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Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism

February 27, 2012


Friday performing arts series features complimentary concerts by Bow Wow Wow, The Farm & Big Sam’s Funky Nation
ArtBeat presented by Target, Henderson’s signature cultural arts series, will return this April with a new installment of exciting performances, spanning a large spectrum of musical genres, from ‘80s pop to mainstream country and ‘70s funk. Featured concerts include Bow Wow Wow, the New Wave band of “I Want Candy” fame, performing Friday, April 6; country music trio The Farm, taking the stage, Friday, April 13; and Big Sam’s Funky Nation closing the season with its fun urban tunes, Friday, April 27. All shows will begin at 8 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street, in the Water Street District. Admission is complimentary.
Bow Wow Wow is most notable for their 1982 smash hit, “I Want Candy,” one of the decade’s most iconic anthems. Thirty years later, the band is still celebrating the quirky song’s success, which features appearances on several movie soundtracks and making two VH1 countdowns including “100 Greatest Songs of the ‘80s.”
Although the group disbanded after only three years together and then reunited briefly in the ‘90s, today’s Bow Wow Wow has recharged and are ready to hit the road. Adrian Young, the charismatic drummer from the Grammy Award-winning group No Doubt and Bow Wow Wow super fan, will join his idols, lead vocalist Annabella Lwin and co-founder/bassist Leigh Roy Gorman, for a retro ‘80s pop show, showcasing music from five albums.
Forming only two years ago, The Farm will embark on its inaugural national tour this spring, performing in Southern Nevada for the first time as part of Henderson’s ArtBeat presented by Target concert schedule. The Nashville-based country crossover group is a trio of consummate musicians – one an 11-year veteran of Kenny Chesney’s band, another a solo artist and the third a member of Muzik Mafia, the brainchild of country greats Big & Rich – who joined forces to create a harmonious sound all their own. Now, with their first single, “Home Sweet Home,” heard consistently on the radio airwaves and their debut album slated to drop later this year, The Farm is ready to shoot into the stratosphere of super stardom.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation will bring the infectious sounds of the “Big Easy” westward. For the first time, the group’s magnetic front man and sensational trombonist, Sam Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with a cast of top-notch band mates, will perform their own brand of music in Henderson, introducing urban funk, an energetic mix of rock & roll, jazz and ‘70s funk music inspirations, to the masses.
Known for his amazing and soulful shows, which also include entertaining dance moves, Funky Nation’s Williams may be recognized for his special guest appearance, sharing the stage with such greats as U2 and Green Day, at the re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome or for his collaboration with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint on the Grammy-nominated album, River in Reverse.
A musician at heart, Williams is proud of his New Orleans roots. Since April 2010, fans have been able to see him on a recurring role on the HBO hit series, Treme. The show, now in its third season, documents the lives of New Orleanians as they begin to rebuild their city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
In addition, ArtBeat will also include a pre-show, which will start at 6:30 p.m., complete with a variety of complimentary performances by local musicians, art displays and demonstrations.
For additional information, visit or call the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at (702) 267-2171. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
The City of Henderson supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advanced notice may be necessary to ensure that appropriate accommodations will be provided. For full telephone, use Relay Nevada by dialing 7-1-1.
About the City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism
The City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism is dedicated to creating and promoting innovative events, entertainment, programming and venues that celebrate diverse cultural arts, enhance tourism, involve and serve the community and enrich the economic and cultural fabric of Henderson.

The Henderson Pavilion, Henderson Convention Center and Henderson Events Plaza are all managed by the Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism.
For additional information on our programs and entertainment, please contact us directly at (702) 267-2171. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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