UPCOMING EVENTS

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Thursday Night Live

There is a $5 cover for this event!

“One of Arkansas’ best bands” and “hip-hop ensemble” are terms often used for the collective known as Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe. However, although they are both deserving titles, they have proven to be too confining of descriptions. The creativity, work, and showmanship that BPTM put into their jazz, soul, funk, and rock infused hip-hop experiences will soon have them recognized as one of the best bands...period.

Although he was already enjoying a successful solo rap career, Epiphany looked to further separate himself from the pack of competitive emcees by joining forces with a stellar live ensemble. Each of the seven members approaches the apex of their field and is a “frontman” in their own right. However, when their paths finally overlapped, the collective of (l-to-r) Paul Campbell (percussion), Dre Franklin (keys), Bijoux Pighee (vocals), band, and in 2012 he did just that. Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow (MC/lead vocalist), Dee Dee Jones (vocals), “Cool Hand” Lucas Murray (guitar), and Corey Harris (bass) formed something special. Although the band has mostly displayed its energetic, interactive performances at Arkansas’ finest venues including The Rev Room, Sticky Fingerz, South on Main, UofA, Ron Robinson Theatre, and Riverfest; they recently went international completing an early 2015 tour in the Embassy and American Music Abroad and while there, they not only held concerts for the more than receptive audiences, but engaged in cultural exchange with artists, students, and creatives by conducting workshops and speaking engagements. Still, at the heart of it all was providing the people not just a show, but a musical experience to remember... and that’s what Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe deliver every time.

Thu 9/26/19 8:00PM

Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe

Thu 10/10/19 8:00PM

Kelvin Thomas

Thu 10/17/19 8:00PM

DeFrance

Thu 10/24/19 8:00PM

The Hollow Decks

Thu 11/7/19 8:00PM

Dylan Raymond

Thu 11/14/19 8:00PM Identity Crisis


Saturday Cabaret

Live Saturday Night! is co-presented by Murphy USA and will feature bands from around the region. Performances will be at the Griffin Restaurant stage and are FREE to the public. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 870-444-3008.

Five phenomenal musicians hailing from all over the country - lead vocalist & bassist Will McGee from Memphis, TN, guitarist Nick Fields from Rochester, NY, keyboardist Will Lynde from Houston, TX, guitarist Sam Hunt from Los Angeles, CA, and drummer Daniel Closser from Boulder, CO - some may call it fate that they each landed at Nashville's highly regarded Belmont University for college.

While recording together for an unrelated project on a group weekend getaway to McGee's lake house in 2014, they all felt an undeniable magic in the room - McGee's bass lines & sentimentally raw vocals paired perfectly with Sam Hunt & Nick Fields' guitar riffs and were only further accentuated by Lynde's emphatic playing of the keys. There, Forest Fire Gospel Choir was born. The later addition of Daniel Closser's progressive drumming in 2017 brought an edge that continues to inspire FFGC more than ever to explore their sonic boundaries while still remaining true their rock n' roll roots. With a new project underway, there are great things to come for Forest Fire Gospel Choir in 2019.

Sat 10/12/19 8:00PM

Forest Fire Gospel Choir

Sat 11/2/19 8:00PM

The Cleverlys

Sat 11/23/19 Bre Ogden Band
Sat 11/30/19 Eskimo Brothers
Sat 12/14/19 8:00PM

New Kings

Sat 12/21/19 Brooks Hubbard



Sat 10/19/19 10:00PM DJ Josue Juarez
Sat 11/23/19 10:00PM DJ Josue Juarez


Friday Amp

Friday, September 27th, will feature headliner Walk The Moon (850 million streams and two Billboard Magazine Music Awards), lovelytheband (2019 iHeart Radio Music Award Best New Rock/Alternative Artist), The New Respects (a high energy throwback rock and soul band, one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Bands You Need To Know About’), and a late night show in the Griffin Restaurant with alternative hip-hop group RDGLDGRN. A ticket to Friday’s Amphitheater show is required to attend the RDGLDGRN performance.

Doors: 5PM, Show: 6:30PM

Fri 9/27/19 5:00PM

Musicfest Day 1



Rdgldgrn

Must have a Musictfest, Friday, September 27th ticket to attend this event!

Comprised of three members who go by the identity of Red, Gold, and Green, and generally dress in those colors, Reston, Virginia trio RDGLDGRN make music that is equally stylish, blending slick indie rock and left-field hip-hop. Upon the release of their first single in 2011, "I Love Lamp" -- a hook-laden power pop number named after a line by Steve Carell's character in Anchor Man -- the accompanying YouTube video went viral and RDGLDGRN's success snowballed from there, helped largely by the involvement of some key power players in the music industry. Cold War Kids producer Kevin Augunas produced the rest of the EP, signing them to his Fairfax Recordings label, and while in the studio, in a twist of fate, fellow Reston native Dave Grohl offered to play drums. Pop producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams joined up as well, to help write and produce the N.E.R.D. song "Doing the Most," a standout on the group's 2012 debut EP, Red Gold Green.

Fri 9/27/19 11:00PM

Rdgldgrn



Spectra Vamp Trio

Enjoy food and beverage in the Griffin Restaurant while listening to music from Spectra Vamp Trio! Must have a Musicfest ticket for Saturday, Sept. 28 to enter.

Sat 9/28/19 11:30AM

Spectra Vamp Trio




Sat 9/28/19 Cypress Knees


Szlachetka

Enjoy food and beverage in the Griffin Restaurant while listening to music from Schlahetka! Must have a Musicfest ticket for Saturday, Sept. 28 to enter.

Sat 9/28/19 3:30PM

Szlachetka



Saturday Amp

Saturday, September 28th, will feature headliner Brett Young (2018 Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year), Gone West featuring Colbie Caillat (new Country power group with Grammy and Country music award winners), Tyler Rich, Gabby Barrett (2018 American Idol Finalist), and Teddy Robb (rising Country music artist). Regional favorite Trey Johnson rounds out the bill.

The Griffin Restaurant stage will host several acts on Saturday afternoon, including Spectra Vamp, Szlachetka, a surprise performance from the winner of MAD’s first MAD Battle band competition, and a late-night show with The ShotGunBillys. A ticket to Saturday’s Amphitheater show is required to attend Griffin Restaurant afternoon and late-night performances.

Activities around El Dorado’s historic downtown Union Square District on Saturday, September 28th will include food, fun and free music. The Murphy USA Union Square stage will feature Crutchfield, Blackstrap, Jimmy Lewis & 8 and Second Ride and The Karla Case Band. The acoustic stage will feature the Norphlet Quartet, Corey Sharp, JT Lee and Made in America. Other activities include the regional, End of the Steak Trail Invitational Championship, a Bag Toss Tournament with $1,000 first place prize, the kid favorite Lanxess Kid’s World with inflatables, games and more, the Medical Center of South Arkansas 5k/10k races, an Escape Room, Zip Line, Roller Coaster simulator, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission BB Gun Target Shoot, and so much more. Local schools will also perform on the downtown stage. The Cole’s Jewelers Miss MusicFest Pageant will be on Sunday, September 22nd at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

Sat 9/28/19 4:30PM

Musicfest Day 2



Spectra Vamp

Enjoy food and beverage in the Griffin Restaurant while listening to music from Spectra Vamp! Must have a Musicfest ticket for Saturday, Sept. 28 to enter.

Sat 9/28/19 4:45PM

Spectra Vamp



The Shotgunbillys

Must have a Musicfest, Saturday, September 28th ticket to attend this event!

High energy southern rock blending Memphis blues with a steady Arkansas country handshake. Meet the ShotGunBillys. The band hails from the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. They were nurtured on the sounds that made Memphis great but have carved a distinct sound that blends it all.

Sat 9/28/19 11:00PM

The Shotgunbillys




Fri 10/4/19 Power Hour 8


Beatles vs. Stones

Beatles vs. Stones - two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. It’s a face-off you won’t want to miss!

Sat 10/5/19 7:30PM

Beatles vs. Stones



Mandisa-Girls' Night Out

GRAMMY® winner Mandisa is inviting her longtime friends Blanca, and Riley Clemmons to El Dorado on Thursday, October 10th at the First Financial Music Hall for "Girls Night Live," an extraordinary evening aimed at strengthening female community. Envisioned to be a night of women encouraging women about matters that affect women, “Girls Night Live Tour” will include music, humor, worship and prayer. Noted for her vulnerability, the night will end with Mandisa and her friends joining the audience for a personal, encouraging "Girl Chat" and time of ministry. The 14-city run will visit churches, and theaters throughout Oct. and Nov. in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Arizona and more.

Food for the Hungry, sponsor of the community-filled evening will give women the opportunity to help other women around the world. Food For The Hungry has been fighting poverty through purposeful relief and development for over four decades. For more info on Food For The Hungry visit them online at FH.org.

Mandisa’s Girls Night Live Tour is presented Nationally by KLOVE Radio. With a mission to create compelling media that inspires and encourages you to have a meaningful relationship with Christ KLOVE radio is proud to partner with Mandisa for this one of a kind evening!

Thu 10/10/19 7:00PM

Mandisa's Girls Night Live




Fri 10/11/19 Baby Boy Bartell and the Boys


Newsboys United

One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum®-selling Newsboys have sold more than 10 million units, amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Since their formation in Australia three decades ago, Newsboys have released 24 recordings and their signature songs include “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles,” “Born Again” and the Platinum®-certified mega hit, “God’s Not Dead.”

Fri 10/18/19 7:00PM

Newsboys United




TBA

FREE event presented by Murphy USA!

Fri 10/25/19 8:00PM TBA


Nosferatu

This Halloween, dare to experience the chilling 1922 German silent horror film, “Nosferatu” accompanied by South Arkansas Symphony music director Kermit Poling’s original score performed by the West Edge String Quartet live at the First Financial Music Hall in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District.

Directed by F.W. Murnau “Nosferatu” stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The landmark film opens in the Carpathian Mountains where real estate agent Hutter has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Orlok. Despite the feverish warnings of the locals, Hutter journeys to Orlock’s castle, so discovering that the man is no ordinary mortal. One of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces, “Nosferatu” set the template for the horror films that followed. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert said of the film, “Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. … ‘Nosferatu’ remains effective: It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us.”

The West Edge String quartet will perform Poling’s original score during the screening of a digitally remastered version of the classic vampire flick. The quartet consists of Kermit Poling and Elizabeth O’Bannon on violins, Boyrs Smolaga on viola, and Ruth Drummond on cello. Based in Shreveport, Louisiana, the quartet performs regularly throughout the region.

Thu 10/31/19 7:30PM

Nosferatu




Fri 11/1/19 SAU Jazz Band


The Nutcracker Ballet

Embark on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets this holiday season with the South Arkansas Symphony as they partner with Arkansas Festival Ballet and the Murphy Arts District to bring the beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker” to El Dorado. A timeless story about a young girl’s journey into a magical land one winter’s evening, “The Nutcracker” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at the First Financial Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District.??Under the artistic direction of AFB founder and choreographer Rebecca Miller Stalcup, “The Nutcracker” will feature Arkansas Festival Ballet and guest dancers accompanied by the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, under the musical direction of conductor Kermit Poling. Families are invited to embrace the magic of the holiday season with highlights from this iconic story.

Tickets will go on sale to MAD members on Tuesday, August 27th and the general public on Thursday, August 29th. Tickets are $60 for the Golden Circle (front three rows), $50 for orchestra seating, $40 for middle seating and $30 for rear seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 870.444.3007 or go online to www.eldoMAD.com

Sat 11/30/19 7:30PM

The Nutcracker Ballet



I Survived MusicFest
Tue 12/31/19

I Survived Musicfest Shirt



MAD Hatter - Blue
Tue 12/31/19

MAD Hatter Shirt



MAD is Happy - Teal
Tue 12/31/19

MAD is the NEW Happy Shirt



Pour Decisions
Tue 12/31/19

Pour Decisions Shirt



MAD MAD MAD - Gray
Tue 12/31/19

MAD MAD MAD Shirt



It's a MAD World - Red
Tue 12/31/19

It's a MAD World Shirt



MAD Tie Dye Woodstock
Tue 12/31/19

Woodstock Shirt




Tue 12/31/19 MAD Corkscrew



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Keychain



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Sticker



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Koozie



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Button



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Poncho



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Tote



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Beachball



Tue 12/31/19 MAD Sunscreen


Frank Foster

Premium seating includes front of house seating and private bar service.

Pit is front of stage standing room only

General Admission is behind pit, standing room only

Frank is back! Murphy Arts District (MAD) is excited to announce the return to MAD by country music favorite Frank Foster at the First Financial Music Hall in El Dorado on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. The show will start at 7:00 PM with doors opening at 6:00 PM. An opening act will be announced shortly.

Known as an independent thinking singer/songwriter, Foster’s huge following loves his ‘do it my way’ attitude and appealing songs and lyrics. He embodies musical independence at its highest level. He not only has taken the road less traveled, but the road almost never traveled. Acting as his own record label, management, booking agency and publishing company, he has managed to find success that some major label artist may never find. This rural Louisiana native and former oilfield man has taken his songs from the campfire to the coliseum seemingly overnight, all the while gaining a following of fans whose loyalty is unmatched. Foster has opened for Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Sawyer brown, Lee Brice and Gary Allen.

Some numbers help define his success: more than 20 million Spotify spins; more than 12 million YouTube views; three Billboard Magazine Top Ten Albums; 7 studio albums, sold more than 400,000 singles; writes every song he has released.

His musical journey started in 2011 with the release of his first album “Rowdy Reputation”. To follow that up, in the late summer of 2012, he released his second album “Red Wings and Six Strings”, which debuted on the Billboard Country Charts at #30. Each song from both of those albums have become nightly sing-a-longs at his shows. Foster’s third album, “Southern Soul”, was released in 2013 and debuted at #11 on the Billboard Country Charts confirming that his popularity was continuing to soar to new heights. His fourth album, “Rhythm and Whiskey”, was released in 2014 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Country Charts solidifying him as a true power house in the industry. He followed that up with his fifth album, 2016’s “Boots On the Ground”, which gave him his second top 10 debuting album in as many years. It entered the Billboard Country Charts at #7. Later in 2016, he released his 6th album, “Good Country Music”, which debuted at #13 on the Billboard Country Charts. He’s a singer, a songwriter and his own boss. He refuses to let anyone water down his kind of country music. If he lives it, he writes it; if he writes it, he sings it; if he sings it, he believes it. The nearly sold-out MAD audience that experienced Foster’s concert in early 2019 will attest to that.

Sat 1/11/20 7:00PM

Frank Foster



A Countryside Weekend

Escape to the tranquility of a beautiful day in the country with guitarist Giovanni de Chiaro and maestro Kermit Poling as they perform their recent award-winning concerto and more.

Venue: First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Main St., Magnolia

Sat 1/25/20 7:30PM

A Countryside Weekend



As Good As Gold

Venue: Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado

The South Arkansas Symphony will welcome the gold medal winner of the 69th Annual Wideman International Piano Competition in an impressive chamber concert this spring.

The Wideman International Piano Competition has been held annually the first weekend of December at Centenary College – Hurley School of Music under the auspices of the Shreveport Symphony Guild since 1950. Judged by nationally and internationally known pianists and conductors, the competition draws outstanding talent from throughout the United States and the world.

Nena Wideman, a former member of Centenary College piano faculty, was the guiding spirit of the first competition and continued with unwavering enthusiasm until her death in 1983. In 1982, the Shreveport Symphony created an endowment in honor of Wideman and established the permanence of this annual event, now one of the top piano competitions.

Each year, the South Arkansas Symphony has the privilege of hosting the gold-medal winners of this prestigious competition in a special chamber concert in El Dorado. The Symphony extends the competitions goal of promoting excellence and encouragement to young pianists as they embark on their careers.

Sat 3/21/20 7:30PM

As Good as Gold



Prodigy Extraordinaire

Venue: Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado

The South Arkansas Symphony will feature piano prodigy Antonio “Nio” Ajero in an inspirational orchestra performance of Russia’s great composers, including Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

A 14-year-old from Nacogdoches, Texas, Ajero currently studies in the Music Preparatory Division of Stephen F. Austin State University. Known as “Nio,” the award-winning pianist started piano studies with his father, Mario Ajero, professor of piano at Stephen F. Austin. Ajero is a two-time National Gold Medal Winner from The Royal Conservatory for earning the highest marks in the nation on the conservatory’s Level 9 and 10 piano exams. He is currently one of only 15 students from the state of Texas to be awarded a scholarship grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts and Texas Cultural Fund under the Texas Young Masters Program. Ajero has been a winner of numerous competitions, including competitions with Steinway Piano in Dallas, Baylor/Waco, Texas State University’s Young Artists, Red River Radio Young Artists and SMU Institute for Young Pianists, among others.

The piano virtuoso performed on NPR’s “From the Top” with Christopher O’Riley on Show No. 336 at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview, Texas. “From the Top” is considered America’s largest and most prestigious platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents and character of classically trained young musicians. In addition to playing piano, Ajero has earned a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do at Nacogdoches Blackbelt Academy, and enjoys cooking.

Sat 4/25/20 7:30PM

Prodigy Extraordinaire



Death & The Maiden

Venue: First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Hill Ave., El Dorado

A testament to the beauty of life, Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, also known as “Death and the Maiden,” has been called “one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire.” It was composed in 1824 after the composer suffered a serious illness and realized he was dying. Published in 1831, three years after Schubert’s death, each movement of the piece conjures a different episode in the mythic process of death and resurrection.

The Emerald String Quartet will perform “Death and the Maiden,” a quartet that is characterized throughout by sudden dramatic shifts, from the lyrical to the compelling and dramatic. Comprised of members of the South Arkansas Symphony, the Emerald String Quartet features violinists Kiril Laskarov and Diana Norwod, violist Borys Smolaga, cellist Brett Andrews and pianist Dean Pieskee.

Sat 5/16/20 7:30PM

Death & the Maiden



Symphony on the Square

Venue: Union County Courthouse Steps, Downtown El Dorado

Sponsored by First Financial Bank, Symphony on the Square has become a true El Dorado tradition, bringing thousands of people to the steps of the Union County Courthouse in beautiful, historic downtown El Dorado for a sunset concert performance that is both entertaining and patriotic. Each year, the Symphony welcomes talented musicians and vocalists to perform variety of classical, pop and patriotic music on Memorial Day weekend.

One of the most popular performances of the year, Symphony on the Square is free and open to the public. Limited seating is provided, but the audience is welcome to bring their own chairs. Join the Symphony in closing out its 63rd season with another unforgettable performance featuring some of the most rousing music in the American canon.

Sat 5/23/20 7:30PM

Symphony on the Square