Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to Cody Belew and the Mercers at Wildwood Park for the Arts on Saturday, May 7 (a $30 value). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers opening the show at 7 p.m.
Wildwood Park's Emerging Artists Series commences its summer schedule with an energetic set from Cody Belew and the Mercers. Beebe native Belew exhales a fusion of southern rock, country, soul, and R & B into the mic, which dips, sways, and trembles like a dryer sheet in the wind with each stirring saunter across the stage. As his last show before seeking stardom in Nashville, Belew will bellow above the Mercers and their harmony of saxophones, grooving guitar licks, and toe-tapping drums for a Little Rock swan song of melodious proportions. The 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Theatre plays host to the performance where concertgoers will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis in the center or south-right sections.
Wildwood Park’s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children’s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park’s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.