Ragtime to Rockabilly Celebration

Joyce Grant, great-great niece of Scott Joplin

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The Regional Music Heritage Weekend 2019 presents Ragtime to Rockabilly Celebration, March 29-30, in Historic Downtown Texarkana.

Friday, March 29 opens with Gala Preview Concerts beginning at 7 p.m. at Silvermoon on Broad Theatre, 217 W. Broad Street.  Hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer are served. The "Scottie" trophy is presented to the winner of the Ragtime Piano Artist. Guest stars are Joyce Grant, great-great niece of Scott Joplin, who will sing jazz and ragtime songs, backed by musicians of the Three of a Kind trio. Stephanie Rice of The Voice competition sings from her new repertoire. Rafael Espinoza and the Rockabilly Railroad are signing their new CD, recently recorded at Sun Studios in Nashville, and more.

Three of a Kind trio

Saturday, March 30 launches Bringing Rock Home, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium, 400 E. 3rd Street/Scott Joplin Way, with a 1950's Costume Rally & Concert. Enjoy antique car judging, DJ Fabien Thrash, pianists and great food vendors outdoors in AMA's Walk of Fame Park until the 7 p.m. concerts begin indoors.

Rafael Espinoza and the Rockabilly Railroad will open, with Joyce "Scott Joplin" Grant joining to sing her great-great uncle's "Maple Leaf Rag" in honor of George and son, pianist Rule Beasley who reintroduced the song to Texarkanians at the AMA in the '50s. She will also sing Big Mama Thornton's and Elvis' hit song, "Hound Dog.”

Pat Cupp and Jimmie Allen jointly receive the RMHC Lifetime Achievement Award, and they will perform the '50's hit record by Pat Cupp, "Long Gone Daddy."

Stephanie Rice performs "It's Alright" with the band, and receives the RMHC Young Musician Award.

Stephanie Rice

Expect lots of history, homages and great music talents. Wear your best beloved 50s attire. There is a dance floor area in front of the AMA stage. Limited tickets are available online at rmhc@ticketleap.com.

The outdoor Rally is free and open to the public. Reserve your tickets early. There are tickets at the door where possible. Any overflow at Silvermoon will automatically see a second show in the theatre.

For further information, call (903) 277 4124 or (903) 490 5471.

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