by David Koon
Soft-rock singer/songwriter Don McLean is coming to Robinson Center Music Hall on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m for a concert to benefit the AETN Foundation. Currently, AETN is the only game in town if you want tickets, which range from $50 for perches in the mezzanine to $100 for seats in the first ten rows. Look on the bright side: your dough goes to keeping "Sesame Street" and "Masterpiece Theater" on the air instead of to keeping Ticketmaster execs in Cuban cigars and single-malt.
McLean is best known for his 1971 hit "American Pie," which we scratched our head over many a time while driving our Chevy to the levee. For my money, "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" — which can be heard in the video seen above — is his best tune, though folks like "Crying" and "Castles in the Air" as well.
Additional information and ticket reservation forms can be had by visiting the AETN Foundation's online box office or by calling 1-800-662-2386.
Full press release about the concert on the jump...
AETN Foundation offers Don McLean tickets
Legendary singer-songwriter visits Little Rock Sept. 7
CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Tickets to Don McLean’s performance Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock are now available exclusively from the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Foundation.
McLean, legendary singer-songwriter, is best known for his 1971 classic “American Pie” — voted No. 5 in the “Songs of the Century” list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and National Endowment for the Arts. The elegiac piece, inspired by the tragic death of Buddy Holly, created a lasting a pop culture phenomenon. In the years that followed, McLean’s career was supported by a variety of enduring folk music hits, including “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Crying” and “Castles in the Air.” Now a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, McLean remains a consummate performer and has earned more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide.
The AETN Foundation is the exclusive outlet for Don McLean tickets, which range from $50 to $100. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Additional information and ticket reservation forms are available at the AETN Foundation's online box office, or by calling 1-800-662-2386.
This concert is a fundraiser for the AETN Foundation, and all proceeds will support programming on AETN, Arkansas's PBS affiliate and only statewide public service media network.
Prior to the event, viewers may also enjoy the singer’s performance in “Don McLean — American Troubadour,” Thursday, Aug. 8, at 8:30 p.m. on AETN. The program repeats Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.
The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).