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Arkansas Sounds presents: Bobby Rush in an intimate solo concert

Don’t miss this rare chance to catch two-time Grammy Award winner, Blues Hall of Fame member, 13-time Blues Music Award winner, and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year BOBBY RUSH performing an acoustic solo show!

After earning a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year for his studio recording Porcupine Meat in 2017, Bobby Rush spent a year writing his follow-up. In 2019, at age 85, he released Sitting on Top of the Blues with 11 originals, earning him another Blues Music Award and Grammy Award nomination. Rush is one of the last Black bluesmen from the class to emerge out of and triumph in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. He has recorded for more than 20 labels, from Checker/Chess and ABC to Philly Int’l and Rounder/Concord. To cap off 2019 he had a cameo in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix original film Dolemite Is My Name, the Rudy Ray Moore biopic featuring Eddie Murphy as Moore. Rush kicked off 2020 with the release of Dolemite Kid, a single inspired by his nine years on tour with Moore, his day working with Murphy, and the hit film itself.

But Rush, who turned 87 in November, is not done yet. With the release of his 2020 album Rawer Than Raw, an all-acoustic effort that pays tribute to the rich blues history of Mississippi, Rush has cemented his reputation as one of the preeminent bluesmen in the world, one of the last living links to the music’s glorious past, and an inspiration for its future stars. The album just won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, his second Grammy Award and sixth nomination.

“We’re so excited to bring this absolute giant of music back to the Ron Robinson Theater stage! Bobby Rush is that rare artist that’s not only one of the last living connections to the history of the Blues but who is also making excellent contemporary music that’s relevant and essential to today. If you haven’t yet seen Bobby Rush perform in one of his intimate story-telling solo shows, you simply need this experience in your life,” said CALS Entertainment Coordinator John Miller.

Saturday, July 16! General admission tickets are $40. Purchase tickets online using the button below, or in-person at our box office on the night of the event. Seating is not assigned and will be first-come, first served. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available at the CALS surface lot and parking deck located at 100 South Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Masks are recommended but not required.