WELCOME TO THE BIG SHOW!
To celebrate 25 years of rocking South Arkansas, Musicfest presents one of the biggest shows yet, featuring artists Jake Owen, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Steven Cooper, Parmalee, Maggie Koerner, Kayla Reeves, Wes Jeans, Frank Foster, Pail, and many many more! C'mon South Arkansas, it's time to get your dance on!
Jake Owen: VIDEOS
Jake Owen is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. His debut album launched the hit single "Yee Haw" and started Jake's career as the opening act for Kenny Chesney. "Startin' with Me" hit number six and spent 35-plus weeks on the Billboard country charts. Back to back hits with "Don't Think I Cant Love You" & " 8 Second Ride" launched him into stardom. Multi Week #1 Singles - "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" & "Alone With You" have put him on the National TV circuit with appearances on Good Morning America, ABC's Country's Night to Rock, Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show & Chelsea Lately among others. He is an award show favorite with appearances at the ACM Awards, CMT Awards, CMA Awards, GAC and many more. His voice and craft as a songwriter have scored him the most coveted country awards like the 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist, 2009 Grammy Nominated Vocalist & many more. Being a stage favorite has put him around the world and most recently on the Keith Urban U.S. Tour, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's 'Brothers of the Sun' Stadium Tour & other major tours w/Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson & Carrie Underwood. With his current Hit Single - The One That Got Away, Jake Owen is a bonafide Country Music Superstar and recently earned number 19 ranking on the 2012 Entertainment Weekly's Music Issue - "The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now".
MC HAMMER & VANILLA ICE: VIDEOS
MC Hammer sold more than 50 million records while gathering three Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, a People's Choice Award, a NAACP Image Award and the Billboard Diamond Award (the first for a hip-hop artist). "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" became the best-selling rap album of all time while MC Hammer became a household name and a pop-culture phenomenon. Hammer broke down numerous doors for rap music in the mainstream, demonstrating that hip-hop had the potential for blockbuster success in the marketplace. At the age of 39, he was one of the producers for the VH1 movie Too Legit: The M.C. Hammer Story, starring Romany Malco and Tangi Miller as his wife, which aired on December 19, 2001. The film is a biopic which chronicles the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of the rap singer. "2 Legit To Quit: The Life Story of M.C. Hammer" became the second highest-rated original movie in the history of VH1 and broadcasted simultaneously on BET.
Vanilla Ice is a Grammy-nominated, household name/pop-culture icon and one of America's most recognized rappers and hip-hop stars. From Dallas, Vanilla Ice released his debut album in 1989 and signed a record deal with the EMI Group with "To the Extreme" featuring the now pop-culture phenomenal hit "Ice Ice Baby". This monster smash set world records, earned him two American Music Awards and was the first hip- hop single to ever top the Billboard Charts. Vanilla Ice went on to sell 11 million copies of "To the Extreme" and became a cultural phenomenon. Vanilla Ice currently has a hit, reality TV show titled the "Vanilla Ice Project" on the DIY Network and is starring in the new Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg movie, "That's My Boy".
STEVEN COOPER: VIDEOS
Steven Cooper is a recording artist that has been traveling the globe and has performed more than 500+ live shows. Cooper's success has racked up over 1,000,000 streams of his songs while being featured with major artists such as David Cook, Kid Rock, Tech N9ne, Jeremy Camp and TobyMac. He claimed critical acclaim through his collaboration with hit-maker Akon on his hit-single, "Bigger". His songs can be heard on ESPN, FOX, ABC Family and many TV / Movie Soundtracks.
Parmalee is a country-rock band from North Carolina that recently signed with Stoney Creek Records. They just hit the top of the XM radio charts with their new single "Musta Had a Good Time" and is climbing the country charts fast. Recently featured in USA Today and the CMA Music Festival, Parmalee have become the talk of Nashville and are currently blowing up the country music scene.
MAGGIE KOERNER: VIDEOS
Maggie Koerner is a 25-year-old, blues singer/songwriter. This New Orleans favorite hit the big time when drummer/producer Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Jewel, Citizen Cope, and Emmylou Harris) discovered her raw, one-of-a-kind talent on Youtube and with sound engineer; Chris Bell (The Eagles, Maroon 5, Eryka Badu) produced her debut album, "Quarter Life". This new, sexy, blues album that matched her voice and opened doors for this emerging artist to perform on stages such as Voodoo Fest, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Pensacola's De Luna Festival. " Maggie was recently featured as the guest-vocalist on "Hey Na Na", the first single on the latest album by Galactic, titled Carnivale Electricos.
FRANK FOSTER: VIDEOS
Born and raised in North Louisiana in a little place called Cypress Bottom, Frank Foster started down his road working in the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig. Now, playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South, Foster has drawn the attention from such notables as Hank Williams Jr. all the while increasing a devoted fan-base where ever he performs. His latest album, Red Wings and Six Strings is set to be released in September of 2012.
WES JEANS: VIDEOS
Striking like a flash of lightning out of the piney wood region of East Texas, Wes Jeans ranks as one of the "Top Young Gun Guitar Players" - Guitar Player Magazine. Wes delivers a soul-drenched mix of high voltage, rockin' Texas-Blues. Wes Jeans is a road-tested & approved true-Texas star and has shared the stage with BB King, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa and has performed on stages all around the world.
KAYLA REEVES: VIDEOS
Lead singer of the world–renowned rock supergroup Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kayla Reeves is a female blues & rock prodigy from Dallas. Kayla started performing live blues at the age of 7 and by the age of 14 had toured the south east coast of the US. Now at only 19, when not on world tour with TSO, she continues to be a huge hit at festivals and clubs everywhere and has shared the stage with such blues & rock legends as Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Miles, Paul O'Neil, Joe Bonamassa, Alan Haynes, and Robin Zander to name a few. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold over 9 million tickets worldwide and more than 8 million albums.
BAD AXIS: VIDEOS
Life on the road is all too familiar for BAD AXIS frontman, Drew Molleur. Cutting his teeth with Los Angeles' MIDNIGHT TO TWELVE and Jacksonville's COLD, Molleur found out the hard way exactly what it takes if you want to rock for a living. "There has been and will continue to be plenty of blood, sweat and tears for the four of us but we all consider ourselves blessed beyond measure to be able to tour the world and share our music." Joining forces with MIDNIGHT TO TWELVE drummer, Mike Snyder, JJ Keenan (guitar) and Paul Buccholz (bass), Molleur and Nashville-based BAD AXIS would call upon Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Virgos Merlot, Creed) to produce the record that had been in the making in the minds of these four rockers for over a decade.
The longest playing MusicFest stage act is BACK TOGETHER for one show only!
Moonshine Mafia: VIDEOS
A Henderson State University/ Ellis College of Arts & Sciences Alumni, Anna Williams, lead vocalist, moved back from Dallas, TX January 2011 after being in the great beyond 20 years During her walk-about, she has shared the stage with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Texas Country heart throb Deryl Dodd, Blues Legend Gerry Moss, and opened for several country and rock artists from Little Big Town to Uncle Kracker.
The Frontier Circus: VIDEOS
The Frontier Circus has lots of humor. They bring dis-order to an overly harmonized life. They look different, they sound different, they are different. Part of their craziness is the sheer combination of different genres which, according to conventional wisdom, conflict with one another: country and western, psychedelic rock, and fifties rock and roll.
Their debut album, a collection of the band’s “a little bit psycho ... a little bit Western” released to critical acclaim. Stage favorites from coast to coast,The Frontier Circus is a guaranteed One-Of- A-Kind Good Time!
Drew Henderson Band: VIDEOS
A favorite of the Arkansas and Texas club scene. The Drew Henderson Band stays true to their rich country heritage playing old and new country favorites and the best fop Southern Rock. Hailing from Delight, AR, The Drew Henderson Band has played the best clubs and the funnest crowds. Don't miss your chance to see these fan favorites!
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