Sessions :: John Willis :: Songs About Fall and Falling

Addresse1304 Main St
CityLittle Rock
AtSouth on Main
CountyPulaski (AR1126)
1304 Main St
Little Rock
South on Main
Pulaski (AR1126)
Tel 2017-10-25
Categoria Events
Sessions :: John Willis :: Songs About Fall and Falling

Our final October Session curated by artist V.L. Cox is Little Rock’s own John Willis. “Songs for Fall and Falling” is a genre-bending romp through the greatest season of them all and an archetypal journey through the phases of falling in — and out of — love. Expect to hear songs traversing eras and genres of music from the last 80 years or so, love stories and tales of sadness and woe, and as usual, a special guest or two throughout the evening. Show begins at 8 pm with a $10 cover. Call (501) 244-9660 to reserve a table for the show. ABOUT THE CURATOR Arkansas artist V.L. Cox’s recent work has been highly active in projects that involve Human Rights and Equality. In 2015, she launched her National "End Hate" Installation Series, an anti-discrimination series that was placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, and then at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This series employs authentic and found objects that create a visceral presentation commenting on raw emotions and relevant human rights issues that continue to be important topics in the 21st century. The work sets in motion strong emotions and her creations are powerful, imaginative and unprecedented in style. Cox has a keen and sensitive eye for three-dimensional detail and it's impact on all aspects of design and composition in a work of art. In the eyes of the observers, Cox's paintings combine composition and depth, which are powerful and compel the viewer to interact with the artwork. ABOUT THE BAND John Willis is a singer/songwriter based in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. He writes and performs on piano with insightful lyrics, sensitive arrangements, and lush harmonies that derive half from the gospel tradition of his music minister father and the Motown groups that were his mother's favorites.
Owed also to his gospel rearing is the strong sense of allegory and symbolism that permeate his works. Willis draws on this rich, symbolic tradition in the manner of a poet: as a way of making sense of the current predicament where he finds himself. Willis has been a featured songwriter in the UALR Songwriter's Showcase (2011) and on local PBS affiliate AETN's "On the Front Row" television series (2013). He was a finalist in the 2014 Arkansas Times Musician's Showcase and has released two EPs, "King of the Cocktail Party" in 2013 and "Bad Boyfriend" with his band Late Romantics in 2015 as well as the singles "Enough" and "Party Prince" (with Late Romantics) in 2016. Willis is an Artist, Inc. Fellow with the Mid-America Arts Alliance and recently wrapped up The Studio Theatre's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch as musical director.

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