Arkansas bands to play Tiny Desk concert

Three of Arkansas’s top bands will perform Thursday, June 6, as part of National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Arkansas event benefiting Little Rock Public Radio’s KUAR FM 89.1 and its regional program “Arts & Letters Radio.”

Ashtyn Barbaree, The Irie Lions, and Route 358 were selected to perform in the Tiny Desk Arkansas concert set for 8-11:30 p.m. at Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock. All three Arkansas groups entered NPR’s national Tiny Desk Concert competition, named after the Tiny Desk video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C.

Proceeds will support local music through KUAR and “Arts & Letters Radio.” Doors will open at 7 p.m.

“These groups are fun and very talented and are all performing for a good cause – to help support both KUAR and ‘Arts & Letters Radio,’ an award-winning show that provides opportunities for a celebration of the arts and humanities in our region and beyond,” said J. Bradley Minnick, executive producer and host of “Arts & Letters Radio.”

Indie‑Americana singer/songwriter Ashtyn Barbaree from Fayetteville will kick off the event at 8 p.m. with an acoustic set. Her self-titled debut album was recorded at the Butcher Shoppe Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and released April 2018.

Fayetteville’s Route 358 will take the stage at 9:15 p.m. Their Americana/Roots sound is a mix of bluegrass, rock, folk and country. Songs from the band’s first album “Only The River Knows,” earned the band a nomination for Americana/Roots Artist of the Year by the Arkansas Country Music Awards as well as a selection as a showcase artist for Folk Alliance Midwest and the John Hartford Memorial Festival.

The Fayetteville-based Irie Lions, a six-piece reggae band, will perform at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at, on or at the door the night of the show. For more information, contact UA Little Rock Public Radio at 501-569-8485.

Photo top right: Route 358 is one of three bands that will perform June 6 to raise money for NPR.

Above Left: Singer/songwriter Ashtyn Barbaree

Above Right: The Irie Lions


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