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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.   

Many of the musicians performing on February 10th were a part of the famed “Art Porter University.”  The all-star lineup of performers includes:  David Ashley, David Higginbotham, Milton Jackson, Jack Pritchett, Kenneth Reed, Irma Routen, Lorenzo Smith and Ryk St. Vincent.  Family tributes include Irene Brown Crutchfield and son, Michael Crutchfield, Tonya Leeks and son Joel Crutcher, Carl Mouton and son 
Phillip Mouton along with Danny Fletcher,  Sr. and sons Danny, Jr. and Joshua Fletcher.  Additionally, APME scholarship recipient Julia Buckingham will also provide special performances.  
 
Admission to “For the Love of Art,” is free, but donations, on-site at the event and online are encouraged, benefiting APME’s scholarship program.  Additional information about the event can be found on APME's website, artporter.org and its Facebook page.  You may also contact Sterling Ingram, Board President, at sterling@artporter.org. For more information on musician participation, contact Danny Fletcher at (501) 350-9780. 
 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with that special person in your life on February 10th at Cajun’s Wharf