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Red and Black Affair bringing regional soul stars back to El Dorado

by Tia Lyons | January 12, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

Tickets are on sale for the Southern Soul Red and Black Affair, a show featuring blues, southern soul and R&B music that is scheduled for Feb. 19 in the First Financial Music Hall, a part of the Murphy Arts District entertainment complex at 101 E. Locust.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Presented by Mr. Mike's Productions, the Southern Soul Red and Black Affair comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary of Mr. Mike's annual Holiday Concert, which was held in December.

Like the holiday show, the Red and Black Affair will feature blues, southern soul and R&B performers who have built a dedicated following throughout the region.

Headliners of the show -- whose color theme encourages attendees to don their best red and black attire -- are no strangers to local audiences or Mr. Mike's Productions, each having performed in El Dorado several times over the years.

Headliners are the Jay Morris Group, Pokey (also known as "Big Pokey" and "Pokey Bear"), Veronica Ra'Elle, West Dawn and El Dorado native Benito Glosson, known on the blues/southern soul circuit as "The Teddy Bear of Southern Soul."

Michael Jackson, of Mr. Mike's Productions, said that even though the show is a few days past Valentine's Day, he had the holiday in mind when planning the event.

He said that he wanted to give local blues and southern soul fans another opportunity to attend a live-music event that showcases the music and performers they love and that could be held in the cozy comfort of indoors during the winter season.

The concert serves as a lead-up to Mr. Mike's most popular annual events, Soul Fest and the Southern Soul Showdown, both outdoor events that are typically held in late spring/early summer and late summer/early fall, respectively, at the Union County Fairgrounds.

The affair will also be the first Mr. Mike's production to be held in a MAD venue -- a decision Jackson said he made during talks with MAD officials.

"(We had a few conversations) and I decided to try something different and see how it goes, like the (First Financial Music Hall)," Jackson explained. "The facility has a lot of room for people to dance and walk around."

Jackson said the 10th annual Holiday Concert, which was held in the El Dorado Conference Center, was well attended and he is hoping for the same response with the Red and Black Affair.

Early-bird tickets are on sale for $25 until Jan. 17.

On Jan. 18, ticket prices will go up to $30 and then to $35 on Feb. 8.

Details are forthcoming about the price of admission at the door on the day of the show, Jackson said.

VIP tickets are $75 and tables may be reserved for $50.

Since the announcement of the Southern Soul Red & Black Affair, Jackson said early-bird ticket sales have been cruising.

"They're rolling really good right now. I got a lot of people from out of town calling. As always, they're really supportive of everything I do," he said.

Concessions will be available for purchase at [email protected] and a photo vendor will be on site.

Tickets are available at Mr. Mike's CDs and Tapes (Music and Artwork) in El Dorado; Special Touch in Camden; Golden Lady in Texarkana; Golden Girls in Warren; Record Rack in Pine Bluff; Ugly Mike's Records in Little Rock; and L B K's Restaurant in Farmerville, Louisiana.

For more information, call Jackson at 870-866-7441.

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