Entertainment for the 2019 Blue Ribbon Bash will be provided by the talented Mr. Rodney Block.
Rodney Block/Trumpeter, a Dumas, Arkansas native who has been thriving in the regional music scene for the past ten years released his seventh studio album, FANTASTIC BEATZ, in September 2017, smooth jazz ep EYES HAVEN’T SEEN/EARS HAVEN’T HEARD in 2016, and the acclaimed album HEY YOU! released in 2015. Block, a trumpeter who has been featured and performed in various festivals and venues across the globe ranging from corporate to social, has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop. Notable artists he has shared the stage with include The Temptations, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Joe, Sugar Ray, Chrissette Michelle, Eric Benet, Whoodini, Conya Doss, Johnny Gill, Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister,Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Layla Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Marsha Ambrosius, Diane Reeves, and The Yellowjackets. Currently, Block is a frequent guest artist with hip hop legend and icon, Doug E. Fresh. In 2007, Block’s televised jazz feature, AETN Presents: Front Row with Rodney Block, was nominated for a Regional Emmy. In 2014, the band was honored with the Aurora Award and Telly Award, for its concert feature on AETN television network. Currently, fans can listen to the Rodney Block jazz station on Pandora Radio and Spotify.
Band Personnel: Jonathan Burks-Drums, Joel Crutcher-Bass guitar, Andre Franklin-keyboard/piano, and Bijoux Pighee-vocalist.
*March 2013-Featured in the 2013 documentary “Up Among the Hills”, narrated by former president Bill Clinton.
*June 2013-Opened the inaugural night of “Jazz in The Park” hosted by the Little Rock CVB and the Rivermarket Assoc. Over 400 attended the opening night concert.
*June 2013- nominated for Artist of the year; Arkansas Platinum Awards
*October 2013- Featured in Soiree Magazine as an “Arkansas Style Icon”.
*November 2013-Featured in AETN Television “Front Row” series (brand new concert feature).
*February 2014-Aurora Platinum Award- Best of Show- in educational television programming.
*April 2014-Telly Bronze Award- concert/film division
*May 2014- voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (1st runner for Best Band)
*August 2014- nominated for Artist of the year; Arkansas Platinum Awards
*May 2015- Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (runner-up) Best Band
*July 2016-Voted Arkansas Times’s “Best Of/Best Band or Musician
*July 2017-Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (runner-up)
*January 2018-finalist for Central Arkansas Music Awards/Best Jazz Artist and Soul/Funk Band
*February 2018-recipient “Legend Among Us Award” for Arts/Entertainment
*September 2018 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician
Pandora Radio station: www.pandora.com/rodneyblock
CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/blacksupermanthememusiq
www.itunes.com/rodneyblock and itunes radio