First up the full on Morange experience at the Ozark Outdoor Supply for the Heights 3rd Thursday event. Come check out this seriously funky group. We'll play just about everything, but give it our own "morangie" twist. The chemistry in this group is unparalleled. Gregg McGowan on guitar and vocals, Brian Wolverton on bass, Dave Williams II and Brandon Dorris on saxes, and Jason McHughes on drums. Music starts up around 5:30.
Then make your way down Kavanaugh to the AfterThought for the core trio (Gregg, Brian & Dave) of Morange to play you some blues. This month the AfterThought is featuring blues on Thursday nights. When they asked us to play a night full of blues, we naturally accepted. We'll be rushing down after we finish up at the Ozark Outdoor Supply, so the music should start up by 9pm.
Be sure to click on the photos to check out the facebook events for both of these shows.
The Dizzy 7 featuring Craig Wilson joins the Laman Library music series this Thursday at 7pm. We'll be playing some fun horn heavy tunes. It's a family friendly event, so bring the kids!
William F. Laman Public Library
2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, AR 72114
No cover. 7pm
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Here we go again. Last time The Mercers played the AfterThought, we were competing with the Sugar Bowl. I think we all knew how that would turn out. This time, we have Wes Moore fronting the band, so on Friday June 8th, lets show him what a Mercer's show looks like at the AfterThought. Be sure to click the photo and share the event with your friends. Music starts at 9pm. See you there!
The Mercers will rock the Markham Street Grill & Pub again. This time with Wes & Kristie Moore fronting the band. It's sure to be a funky good time. No cover. 9-Close. Click the photo for more info.
New things on the horizon.
It's a new year with loads of possibilities. I'm playing music more now than I ever have, and I'm loving every minute of it. After my accident with the trolly tracks downtown and breaking my leg this past August, I was devastated. I didn't know if I'd ever be able to waltz into a gig with my horn over my shoulder again, but I landed back on my own two feet running. Not literally, but the music is really taking off.
I found out recently that I'm going to be a dad. A little boy to follow in my footsteps, whether or not in the same direction. He really has no choice but to be immersed in music from birth, all of his relatives are musicians you know. We're naming him David Wheeler Williams III, Trey.
With the climax of Cody Belew & the Mercers, Cody has decided to move away to Nashville chasing his dream of making it as a country artist. We still have a few shows sprinkled through the end of the year with him. It was a fun ride. I've definitely got my foot in the door with Big John Miller and his band. John has really started using the Little Rock Horns a lot. I'm so stoked to see how this relationship develops.
Reading this back in one sitting seems like everything is happening so fast. I've been writing a blurb here and there for about a month now. Trey is really starting to show. I'm so excited.
The wedding gigs have begun! Duos, Trios, Quartets, the Mercers as a 5 piece, my 6 piece Twice Sax, the Mercers as an 8 piece, Big John Miller plus the Little Rock Horns...the list goes on and on. Plus I just found out I'm playing the 3rd reed book for Chicago the musical. Tenor/Bari/Sop/Bass Clarinet. I better get my soprano looked at and beef up my bass clarinet chops.
I think I'd better go ahead and post this. Don't let me forget to tell you about the website gigs
Testing new waters
Trying out some new things with RSS feeds.
Well, I've decided to give weebly.com a couple of test runs to get more familiar with all of the functions and functionality available. My first test run was with my Little Rock Horns website. I'm still working out the kinks. I thought I'd move on to my personal website for a minute, and give it a go. So far, I really like the flexibility. Everything I've wanted to create has come across very clean. Now it's time to play with some customization.
Dave Williams II