Reba McEntire, Mariah Carey, Willie Nelson headline music specials this December on Arkansas PBS


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS offers viewers more great music with a series of concert specials this December.

The music kicks off with “Willie Nelson: Live at Budokan” Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9:30 p.m. Filmed at Budokan, the famous martial arts hall, this 1984 Tokyo concert is one of Nelson’s live legendary performances featuring an amazing collection of his greatest hits.

Then at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, will be “Reba McEntire: My Chains Are Gone: Hymns and Gospel Favorites.” Two-time Grammy-winning country music superstar McEntire shines in concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, singing selections from her debut gospel album "My Chains Are Gone." She lends her unmistakable voice to classic hymns and songs of hope and is joined on stage by the Issacs, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson. Hosted by Bill Gaither.

Following Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 p.m. “Mariah Carey - Live at the Tokyo Dome,” features the Songbird Supreme’s historic first show in Japan. Included are standout versions of her greatest hits, including “Emotions,” “Dreamlover” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Other music specials during the month include:

  • “Moments to Remember (My Music Presents)” Friday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
  • “Roy Orbison Forever” Friday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 p.m.
  • “The Who Hits 50! Live” Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 p.m.
  • “The Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald: 50th Anniversary at Radio City Music Hall” Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 p.m.
  • “John Sebastian's Folk Rewind (My Music Presents)” Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
  • “Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert Celebration: All in for The Gambler” Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m.
  • “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, With Vanessa Williams” Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.
  • “Christmas at Blemont” Friday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m.
  • “O Holy Night: Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir” Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

During the broadcast, viewers will learn how to gain access to additional music series through Arkansas PBS Passport. The best value in on-demand streaming, Arkansas PBS Passport is a member benefit for donations as little as $5 a month, or $60 annually.

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Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain), KETS (Forrest City) and KETS (Gaither).