Arkansas Steel Associates/KASU Monster Groovez Concert

Arkansas Steel Associate, a Platinum Sponsor, has teamed up with KASU Public Radio to bring Monster Groovez Concerts in 2019.  Monster Groovez will feature Blues, Jazz, R&B and Big Band music on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage in the park on Front Street in downtown Newport, Arkansas.  All concerts are free and last from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

2019 Monster Groovez Concert Schedule

May 21st

The Akeem Kemp Band

 

Akeem Kemp is a natural prodigy who is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Arkansas.  He grew up performing in a gospel quartet, but branched out as a blues solo artist releasing his first album, “I Like It All,” followed by his second album, “A Woman Needs Love,” right after high school.  Influenced by Albert King’s string bending and soulful, smoky vocals as well as Jimi Hendrix’s overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, Akeem has managed to create his own style and unique tone.  Through the inspiration of life experiences, he uses his music to connect with all walks of life.  Akeem is on a journey to create memories, conceive feelings, and communicate lyrics people may feel they cannot say any other way except through music.

 

June 18th

Brick Fields Band

 

Brick Fields is an Arkansas original musical group fronted by the ambrosial voice of Rachel Fields bring you their ‘Roots’ music using a Folk, Gospel and Blues platform as with an Americana Soul feel on their new album “Blues Habit”. The Brick Fields foundation is married couple Rachel Fields and Larry Brick. Rachel cut her musical teeth first in the Arkansas river valley, by way of her Uncle Mike “Burger” Scoggins, then in the jam band circuit touring in the late 90’s east and west coast festivals opening for acts like Government Mule and later singing on a tour with JGB. Larry has spent over 40 years in the music business as a guitar player, songwriter and also as a worship leader during the California Calvary movement of the 1970’s.  .

Brick Fields current core band is a treasure of solid creativity including Ben Sass, Kevin Bonner, Hoobie Daniels, and Chris Parker. Ben Sass of Jerusalem, Israel is the vibrant enthusiastic steed on and off stage, possibly one of the world’s finest up and coming harmonica players on the scene. Kevin Bonner from Northwest Arkansas, honed his drumming chops in the Cate Bro’s garage and has been the backbone for numerous of NWA most loved bands. Bass player, Hoobie Daniels, of Southern Mississippi via Austin Texas, joined Brick Fields in 2016 after retiring to the Ozark Mountains where he is continuing his musical journey. Chris Parker adds his Tulsa guitar stylings who’s influences range largely between Chet Atkins and BB King. Comfortable with themselves and numerous surprise guests, it not unusual at a Brick Fields show for the night to end with a few or as many as 20 players on stage. Musician’s musicians Brick Fields has been called a magnet for other musicians and music lovers alike.  Ever evolving, this couple’s original music can charm venues in an intimate relaxed setting with the acoustic duo telling stories of musical roots or bring a full-on band experience that brings the house to its feet.

August 20th

Gerry Moss, Blues Guitar

 

In addition to guitar, Gerry is accomplished on Banjo, mandolin, bass Guitar, dobro Guitar and keyboards.

Gerry has enjoyed teaching music and how to perform to young people with a patience and enthusiasm that has inspired them to meet their full potential.

MOSSMAN performs as a 3 or 4 piece group.  Each member of MOSSMAN contributes enormous skill and experience.  Drummer John Ware was a member of the bands for Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Michael Nesmith.  MOSSMAN performs with abandon, yet is tight.  Their performances are liberated but not reckless.  You may view the MOSSMAN videos on this site (“Red Rooster” & “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”).  These videos will say more about MOSSMAN than words can tell.

Gerry also performs with bands named Red Barn Ramblers and Reckless Red.

One of Gerry’s previous bands, “the Famous Unknowns,” was the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, TN for over 2 years.  A subsequent band, “Gerry Moss And The Drive” was also a regular at B.B. King’s.

As a solo artist, Gerry has been the opening act for Leon Russell (3 times), Richie Havens (twice), Mose Allison, and Robby Krieger (guitarist for the Doors).  Terry has been the band leader for David Lynn Jones’ band.  He was also the bass guitar player for Lloyd Price (Personality, stagger Lee, Lawdy Miss Claudy).

Gerry has performed in shows with R&B and blues artists such as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert Collins, Rufus Thomas, Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood, Johnny Rivers, Mose Allison, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.

Gerry has also performed with C&W artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams, JR., and Clint Black’s band.

September 17th

Lectric Liz Lottman

 

Over a 45-year career, Liz Lottmann’s feisty, high-energy Memphis soul, blues and R&B performances have earned her the respect of musicians and audiences alike. She has performed in blues and jazz clubs in the U.S., Europe, Japan, South and Central America and Canada. While touring with her own bands, she also frequently sang with Donn McMinn’s Memphis Blues Revue, whose players included Jeff “Stick” Davis and Billy Earheart of Amazing Rhythm Aces, and Willie Hall of The Blues Brothers.
Liz is proud to be born-and-raised in Northeast Arkansas. While still in high school there, she began composing and performing her own special brand of “barbed-wire” folk. She was a solo artist at Memphis coffeehouses and soon attracted the attention of Jud Phillips, who produced an album of her original songs at Sam Phillips Studio in midtown Memphis (as Liz Greene). When Jerry Lee Lewis heard the rough mix of her album, he encouraged her to reach out toward the blues. At that time, Furry Lewis, the legendary “country bluesman,” was working the Memphis area, and each time they’d run into each other, Liz pestered him to show her a few licks on guitar. Furry’s brief lessons allowed her to get hold of the backbone of the blues, and she’s never let go of it.

Liz was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards organization, and inducted into the Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. She has served on the board of the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas since 2003, and was president of that board from 2006-2010. She’s performing now with Divas On Fire, an all-woman performance production.

 

October 15th 

Jubilation Jazz

 

Jubilation Jazz is a diverse group of musicians from across the state of Arkansas who come together regularly to share the good news of Jesus Christ through the medium of big band music.  The band performs in churches, in prisons, at local festivals and has traveled overseas to the countries of Jordan, Brazil, Trinidad, St Kitts and  Mexico.  Their musical repertoire includes instrumental and vocal renditions of gospel standards, contemporary worship songs, a few big band “standards”, and original works by members of the band.

The band was formed in 1997 by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention of Arkansas and became an independent organization in 2005.  Jubilation Jazz is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose goal is to share the good news of Jesus Christ and his salvation using the big band sound.

 

 

For more information about this series, contact KASU Public Radio at 870-972-3486.