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Like Butta'
Start Date: 10/31/2019Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/31/2019End Time: 9:00 PM
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Like Butta' will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 1, at The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Like Butta' play an eclectic blend of Americana music including some jazz, R&B and international folk tunes dated from 1855 to today.

Robert (Morty) Mortenson, the heart of the trio, studied guitar with Dr. James Greeson at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has played with the UA jazz band and concert choirs, Chelsea’s House Band, Opal Fly & the Swatters, The Skinny Gypsies, Flashback and many others. He plays guitar, mandolin and banjo and has a knack for picking tunes that tug at your heart strings and recall fond memories.

Melody Mortenson has been singing most of her life, beginning with grade school, high school, and church choirs. She studied voice at the UMKC Conservatory before moving to the Ozarks. She has sung with Martin & Melody, Flashback, and Gayle de la Kruz, among others. Morty and Melody have been harmonizing for years and their vocals form the foundation for Like Butta's sound. Melody adds a little cajon and melodica to Morty and Jim’s excellent musicianship.

Jim Jernigan, clarinet and vocals, is a true local gem and has been a popular performer for NW Arkansas audiences since 1978. He has played with many of the top names in the area including Mike Sumler, Claudia Burson, Jim Greeson, Ben Harris, Jack Martin and Lee Tomboulian. Known as a versatile musician, Jim applies his lyrical and rhythmic style to various musical genres, from jazz to rhythm and blues, to Dixieland and bluegrass. His smooth clarinet playing was the inspiration for the name of the trio.

The Pryor Center is located at 1 East Center Street, Suite 120, and parking is available on the Fayetteville Square. The event is free and open to the public.
Contact Information:
Name: Susan Kendrick-Perry
Phone: 479-225-0638
Email: gkendric@uark.edu
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