Jazz on tap Friday at the RAC

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TEXARKANA, Texas – This week’s first Friday monthly event at the Regional Arts Center features jazz music by Texarkana’s Michael Rhodes and his band.

Michael Rhodes and the Jive Band will play jazz standards and jazzy instrumentals from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in a program presented by the Texarkana Regional Council for the Arts and Humanities. The event gives people the opportunity to relax, talk and explore the art at RAC.

Saxophonist Kenneth Wiley will play with Rhodes, whose instrument is the keyboard. They will play in duo during the evening.

“We’ve been working together for a few years now and just got back from Dallas just a day ago. We were there to host an event,” Rhodes said earlier this week. “We travel to host events in the Four State area just to help people have a good time and enjoy the music.”

As a in-demand jazz combo, they go wherever the events call them, whether it’s on the road in a nearby town or all the way to Mississippi. “We go where we need to be and we help people have a good time,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes points out that Texarkana has a rich history of music and culture. He is happy to share this.

“I am happy to partner with TRAHC to bring some of this rich music history to Scott Joplin and even other great musicians who have come to the area, simply bringing this sound back to Texarkana,” a- he said, “giving someone the opportunity to hear something live that they might not otherwise be able to hear.”

He’s also happy to see the pandemic restrictions lifted so people can get out.

“Things are starting to pick up with the events,” said Rhodes, and they are excited to perform and love to express what it means for them to play music and be a part of an event that allows people to. get out of the house on a Friday night to have a good time.

“We’ll be playing jazz, but we’ll also take a few familiar songs and give them a jazz rendition for music that’s easy to listen to,” Rhodes said. “I just want people to know it’s going to be a great time with great music and great adult drinks.”

The annual student art exhibition is currently on display at the Regional Arts Center. Snacks and an open bar will be part of First Friday, as they were at the launch event last month.

(Admission: free for TRAHC members, $ 10 for non-members. The Regional Arts Center is located at 321 W. 4th St. More info: 903-792-8681.)

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