Here’s what is in store for the family friendly 2019 summer lineup:
June 13 – Devon Gilfillian
This young songwriter who grew up near Philadelphia brings together gospel-blues and southern soul, with inspiration from Al Green and Ray Charles’s R&B sounds to Jimi Hendrix’s rock & roll. Gilfillian boasts superb singing and songwriting, as well as talent as an instrumentalist. He is a “classic artist for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades.”
June 27 – NWA Jazz and More with Intermission Performance by NWA Ballet Theatre’s Dance Beat
Northwest Arkansas’s #1 Big Band, NWA Jazz and More brings together nineteen musicians, including a vocalist to wow audiences. The band’s playlist includes swing, broadway show tunes, pops, rock & roll, Latin and patriotic favorites.
Taking dance outside of the theatre venue and into the world as public art, Dance Beat performances meet the community wherever people may gather, gracing urban and outdoor spaces throughout Northwest Arkansas.
July 11 – Ultra Suede
What began as a fun conversation over happy hour that rapidly evolved into nearly twenty-five years of dance party entertainment, Ultra Suede is a persistent crowd favorite. Voted “Best Party Band” for five years running, this high-energy bunch blends familiar dance, disco and interactive songs into a show that will get even the shiest wallflower up and moving to the beat.
July 25 – Mary Heather & The Sinners
A 23-year old dynamo with a classic country sound, Mary Heather Hickman has proven herself as a talented performer and songwriter. Now in Nashville and collaborating with successful artists in the industry, her style is relatable, clever and “tells it like it is.” She and The Sinners have opened for Kellie Pickler, Eli Young Band, Hank Williams Jr., Whiskey Meyers and Brad Paisley.
August 8 – Bryan Titus Trio
Described as a “Postmodern Barn Dance” band, the Bryan Titus Trio writes and performs bluegrass and American roots-inspired tunes that recall themes and sounds of yesterday with a “pinch of modern irony.” The trio includes guitar, upright bass and cajón percussion to accompany vocals. Titus draws from experiences on the Appalachian Trail and music heard in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.