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2018 Festival Lineup

2018 ACANSA FESTIVAL OPENING FT. A ROWDY FAITH Date: September 18Time: 5:30 pmLocation: The Butler CenterTickets: Free Admission ACANSA kicks off its fifth annual festival at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.  All galleries will be open, including the Loft Gallery with an exhibition by the Arkansas Arts Center. Entertainment will be provided by “A Rowdy Faith”.

MILKDRIVE Date: September 18Time: 7:30 pmLocation: Ron Robinson TheaterTickets: $20 Following the Festival Opening, join us for a performance by “MilkDrive”.  This Austin-based acoustic power team features four young players who will be doing things with their instruments that seem impossible for normal humans. Skilled multi-instrumentalists MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies and generations with a progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, and folk.

STEVE AZAR AND THE KINGS MEN Date: September 19Time: 7 pmLocation: Ron Robinson TheaterTickets: $25 If you are a fan of the delta blues, you are in for a special treat.  The Kings Men, a group of musicians who backed B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other musical Kings are joined by Steve Azar an award winning singer and songwriter from Greenville, Mississippi with a unique and soulful sound.  They will be performing songs from their album “Down at the Liquor Store”.

JIMMY ABEGG - GALLERY RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE  RESCHEDULED Date: September 26Performance: 7:00 pmLocation: UA Little Rock's Stella Boyle TheaterTickets: Free Admission Originally from Nebraska, the guitarist, singer/songwriter, photographer, and painter Jimmy Abegg made his way to Nashville to practice and showcase his art.

LAURENCE JUBER  SOLD OUT Date: September 20Time: 7:30 pmLocation: The JointTickets: $25 Come see Grammy award-winning guitarist Laurence Juber in collaboration with the Argenta Acoustic Music Series! Juber’s music has been described as “multifaceted” as he combines folk, jazz and pop to create a unique sound. The soloist provides a depth and complexity to his music through the use of a single instrument.

VOICEPLAY Date: September 20Time: 8 pmLocation: CHARTS at UA Pulaski TechTickets: $25 With a song selection from any era and genre, “VoicePlay” is a performance perfect for the whole family. This acapela group, featured on "The Sing-Off," creates its own mashups of current pop songs, Disney songs and even the legendary rock band Queen. “VoicePlay” can do it all, even without instruments.

KEVIN JAMES DOYLE Date: September 20-21Time: 9:30 pm both datesLocation: Arkansas Repertory Theater AnnexTickets: $20 Get ready for laughing and fun with stand up comedian Kevin James Doyle! This actor and comedian made his way in New York doing shows weekly. Come have a laugh with one of New York’s best comics with ACANSA this fall!

THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TOURING COMPANY Date: September 20-21Time(s): 7 pm on September 208 pm on September 21Location: Argenta Community TheaterTickets: $30 The “Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company” (UCB Tour Co) brings laughter to all with captivating improv performances and powerful, fun filled workshops. Amy Poehler is one of four founding members. Together with Little Rock native Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the dynamic team joined forces in Chicago and set out for New York to bring laughter and light through their improv & sketch comedy.

WARRIORS DON'T CRY Date: September 21 & 23Time(s): 7 pm on September 212 pm on September 23Location: Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterTickets: $20 This one-woman play is based off of the award-winning book that tells the story of a member of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals. This powerful play captures the struggle, strife and journey of the “student-warrior” during the Civil Rights movement in Little Rock, Arkansas. ACANSA is excited to introduce a piece of art that will inspire the audience and educate them on the hosting of Little Rock and the country as a whole.

TATIANA ROITMAN MANN Date: September 21Time: 7 pmLocation: New Deal SalonTickets: $20 ACANSA is excited to announce that the talented Tatiana Roitman Mann will be coming to Little Rock in September. Her art has been described by BBC as “formidable…both accurate and with rarely seen joy.”. Come experience the joy and beauty of Tatiana Roitman Mann’s music with ACANSA this fall!

CHUCHITO VALDES Date: September 22Time: 8 pmLocation: The Rail YardTickets: $25 ACANSA is delighted to have this third generation jazz player perform at Little Rock’s newest venue, the Rail Yard, come September. How exciting to have traditional jazz music kick off the newest venue in Little Rock! Chuchito Valdes will bring what the Chicago Tribune describes as “excitement, athleticism” to the Rail Yard as he makes jazz music come to life for his listeners.

MOMIX Date: September 22Time: 8 pmLocation: CHARTS at UA Pulaski TechTickets: $40 A performance that combines the art of dance with the magic of illusions, internationally known dance company, “MOMIX” provides a family friendly show that will transport its audience to a fantastical world “that will not fail to surprise, enchant and astonish.”

THE GLOW Date: September 22Time: 8 pmLocation: Arkansas Regional Innovation HubTickets: $20 Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow is a Stanford-educated international emcee and community builder.  This noted TEDx speaker is a solo artist and front man for the 7pc jazz and funk infused, hip-hop ensemble, “Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe”. ACANSA is excited to welcome Big Piph to ACANSA Arts Festival 2018.