Chester Thompson Trio Comes to Blue Lion Jan. 23

Chester Thompson TrioA musician known as “one of the best drummers in the country” will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown as part of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s Season at The Blue Lion.


The Chester Thompson Trio will treat audience members to a night of jazz music, headlined by the drummer who toured with Phil Collins-led Genesis for 20 years and played with Frank Zappa. General admission is $18 and $9 for UAFS students.


Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, said Thompson was one of the best drummers alive.


“This guy is an animal -- he’s one of the best drummers in the country,” Jones said. “When Phil Collins decided he wasn’t going to drum anymore for Genesis, he handed the sticks off to Thompson, and he drummed for Collins for 20 years. I’ve not seen him live, but the people I’ve talked to say he’s phenomenal.”


Led by Thompson, the trio consists of Joe Davidian on piano and Michael Rinne on bass. The show will feature local talent, as Rinne is the son of Dr. Henry Rinne, the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAFS.


“Thanks to Michael’s efforts, we were able to get him here,” Jones said. “Michael is one of the top young bass players in the country. It’s really a treat to be able to have him come here to perform.”


The concert is part of the Season at The Blue Lion, a series of live musical performances featuring both local and nationally-recognized musicians. For tickets, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or visit  


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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