The Fort Smith Symphony kicks off its 90th anniversary season with a bang with a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, plus a composition debut from Charles Booker. Titled "Borderline," the work is a celebration of the symphony and the city it's called home for ninety years. The symphony welcomes guest pianist Alan Chow back to Arkansas.
-by Katy Henriksen
The raucous sounds of the Trashcan Bandits, a Fayetteville-based four-piece, transport the listener to a frigate at sea led by pirate-approved vocal stylings from Dane "Gumbo" Gamble. Their darkly upbeat sailor songs have an old-time feel thanks to three-part harmonies as well as prominent clarinet, mandolin, muted trumpet and banjo.
Did you catch our own Jacqueline Froelich's piece on Morning Edition about Walmart's decision to expand health benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners? If not, here's a link to the piece.
Eureka Springs may be best known for its hills full of Victorian and Queen Anne charm, but it's also the home to a synth-driven electronica band called Fossils of Ancient Robots. When I caught up with the three-piece for our debut Soundcheck @ Smoke & Barrel they had five synthesizers on stage. Check out our video from the session, filmed and edited by Sophie Bauer, which includes a conversation with the band and a few of their original tunes.