A pair of legendary music acts who reached world fame and number one hits in the late 1970s will arrive at Hempstead Hall in back to back months during October and November.
A pair of legendary music acts who reached world fame and number one hits in the late 1970s will arrive at Hempstead Hall in back to back months during October and November as the popular soft-rock supergroup Little River Band and Country crossover icon Charlie Daniels will bring their world class shows to southwest Arkansas.
For Charlie Daniels, it will mark a return visit to Hope after an appearance at the Watermelon Festival in the 1990s at the Fair Park Rodeo Arena, but ahead of Daniels on Friday, October 5, the Little River Band will be in Hope for a first-ever appearance.
In the mid-70s and early 80s, the Little River Band ruled the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts with a string of hits, like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Happy Anniversary,” “We Two,” and “Man On Your Mind.”
The band’s signature Number 1 hit from 1977 was “Help Is on Its Way.”
Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley said, “One of the biggest requests we receive is for more rock bands. I am excited we were able to get the Little River Band for the fall. I am excited to offer a different genre to our performing arts list. This is one the public has been waiting for. They have many hits that our customers will love to hear first-hand.”
An authority none other than the late Glenn Frey, who was the founding member of the Eagles, once called the Little River Band, “the best singing band in the world.”
In the same era of the late 1970s and early 80’s, another act that was crossing over and sharing FM radio success with the Little River Band was the Charlie Daniels Band, which enjoyed its Number 1 hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.
Although defined as a Country act lead Charlie Daniels himself playing the fiddle and guitars, the group has successfully crossed over to other genres many times with Southern rock anthems, like “South’s Gonna Do It Again,” mainstream pop music songs like "In America,” "The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and "Still in Saigon,” and Dove Award winning Gospel albums.
Henley said, “People tell me all the time names of entertainers we should consider for Hempstead Hall. Charlie Daniels has come up over and over again, and we are fortunate the dates worked out for Hope this time.
“Charlie Daniels was in Hope at the Watermelon Festival. He was a big draw then and now over 25 years later, it looks like we could have a possible sell out,” she said.
Tickets for both blockbuster shows are now available at Hempstead Hall at hempsteadhall.com or by calling 870.722.8565.