"AETN Presents" has been repeatedly recognized by the International Academy of Visual Arts, received several Telly Awards, including a Platinum Award in the Best of Show category of the Aurora Awards as recently as 2013.
Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass, Hailing from Little Rock, Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding. Faucett's music is described as "part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler" (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). Playing with him is The Tall Grass, which includes Jonny D on bass and Will Boyd on drums. Faucett began performing solo in 2006 and now tours nationally and internationally. He has performed with Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado, Chuck Ragan and Lucero. For the past two years, Faucett has toured in support of his third acclaimed release, "More Like A Temple," which received praise from outlets including American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, No Depression and Uprooted Music Review.
Amasa Hines, a seven-piece band formed in 2010, released their debut album, "All the World There Is," in January 2014. Members include: Joshua Asante, vocals and guitar; Judson Spillyards, guitar; Joshua Spillyards, drums; Ryan Hitt, bass; Norman Williamson, saxophone; Stephen Colby, saxophone; and Matt Rice, keyboards. Hailing from Little Rock, the band's style encompasses soul, afro-beat, psychedelic, blues, dub and indie rock. Self-described influences include John Coltrane, My Morning Jacket and The Electric Company, as well as "love, loss, spirituality, [and] answering the phone on off days." Amasa Hines was named one of the "12 Arkansas Bands You Should Be Listening to Now" by Paste Magazine and one of the "10 Southern Rock Bands to Listen to Now" by Southern Living Magazine.
Amy Garland & Friends, a six-member group formed in 2000, released its most recent album, "Hang a Light," in June 2013. Hailing from Little Rock, the band's style blends folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop and country for a unique sound. Members include: Amy Garland, vocals and guitar; Nick Devlin, guitar; Mike Nelson, bass; Bart Angel, drums; Jeff Coleman, keyboard; and Brad Williams, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. Garland, who started playing guitar at the age of 9 and began songwriting at 10, moved to Arkansas in 1995. During her years in the Natural State, Garland has become a regular host of KUAR's "Arkansas Flyer" and began hosting the weekly "Backroads" radio show on Little Rock's KABF. Joining Garland for this performance are Bonnie Montgomery and Mandy McBryde.
Giovanni Antipolo is a Little Rock native with an extensive background in piano performance. He graduated from Central High School and went on to graduate from Rice University with a degree in architecture and the University of Houston with a degree in piano performance. In addition to his job as an accountant at Central Construction Group in Little Rock, Antipolo teaches piano, as well as volunteering to play piano at schools, nursing homes, churches and hospitals in an effort to generate interest in classical music. He supports local nonprofit organizations by providing musical entertainment for various fundraising events, and his collaboration with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has solidified his place as an in-demand musician in the state of Arkansas.
AETN Presents is AETN's arts and culture series airing Fridays at 6:30 p.m. The series began in 2001 and highlights musicians, authors and other artists from Arkansas and beyond.
Attention Arkansas musicians! Looking to showcase your talent and get your music heard on a larger stage? AETN welcomes artist samples for consideration for the network's arts and culture series "AETN Presents: On the Front Row." Email email@example.com, include your name, contact information, a brief overview of your musical background and an online sample of your music. We'll contact you if we can feature you on the show. "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" is a limited series and cannot feature every interested musical act. We appreciate your interest!