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Million Dollar Quartet

The Tony® Award winning smash hit Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Featuring rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that moment in time to life.

Sat 9/29/18

Million Dollar Quartet

Big Dam Horns

The Big Dam Horns consist of musicians from all around central and southwest Arkansas who met while attending Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. The Big Dam Horns are a modern-day mixture of New Orleans style brass band and alternative rock band playing a wide range of music from the ’60s to today all while adding their own flair. The Big Dam Horns mostly transforms its pop, R&B and hip-hop cover songs into soul-stirring, bopping blasts of horn-infused music, bursting with jazz, soul and blues touches with a rock ’n’ roll bedrock. “We want people to say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe they are playing that, and they are playing it very well,’” said tenor saxophonist Elliott Griffen. “We can play almost whatever we want because we have very talented writers here, and we’re just trying to have some fun and play some good music.” “I think what makes this band unique is there’s really nothing else like it in the area,” said trombone player Brandon Ellis. “There are plenty of good cover bands, plenty of good original bands, but you don’t see horn bands [as cover bands]. Even though we are a cover band, our sound is unique and the way we do our shows is pretty entertaining.”

Sat 10/6/18

The Big Dam Horns

Back to Back

Jeans 'n Classics joins the Symphony to bring you the music of pop's most iconic stars - Elton John and Billy Joel.

Sat 10/13/18

Back to Back

Thursday Amp

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Musician George Clinton was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on July 22, 1941. His music career began in a barbershop where he created a doo-wop group called The Parliaments. Clinton eventually reorganized the musicians who would become known as Funkadelic and Parliament to create new sounds and dazzling, out-of-this-world live shows with R&B chart toppers like "Flash Light," "Aqua Boogie" and "One Nation Under a Groove." He later embarked on a solo career, releasing the album Computer Games in 1982 as well as additional studio projects.

Morris Day & the Time

Day went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince's first band Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince's alterego to be seen as the cool, street wise funk band contrasting Prince's more soulful R&B sound. After looking at several lead vocalists, Prince wanted someone with mad talent so he cast his high school friend the funky, the fabulous Morris Day. Soon after, Morris Day and the Time were cast in Purple Rain which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. Morris Day burst onto the public scene with the group’s self titled album, The Time, which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” Soon after the world was introduced the prolific Minneapolis music marvel, the group went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? (featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and Ice Cream Castle, (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After three albums Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing three albums: The Color of Success, Daydreaming, and Guaranteed. Combined sales of Morris Day’s solo work and The Time is in excess of 10 million units.

Sheila E.

Sheila E. is a world renowned, multi-talented musician whose career has spanned over thirty years. Throughout her time in the music industry, Sheila E. has carved a name for herself as one of the world’s most gifted and iconic percussionists, having collaborated with numerous talents such as George Duke, Marvin Gaye, Gloria Estefan and Prince. Sheila’s current album ICON was followed by both US and European tours, as well as the release of her biography, The Beat of My Own Drum (Simon and Schuster).

Thu 10/18/18 7:00PM

Musicfest XXXI Day 1

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Morris Day & the Time and Sheila E.

Friday Amp

Sammy Hagar & the Circle

Led by SAMMY HAGAR, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, THE CIRCLE features MICHAEL ANTHONY, the renowned bassist who’s played with him for the past 30 years in bands including Van Halen and Chickenfoot; JASON BONHAM, the acclaimed journeyman drummer and son of Led Zeppelin’s iconic drummer, John Bonham; and VIC JOHNSON, Hagar’s longtime guitar virtuoso who seamlessly shreds through his own, as well as some of rock’s most iconic guitarists’ riffs. Formed in 2014, the critically-acclaimed supergroup takes fans on a musical journey through rock history, with a set list spanning four decades of Hagar’s hits from MONTROSE, his solo career, VAN HALEN and beyond — and with Bonham on board, they also tear into a few LED ZEPPELIN classics — thrilling audiences and critics alike with their live concerts.

Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans. Bret was born in the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania on March 15, 1963. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Bret’s solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums. His last album, Custom Built, topped the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock list. His new CD Bret Michaels: Jammin wtih Friends was released in June of this year and features a myriad of legendary artists, who just happen to be great friends of Bret's. The album contributors is a who’s who list including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.

Lita Ford

A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Being a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases. Following the demise of the Runaways, LITA FORD concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne ´Close Your Eyes Forever`, ´What Do You Know About Love`, ´Shot Of Poison`, ´Larger Than Life` and ´Kiss Me Deadly. With the release of Living Like a Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

Host - Eddie Trunk

Eddie Trunk is a 30 year music industry veteran who has built a reputation for being one of the most respected personalities in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Eddie has spent time as a record executive and has also worked in artist management, but has really found his calling as a broadcaster. Eddie began his broadcasting career in 1983, after convincing the execs at his favorite local radio station, WDHA in NJ, to allow him to produce a hard rock/heavy metal specialty show – one of the first of it’s kind. That show continues to this day under the banner of Eddie Trunk Rocks (also labeled Friday Night Rocks in NYC). Eddie Trunk Rocks originates out of New York City, the number one radio market, on Q104.3 and is syndicated nationally and heard on more than 15 stations including other top 10 markets including WAAF in Boston.

Fri 10/19/18 6:00PM

Musicfest XXXI Day 2

Sammy Hagar & the Circle, Bret Michaels and Lita Ford

2 Chainz

Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, 2 Chainz first went solo in 2007 with the mixtape Me Against the World. The 2Pac references continued with his 2009 mixtapes Trap-A-Velli and All Ice on Me, but 2010's Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal hit his style on the nose with the last bit of its title, and when DJ Teknikz and DJ Frank White collected his best street tracks in 2011, the hard and hazy set of cuts was dubbed the Codeine Cowboy mixtape. That same year he was featured on David Banner's "Yao Ming" and Big K.R.I.T.'s "Money on the Floor."

The year 2012 was major for 2 Chainz. He landed on Kanye West's "Mercy" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" before dropping his official debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, on the Def Jam label. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Mike Posner were among the Grammy-nominated album's special guests, while production was handled by the likes of the-Dream and Drumma Boy. By the end of the busy year, he had dropped a handful of additional mixtapes and debuted the Drake-assisted single "Big Amount." Led by the hit "Good Drank," featuring Quavo and Gucci Mane, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, his fourth proper album for Def Jam, arrived in 2017. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B and Hip-Hop charts. 2 Chainz followed with appearances on tracks by Steve Aoki ("Without U"), Jeezy ("Floor Seats"), Eminem ("Chloraseptic [Remix]"), and Migos ("Too Playa"). In early 2018, he issued his fourth EP, The Play Don't Care Who Makes It (Def Jam), featuring appearances by YG and Offset.

Fri 10/19/18 11:00PM

Musicfest XXXI

2 Chainz

Saturday Amp

Toby Keith - Should've Been a Cowboy

The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn't begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era's most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith's most recent months are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. In September 2017 he released The Bus Songs which went on to set a Billboard Comedy Albums chart record for a country artist by holding the No. 1 spot for 11 consecutive weeks. The collection of humorous, just-for-fun compositions includes two new songs “Shitty Golfer” and “Wacky Tobaccy,” whose accompanying music video features Willie Nelson and quickly became a surprise runaway viral hit. Throughout the past year, Toby performed at Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard in Nashville and he took the stage at Carnegie Hall for The Cake And The Rain: A Celebration Of The Music Of Jimmy Webb in New York City where he performed Webb's classic, "MacArthur Park.” The Academy of Country Music also honored Keith with their Poet's Award for songwriting in recognition of his outstanding and longstanding musical and lyrical contributions as a songwriter throughout his career, and his songs' impact on the culture of country music. Rounding out the year full of music-related accomplishments was his 14th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic which raised $1.6 million, a record-breaking amount of funds for a single event in the Toby Keith Foundation’s history, to aid sick children and their families in Oklahoma.

Justin Moore

Arkansas native JUSTIN MOORE spent three years putting together his fourth studio album, KINDA DON’T CARE. The project is chock-full of new music and earned the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album debut. The platinum-selling entertainer kickstarted the album with his sixth chart-topping single “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and follow-up single “Somebody Else Will.” With 16 tracks on the deluxe version, KINDA DON’T CARE provides a stellar set list for Moore’s live shows which also feature No. 1 hits like “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” The Valory Music Co. recording artist has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations, tallied millions of track sales as well as placed seven singles in the Top 10 at Country radio. His previous album, OFF THE BEATEN PATH, also scored a No. 1 album release. A known road warrior, Moore has shared the stage stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert and is currently on his headlining AMERICAN MADE TOUR with Lee Brice.

Carly Pearce

Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined path. At the young age of 11 she began touring with a local band, at 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled and learned humility working odd jobs upon moving to Nashville. Now, with her highly-acclaimed debut album EVERY LITTLE THING (Big Machine Records) and the GOLD-certified No. 1 blockbuster title track, Carly is the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and joins an elite group as one of only three women to accomplish this feat in the past 12 years. Previously scoring a three-week No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway, Carly’s second chart-topper “If My Name Was Whiskey” helped solidify her in their “Class of 2017.” Aligned with sought-after producer/songwriter busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson) and regarded as “the best country debut of 2017” (Uproxx), Carly’s textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess are emphasized across 13 tracks including her full-bodied new single “Hide the Wine.” The CMT Next Women of Country alum was named to multiple 2017 Ones To Watch Lists as People touted her “the new voice of Country,” and the momentum has continued. Country radio programmers nationwide voted her as one of the esteemed 2018 CRS New Faces while Pandora named her an Artist to Watch. With nearly 50 invitations to play the Grand Ole Opry, Carly previously joined the bill alongside Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Martina McBride, Kip Moore and more. Following her sold-out run on Brett Young’s CALIVILLE TOUR, Carly heads out with Blake Shelton’s COUNTRY MUSIC FREAKS, Thomas Rhett’s LIFE CHANGES and Rascal Flatts’ BACK TO US tours throughout 2018.

Jimmie Allen

For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up. A native of Southern Delaware – the “slower, lower” part of the state, he explains – Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or rocking amphitheaters on Toby Keith’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour. He’s poured out his soul at Music City’s famous Bluebird Cafe, wrote a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial, and appeared in a Diet Coke ad with superstar Taylor Swift. But now with the BBR Music Group debut of his self-titled EP, a lifetime of never giving up has brought him full circle.

Sat 10/20/18 5:30PM

Musicfest XXXI Day 3

Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Carly Pearce and Jimmie Allen

Gucci Mane

Though Gucci Mane’s first No. 1 song was “Black Beatles” with Rae Sremmurd in 2016, the Atlanta rapper has been pioneering one of hip-hop’s most influential subgenres, trap music, for over a decade. Born Radric Davis, his 2005 debut Trap House was the beginning of a career rich in mixtapes (he’s released over 70 to date), high-profile collaborations, legal hardships, and, ultimately, monumental success. Gucci’s sound—street-heavy yet whimsical with an odd, addictive cadence—has evolved alongside prominent trap producer Zaytoven. The rapper founded his own label, 1017 Records, in 2007, where he helped foster talents such as Young Thug, Chief Keef, Migos, Sonny Digital, 808 Mafia, and many more.

Sat 10/20/18 11:00PM

Musicfest XXXI

Gucci Mane

Reza Borchardt

More than a magic show, Reza infuses concert level production, masterful comedic timing and countless interactive moments, allowing the audience to experience the magic first hand. Perhaps Reza’s greatest secret is his uncanny ability to connect with his audiences and deliver his magic on a personal level. “I’m glad that we can bring this high-octane act to MAD,” said Terry Stewart, MAD’s CEO. “Audiences in Branson and around the country have been thrilled by Reza’s performance.” Reza’s recent tour and television appearances have reached over 30 million viewers from across the world on networks such as MTV, A&E, The CW, PBS, Reelz, CX, Fuji and Telemundo as well as live venues including the Alamodome in San Antonio, Philips Arena in Atlanta and Mundo Imperial Forum in Acapulco, to name a few. Reza’s new show “Edge of Illusion,” is a ground-breaking grand scale production which Reza simultaneously designed to connect with the audience on a personal level. “Edge of Illusion” earned Reza high acclaim and as well as being voted “Magician of the Year.” Ticket pricing includes early bird tickets from $22 to $42 until Sept. 26, regular tickets from $25 to $45 and day-of-show tickets from $35 to $55. Child tickets are $12

Holiday Pops

An annual favorite, this holiday celebration features more than 120 singers from area choirs performing your holiday favorites. LOCATION - El Dorado 1st Assembly 2225 W Hillsboro St, El Dorado, AR 71730

Sat 12/8/18

Christmas Holiday Pops

Winds of Change

Join the Emerald Piano Quintet for an intimate chamber concert in the magnificent acoustic of First United Methodist Church - Magnolia. LOCATION - First United Methodist Church 320 W Main St, Magnolia, AR 71753

Sat 1/19/19

Winds of Change

Heroes, Monsters and Mad Men

Broadway star Craig Schulman performs music from some of his most famous roles, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Jekyll & Hyde.

Sat 2/23/19

Heroes, Monsters and Madmen

Wideman Competition Recital

Gold Medal pianists of the International Nena Wideman Piano Competition will dazzle in this impressive concert performance backed by the South Arkansas Symphony. LOCATION - El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 W 8th St, El Dorado, AR 71730

Sat 3/23/19

Piano Extravaganza

Mozart and More

Celebrate composer and musical prodigy Mozart's 263rd birthday with his Symphony #41 - "The Jupiter Symphony" and much more. LOCATION - El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 W 8th St, El Dorado, AR 71730

Sat 5/11/19

Mozart & More