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Texarkana ROCKS! 1954-1956

Both segments of this program will be backed by the Texarkana Trio from the Netherlands. They are a highly regarded group who remain true to the first years of rock, as evidenced by their name which shows that Europe better knows our city’s contribution to rock than we do. Europeans are far more cognizant than Americans as to the contributions of those like our own Carl “Cheesie” Nelson and Pat Cupp, who pioneered the genre. The first segment of the program is a tribute to the late and loved Dr. Carl “Cheesie” Nelson, beloved long time President of Texarkana College. Dr. Nelson is the first known Elvis tribute artist, as he recognized the unique qualities of Elvis the first time he saw him. Carl was a rock pioneer himself and mastered the “new” music. He had adopted Elvis style by late 1954 and was more popular in Texarkana than Elvis himself. Carl brought the house down with Elvis own band in April, 1955 when Elvis was late for the show. Tonight, the Texarkana Trio from the Netherlands will back the great George Thomas in tribute to both the young Elvis as well as Carl’s performances and life.

After the intermission, the focus is on our own Mr. Pat Cupp. Pat, family, and many friends will join us as we pay tribute to his pioneering work in early rock. Don’t be surprised if Pat takes to the stage! Pat still has untold thousands of admirers in Europe where his “Long Gone Daddy” was a number one hit in many countries. Pat is a living reminder of our rich regional heritage and we are thrilled to honor him, and the music that made Texarkana famous.

Following the show, we adjourn to the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium to dedicate two plaques, one to Pat, and the other to the great Jay Franks, jazz master and leader of the “Rockets of Rhythm.” Jay’s daughter Lauretta and friends will join us as we remember him for his music as well as the lines crossed as he played in the Auditorium at Jazz 1956. Group tours of the AMA will follow.

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April 2, 2017 2:00 PM Perot Theatre Buy Tickets

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