Take a Musical Journey with Velvet Kente Arkestra at The Rep


Local artist Velvet Kente Arkestra will rock the Arkansas Repertory Theatre stage Sept. 22 during the run of the theatre’s electrifying production of Memphis.

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is kicking off its 2014-2015 Season with the exciting musical Memphis, a regional premiere that is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.

And to keep the Memphis musical energy alive, Little Rock artist Velvet Kente Arkestra will take over The Rep stage on Monday, Sept. 22.

Joshua Asante leads Velvet Kente, three-piece rock band that frequents hot Little Rock music joints like the White Water Tavern, the Rev Room, Stickyz and more. The extended version of the band, Velvet Kenta Arkestra, will feature 12-13 performers on stage. What the audience can expect is a unique blend of music– from horns, guitars, piano and percussion– to resonate through the theatre.

“We embrace different types of music,” Asante said.

Working in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Velvet Kente Arkestra will take fans on a musical journey from 1950s Memphis to today. If you’re looking for a lively night of music, this is it!

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a VIP Members Lounge in Foster’s and a cash bar open in the theatre lobby. The show will rock the stage from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for A seats, which includes the lower level and first mezzanine, and $10 for B Seats, which includes the second mezzanine. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE or call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Get more information here.

Get a preview of this energetic group below!

Single Ticket Sales Start Today

Photography by Guy Galloway

Photography by Guy Galloway

It’s time!

Single ticket sales for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s 2014-2015 MainStage season have started TODAY, Aug. 4. And guess what? All tickets are $5 off!

Here are the ways you can purchase tickets for this season:

  1. Call Box Office during regular office hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at (501) 378-0405
  2. Visit the Box Office, located 601 Main Street in downtown Little Rock, during regular office hours listed above.
  3. Online here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

And get a look at the award-winning shows you’ll be able to purchase tickets for this season below:

  • Memphis (Sept. 5-28): A regional theatre premiere at Arkansas Rep, Memphis is a new musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.
  • Wait Until Dark (Oct. 24-Nov. 9): Just in time for Halloween, a masterfully constructed thriller will take Rep audiences from one moment of suspense to another toward an electrifying, breath-stopping finale in Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott.
  • Elf (Dec. 5-28): Adapted by Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) from the popular 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, with a score by Tony®-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), Elf turns one of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday hits into a hilarious and heartwarming musical that towers above the rest.
  • The Whipping Man (Jan. 23-Feb. 8): An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.
  • Mary Poppins (March 6-April 5): With music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, The Aristocats), with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure) and a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Disney’s stage musical Mary Poppins is based on the similarly titled series of children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film.
  • August: Osage County (June 5-21): One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, August: Osage County is a darkly comedic portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Get more information about each show and their respective event lineups on our site here!

And don’t forget, subscriptions (Series and Flexpass) are available, too! Get more information about benefits to getting a subscription here.