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A-State Will be Closed on Thursday, March 5

Arkansas State University will remain closed on Thursday, March 5 due to incoming winter weather. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will decide on their hours after campus conditions are evaluated Thursday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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KASU Bluesday Tuesday concert to feature “Salty Dogs” band to play in Newport March 12


JONESBORO, Ark. — KASU Radio, the Arkansas State University public broadcasting station, is bringing The Salty Dogs of Little Rock to Newport for their first appearance at the monthly Bluesday Tuesday concert at Newport Country Club March 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Salty Dogs have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Kelly Willis, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tennessee 3, The Gourds, Kinky Friedman, and Junior Brown.

The band’s front man, Brad Williams, said The Salty Dogs formed “on a lark” to enter a contest — The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase — in Little Rock in 2003. As a result of winning, they were named “Best Band in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times.

The Oxford American’s reviewer called them “an original country band in a world gone indie-rock” noting that the Salty Dogs have avoided making creative compromises with Nashville and have managed to “own their own sound while staying deeply rooted in traditional honky-tonk.”

Rock and Roll legend D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley’s drummer) played on the band’s 2007 album “Autoharpoon” from Big Bender Records. The Salty Dogs released a 2010 album, “Brand New Reason”, on Little Rock’s Max label. Their music has been featured on the TLC cable network show “Trading Spaces.”

Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Williams has penned tracks with clever titles and themes like “Rock and Roll Will Never Stay,”  “Another Day in a Small Town” and “Old Folks Home.” His nasal vocal style, well suited to “classic” country music, has been compared to that of Dwight Yoakum. Williams grew up in Marked Tree.

Bart Angel, the band’s percussionist, sings backing vocals. Brent Labeau on the upright bass helps give the band a vintage acoustic ambience, supported by Nick Devlin’s work on lead guitar and lap-steel guitar.

KASU station manager Mike Doyle said, “We’ve been trying to lure The Salty Dogs up to one of our concerts for several years. Our Bluesday Tuesday audience will love hearing and dancing to this creative and talented honky tonk band which will bring another dimension to  Bluesday Tuesday.”

Newport Country Club is located at 703 Walker Drive, just east of Newport High School. Admission is free to the Bluesday Tuesday concerts, which are supported by Harris Ford, ASU-Newport and C and C Distributors. KASU passes the hat so that audience members may tip the band. 

For additional information, contact: Michael Doyle at 870-972-3486.

Salty Dogs

The Salty Dogs: Brad Williams, Nick Devlin, Bart Angel, Brent LaBeau.