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!

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