Opening the evening, Boshears performs her signature gritty, guitar-driven blues rock in the AETN Studios. Shannon Boshears has been a successful Arkansas performer since the late '80s. With their unique blend of blues and rock, Boshears' band has played music festivals such as the Arkansas River Blues Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Backed by her longtime band, which includes Lori Stidham on bass, Walter K on guitar and Charlie Macon on drums, Boshears continues to shine in tonightÂ’s thrilling performance.
The first half of an annual event that highlighting the creativity and talent of the stateÂ’s kindergarten through 12th grade students Â“Student Selects 2012: Part 1Â” features the work of winning Arkansas student filmmakers. This project has allowed young videographers the opportunity to submit their handiwork for broadcast on AETN, streaming on aetn.org and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival, and awards four scholarships, funded by the THEA Foundation, to high school seniors. Films included in tonightÂ’s broadcast include:
• Â“Colors in White,Â” Fayetteville High School Â– A young woman struggles to overcome a life-changing tragedy. Students Emily Webb, Jack Carroll and Harrison Smith won scholarships for screenwriting, cinematography and editing, respectively, for this film.
• Â“Time to Forget,Â” Har-Ber High School, Springdale Â– While running from his past, a young man finds hope in the future.
• Â“Black and White,Â” Conway High School West Â– A dramatic music video revolves around a love story set in a hometown neighborhood.
• Â“Evolution,Â” Malvern Junior High School Â– Follow the path of evolution, with a humorous twist, in this stop-action short that was made entirely with construction paper.
• Â“Whitey's Chicken,Â” Rogers Heritage High School Â– A local philanthropist and sports enthusiast is highlighted in this short documentary.
• Â“Killing Crime,Â” Cabot High School Â– A slapstick comedic short about thwarting an attempted break-in.
• Â“Derailed,Â” Conway High School West Â– A troubled young man finds it difficult to cope with being ignored in this atmospheric film.
Finally, rounding out an incredible evening is PBSÂ’s Â“From Dust to Dreams,Â” hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (Â“How I Met Your MotherÂ”). Â“From Dust to DreamsÂ” marks the opening night concert at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and celebrates in a star-studded fashion. Featured performers include: Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Pat Monahan (from Train), John Fogerty, Carole King and a company of Broadway stars that includes Brian Stokes Mitchell.