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The Baker Family Performs ‘Bluegrass Monday’ in Paragould

    The Baker Family will perform a concert of bluegrass, gospel, and classic country Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 W. Emerson St., in downtown Paragould, Arkansas, as part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM,the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.         Theater doors open at 6 p.m. for the first-come, first-served seating. KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.      The Birch Tree, Missouri family musical ensemble claim fans throughout the nation. Performing around 100 concerts each year, the Baker Family also boasts multiple CDs.      In 2016, the Baker Family won Silver Dollar City’s Youth in Bluegrass band competition, the premier showcase in the world for bluegrass musicians under the age of 21 and their parents.  That same year, the International Country Gospel Music Association named the group Bluegrass Band of the Year.      The family appeared in the 12th season of the NBC television program, “America’s Got Talent.”  AGT...

REVIEW: Memphis Blues Masters, Queen Ann Hines Deliver Fun Concert, Powerful Vocals at KASU’s Bluesday Tuesday in Newport

NEWPORT — KASU’s Bluesday Tuesday returned May 15 to the new Front Street Park across from the Missouri-Pacific Depot with a boogie-ready blues and R&B concert featuring outstanding Memphis talent and the most stirring and powerful vocals I’ve seen in years. The Memphis Blues Masters featuring Queen Ann Hines entertained more than 120 people starting in the early evening. Instead of featuring local acts, Bluesday Tuesday showcases musicians from Memphis and central Arkansas, explained KASU 91.9 FM station manager Mike Doyle. “We’ve always sought variety,” he said. “Our audiences might not get over there to hear them, so we bring the acts to them.” The weather for Bluesday Tuesday was great, with temps in the mid 80s. Front Street Park features a grassy open space that invites people to sprawl about and enjoy the music. A roof reminiscent of a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber shields the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage, while a clock tower punctuates the skyline behind it. It was the second trip to Newport for Memphis Blues Masters bassist Johnny Causley. He estimated he’s played more than 20 times in Arkansas...