Photo credit: Samantha Foulks
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS-Oxford American, "A Magazine of the South," is proud to continue its 2017-18 Concert Series with Parker Millsap on Thursday, October 5 at South on Main (1304 Main Street). The show starts at 8:00 PM and doors open at 6:00 PM, with food and drinks available for purchase at that time. Tickets range from $22 to $30 and are available via Metrotix.com or by calling 800-293-5949. Millsap is the second of four concerts in the 2017-18 Americana Series, which is made possible in part by the generosity of presenting sponsor Acura.
Additional season partners include Chris Harkins of Raymond James, J. Mark & Christy Davis, UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Arts Council, ACANSA Arts Festival, Capital Hotel, Rosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.
Parker Millsap didn't know not to sing like this. Listening to old albums as a kid alone in his room, he didn't realize howling like a Delta blues ghost readying the world for rock-and-roll isn't how a skinny white boy from Purcell, Oklahoma usually sounds.
"I was listening to records from the '20s and '40s, and the voices that came out were otherworldly," Millsap says. "I was really attracted to that. At the same time, I grew up doing congregational singing in church-you know, everybody stands up, grabs a hymnal, turns to number 162, and sings ‘I'll Fly Away' at the top of their lungs. I learned to sing in that context, where nobody's listening to you. We are all just singing."
People not listening to Millsap could only last so long-not just because the arresting power of his voice cuts through any crowd, but also because the twenty-four year-old is always reaching for something worth saying.
Parker Millsap's new album The Very Last Day (Okrahoma Records/Thirty Tigers) proves an ideal vehicle for Millsap's message, delivered via gospel-tinged rock-and-roll poetry. In the midst of a world so fond of condemnation as entertainment, Millsap offers open-armed love of people and their stories. Whether he's singing about the experience of a gay friend, longing for his evangelical father's acceptance, or as the King of the Underworld wild with passion, his character-driven songs mine deep wells of joy and despair to create gut-punching narratives that are sometimes hellish, sometimes heavenly, and always human.
ABOUT THE OXFORD AMERICAN
Oxford American is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and national magazine dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The Oxford American is committed to the development of young individuals aspiring to work in the publishing industry and to the production and presentation of multidisciplinary arts events in and around Little Rock, Arkansas. Billed as "A Magazine of the South," it has won four National Magazine Awards-including the 2016 Award for General Excellence in the category of Literature, Science and Politics-and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. The magazine has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount, Jr., ZZ Packer, Donald Harington, Donna Tartt, Ernest J. Gaines, and many other distinguished authors, while also discovering and launching the most promising writers in the region. The magazine has also published previously unseen work by such Southern masters as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, James Agee, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, and Carson McCullers, to name just a handful. The Oxford American is published from the University of Central Arkansas. For more information, visit OxfordAmerican.org.
ABOUT SOUTH ON MAIN
South on Main is a restaurant and performance venue featuring the best of Southern cuisine and culture. With a kitchen helmed by Chef Matthew Bell, the restaurant offers a sophisticated but unpretentious atmosphere and a creative and accessible menu. South on Main also presents programming related to the content of the Oxford American magazine, including musical performances, literary readings, film screenings, and other offerings, making it the place where the Oxford American goes "from the page to the stage."