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George Winston planning a 'summer songs' set for Wildwood Park / Arkansas Democrat & Gazette

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Pianist George Winston will play primarily spring and summer songs for his program tomorrow Friday June 12 at Wildwood Park for the Arts. He thinks it has been more than two decades since he last performed in Little Rock. He's close. His last concert in Fayetteville was in November 2009; he played Fayetteville and Little Rock in February 1994. "I haven't been there in awhile," he admits. "It's been too long. Just one thing or another; I don't know what happened. It's great to get back there. I hope to make it more often than every 20 years." Winston will be donating 100% of his artist profit from merchandise sales to the Arkansas Foodbank; and concertgoers are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items. "We always invite a local food bank, and ask people to bring cans of food if they can," Winston says. "We always donate the CD proceeds to food banks." That has been going since about 1986, he adds.

Winston said last week he was still working on the program for the Wildwood concert. "It'll be what I call the 'summer show,' with what I regard as spring and summer-type songs," he explains. "I've got the 'winter show' also, fall and winter stuff, and I try to alternate each time I play someplace."

The set list will likely include "one or two songs, maybe" from Winston's latest album, Restless Wind, released May 3 on his Dancing Cat label. The rest will mostly be material from his "season" albums, "some of the things I did on [my recordings of] Vince Guaraldi's music and some newer things, kind of a mixture of ballads and uptempo."  PHOTO: Todd V Wolfson

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