Get Ready for Two Performances Full of Joy, Funk and Soul

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Sept. 26, 2022 – West Street Live, presented by Neal Pendergraft, and the Unilever Starrlight Jazz Club present top artists in an intimate, club-like environment reminiscent of listening rooms or music clubs. Fans of live music will want to catch one or both of the next performances in each of these series. Choose between a funky, fun night out with The Texas Gentlemen or an evening of soulful jazz by the Amina Figarova Quintet. 

A limited number of tickets are still available for each performance, and they range from $33 for tiered seating and $53 for cabaret seating. Purchase tickets in person at 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

The Texas Gentlemen 

  • 7:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 6 
  • Starr Theater 

The Texas Gentlemen, five talented “gents” who have provided stage and studio support for well-known artists for years, are stepping out of the shadows into the spotlight for their West Street Live performance. Refusing to be confined to one genre; their music features hints of funk, soul, country, rhythm and blues, southern rock, gospel and “any other style that catches their musically omnivorous ears.” Listeners are in for an explorative and experimental musical treat. 

In between providing support for legendary artists including Kris Kristofferson, George Strait and Joe Ely and young up-and-coming artists including Leon Bridges and Shakey Graves, the group has just released their second studio album, Floor It!!!. It’s full of everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry. 

Amina Figarova Quintet 

  • 7:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 8 
  • Starr Theater 

You’ll be filled with sonic optimism when the Amina Figarova Quintet takes the stage. Hailing from Azerbaijan, Figarova studied at the Thelonius Monk’s Institute of Jazz before creating several small orchestras with her talented flutist husband and other musicians. She has written and recorded 13 albums, was named composer of the year in 2014 and 2015 by DownBeat Magazine and is considered one of the strongest composers, arrangers and orchestra leaders of the modern jazz era. 

The hardships and challenges of the last two years were fresh on Figarova’s mind when she christened her new album Joy. Original songs move from dreamy to energetic to healing as the composer explores the various emotions behind positivity and happiness. 

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org. 

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