Heather Styka in Concert, with Special Guest Ronnie Long – January 26 at 7:00

Heather Styka in Concert
January 26, 7:00PM

micChicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread. Beneath “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, played and sung with fierce and fearless honesty. An award-winning writer with a #3 album on the FOLK-DJ charts and a Kerrville “New Folk” finalist already at the age of 28, she has performed for over a decade, released four full-length albums, and toured from coast to coast. Now, Heather Styka is coming to Harrison’s Lyric Theater with Ronnie Long for a 7:00 concert on Thursday, January 26.

Heather Styka should be a good fit for all of those who have loved live entertainment at the Lyric: with training both as a poet and an actor, she is equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Colored by a quirky sense of humor and peppered with confessional storytelling, woodenbeadsStyka’s live shows are intimate and candid as late night conversation. Heather started writing and performing as a teenager in the Chicago suburbs. Honing her craft among Chicago’s long-standing folk community, she hit the road after graduating with a degree in creative writing.

With a very direct storytelling style, Styka is noted both for her nimble fingerpicking and for her essential poetry and vocal purity. As Tim Carroll of FolkWords says, her “unique delivery combines the influences of a fragile Irish air, the warm effervescence of upbeat Americana, soulful country, and mournful blues.” Her eclectic background shines through both in style and in subject matter; songs like “Love in the Multiverse” and “Caspian Sea” reveal Styka’s intellectual curiosity—and her passion for philosophy, history, and theoretical physics—while the earnest and catchy pop sensibilities of “Careful With My Heart” caught the ears of a number of peers who now cover that song, including Joe Jencks (Brother Sun) and Scott Cook.

Styka’s latest album, The Bittersweet Tapes (2016), “tugs the ear on first listen and greets you like an old friend on subsequent visits” (Simon Rigby, Indie Music Portal). These gut-punch pretty songs nod to traditional folk, classic country, and even garage rock, carried by Styka’s emotive vocals. With such diversity, she is recommended for anyone who likes Iris DeMent, Feist, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Armatrading, Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen, or Bonnie Raitt. In other words, Heather Styka will fit well into the Lyric’s catalogue of great artists, from Eric Bibb to the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and is sure to delight everyone who attends this Thursday’s concert.

The Ozark Arts Council, in association with Crooked Creek Concerts, presents Heather Styka, with special guest Ronnie Long. Tickets are $10 and available by clicking any of our Get Tickets links, or by calling (870) 391-3504. The Ozark Arts Council will also be sponsoring Business After Hours for the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce prior to the show. Those who attend the 5:00 Business After Hours event will be able to discount their tickets by $2 each. Ugo’s Pizzeria will be running a ready-to-eat single portion special for Business After Hours/Heather Styka attendees, as well, so that you can catch a bite to eat without having to leave the square. (To get the special ticket price when you purchase online, just enter the code BAH when you check out.)

Just a Little SWING for Christmas! – The Lisa Perry Quartet – December 10, 2017

 

Just a Little Swing for Christmas!
The Lisa Perry Quartet
December 10, 2017 at 7:00PM

Lisa Perry is a true renaissance woman. Any one of her talents would be enough to build a career on, but instead of so mundane an undertaking, she has followed the more enlightened path of building a life that integrates them all to bring joy and beauty to others.artworkconcert2

Lisa grew up in a family that loves music and started singing and playing at a very early age. The daughter of a Texas Methodist minister, Lisa was surrounded by music both at church and in the home. Her grandfather—a cook on the Santa Fe Trail—played fiddle tunes for old-time barn dances. Her brother, Randy Crouch, fronts the Oklahoma band “Flying Horse” and has, for example, played fiddle and pedal steel on Lisa’s “Canyon Rose” album.
Music, art and nature are closely linked in Perry’s world. 
    “My maternal grandmother in Post, Texas would take us out to the canyons and we’d draw overshoulderthe things we saw,” Perry said.
“My dad’s mother was into working with thread and textiles.” Embroidery has been one of her favorite mediums for a long time. “My embroidery art is kind of the result of things both my grandmothers were teaching me when I was young,” she said.
     ~  Delania Trigg, Gainesville (Florida) Daily Register
 As she and her husband relocated for work—from Texas to Florida to Arkansas, back to Texas and then back to Arkansas again—Lisa performed throughout the surrounding areas (and beyond), opening for headliners including Asleep at the Wheel and Jerry Jeff Walker. She’s also shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Hartford and Vassar Clements.
Consider those names for a moment, and you’ll have an understanding of what the Lisa Perry Quartet brings; just for a start: 
  • John Hartford won Grammys in three decades, wrote “Gentle on My Mind,” and was central to the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou
  • Vasar Clements is called “The King of Hillbilly Swing”
  • Bonnie Raitt has won Grammys for the “Americana” style, but is generally considered a blues slide guitarist…and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
lpq204Lisa brings that same sort of mixture to her performances, giving everyone something to enjoy. Her smooth jazzy vocal style has delighted audiences everywhere. A big fan of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn, Lisa performs favorites from the 30’s and 40’s along with many standards and a host of original material (she has written literally hundreds of songs). As the Cibola County Beacon (Grants, New Mexico) said, “Although it might be a little difficult to categorize, the music by Lisa Perry is captivating and different.”
Her renditions of nostalgic songs are enchanting to hear. It’s especially delightful when she sings such favorites as “On a Clear Day,” “As Time Goes By” and “Till There Was You.”
     ~  Chet Callero, The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, Florida)
Painter, gardener, embroiderer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist Lisa Perry will bring her distinctive and captivating style to the historic Lyric Theater on the Harrison, quartetArkansas square to perform with The Lisa Perry Quartet on Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 at 7:00. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Beltone of Harrison, tickets for this concert, “Just a Little Swing for Christmas!” are only $5.00 and are on sale now through the OAC’s ticketing web site or by calling (870) 391-3504.

OAC Ticketing Link