This week in Monett: Joe Levanti's Horseshoe Theater presents John Rex Reeves in a tribute concert to his uncle, Jim Reeves, at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. Admission is $5.
On Sunday, 15 area bands perform at the first Ozarks Music Festival, one mile north of Pierce city on Highway 97. Admission is $5.
This week in Springfield: The Springfield Shakespeare Festival production of "Much Ado About Nothing" runs through June 7 at 7 p.m. at Jordan Valley Park.
The band Korn performs at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Shrine Mosque. Tickets are $45.
The band Saliva performs Saturday at Remingtons, 1655 W. Republic Road.
This week in Branson: This is the final weekend for Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival, running through Sunday. Bands playing on Friday are the Grascals, the Martin Family, Sons of Silver Dollar, Homestead Pickers, the Hunt Family, Horsecreek Band and the Hoppers. Saturday additional bands include Nothing Fancy, Pure Heart and the Faris Family. The Farnum Family joins the Hunts, Martins, Grascals and Homestead Pickers to play Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner will be served. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This week in northwest Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson St. in Fayetteville, Rain, a tribute concert to The Beatles runs through May 31. Tickets are $20 to $58. "MacHomer" is running at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, in which Rick Miller performs Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, using more than 50 voices from TV's "The Simpsons." The ninth annual Art of Wine Festival runs June 4-6.
On Friday, Rachel Unthank will perform with Ben Folds at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville. Stephen Bennett will perform at GoodFolk Productions, 229 N. Block St., tomorrow in Fayetteville.
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, performing on Friday will be Dreamfest, Jarris, the.radio.sky, Saturate and Spoken. Saturday will be Funk Ensemble. Corey Montgomery plays Sunday. Electro Lounge is featured June 2.
In Bella Vista, a juried art fair, Art on the Creek, will be held on the grounds of Wishing Spring Gallery on Hwy. 71 and McNelly Rd., behind Walgreens and across from Lowe's.
In Rogers, motorcycle enthusiasts will gather for Arkansas' 17th annual H.O.G. rally through Saturday at the John Q Hammons Center in Rogers. Live entertainment, including Mustang Sally on Friday and the band Kansas, will perform. Stunt shows, demo rides, poker runs, scenic rides are planned.
In Eureka Springs, the Blues Weekend runs through Sunday, featuring more than 70 performers in 15 locations. Main artists will be Oreo Blue, Kory and Isayah, J.P. Soars and The Red Hots, Guitar Shorty, Hubert Sumlin and the Buddy Flett Band, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Joe Louis Walker, E.G. Kight, Deanna Bogart, Candye Kane, Mary Flower, John Nemeth, Moreland and Arbuckle, R.J. Mischo's Harp Meltdown With Lee McBee and The Confessors, and King Clarentz. Tickets are available per show or in packages. Information is at 479-253-7788.
At Kay Rogers Park in Fort Smith, the 76th annual Old Fort Days Rodeo runs through Saturday. Grand entry is nightly at 7 p.m. with performances at 7:30 p.m.
On June 4, the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, Ark., east of Fort Smith, opens through June 7. Featured bands will include G. Love and Special Sauce, Buckethead, Sly & Robbie, Railroad Earth, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Black Crowes, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Les Claypool, Government Mule, Matisyahu, Galactic and Yonder Mountain String Band. Information is available by calling 785-749-3434.
This week in Joplin: Final performances of the Joplin Little Theatre's production of "The Late Christopher Bean" run through Sunday at 3009 1st St. Tickets are $13. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday is the final showing of "Seven Women," exhibiting works by Monett area artists Dianne Baum, Michele DeSutter, Becky Golubski, Kelly Moreland, Debbie Reed, Donna Roberts and Carol Shipman at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St.
This week at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, will be the Joe Giles Band on Friday, Oreo Blue and the Benders on Saturday and Centrefire on June 3.
This week in Miami, Okla: At the Buffalo Run Casino, performing will be Jeremy McComb on May 29 and Bucky Covington on June 5.
At Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main, the Miami Tribe Show's "Joanne Shenendoah" will be given on June 4. Tickets are $6.
This week in Tulsa, Okla: David Mamet's play "Speed The Plow" will be presented May 28-31 at the Liddy Doenges Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. downtown. Tickets are $15.
Final performances of "Closer," Patrick Marber's brutally frank play examining modern romance and betrayal, runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Charles Norman Theater at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.
A touring production of the Broadway musical "The Drousy Chaperone" opens June 2 to 7 in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 to $47.
At the Nightingale Theater at 1416 E. 4th St., John Cruncleton's new play "One Man's As Good As Another," a farcical play about Pretty Boy Floyd, is showing Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and again the next two weekends. Tickets are $8.
This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be the Friday concert featuring Ghostland Observatory and Heady P. Tickets are $25. The June 4 show features Steddfast, Relentless, Swan&Sword, the Lee Jones Band, Colin and Scott Band, Ziff, David Castro Band, Of Minds, and Re-Agent. Tickets are $10.
This week in Sedalia: The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, the biggest showcase in the world for ragtime performers, runs June 3 to 7 in several venues through the city. Paid and free concerts offer music through the day and evening. Information is at 866-218-6258.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, the country duo Sugarland is playing at the Sprint Center at 8 p.m. Demetri Martin will appear at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Gogol Bordello performs at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. Change of Heart plays at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.
On Saturday, Diane's School of Dance will give its annual recital at the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.
On Sunday, the Beaumont Club hosts a battle of the bands with Alive Inside, Blood of Innocence, Caldera, Static Planet, Kerrington Cooper, Nearly Sane, Jessicas Box, Ten Thousand One, Stonehaven, We are Voices and Calm before the Storm.
On June 3, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play at the Beaumont Club with Grand Ole Party.
On June 4, Third Eye Blind plays at the Uptown Theater at 7 p.m. REO Speedwagon and Styx perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Starlight Theatre in Swope Park off Meyer Blvd.
The Kansas City Symphony hosts pianist Peter Serkin to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, along with the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Lyric Theatre, 10th and Central, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Yardley Hall at the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. Tickets start at $10.
Running through June 7 is the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of the French farce "A Flea In Her Ear" at the Spencer Theatre, in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the Blues on the Mississippi concert series at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Park amphitheater will feature Paul Bonn and the Rockin' B's at 8 p.m. Richard Nader's Solid Gold Doo Wop is at the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, A Prairie Home Companion radio show will be broadcast before a live audience at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand. Michael Colyar performs at the Roberts Orpheum, 416 N. 9th St., at 8 p.m. Parrothead Express plays at the Jefferson Barracks Park. Opera Theatre of St. Louis at the Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University offer's Richard Strauss's "Salome" at 8 p.m. Yanni brings his "Voices" tour to the Scottrade Center at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild performs at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, the Wesminster Concert Bell Choir appears in concert at the St. Louis Cathedral.
A touring production of the Broadway musical "Rent" begins a week-long run at The Fox Theatre on June 2.
"The Little Shop of Horrors" opens for a month long run today a the Robert Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center.
Playing at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar this week will be the Loop Underground show with Jason & The Beast, Iron Fist Dillusion, Reigning Heir, The 12-6 Movement, Inappropriate Behavior on Friday, Mint Condition with Coco Soul on Saturday,
John Rex Reeves discusses upcoming concert in Monett
By MURRAY BISHOFF
A tribute concert to classic country music icon Jim Reeves will be offered by his nephew, John Rex Reeves, at the next Horseshoe Theater concert offered at the Monett City Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday. A Branson regular for the past five years, John Rex Reeves will give a two-hour concert of 25 Jim Reeves songs. This will be Reeves' first appearance in Monett.
A performer in his own right with six charted hits on the Royal American label, John Rex Reeves gravitated into doing a Jim Reeves tribute show, which he has done since 1992.
"Jim Reeves is still alive to his fans," John Rex Reeves said.
When Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in 1964, the performer had recorded 359 songs in 11 years. He had 70 unreleased songs, leaving 53 complete albums and a string of hits after his death.
"I tell fans music is all about making memories or bringing memories back," John Rex Reeves said. "When people hear 'Welcome To My World,' 'Four Walls,' or 'You'll Have To Go,' they're hearing their personal heart songs, songs they heard when they were dating or when they got married."
John Rex Reeves has great admiration for his uncle's legacy, not only in the songs but in his success. In the 1950s and 1960s, he said, country radio stations were driven by fan requests. Fans would call in what they wanted to hear. Record stores stocked what was requested, without the forced marketing that went on in other styles of music.
Although "classic country" does not get much airplay on commercial radio these days, Reeves said the fan base for Jim Reeves is still out there. A Canadian company had begun re-releasing albums by Reeves and his contemporaries like Marty Robbins. Those repackaged compact discs have become one of the most successful lines in major displays at Walmart.
Jim Reeves's music is still getting airplay on satellite radio and cable TV that specializes in classic country, Reeves said. Overseas, Jim Reeves has remained an even bigger star. Reeves said his uncle toured on USO shows and established big audiences in England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa, where Jim Reeves made his only movie.
"Jim Reeves was more of an international artist than he was a country artist," John Rex Reeves said. "He had versatility that appealed to music fans in foreign countries."
John Rex Reeves tours frequently in countries like Australia, where his uncle was well known, always finding fans and a receptive audience.
With a voice that is more full than his uncle's, John Rex Reeves does not share the same velvety tones in his speaking voice that are heard in Jim Reeves' records.
"People tell me I have the Reeves sound," the singer said. "I can't hear like they do. I've never heard anyone sound like him. What they hear is the genes. We're also from the same part of the country, in Texas. We have the same colloquialisms, the same phrasing. I slide in and out of notes like he did."
John Rex Reeves produced the recorded tracks uses in his show. He worked with a live band in Texas and has followed the current Branson trend of working with background recordings.
Reeves dislikes the idea of performing with a band that does not sound like his recordings. He worked with his producer, Doyle Grisham, who plays steel guitar for Jimmy Buffett, to get a personal sound. Reeves' performances sound very much like the recordings he sells, he said.
"On either side of the show, I do a set with me and the guitar, playing and talking, the way I heard Jim do it at my grandmother's house," Reeves said.
Reeves' show includes the big ballads for which his uncle was known, upbeat numbers, gospel songs and country classics. John Rex Reeves' favorite Jim Reeves songs include "I Love You Because," "Welcome To My World," and earlier songs like "Look Behind You (and I'll Be There)." Reeves said when he tires of singing the same songs, he doesn't have to look far to find other good ones in the Jim Reeves songbook to phase into the show.
Reeves admitted he has not done many shows outside of Branson. In traveling around the area, he recalled dropping in on the McDowell hootenanny one night and singing along with the band before a very receptive audience. Through longtime Monett radio broadcaster Dale Reed, Reeves was introduced to Joe Levanti, the Horseshoe Theater producer, and agreed to do the Monett show.
"Performing before a small town audience is the kind of thing I cut my teeth on," Reeves said. "It's more of a service. It's going to be a fun thing."