Music Lovers United to Help a Friend in Need
Since 1980, Nightflying Magazine has been Arkansas’ only statewide publication about Arkansas and mid-South area music. For 23 years, publisher Peter Read has devoted Nightflying to promoting the musicians, club owners and all others tied to the Arkansas music scene. Now all who have benefited from his devotion had their chance to return the favor.
Peter suffered an exploding brain aneurysm on May 23, 2003, and an ensuing stroke several days later, and like many other self-employed Americans he faced a mountain of medical bills, about $250,000. Professionals representing every aspect of the state’s music business joined forces to offset as much of that cost as possible with Peterpalooza, a concert fundraiser and web site.
Twelve bands were on the bill, with continuous music featured on an inside and outside stage. And roving entertainer Harmless T. Jester, a long-time Arkansas favorite, provided his own style of fun throughout the event.
Bands performing were Trout Fishing in America, Jed Clampit, Big John Miller, Runaway Planet, Mojo Depot, Shannon Boshears, Greg Spradlin Outfit, Liquid Groove Mojo, Parachute Woman, B-Side, John Von Orman & the Flowers O’ the Prairie, and Sharpe Dunaway & the All-Stars. A huge jam session closed the show as many of these musicians and plenty more took the stage as the “Peterpalooza $ymphathy Bill-harmonic Orchestra.”
The music on this site is the best of what was recorded that day.
Read has since recovered from his ordeal and is back to publishing Nightflying and making music, stating recently, "It beats the hell out of having to get a real job…"

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