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“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” 2014 Season

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Throughout the summer, we’ve told you how you could attend our great, local concert series in person … now we have even better news. You can watch the entire "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" 2014 series — with outstanding Arkansas artists like Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amasa Hines, The Amy Garland Band & Friends, and Giovanni Antipolo — as part of AETN Arts Fridays from the comfort of home!

So why are we so excited about the new season of “AETN Presents” and what you have to look forward to? Read through to learn about each great show coming to a television near you during the month of November.

Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass - Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Faucett - hailed as “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer” by the Arkansas Times - joins The Tall Grass (Johnny D. on bass and Will Boyd on drums) for a concert featuring music described as “part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler,” (Arkansas Democrat Gazette).

A Little Rock musician, Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding, and presents outstanding lyrics and a unique sound we can’t wait to feature. Faucett began performing solo in 2006 and now tours nationally and internationally; performance highlights included tours with Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado, Chuck Ragan and Lucero. 

Need more reasons not to miss this great show? For the past two years, Adam has toured in support of celebrated third release, “More Like a Temple” - which enjoyed rave reviews from Amerian Songwriter, Paste Magazine, No Depression and Uprooted Music Review, and landed at No. 14 on the EuroAmericana chart.

Amasa Hines - Friday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

The seven-piece Little Rock band was named one of the “12 Arkansas Bands You Should Listen to Now” by Paste Magazine and one of the top “10 Southern Bands to Listen to Now” by Southern Living magazine and the longtime Little Rock music scene favorites boast pounding beats. 

Members include Joshua Spillyards on drums, keyboardist Matt Rice, vocalist and guitarist Joshua Asante, saxophonists Norman Williamson and Stephen Colby, guitarist Judson Spillyards and bassist Ryan Hitt. The group’s sound is as big as their range is wide, and those who join us for their concert can expect tastes of soul, afro-beat, psychedelic, blues, dub and indie rock throughout Amasa Hines’ performance.

Amy Garland and Friends - Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

 The Amy Garland Band and their talented, musical friends — including Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde and R.J. Looney — blend folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop and country to combine rural ingredients for a deliciously unique sound in this concert feature. The Amy Garland Band includes Garland and her five regular band members — Nick Devlin, guitar; Mike Nelson, bass; Bart Angel, drums; Jeff Coleman, keyboard; and Brad Williams, mandolin, guitar and harmonica.

Amy Garland, who began her musical career at the age of 9, moved to Arkansas in 1995 and self-released her album “Plays Well with Others” to such success in 2000 that she, “Barely has a copy of the CD myself …” and followed with similarly well-received “Angora” in 2004 and “Hang a Light” in 2013 (reviewed here by Arkansas Times Rock Candy blog). Still thinking Garland’s name sounds familiar for another reason? She's also a college professor, a regular host of KUAR’s “Arkansas Flyer” variety show, and host of the weekly, Americana-flavored “Backroads” radio show on Little Rock’s KABF FM 88.3. 

Giovanni Antipolo — Friday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Giovanni “Gio” Antipolo brings classical piano to the “AETN Presents” stage with excerpts from Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and sections from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” An extraordinary musician and true showman, the Little Rock native and Central High grad has an extensive background in piano performance. After high school, he went on to earn degrees in piano performance from the University of Houston and in architecture from Rice University.

Now back in Arkansas’s capitol city — in addition to working as an accountant at Central Construction Group and pursuing his masters of business administration degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Gio teaches piano and volunteers to play at schools, nursing homes, churches and hospitals to build interest in classical music. You may have also seen him supporting local nonprofit organizations by providing musical entertainment for fundraising events — his work with the members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in particular, has has solidified his place as one of Arkansas’s in-demand musicians!


“AETN Presents: On the Front Row,” Fridays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 7