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Lucero to Headline Arkansas Sounds Music Festival
Headliners for the Arkansas Sounds Music Festival will be Lucero, a country-punk rock band fronted by Little Rock native Ben Nichols; southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas; and rock and roll pioneers Sleepy LaBeef and Sonny Burgess (appearing with his band the Legendary Pacers). Arkansas Sounds is hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), and will be held September 28-29, 2012, in the Riverfest Amphitheatre and the River Market Pavilions. Admission is free.
The Festival will feature a tribute to two Arkansas artists who died this year, Levon Helm and Michael Burks-featuring and hosted by Amy Garland Angel. Additional acts include the Cate Brothers Band, Runaway Planet, Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, the Salty Dogs, and Velvet Kente.
Arkansas Sounds will incorporate music-related programming in several CALS departments during the month of September. Musician Kevin Kerby will take part in Legacies & Lunch, the Butler Center's monthly lecture series; music journalist Greil Marcus will give a talk in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival; Towncraft, a documentary on the underground music scene of Little Rock, will be shown; and the Youth Services department will present two youth concerts. These programs will take place at the Main Library, 100 Rock Street, and are free and open to the public.
Focusing on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present, the Festival will also work to get musicians and songwriters involved in local schools, create songwriting workshops for kids and adults, and host related performances and events throughout the state.