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Eric Mingus

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and poet Eric Mingus has been steeped in the jazz tradition since birth. Born in New York City, son of Charles and Judy Mingus, as a child Eric played underneath the piano while his father improvised and composed, accompanied his father to innumerable rehearsals and performances, and studied cello and music theory with … Continued

Valerie June

Valerie June Hockett is a Grammy-nominated artist from Tennessee. She’s been hailed by the New York Times as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents.” A musician, poet, certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor, and author, she honorably served as a Turnaround artist working with students for the President’s Committee for the Arts … Continued

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

At a time when most people feel constantly distracted by technology and barraged by the news, authenticity and straightforward honesty are paramount. There’s something about the music of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys that cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to the soul. Formed in the Smoky Mountains, The Po’ Ramblin’ … Continued

Momentary Commissions: Jefferson Pinder “Belly of the Beast”

Music has a way of connecting ideas and people. Both Bluegrass and Gospel have strong ties to Bentonville, and with this performance work we will have the genre’s face-off. Two styles become a metaphor of similarities of the human experience. Sound, music and language will be the catalyst of understanding difference. Utilizing these colorful styles … Continued

JD Clayton

The Fort Smith Arkansas native, JD Clayton, released his debut album Long Way From Home, early last year which has received overwhelming critical acclaim. There’s no artifice surrounding the Arkansas-born singer and songwriter. No glitz. No pretension or mythology. There’s a refreshing lack of gratuitous posturing or creative. Named one of 2023’s most anticipated Americana … Continued

The Harlem Gospel Travelers

‘Spreading love through music around the world. Gospel is our root, music is our truth’. This is the motto of The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Dennis Bailey, George Marage, and Ifedayo; three young, queer, African American musicians that have been brought together by their love for music and a determination to represent and embody change. … Continued

Aurelio Martinez

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio Martinez aka AURELIO, is one of Central America’s most gifted performers. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice. He is a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture and music and he is considered nowadays as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation. Aurelio grew … Continued

Meridian Brothers

Meridian Brothers is a Colombian experimental music group founded by multi-instrumentalist and composer Eblis Álvarez. The band’s music is a blend of traditional Colombian rhythms, such as cumbia and vallenato, with electronic music and avant-garde influences. Their songs are often humorous and satirical, and they often deal with social and political issues. Get ready to … Continued

S.G. Goodman

S.G. Goodman is a rising star in the American roots music scene. Her raw, evocative vocals and honest songwriting have drawn comparisons to artists like Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, and Amy Winehouse. Goodman’s music is a blend of Americana, folk, country, and rock, and her songs often deal with themes of love, loss, addiction, and … Continued

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter of blues, folk, and gospel music. She is known for her powerful vocals, her wide-ranging musical style, and her passionate commitment to social justice. Foster’s music has been praised by critics and fans alike for its honesty, its emotional depth, and its musical virtuosity. She is a true American … Continued

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