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Welcome to Rock House Center for the Arts. We are both a visual and preforming arts school, gallery and music venue. Besides hosting Americana and Roots music concerts at our home, The Rock House 41 High Street, we also accommodate three art studios, classroom space and sales gallery at 22171 Main Street, Reeds Spring MO 65737. We are a 501(c)(3) under Folk Alliance International.
 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Rock House Center for the Arts is to enrich and educate the community through the presentation and support of live music and the visual arts. 

Vision
Present the finest in visual and performance art and maintain a comfortable, attractive and well-equipped gathering place for audiences and performers to enjoy during events at the Rock House.

Broaden the base of support by sponsoring events such as music festivals and art shows meant to draw out, and sustain a diverse and vibrant community that celebrates the arts.

Maintain a workshop and gallery that attracts accomplished, relevant and professional artisans who can: provide unique educational opportunities that spark the imagination, oversee the entirety of the creative process, and cultivate the artistic skills of young people, adults and senior citizens of the community.

Build a legacy that: remains culturally relevant, strengthens community partnerships, and sponsors educational and performance opportunities that ensure the financial sustainability of the Rock House Center for the Arts for years to come.

 

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Rock House Concert featuring Trout Fishing in America

The Rock House, 41 High Street, Reeds Spring

Keith began playing music professionally as a teenager. In school, he made the Texas All-State Orchestra four times and later earned a degree in music from the University of Houston. With his classical training, he earned a position with the Houston Symphony Orchestra playing acoustic upright bass. Keith put himself through college playing in local clubs and that led to his fortuitous meeting with Ezra. Meanwhile, Ezra attended McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas on a basketball scholarship. After one year, he decided to leave college and pursue his true love, playing music. The two met in Houston in 1976. Ezra played in a band called St. Elmo’s Fire which happened to be one of Keith’s favorite bands. Both men’s lives forever changed when Keith found himself without a job during a symphony union lockout and the bass player for St. Elmo’s Fire quit. The band hired Keith to be their bassist and the two men became fast friends. When St. Elmo’s dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America (named for Keith’s love of Richard Brautigan’s writing and Ezra’s love of fishing) was officially born.

Trout Fishing in America was in the first wave of artist owned labels (Trout Records) to successfully record and market their own music. In 2008, Performing Songwriter Magazine chose Trout as one of the top 100 most influential independent artists in the past 15 years. Drawing inspiration from childhoods spent listening to top-40 AM radio, the two songwriters seasoned their music with stylings from rock and roll, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, funk, Latin, and reggae…whatever sound would best bring out the flavor of the lyrics they wrote. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards, multiple Parents Choice and NAPPA Gold awards, the American Library Award, as well as four Grammy nominations. To date, they have released 26 albums, the most recent of which is “Live At The Epic Theater”.

Since the beginning, Keith and Ezra have played shows for audiences of all ages in all sorts of venues. Trout’s broad appeal comes from their ability to connect with whoever is in the audience and their ability to create a full, rich sound that belies the fact that only two instruments are being played. In addition to their performances, they also conduct songwriting workshops for teachers and students, focusing on the premise that to be able to write a song, you must first have an idea. Keith encourages the participants to collaborate on lyrics while Ezra listens in the background, noodling out a melody on guitar. By the end of the hour, the group has a rough version of the new song. Several workshop songs have been so good that they have found a place on a Trout album.

It is not unusual for three or four generations of a family to show up at a Trout performance and this is a point of pride for both Keith and Ezra. It may be impossible to categorize what kind of music Trout plays, but after attending a show, you’ll know exactly what you’ve witnessed: two guys who still love what they do and are excited to share it with you. Join us for an intimate night of music. Doors open at 6:30 for a potluck dinner, b.y.o.b. social time.

Music begins at 8:00 for the listening room concert. First come, first serve on seating. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at https://rockhousecenterforthearts.org/calendar-tickets or at the door.

Please park across the street in the parking lot or anywhere downtown. Our backyard parking is reserved for the band and handicap parking.

Call (417)272-8386 for more info.

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Rock House Concert featuring Sam Baker

The Rock House, 41 High Street, Reeds Spring

A Sam Baker show is a celebration. Some songs tell of everyday people who survive life’s daily challenges; others are stories of growing up in a small Texas prairie town. In 1986 Sam got in the middle of someone else’s war. When a terrorist bomb exploded in his train car, he went from being a young, healthy, tourist enjoying Peru with friends to a broken man surrounded by death and dying. Given his injuries, he too should have died. But through a series of miracles and coincidences he survived.

There were surgeries, and the requisite pain pills. His leg was saved by a successful femoral arterial graft. When the cranial bleed in his brain healed, he had to relearn nouns, and after his right eardrum was replaced, he regained some hearing. With the top of his left hand gone, it seemed that his formerly skillful hands had been transformed into blocks of wood, but eventually those hands learned how to play an upside-down guitar.

Physically, Sam was recovering, but his life was filled with pills, booze, and rage. Then came the voices and messengers that helped him see that the greatest gift is life itself. He learned about forgiveness. He needed to tell his story. Songs started to come from that upside-down guitar. Before he knew it, there were CDs, tours around the world, an interview with Terry Gross, and awards in Rolling Stone.

Sam feels compelled to tell his story—through his music, art, or any means possible—to one person at a time, or to thousands from a festival stage.

His shows are an acknowledgment and appreciation of the pure joy that comes with people gathering to listen to live music. Sam’s fans often travel hours to experience the powerful performance. After the show, they tell Sam their stories. At the end of the day, we all go in peace.

Join us for an intimate night of music. Doors open at 6:30 for a potluck dinner, b.y.o.b. social time.

Music begins at 8:00 for the listening room concert. First come, first serve on seating. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at https://rockhousecenterforthearts.org/calendar-tickets or at the door.

Please park across the street in the parking lot or anywhere downtown. Our backyard parking is reserved for the band and handicap parking.

Call (417)272-8386 for more info.

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Rock House Concert featuring The HigLeeWils

The Rock House, 41 High Street, Reeds Spring

Songwriters and musicians Emily Higgins, Larry Lee and David Wilson are The HigLeeWils.

Emily Higgins is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and member of both The HigLeeWils and Auntie Em and the Tornadoes. The HigLeeWils currently perform songs from Emily’s four solo albums, “Singing River,” “The House at the End of the Road,” “On the Square” and recently, “91 Acres,” a commissioned collection of original songs describing the land reclamation efforts of a Douglas County, Missouri landowner and beauty of the property. Emily is producer and host of “The Mulberry Tree,” a weekly music program airing Sunday evenings on KSMU, Springfield, Missouri’s NPR affiliate station.

Larry Lee was a former founding member of ‪the Ozark Mountain Daredevils‬ (writer and vocalist of “Jackie Blue”), and toured with Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. He has produced multi-platinum records for artists such as Alabama, ‪Restless Heart‬ and ‪Juice Newton‬. Larry has also been inducted as a member of the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

David Wilson has produced, recorded for, or performed with some of acoustic music’s veteran musicians and songwriters; Radio Flyer (1985 Bluegrass Band Winner at the KFC-City of Louisville Festival), ‪John Hartford‬, ‪Jean Ritchie‬, ‪The Dillards‬, ‪The Ozark Mountain Daredevils‬, Undergrass Boys, Blackberry Winter, Barton and Para, The Gallier Brothers, Brewer and Shipley, and other notable artists. David also continues to teach fiddle and mandolin classes at numerous festivals around the country.

Join us for an intimate night of music. Doors open at 6:30 for a potluck dinner, b.y.o.b. social time. Music begins at 8:00 for the listening room concert. First come, first serve on seating. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://rockhousecenterforthearts.org/calendar-tickets or at the door.

Please park across the street in the parking lot or anywhere downtown. Our backyard parking is reserved for the band and handicap parking.

Call (417)272-8386 for more info.