M&P Monster Beats Concerts
Four Saturdays from April through October, Platinum Sponsor M&P Banking, Insurance and Investments will bring Monster Beats Concerts to the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage as part of Monster Nights: Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series! Monster Beats Concerts will feature outstanding regional musicians who play primarily a variety of genres. The concerts will start at 7:00 pm and run until 8:30 pm each month. Admission is free. Bring a chair or a blanket (no pop up tents please) and come out and enjoy great live music in the new park on Front Street in Newport, Arkansas (GPS address: 412 Front Street, Newport, AR 72112). In case of rain, concerts will be moved to Frankie’s Place on Front Street.
2019 Monster Beats Concerts Schedule
All of the fun of a big city Piano Bar is coming to downtown Newport with Queen Anne’s Revenge Dueling Piano Show. They are regular performers at Earnie Biggs in the Little Rock River Market. The audience will be invited to make requests and watch as the guys bring great music and fun to the evening. Bring your chair and enjoy an evening of Little Rock entertainment at Monster Nights in Newport.
For years, Arkansas singer/songwriters Justin Patterson and Laura Lynn Danley had been following the beat of their own drum, and performing separately as solo artists. When they decided to join forces and form the Folk/Americana duo Ten Penny Gypsy in 2017, their musical direction was set upon a new and exciting trajectory.
“Justin reminds me of what would happen if James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot had a love child”, muses David Hughes, a promoter with Unknown Legends Artists in Hot Springs, AR. “He writes insightful, heartfelt, and intelligent lyrics. His songs can be haunting one minute and turn rockabilly the next. He is a refreshing voice and talented writer”.
“Laura is very reminiscent of Tammy Wynette or Joni Mitchell. She has an intriguing and infectious personality, with a vulnerability that draws you in”, says Anthony Crawford, producer of Ten Penny Gypsy’s self-titled debut album, recorded in February 2017.
Crawford’s opinions carry weight. He’s a respected veteran of the music industry, having recorded and performed for over forty years with such musical icons as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam.
“I do believe that Ten Penny Gypsy’s debut album is a snapshot of Justin Patterson and Laura Lynn Danley in full bloom”, says Crawford.
“Ten Penny Gypsy” was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the inaugural Arkansas Country Music Awards in 2018. The group garnered additional ACMA nominations for “Americana Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” in both 2018 and 2019.
They have recently added the talents of singer/songwriter and award-winning guitarist Buddy Case to their lineup, and are currently recording their second full-length album at Crawford’s Admiral Bean Studio in Loxley, AL. Release is expected in late 2019.
What makes Wakefield different? First, it’s his varied roots: Memphis soul, rock ’n’ roll, New Orleans funk, even jazz and classical, pre-bro country — pretty much all music that speaks from the heart. In terms of genre, he follows no rules, though one resolution does govern what Wakefield wants to achieve: If it doesn’t have a conscience, if it’s afraid of risk or candor, then he’s not interested.
You can feel this throughout Gods and Ghosts, released November 30, 2018. On the down-home, blues-steeped “Breaking Strings,” he writes and sings with wry, hangdog humor: “I found the meaning of life but I got no one to tell … I’m down on my luck, or luck’s down on me. I’m looking over my shoulder but there’s nothing to see.”
Wakefield is that rare singer and songwriter who can bridge the personal and the universal, who can sadly laugh and softly ache through an uncommonly poetic lyric and performance. What accounts for his achievement? Maybe we should start at the place where he grew up, a small college town in the care of parents whose example encouraged him to imagine and explore.
After his run with Old Man Brown, though, Wakefield decided to try his luck in Nashville. He and his girlfriend, an aspiring country singer, drove into town in their van. He formed a bluegrass group, started writing more seriously and made ends meet by painting houses. Opportunity struck when a scout for The Voice heard him play at Soulshine Pizza and invited him to audition. By the time he made it to the finals of Season 10, America had gotten the word about who Adam Wakefield is and what he has to offer.
Working independently, he hit the top of the iTunes chart with “Lonesome, Broken and Blue,” the original song he performed during the season finale for The Voice. He also aced one of Nashville’s most challenging gigs when the SteelDrivers asked him to sit in for their lead singer Gary Nichols, who was taking some time off. “Honestly, it made me a better singer,” he insists. “And it helped me write better too. A few of songs on Gods and Ghosts come from that period. One of their songs, ‘Peacemaker,’ specifically inspired the droning lick I put at the beginning of ‘Shoot Me Where I Stand.’”
All of these experiences — on the road, in the studio, in writing rooms and on national TV — play into Wakefield’s artistry. “I’m not saying I’ve had a hard life,” he says. “But when I write songs about somebody dying or trying to get sober, these are experiences I’ve had. The more you wear your heart on your sleeve as a writer, the better the tunes seem to turn out. That’s what John Prine, Jamey Johnson and people in that vein do. That’s where I want to go with what I do.”
DeFrance has been called the “hardest working band in Arkansas,” racking up more than 500 shows since forming in 2015. The band calls Little Rock home but these “road warriors” carry their modern take on classic rock & roll across the nation every week, having performed shows at legendary venues such as the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California, as well as earning the respect of fans statewide, with two of their songs being selected for use in Arkansas tourism commercials. The band’s technical prowess and deliverance of a truly pure rock & roll sound has been recognized with support opportunities for ZZ Top, Whiskey Myers, Robert Randolph, Shooter Jennings, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and most recently the band earned the exclusive opening spot for Bon Jovi on their 2018 This House is Not For Sale tour at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, performing in front of 14,000 people.