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TAB BENOIT TO PLAY SUMMER KICKOFF CONCERT and First Responder Appreciation Night at MAD
EL DORADO, AR. (April 12, 2021) Murphy Arts District (MAD) and Murphy USA have teamed up to present a summer kickoff concert on June 26th with Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Tab Benoit. The event will take place inside the First Financial Music Hall at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. There will be no admission cost to all first responders and healthcare workers that show I.D. at the entrance. Tickets for the general public will be $5.
“This past year has been exhausting and challenging for the first responders and healthcare workers in our community. We wanted to provide them with a night to relax and listen to some fantastic music as a way of saying thank you” said Don Miller, Community Relations Ambassador, Murphy USA.
Tab Benoit has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues. While acquiring a devoted legion of fans, Benoit has earned 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, Willie Nelson, and Billy Joe Shaver to name a few. Tab’s accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voices of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.
“We are really looking forward to a night of top-notch blues music at MAD. We want to thank Murphy USA for their partnership and for the idea of celebrating our first responders and healthcare workers. They are always thinking of ways to give back to the community and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Pam Griffin, CEO and President of Murphy Arts District.
Additional sponsors of the event include Teague Auto Group managed by Karl Malone Auto Group, the Systems Group, South Arkansas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and HEPCO, Inc.
Tickets for the event will go on sale to MAD members Wednesday, April 14th at 10am, CST and to the public on Friday, April 16th, at 10am, CST. Tickets will be available for purchase at eldomad.com or by calling the box office at 870-444-3007. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office (101 East Locust Street), Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM. Seating for the event will be general admission in socially distanced pods. All CDC public health recommendations will be followed.
About the Venue
The First Financial Music Hall hosts a variety of performances throughout the year. With the support of First Financial Bank, Murphy Arts District has offered stage performances of Shakespeare, Shanghai Acrobats, and Second City, as well as dozens of concerts including Steve Earle, the Beach Boys, Ludacris, Casting Crowns, Train, and more. With room for up to 2,500 people we can also host weddings, banquets, and more. It is a tobacco free facility. Learn More