Two legendary signing acts of worldwide fame and diverse genres will be performing at Hempstead Hall on the campus of University of Arkansas-Hope within the first four months of 2017.

Two legendary signing acts of worldwide fame and diverse genres will be performing at Hempstead Hall on the campus of University of Arkansas-Hope within the first four months of 2017.
First up, the Motown sound returns to Hope as the Spinners will be in concert Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The concert is a partnership between the UAHT Foundation and The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council, and is somewhat of a follow-up to last year’s highly successful Temptations show, also a Motown act which packed 1,212 into Hempstead Hall.    
“We are excited to have the Motown sound coming back to Hempstead Hall in 2017,” said Dolly Henley, Hempstead Hall director.  “To have one of the original Spinners, Henry Fambrough, perform on our stage is awesome.  One of our larger shows last year was the super group The Temptations, and the audience loved the Motown sound and showmanship.  I have no doubt the audience will love The Spinners and will be dancing in the aisles.”
Henley said that tickets for the Spinners will range from $20-$75.
Like the Temptations, the Spinners have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts. Fambrough, an original Spinner, will be joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck.  A soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, will back them up.
The Spinners charted five top 100 singles (and two top tens) from their first post-Motown album, Spinners, in 1972 and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s. Some of their singles include smash hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Then Came You,” “Mighty Love,” “One of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.”  
In early 1980, the single “Working My Way Back to You” was topping Pop and R&B charts, giving the group its twelfth gold record. The Love Trippin’ album’s release included “The Cupid Medley,” one of the fastest selling records in The Spinners’ career. The follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such stand-out tunes as “Yesterday Once More,” and “Long Live Soul Music.”
Then, on Friday, April 28, also at 7 p.m., Country music superstar Ronnie Milsap will be coming to Hempstead Hall to perform his greatest hits, including “I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World,” “(I’m a) Stand by My Woman Man,” “(There's) No Gettin' Over Me,” “It Was Almost Like a Song,” and “Stranger in My House.”
Milsap, now age 73, is both a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, who was earned six Grammy Awards, eight gold records and 40 No. 1 hits. Milsap is well-known as one of country music's most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s, and in his time, proved to be trend-setter as a “crossover” performer with several songs on both the Pop and Country charts.
He also became famous as one of music's most successful blind singers, and he is a skilled pianist and entertainer. Among his many awards from the Country Music Association are 1974 Male Vocalist of the Year, 1975 Album of the Year, 1976 Male Vocalist of the Year, 1977 Album of the Year, 1977 Entertainer of the Year, 1977 Male Vocalist of the Year, 1978 Album of the Year, and 1986 Album of the Year.
Tickets for Ronnie Milsap will be $20, $35, $45,  and $75.