Here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from South Logan County in the coming days.
Booneville graduate Ryan Dart (1996) will be appearing in concert for an acoustic set at MJ’s Bar and Grill, located at 8300 North State Highway 23, about eight miles north of Booneville at 7 p.m. on April 12.
Dart released “The Shift” in 2011, an album under the band name Grandpa’s Gun called “Back Into Town” in 2015, and then last year released “Pain, Love, and Drought.” In January Dart and a full band appeared on WGN TV in Chicago’s morning show. He will be releasing a new album later this year.
Jazz it up
The Jazz Catz and Jazz Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will treat music lovers to a concert of 100 years of music at 7:30 p.m. April 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37. Among the performers is Niki Waters of Booneville.
The concert will take place in the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 South 7th Street. Tickets are $8 for general admission and are free for UAFS students and employees.
From the early jazz of the 1910s to 2017 pop hits, the concert will span a century of music that includes work by Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Katy Perry. The Jazz Catz and Jazz Band will perform tunes like “Chained to the Rhythm,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Take a Train” and “A Night in Tunisia.”
The show will also feature guest performer Chris Vadala, one of America’s foremost saxophonists.
See a play
The Fort Smith Little Theatre’s production of Calendar Girls will continue at 7:30 p.m. nightly April 11-14. Patrons may be seated beginning at 6:45 each evening at he theater, located at 401 North Sixth Street in Fort Smith.
Calendar Girls is the true story of 11 “mature” English women that became a smash-hit movie in 2003. When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her friends resolve to raise money for the local hospital. Their unusual fundraiser involves posing nude for an ‘alternative’ calendar; but have no fear, there will be no nudity on the stage. Friendship and great dialogue will make you laugh, cry, and feel better about life.
Laugh a little
Chonda Pierce will be appearing at The Center for the Arts, located at 2209 South Knoxville Avenue in Russellville at 7 p.m., April 15.
An Emmy-nominated and best-selling comedian, Pierce, or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm.
A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian of all time, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation.
Community School of the Arts will host Gospel Fest 2018 is set for Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Van Buren.
Tickets are only $13 and are on sale at all participating churches, CSA, Solid Rock, Revelation Book, FBC Greenwood, and Bedford Camera & Video. Tickets are also available online at csafortsmith.org or by calling CSA at 479-434-2020. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Country music recording artist Neal McCoy will perform a free concert at Gilley’s, inside the Choctaw Casino and Resort, located at 2400 Choctaw Road in Pocola, Okla., at 10 p.m., Friday, April 13.
McCoy has released 15 studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. In 1993, McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It.
His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top 10 hits.A seventh Top 10 hit, the number 10 Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, came in 2005 from his self-released That’s Life. Attendees must be at least 21.