On February 25 Mark Sallings, frontman and harpist for the blues band "The Famous Unknowns," was tragically killed in a car crash near Memphis. A group of Mark's friends and fellow musicians from over the years are coming together for a pair of memorial concerts for him Friday and Saturday June 12 and 13. Both concerts will start at 7:00pm at the Avenue Theatre, 307 Washington Avenue in West Plains, with all proceeds going to "Music Cares," an organization that helps musicians in times of crisis. Among those scheduled to appear either as performers or guest emcees: Jan Howard, Stan Hitchcock, Dwayne Friend, the Ozark Ramblers, the Down Home String Band, Supe Granda, Steve Cropper, Scott Shipley and Snake Oil, Carrie Beason, Greg Perkins, Bill Virdon, Art Bell, Harley Race, and Mike Shannon. The Friday night concert will concentrate on country, bluegrass and gospel, and the Saturday night show will be more rock and blues oriented. Tickets are available at West Plains Music. For more information call (417) 256-2216 or toll-free 1 (800) 283-9430. For more information about Music Cares, visit www.grammy.com/musicares.
The 6th season of "Lucky 13 Outdoor Cinema," starts up on Sunday June 14th in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with movies, live music, zany contests and just good, clean, WEIRD, family entertainment. The opening night will be a 3-D extravanganza with the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and live music by The Ariels. Other movies this summer include "Slumdog Millionaire," "Mamma Mia," the classic Barbara Stanwick/Fred MacMurray flick "Double Indemnity," and musicians scheduled to appear throughout the summer include Lany Ballance and her Babes, Opal Fly, the Tiffany Christopher Band, and more. The shows take place each Sunday evening in the parking lot at One North Main Street in Eureka Springs; admission is a donation of $3 for adults, $1 for kids. Gates open at 7:00pm, movies are shown at dusk. Bring your own seating. For information visit www.lucky13cinema.org.