Fort Smith (January 19, 2017) – The Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival organizers have announced the lineup for the 2017 Peacemaker Concert Series. This limited series of unique and intimate musical performances will take place at the 5-Star Productions Theater in Downtown Fort Smith. The goal of the series is to continue the Peacemaker mission of bringing a diverse music experience to the people of the Fort Smith region.
The first show in the series will feature guitar virtuoso Monte Montgomery on Saturday, March 11th. You can call it prescient or predetermined, but when Terry Lickona, undisputed tastemaker and producer of Austin City Limits, plucked a then relatively unknown guitar talent to tape a segment of the legendary show, one had the sense that this was just the beginning.
Since that jaw dropping performance, Monte Montgomery has embarked on an almost fantasy like rock and roll roller coaster ride filled with dizzying accomplishments and mind blowing accolades. Named one of the "Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players" by Guitar Player Magazine, he's been called everything from "guitar-god" to the "answer to the Fermi Paradox".
Still, despite the six-string notoriety, Monte is not content to rest on his musical laurels. "I've resisted temptation to be just that guitar gunslinger from Austin, Texas," says Monte. "I strive to have more depth, to be more layered as an artist, songwriter and singer."
With the release of his latest CD "Monte Montgomery", he is cementing his place as not just some blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and true triple threat; songwriter, singer and master musician.
Saturday, April 22nd will showcase Austin based singer songwriter Bob Schneider. Schneider has been a recording artist for 25 years, putting out his first record ("Party Till You're Dead") in 1991 as frontman for Joe Rockhead, a funk-rock combo in the vein of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That band was followed by his best-known group, Ugly Americans, which toured with the Dave Matthews Band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Ugly Americans was a kind of alt-rock supergroup, with former members of Cracker, Poi Dog Pondering and Mojo Nixon's band.
Schneider also fronted a full-on funk ensemble that played around Austin in the late 1990s called The Scabs, at the same time he was establishing himself as a solo artist. His first solo project, "Songs Sung and Played on Guitar at the Same Time," came out in 1998, and he's gone on to record an almost inconceivably diverse and eclectic array of songs since then, with his work making it onto the soundtracks of seven major motion pictures.
On Friday, May 12th the series ends with the world renowned Ray Wylie Hubbard. When it comes to down 'n' dirty roots 'n' roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012's acclaimed The Grifter's Hymnal and his first ever appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman ("I didn't want to peak too soon," quipped Hubbard), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian's Misfortune — his 16th album (and third on his own Bordello Records, via Thirty Tigers) was released in April 2015.
From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the '60s to his wild ride through the '70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the '80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter's songwriter in the '90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That's when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues, a form he'd admired but steered clear of for decades, thinking its mysteries were beyond his grasp as a basic chord strummer.
Tickets for each show are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. A 3-show pass can also be purchased for only $75.
The Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing a portion of its proceeds directly back to the community through local charities.