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Get down with JAWBONE at this year’s Perot show
By: Aaron Brand - Texarkana Gazette
A late-summer concert at the Perot Theatre headlined by Texarkana’s Jawbone has become a new tradition for the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council.
This goodbye-to-summer, back-to-school blowout is a way to celebrate the new season and raise funds for good causes.
Jawbone will once again perform at the downtown theater, this time on Saturday, Aug. 29. This longtime dance band’s opening acts are QuickSilver, Josh Lawrence and the Pleasant Grove ShowStoppers.
Net proceeds from the show benefit TRAHC, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Jawbone consists of Lisa Childress on vocals, Paul Whitt on keys, Randall Lee on bass, Meko Radomski on drums and Sean Womack on guitar. Bret Craytor does lights and sound for the band, while Childress’ bandmates all add vocals.
Whitt says the show will be similar to last year’s rendition, but as always Jawbone adds new material. They’re a dance band, so getting your groove on is welcome even if elbow room is limited.
“We’ll have the usual Rush and Journey and Elton John,” Whitt said. Modern pop is also sure to be represented with artists like Bruno Mars, OneRepublic, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5. They also do current country, in addition to country that should please local fans of the Man in Black.
“We’ve got a throwback. We’re going to do a Johnny Cash tune this year, which will be a lot of fun,” Whitt said.
Throwing Cash into the mix grew from practice. “It just happened that we were messing around at practice and Sean does the kickoff to it … so I started singing,” breaking into the familiar refrain of “I hear the train a comin’ …” from “Folsom Prison Blues,” Lee explained.
Seeing the “Million Dollar Quartet” show when it was here at the Perot served as an inspiration with its focus on Cash and others. Whitt noticed the huge variety of people in the audience, from teenagers to older adults. “Everybody dug that music, so that’s what made us think about the Johnny Cash,” he said.
This concert allows Jawbone to stretch their repertoire a bit and do more than just dance numbers. Jawbone tends to focus on private functions and benefit shows where their dance music is the mainstay. This gives them a wider platform, they say.
“You know, this is really a cool time for us to get to do a little bit of everything. We kind of get to pick more of what we like,” Childress said.
It also allows Jawbone a chance to let loose with big anthem songs from bands like AC/DC. The Perot is a natural fit for such music. “It’s fun doing them in a place like that,” Whitt said, noting Childress can belt it out.
At a historic, big venue like the Perot, they feel compelled to fill the house with their rocking sound. They also say playing there is a privilege.
“You really do want to fill it up,” Whitt said. Lee added, “We do encourage dancing in the aisles.”
In QuickSilver, a band whose members work mostly at the Perot or have some sort of connection, expect music from across the decades. They’ve become popular at local establishments like Summerhill Winery. They served as openers last year, too. Count Childress and Whitt as fans of theirs.
“ShowStoppers are doing three songs with us this year, and that adds a lot to it,” Whitt said. They’ll be a part of the act on songs with modern dance and costumes, adding a visual element and getting the community involved.
(Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $35 for VIP. VIP tickets include an after-party with the bands at Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery next door to the Perot. Tickets and more info: TRAHC.org or 903-792-4992.)
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