June is Major Concert Month in Central Arkansas

Like music? Then you’ll love the month of June in Central Arkansas. You can choose from pop (Bruno Mars), big band (The Glenn Miller Orchestra), legendary rockabilly (Sonny Burgess and the Pacers) and headline country (Blake Shelton).

brunomarscloseupOn June 10, Bruno MarsMoonshine Jungle World Tour lands in North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.  You can expect to hear tunes from his latest hit album “Unorthodox Jukebox.”  Also on the docket is rapper, singer, songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc. Ticket prices are $67.50, $79 and $99 and are available through Ticketmaster. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

GlennMillerThe timeless sounds of the Big Band Era will be in Little Rock on June 16 as the legendary Glenn Miller Band appears at the Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock.  You’ll hear some of Miller’s enduring classics such as “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “At Last” which will either start your toes to tapping, or swaying to the melodies of “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “String of Pearls” among others.  The two-hour 8 p.m. performance by 20 musicians and singers is directed by the new leader of the group, Nick Hilsher. Tickets are $37 and $52 plus taxes and charges and can be ordered through Ticketmaster.

Sonny BurgessArkansas native and rockabilly trailblazer, Sonny Burgess and his Legendary Pacers, will celebrate Burgess’ 85th birthday on June 20 with an Arkansas Sounds concert. The Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock is where the celebration takes place.  In addition to the Pacers, other performers include Rodney Block, Bonnie Montgomery, Kevin Kerby, and Brad Williams and Nick Devlin of the Salty Dogs.  Tickets, which are $10 general admission, are available online at www.arkansassounds.org or at the Butler Center Galleries, 201 President Clinton Avenue.

Blake SheltonOne of the reigning top recording artists in country music, Blake Shelton and his Ten Times Crazier Tour, will be in North Little Rock on June 22. The concert, which also features The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay, will be in Verizon Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Shelton is everywhere today, whether it’s accepting Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year for the fourth consecutive time or appearing as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.”  Tickets range from $42 to $69 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

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2 comments on “June is Major Concert Month in Central Arkansas
  1. This list should also include the 2014 Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Celebration being held on Monday, 16 June 2014 (8-11 pm, $20 cash/check at the door for general admission) at The Afterthought (2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood), the only Little Rock venue which has presented live jazz continuously (at least once a week) since the 1970s. The 8 new inductees are trombonist/vocalist Richard Boone (posthumous), vocalist Martha Burks, bassist Fred Marshall (posthumous), bassist Carwin Pleasant, trumpeter/educator Tom Richeson, percussionist Dave Rogers, percussionist/vocalist Robert Trezvant (posthumous), and bassist Joe Vick. The previous 42 inductees (1994-2012) are profiled in the “Hall of Fame” section on the AJHF website (www.arjazz.org), which now serves primarily as an archival reference. A detailed, shareable invitation is posted under “Events” on the Facebook page for the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation (profiled under “About” on that page). Details are also provided via event and venue links in the chronological listing under “Calendar” at http://www.jazznearyou.com. Questions should be directed to Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation/Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame Secretary Alita Mantels (501.661.1604).

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