Arkansas Black Music Expo set for April 15-16 at The Jones Center

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A new event intended to celebrate black and African American music and culture will debut in Springdale this spring.

The event, called the Arkansas Black Music Expo, will take place April 15-16 at The Jones Center for Families.

The new two-day festival is organized by local non-profit Music Moves, an local organization created by musician Anthony Ball with a mission “committed to educating and engaging the community by making high-quality performances of Black music accessible to everyone.”

The Arkansas Black Music Expo will include performances by Grammy Award nominees Carl Thomas and Kirk Whalum, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Marching Band, Funk Factory, Baang, St. James MB Mass Choir, Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion, Big Lowe, Michael Fields Jr., DJ D. Sewell, The Zion Travellers, Spida, and BabeeDee Hollywood.

A specific music schedule will be released at a later date.

The expo is intended to be a family-friendly event, and will be free to attend.

For a bit more information, visit the Facebook page for the event.