Subscriptions Available Now for Walton Arts Center’s Live Music Series in Starr Theater
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, July 26, 2022 – Jazz lovers and singer-songwriter enthusiasts can now purchase subscription packages to the 2022-23 West Street Live presented by Neal R. Pendergraft and the Unilever Starrlight Jazz Club at Walton Arts Center. Performances for both series are in Starr Theater, an intimate setting that gives live music fans a unique musical experience.
Subscribers receive 15% off single-ticket prices and get tickets to all shows in the series. Plus, you get the option to keep the same seats when you renew next season.
Subscriptions for West Street Live and Starrlight Jazz Club can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 am until 2 pm, by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am until 5 pm or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Single tickets for all performances go on sale in August.
West Street Live
West Street Live presented by Neal R. Pendergraft features renowned bands, musicians and singer-songwriters performing a variety of genres from traditional roots music to country and rock and roll in an atmosphere reminiscent of neighborhood listening rooms and nightclubs. The setting allows patrons to connect with both the music and the musicians. The six-show package is $207 per seat for tiered seating plus applicable fees, and all shows start at 7:30 pm.
Thursday, Oct. 6
For the past half-decade, these five talented “gents” have provided stage and studio support for legendary artists like Kris Kristofferson, George Strait and Joe Ely, and young whippersnappers like Leon Bridges and Shakey Graves. Now, they’re hitting the road in support of their second full-length album, with a sound that slides seamlessly between brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz, chicken-scratch country funk and lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry.
Friday Oct. 28
Northwest Arkansas natives, Ernie and Earl Cate have been writing and performing their unique style of country, rock and soul music since the mid-1960’s, playing every juke joint and dive bar in the mid-South, and touring with such well-known artists as The Band and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Don’t miss your chance to see these Fayetteville legends in this intimate West Street Live performance.
Thursday, Dec. 8
James McMurtry writes like he’s lived a lifetime. His lyrics inhabit characters from all walks of life, at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant. His newest record, The Horse and the Hounds, released in June 2021, is his first in seven years. Winner of multiple Americana Music Associations Awards, McMurtry is an artist who performs real music for real people – and “these days, he’s working at the top of his game” (Jason Isbell).
Lilly Hiatt Band
Friday, Jan. 6
One of the leading voices to emerge from the musical riches of East Nashville, and daughter of singer-songwriter John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt walks the line between a rough, rock-and-roll exterior and tender, country roots. Her deft ability to shift from gentle intimacy to brawny grit lays the groundwork for her newest album, Lately – an album recorded through the grief, heartbreak and boredom of the pandemic that proves inspiration can be found in stillness.
Davina & the Vagabonds
Thursday, Jan. 26
Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a musical time machine. Led by the incomparable Davina Sowers, whose voice and stage presence defy category, DATV’s influences range from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits. The rollicking quintet’s panache and superlative musicianship recreate the timeless appeal of golden age Americana, bringing edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to young ears.
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
Friday, March 10
While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, Marty Stuart is a living, breathing country-music legend. A Grammy Award®-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Stuart has played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt. Most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music – songs that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Marty Stuart in an “up close and personal” theater experience.
Starrlight Jazz Club
The Starrlight Jazz Club celebrates America’s original art form by hosting top musicians from around the world in an intimate jazz club atmosphere with cabaret-style and tiered seating options. Packages are priced at $155 per seat for stadium seating and $240 per seat for cabaret seating plus applicable fees. All shows are at 7:30 pm.
Amina Figarova Quintet
Saturday, Oct. 8
Hailing from Azerbaijan, the New York-based Amina Figarova is an internationally influenced and recognized composer, pianist and bandleader. Performing alongside first-rate band members, Figarova’s eclectic compositions and detailed arrangements come to life with a remarkable depth of feeling. Her quintet features a who’s who of New York’s finest musicians, who dive deep into her musical creations. JazzTime calls Figarova “among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium.”
Edward Simon’s Femeninas: The Songs of Latin American Women
Friday, Dec. 16
The Edward Simon Trio (with Adam Cruz on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass) along with special guest artists, award-winning Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera and percussionist Luis Quintero, present a program celebrating the legacy of Latin American women songwriters. Femeninas firmly establishes Jazz as an international artform and women as a significant part of the pantheon of great composers.
Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience with Elio Villafranca & Friends
Friday, Jan. 27
“That [Latin] flavor is mostly in everything I do; it’s a part of me,” (Chick Corea, 2019). When Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a week-long Chick Corea Festival in 2013, Corea hand-picked the musicians he wanted to see and hear, and Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca was one of them. This band features an international and intergenerational lineup of acclaimed jazz artists selected by the inspired and visionary Villafranca to dive into Corea’s music from an Afro-Caribbean-meets-jazz perspective.
Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y
Saturday, March 4
Ulysses Owens Jr. goes the limit in the jazz world. A musician who balances excitement gracefully and shines with innovation, Owens draws an immediate focus and has gained special attention for his appearances on many Grammy Award®-winning albums – with performances that take a back seat to no one. “As a performer, producer and educator you would be hard-pressed to name another drummer whose talents could be on par with Ulysses Owens” (Critical Jazz).
Brianna Thomas Sextet
Friday, April 7
Blessed with a sublime and soulfully syncopated soprano voice that scats, swoons and croons at the speed of swing, Brianna Thomas is one of the most evocative and accomplished vocalists of her generation. Thomas’ jazz sensibility moves the material right down into the funky soul and R&B worlds, giving the impression that she invented a song in the moment – as if it’s never been done before. Join us to see one of the most powerful and engaging voices on the music scene today.