The Fort Smith Bicentennial Committee has announced that four-time Grammy nominee and beloved family and children’s musical group Trout Fishing in America will perform a special concert in honor of the city’s 200th birthday Saturday, August 4, 2018, 1:00 pm, at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 800 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith. Only 500 tickets will be available for the concert and it is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets for $5 per person can be purchased on Eventbrite. Admission for children ages two and under is free.
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are the musicians of Trout Fishing in America. The two-man acoustic combo’s website describes them as “an eclectic folk/rock band perhaps best known for family/children’s music. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Besides their quirky and memorable children focused performances, Trout has electrified festivals and performing arts centers across North America with their deep
catalogue of “adult” songs.
Also, on August 4, at 2:30 pm, Mayor Sandy Sanders and the Bicentennial Committee will host a special Time Capsule Burial Ceremony at Pendergraft Park, 200 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith.
Following the Time Capsule burial ceremony, an Ice Cream Social will be
hosted at approx. 3:00 pm at the Fort Smith Museum of History, at 320 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith. There is no charge for the ice cream social.
Mayor Sandy Sanders says this concert will be highlight of the year-long
bicentennial celebration that began December 25, 2017. “This represents the culmination of four years of planning, and there are many, many citizens who have volunteered their time to make this year something very special for our citizens to enjoy and remember. To commemorate our 200 years of history is no small matter and the volunteers wanted to make sure the calendar of events included entertainment that appeals to all generations. Trout Fishing in America
was the perfect fit for that and we are happy to have them back in Fort Smith for such a special occasion.”