For The Love of Art, Feb.10, 2012 @ Cajun's Wharf
Little Rock, AR - In remembrance of Art Porter, Sr., Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME), a non-profit organization, invites you to “For the Love of Art,” a birthday and pre-Valentine’s Day celebration featuring an all-star lineup of musicians paying tribute to the "Maestro," the name by which the late Art Porter, Sr. was affectionately referred, Friday, February 10, 2012, 7 p.m., at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock.
Cajun’s Wharf played an integral role in the life of Art Porter Sr., where for more than a decade during the 70's, a wide-ranging audience came to appreciate his signature sound and style. It was this same venue where the “Art Porter Bill” was initiated. Porter’s son, Art, Jr. was still in high school but would often play with him at Cajun’s. Minors playing in establishments where liquor was sold proved to be controversial. Then Attorney Bill Clinton established a framework for the legislature that would allow minors to work in such venues with parental supervision; Act 321 became Arkansas law.
The elder Porter, a renowned pianist, was born in Little Rock on February 8, 1934. The Arkansas Jazz Statesman never officially worked as a touring musician, even though he was encouraged by many to do so, he instead chose to perform, teach and contribute to his church and his Arkansas community. He was known for his willingness to help other musicians by providing a platform to display their talent. As producer of “The Minor Key,” a series of television programs on AETN Channel 2, Porter showcased up-and-coming talent in Arkansas and surrounding areas.