NEWPORT, Ark. (10-3-2013) — The 2013-14 Arkansas State University-Newport Concert/Lecture Series gets underway Thursday, Oct. 10 when The Acousticatz perform at the ASUN Center for the Arts in a 7:00 p.m. concert.

Steeped in bluegrass, but tinged by pop, jazz and country, The Acousticatz can best be summed up with just five words, “Everything old is new again.”  The group offers a refreshing, wholesome approach that crosses demographic lines and embraces young and old alike.

Also on the ASUN Concert/Lecture series slate, and arguably the highlight of the schedule is Legends of Motown.  Part of ASU-Newport’s celebration of Black History Month, the Legends of Motown will bring an energetic, precise, harmonic, witty and well-choreographed evening of classic hits to the stage in this Feb. 22 concert event.  Dressed in classic Motown style, Rick Ingram, Prentiss “Smoke” Jones and Earl Vinson will have the audience eating out of their hands, finger-snapping, moving, clapping, remembering and wanting to hear more of it all over again.  Backed by a three-piece accompanying band consisting of guitar, drums and keyboard/bass synthesizer, Legends of Motown promises to be a performance that is usually reserved for ASUN’s Patron Series performances.  Although admission will be free, because of the demand expected for this performance, it will be a ticketed event.  Advance tickets will be available at no charge following ASUN’s Christmas/New Year break.

Also on the Concert/Lecture series schedule is a Nov. 7 performance by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Big Band.  Featured at concerts and other community events, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Big Band will delight the ASUN audience with historic music originally performed and broadcast at the Peabody Hotel during the golden years of Big Band music.

Returning to the ASUN Concert/Lecture Series this season will be the popular noontime Brown Bag Lecture Series when Bryan Hendricks, Outdoor Editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, entertains a lunchtime audience Jan. 30.  Hendricks will entertain with tales and images from his long career in the outdoors.  In addition to working for several newspapers, Hendricks has worked for two state wildlife management agencies.  He was the news manager for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation from 1998-2000, and was the managing editor of Missouri Conservationist from 2000-2005.  He is also a prolific freelance writer and photographer, with more than 1,000 credits in approximately 80 outlets.  Hendricks has co-authored five books about hunting and fishing, and in addition to being entertaining, will be an excellent source of information for local hunters and fishermen.
With the exception of Hendricks’ noontime lecture, all of ASUN’s Concert/Lecture Series events are scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  Admission to all events is free and the public is invited.

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