Jazz Fest 2


The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present Rock Around the Clock, an outdoor evening of jazz music and an exceptional boxed picnic dinner, at the UAM Clock Tower on Friday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

The event will feature the UAM Jazz Band I, along with a number of guest artists, including trumpeter Steve Howard, who has performed with Paul McCartney and Wings; trombonist Craig Grubbs of Heber Springs, pianist David Kane of Washington, D.C.; and saxophonist Nathan Carman, also of Heber Springs.

Concertgoers are urged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In case of rain, the performance will be held at the Fine Arts Center.

Rock Around the Clock is a fundraiser, with all proceeds going toward renovation of the Fine Arts Center. Because the Fine Arts Center serves as the venue for nearly all Seark Concert Association events, helping with the renovation project was important to the association, said Seark President Susan Akin.

“Seark could not do all the things we do without the support of UAM and the Fine Arts Center,” Akin said. “We wanted to help out with the renovation project as a way of showing our appreciation for their letting us use the facility to share the arts with the people of this region. Just a couple of weeks ago, more than 4,400 people had the opportunity to see ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and that would not have been possible without UAM and the Fine Arts Center staff.”

Tickets are $40 each and include a boxed picnic dinner prepared by Thomas Bedward and Aramark Food Service. They may be purchased in the office of the UAM Music Building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 870-460-1060. Persons planning to attend are asked to purchase their tickets as soon as possible so that an accurate head count may be obtained for the picnic dinners.

“We hope everyone will come out and join us for a wonderful spring evening of jazz and support the Fine Arts Center renovation project,” Akin said. “The FAC has played host to hundreds of performances through the years and we hope this event will give back so that it can continue to do so for many years to come.”