trio of annual holiday albums. Rimes will perform a variety of songs including new renditions of hits like “Blue” and “How Do I Live” as well as songs from her new critically acclaimed album, Remnants.
“Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year; there is something magical about it and being able to share it with my fans makes it all the more special,” shares Rimes.
Rimes’ Christmas projects continue to be staples in most holiday music collections. Her 2015 Christmas record, Today Is Christmas, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, and “Celebrate Me Home,” her duet with Gavin DeGraw, was the second most played new holiday song that same year.
Over the course of her 20-plus-year career and 19 albums, Rimes has had countless top hits on the dance, pop and country charts. Most recently, the powerhouse vocalist garnered her second #1 Billboard Dance hit, with “Love is Love is Love” from her latest album Remnants.
Latin Jazz All-Stars Brings Power-Packed Ensemble to Walton Arts Center
Nov. 22, 2017 - Showcasing the very best in Afro Cuban, salsa, Brazilian and Latin Jazz, The Latin Jazz All-Stars will be turning up the heat at Walton Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 8pm.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
The Latin Jazz All-Stars join forces for an evening of brilliant music, showcasing six notable jazz masters. Having performed to sold-out crowds and packed houses all over the country, this "super band" features no leader, instead all of the performers share the spotlight and genuinely enjoy playing together.
Members including Latin Grammy Award®-winner Néstor Torres, Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, Grammy Award®-nominated artist Chembo Corniel, Chilean singer and songwriter Claudia Acuna, bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and drummer Diego Lopez will showcase the impeccable musicianship, irresistible improvisations and rich traditions of this jazz super group. Sprinkled with a little be-bop, a touch of swing and a dollop of bomba, rumba and tango, this show is sure to have you on your feet.
Black Friday Deals at Walton Arts Center
Nov. 20, 2017 - Walton Arts Center is making your Christmas shopping easier with a “No Fee Weekend” in honor of Black Friday. Patrons who purchase tickets to a Walton Arts Center performance during No Fee Weekend will not have to pay order or processing fees.
This offer is good from Friday, Nov. 24 through midnight on Monday, Nov. 27. Tickets can be purchased online, in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600.
Whether it’s a beloved family member, a hard-to-buy-for friend or someone in the office, show tickets make great holiday gifts. Give your loved ones a chance to experience the arts and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, tickets to an upcoming show at Walton Arts Center are a great option.
World-Renowned Troupe Brings Martial Artists, Acrobats to Walton Arts Center for Two-Show Engagement
Nov. 20, 2017 - Known around the world for their highflying performances, the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China are bringing an exciting mix of athletic and acrobatic feats to Walton Arts Center for shows at 7:30 pm on both Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8.
Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China were established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats that was founded in 1948. With over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers, the troupe is known for the novelty of their performances and superior techniques. This distinguished troupe has been dedicated to innovation and excellence in the circus arts, performing in more than 50 countries and regions around the world.
One of the best circus troupes in China, the award-winning Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin are world-renowned for their cutting-edge tricks. Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, these dedicated performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks and martial arts. From the breathtaking production and the dynamic landscape to the lavish costumes and thrilling storyline, this show is sure to have everyone on the edge of their seats.
Walton Arts Center Presents SEEK Event for Students, Young Professionals
Nov, 19, 2017 - College students and young professionals from around the region are invited to the fourth SEEK Fayetteville event Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 from 6-11 pm. Presented by Walton Arts Center and co-hosted by Fayettechill Clothing Company, Puritan Coffee & Beer and the NWA Emerging Leaders, the event features a full evening of entertainment.
Tickets are $25 and include access to a pre-party at Fayettechill and Puritan, the Thursday performance of Martial Artists and Acrobats of China as well as an after-show party at Walton Arts Center. Students and young professionals can purchase tickets online at waltonartscenter.org/seek. Tickets can also be purchased in cash at the pre-party on the day of the event.
SEEK (Savor, Enrich, Explore and Know) events provide an opportunity students and young professionals to experience the unique art and culture opportunities that Fayetteville has to offer.
The pre-party will be from 6-7 pm at Fayettechill and Puritan, located at 205 West Dickson Street. There will be an open tab with beer and coffee for everyone with a SEEK ticket to the Thursday, Dec. 7 performance of Martial Artists and Acrobats of China. A food truck will also be onsite for tasty treats.
After the pre-show party, attendees will walk to Walton Arts Center for the 7:30 pm performance of Martial Artists and Acrobats of China.
One of the best circus troupes in China, the award-winning Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin are world-renowned for their cutting-edge tricks. Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, these dedicated performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks and martial arts.
Immediately following the show, there will be an after-party at Walton Arts Center. The party includes an open tab featuring local craft beer, DJ, dancing, games, photo booth and door prizes.
Stay connected and get updates by joining the SEEK Facebook Event.
Kids Night on Broadway® Comes to Walton Arts Center Just in Time for Christmas Break
Nov. 15, 2017 -
Walton Arts Center is excited to bring Kids Night on Broadway® to Northwest Arkansas for the Thursday matinee performance of Finding Neverland.
Young patrons between the ages of 7 and 18 can see Finding Neverland on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 pm for free when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a full-price ticket. Limited tickets are available, offer good while supplies last. Use promo code HOOK when purchasing.
Single tickets for the Thursday matinee performance start at $49 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Kids Night on Broadway is a program created by The Broadway League that introduces the next generation of theatergoers to Broadway and allows them to experience live theater. In addition to the show, there will be family-friendly activities including the opportunity to make a pirate hat and hunt for treasure. Pre-show activities will begin at 12:30 pm.
Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan.
Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, Finding Neverland is a breathtaking smash that “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine.
Tickets for each of Finding Neverland’s seven performances at Walton Arts Center are still available, and ticket prices start at $36.
Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 23 at 2 pm
Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8 pm
World-Renowned Vocal Ensemble Voces8 To Perform at Walton Arts Center
Nov. 15, 2017 - Voces8, the British vocal ensemble now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups, will perform at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 7pm as part of the 10x10 Arts Series.
Tickets are $10 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions as well as popular arrangements. With an on-going program of recordings and live broadcasts, Voces8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including NPR, the BBC and ClassicFM. Voces8 is a Decca Classics Artist and has two albums, Eventide and Lux, which debuted at the top of the classical charts.
In addition to performing worldwide, the ensemble leads an innovative series of music education workshops reaching 20,000 people around the world annually, with the aim of inspiring creativity and excellence through music.
BBC Music Magazine says about the group, “Eight beautifully integrated solo voices…. Every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing."
At 6 pm patrons are invited to attend a Creative Conversation with the ensemble led by a member of Walton Arts Center’s programming staff. Following the show, patrons are also invited to attend an after party with the artists in the Walker Atrium and share their thoughts about the show with the popular Post-It® Note responses.
Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series brings a variety of groundbreaking artists and awe-inspiring performances to Northwest Arkansas at a price that is right for the whole community.
Danu: A Christmas Gathering - Walton Arts Center - Sunday Dec. 10 at 7 pm
Nov. 14, 2017 - Traditional Irish ensemble, Danú, will perform A Christmas Gathering: ‘Féile na Nollag’ at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7pm. Two local groups, The Link Ensemble and Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance, will perform on-stage with Danú.
Tickets start at $15 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Hailing from Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork counties in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire.
This performance will feature a sampling of songs, music and stories that have emerged from Christmas celebrations held across Ireland for hundreds of years. Christmas in Ireland is one of the most important holidays for families and friends, as many Irish people living abroad come home to gather in celebration. Music and dance gatherings, in communities both urban and rural, have often combined for generations to offer a great variety of songs, music and stories for the holidays.
Danú will be joined on stage by Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance and
The Link Ensemble, a 16-member professional vocal ensemble based in Northwest Arkansas and founded by Stephen Caldwell, director of choral activities at the University of Arkansas.
“...impressive, immersive and uniquely and unmistakably Irish” − Strings Magazine
“…a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy” − The Washington Post
Danú last performed at Walton Arts Center during the 2015-16 season as part of the 10x10 Arts Series.
I’m With Her Added to Walton Arts Center’s 2017-18 Season
Nov. 9, 2017 - I’m With Her, a trio composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, has been added to the 2017-18 Walton Arts Center season. The show, scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm, is being presented in association with the Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 17 at noon. Tickets are $32.50 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. A digital download of I’m With Her’s forthcoming album is included with every ticket order for this show. Patrons will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer within seven days of their ticket purchase.
A band of multi-Grammy® Award-winning artists with extraordinary chemistry, I’m With Her has collectively released seven solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I’m With Her builds an ineffable magic from their fine-spun narratives and breathtaking harmonies.
Their music, both emotionally raw and intricate, reveals layers of meaning and insight within even the most starkly adorned song. From track to track, I’m With Her infuses their sonic palette with so many unexpected and subtly captivating elements. That intensity is heightened by the band’s effortless harmonizing, which The New York Times has praised as “sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel.”
Holiday Classic Comes to Life at Walton Arts Center
Nov. 8, 2017 - The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life on stage when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns to Walton Arts Center for three shows on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Tickets start at $28 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 am
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 pm
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm
The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?
Rudolph’s adventures show us all that what makes you different can also be what makes you special.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has taken the country by snowstorm."
Walton Arts Center Honors Veterans & Military Personnel During Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Nov. 2, 2017 - As Veterans Day approaches, Walton Arts Centeris honoring our country’s veterans, active service members and military personnel with exclusive ticket discounts and special activations for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Walton Arts Center November 7-12, 2017.
The show tells the story of a song-and-dance team, who happen to be World War II veterans, putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn owned by their former commanding officer. Because of the strong military connection in the story and since the show will be playing during Veterans Day, Walton Arts Center wanted to do something special for our military service members and veterans.
Regular ticket prices start at $36 plus applicable fees. Veterans, active service members and military personnel can take advantage of these discounts for the following performances:
• 50% off Thursday matinee
• 25% off Tuesday and Wednesday evening
• 10% off all other performances
Discounted tickets must be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office with a military or Veterans Administration identification card. Current and former military service members are eligible for the discount. Contact the Box Office at 479.443.5600 for questions and information about other forms of accepted identification.
Walton Arts Center also is partnering with Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that sends care packages to our military and first responder communities to say “Thank You” and provides every American the opportunity to express their appreciation to our nation’s heroes. Through this partnership, patrons can say thank you to our military men and women by writing letters that Walton Arts Center will collect during the 8-show run of White Christmas and send to Operation Gratitude for distribution in their care packages.
Operation Gratitude sends more than 250,000 care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders and of all the items included in these packages, some of the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation. It only takes a couple of minutes during intermission, before or after the show to show that you care. Visit waltonartscenter.org/veterans to learn more about the special offer and the opportunity to thank our military service members.
About the show
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the second show in the P&G Broadway Series,tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. The show is full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies" and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 pm
Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 pm
Weezer with Pixies Coming to the Walmart AMP
Nov. 2, 2017 - The Walmart AMP is excited to announce another addition to the 2018 Cox Concert Series. Weezer with Pixies are coming to the Walmart AMP on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Doors open at 5:30pm, and music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 10 at 10am.
Ticket prices range from $34.50 to $75 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com.
After the release of Weezer (The White Album), the band began working on what they called “The Black Album,” but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album: Pacific Daydream, which was just released on October 27. The album follows 2016's Weezer (The White Album), which earned the group a Grammy® nomination for Best Rock Album. Produced by the band and Jake Sinclair, The White Album follows 2014’s critically praised Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and continues that record’s celebrated return to musical form. On this tour, fans can expect lots of new material as well as the much-loved anthems for which Weezer is known like “Buddy Holly,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans” and more.
Weezer consists of Brian Bell (guitar/vocals), Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Scott Shriner (bass/vocals) and Pat Wilson (drums). Weezer last played at the Walmart AMP during the 2016 season. This will be the Pixies first time to play at the venue.
Bria Skonberg Performs Jazz with a Twist at Walton Art Center
Oct. 30, 2017 -
Shaking up the jazz world with a fresh batch of golden standards and playful originals, Bria Skonberg performs at Walton Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30pm as part of the Starrlight Jazz Club Series.
Single tickets start at $30 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter, Bria Skonberg re-imagines the world in her new album, With a Twist.Coming off a recent Juno Award win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (Canada’s version of The Grammys®), Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style with timeless jazz chops into a program that playfully nods to tradition while always looking ahead.
Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” Bria Skonberg was recognized last summer as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine, and Vanity Fair cited her as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world.”
Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed it to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. To date, she has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival.
Further accolades include her recent 2017 Juno win for Vocal Jazz Album of The Year for Bria, Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014-15), Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards (2014), DownBeat Rising Star (2013-15) and a nominee for Jazz Journalists' Association Up and Coming Artist (2013).
For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.
Susan Werner Brings Her National Tour to Walton Arts Center Show Features Werner’s Newest Album, An American in Havana
Oct. 30, 2017 -
Susan Werner has done it again. The woman NPR named "Empress of the Unexpected" has released another unique concept album supported by a national tour that comes to Walton Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm as part of the West Street Live music series.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online at waltonartscenter.org, in person at our Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600.
Susan Werner’s new EP, An American In Havana, is a collection of original songs inspired by Werner's recent travels to Cuba. The recording features performances and arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Regina Carter, along with Werner's trademark song-craft and wry, poetic lyrics.
The tour will bring An American In Havana and Werner's lively concert persona to audiences in Northwest Arkansas. Long-time friends and frequent band members Radoslav Lorkovic and Adam Chaffins make up the trio with Susan as she updates traditional styles of music with sharp, funny and incisive lyrics.
A triple threat as a writer, singer and musician, Werner has been one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in the United States since her 1995 BMG/Private Music major label debut. Her iconoclastic concept albums, including 2007’s agnostic gospel album The Gospel Truth and 2013’s tribute to agriculture Hayseed, have won her passionate fans from coast to coast. She is composer and lyricist for the forthcoming Broadway show, Bull Durham The Musical, based on the iconic MGM film.
"Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song." -- The New Yorker
"One of the most innovative songwriters working today." -- Chicago Tribune
Brain Candy Live! Coming to Walton Arts Center
Oct. 27, 2017 - Walton Arts Center is excited to announce the addition of Brain Candy Live! to the 2017-18 season. Adam Savage and Michael Stevens are bringing their interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience to Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7pm.
Tickets start at $48 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 3 at 10am. You can purchase tickets online at waltonartscenter.org, in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600.
Savage, editor-in-chief of Tested.com and former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” and Stevens, creator of the award-winning YouTube channel “Vsauce,” are bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that literally has audiences shouting for more.
Audience members are enthusiastic test subjects and participants as they spend two hours laughing, learning and exploring during a show like no other. Brain Candy Live! has been described as, “a cross between TED Talks and Blue Man Group.”
Savage and Stevens, both master explainers, unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun in this one-of-a-kind stage show. They invite everyone to join in and get their minds messy as their demonstrations leap off the stage. The Brain Candy Live! experience is like a play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.
Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet's most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement and just a pinch of risk to cook-up and deliver an explosive batch of magical “Brain Candy” to every mind in the audience.
About Adam Savage
One of the most highly regarded and watched series on Discovery Channel, "MythBusters" ran for 14 years. Co-executive produced and co-hosted by Savage, the show mixed scientific method with problem solving gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to confirm or bust myths, popular misconceptions and created its own signature style of explosive experimentation. Today, in addition to creating content for his website Tested.com, Savage has become a proponent for creating – working with the White House to encourage kids and adults alike to get their hands dirty. He's also a regular at conventions across the country, where his elaborate costumes (such as Totoro at New York Comic Con) attract much attention.
About Michael Stevens
Michaels’ passion for learning, science and making curiosity contagious led him to create “Vsauce” in 2010. The YouTube channel captures attention with fun questions like what color is a mirror, can you count past infinity and why are things creepy? Now reaching a collective 17 million subscribers with video views in excess of 2 billion, “Vsauce” has grown into one of the largest educational networks on the web. Last year, it received the Webby Award for Best Science and Education Network.
Brantley Gilbert Returns to the Walmart AMP in 2018
Oct. 23, 2017 - The Walmart AMP is excited to announce another addition to the 2018 Cox Concert Series. Brantley Gilbert is bringing The Ones That Like Me Tour with special guests Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips to the Walmart AMP on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Doors open at 5:30pm, and music starts at 7pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 27 at 10am.
Ticket prices range from $32.75 to $62.75 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com.
Brantley Gilbert has racked up five #1 singles, impressive album sales and multiple award show nominations from the CMA, AMA and CMT Music Awards to name a few. Brantley Gilbert is best known for his hit singles “Kick It in the Sticks,” “The Weekend,” “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett and for his #1 platinum singles “Bottoms Up,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide.”
In 2014, Brantley Gilbert scored his first #1 Billboard country album with Just As I Am, the third-highest country debut of the year. As a songwriter, Gilbert has composed #1 songs such as “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean, among others.