December 11th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
I don’t want to spoil my list, so here’s a clip from one of my favorite concerts I attended outside of Northwest Arkansas — The Postal Service at The Midland in Kansas City, Mo. What shows in this area hit “Such Great Heights” for you?
A few days ago, I bugged you about listing your favorite albums of 2013. Thanks to all who participated.
Now comes another request — for your favorite live music events in 2013. We try to make this a local effort, so think about the shows in this area that stood out.
I’m compiling my list, but I know many of them already — I’ll feature some in Fayetteville, some at Wakarusa, some at Harvest Fest.
What were your favorite shows in this area? Big or small, we want to hear them all.
December 10th, 2013 at 10:37 am
“Don’t Mean Nothin’” you say? I happen to like bluegrass music very much, thank you.
Gaining attention almost as soon as they formed, The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the top new-school bluegrass bands in the country.
The Stringdusters will release a new EP soon, and it shares a name with the current tour. Proceeds from the album, recorded with Bruce Hornsby joining the band on accordion, will be given to victims of summer flooding in Boulder.
December 9th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
There’s not much happening entertainment wise on most Mondays in Northwest Arkansas, and that’s even more so the case considering the continued winter weather.
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December 6th, 2013 at 11:17 am
[Update at 2:43 p.m. — This show has been postponed. The show has been moved to 4 p.m. Jan. 12]
When Ronnie Milsap thinks about Christmas, he doesn’t think about childhood memories. Instead, he fondly recalls more recent Christmases, spent around his family and friends in Tennessee.
He also remembers his love of singing Christmas songs. That’s what brings him out for a tour that will stop at the Walton Arts Center on Sunday (Dec. 8).
He and his band will perform a series of Christmas songs — and a number of his country hits — during the concert. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.
Milsap, blind since a very young age, had a musical aptitude even as a child. He learned to sing and play piano, and he spent years as a studio musician before finding mainstream solo success. He would land 40 singles at the top of various country music charts, including “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(I’m a) Stand By My Woman Man” and “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.”
Milsap chatted with me recently about Christmas, his country music career and his forthcoming album, called “Summer Number 17.” That album was inspired by a 21-year-old songwriter, Milsap says. He discussed other topics with me too, and you can read the story in Friday’s What’s Up! section. [Note: Subscriber content]
As of the time of this posting, the concert remains on the schedule. If weather conditions change that, we’ll let you know.
December 6th, 2013 at 5:03 am
In our live music listing that appears in the print edition, we offer a simple disclaimer: Check in directly with the venues in question. Things change.
Especially this weekend.
We’ve already posted a list of entertainment cancellations. We’ll continue to update that list as we hear more. Simultaneously, NWAOnline is compiling a comprehensive list of cancellations and postponements.
So, what follows below is our weekly guide to the live music activities of the weekend. It’s posted with the assumption these events are still happening, but it’s going to be wise to check back.
Aaron Diehl‘s recent credentials run a mile long. He’s a Juilliard School graduate, was a Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association and toured with Wynton Marsalis immediately after graduating high school. Diehl brings his quartert to the Walton Arts Center on Saturday (Dec. 7) night for a pair of shows at the center. Show times are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets range from $5-$36 and are available by calling 443-5600 or via waltonartscenter.org.
Also at the WAC this weekend will be classic country star Ronnie Milsap. He performs a Christmas concert on Sunday (Dec. 8) evening. Check back for more on him later today.
Regional favorite Dirtfoot, a staple at festivals such as Wakarusa and Yonder’s Harvest Fest, come back to the area armed with a new album. The country/punk/funk band’s fourth full-length, “Coming Up For Air,” came out in early November. On a tour in support of the record, Dirtfoot will visit George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday with guests Mountain Sprout. Admission is $10. The show will begin at 9 p.m.
What’s on your music agenda for the weekend?
December 4th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
With a threat of severe weather looming, cancellations were sure to follow.
It’s happening — the cancellations, at least. We’ll have to wait for the snow and/or ice.
We’ll keep a running list of the events we hear that are canceled or otherwise altered.
If you know an entertainment event affected by the wintery conditions, feel free to email us.
• God Bless America concert, Dec. 6, Riordan Hall
• Lucero with Shawn James, Dec. 5, George’s Majestic Lounge
• Lucero with Benjamin Del Shreve, Dec. 6, George’s Majestic Lounge
• Samantha Fish, Dec. 6 at George’s Majestic Lounge
• Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is closed for the rest of Dec. 5.
• The Dec. 6 performance of “Fully Committed” by Rogers Little Theater. Other performances (Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 12-15) are currently slated to continue.
• Silver Tea at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs — Scheduled for Dec. 5; rescheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 13
• Eureka Springs Christmas Parade — Scheduled for Dec. 6; rescheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 16
• Country rockers Reckless Kelly at George’s in Fayetteville — Scheduled for Dec. 4; rescheduled for Feb. 1; tickets will be honored or refunded
• First Thursday at Fayetteville Underground — Scheduled for Dec. 5; rescheduled for Dec. 12
• Fort Smith Christmas Parade — Scheduled for Dec. 7; makeup date not yet announced
• Singalong Sound of Music at the Walton Arts Center — Scheduled for Dec. 6; rescheduled for Jan. 10
• Mariachi Los Comperos at the Walton Arts Center — Scheduled for Dec. 7; makeup date not yet announced
• Ronnie Milsap at Walton Arts Center — Scheduled for Dec. 8; rescheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 12
December 4th, 2013 at 10:27 am
Lucero knows they have a captive audience in Fayetteville. From their website: “And we wouldn’t be capping off the year right unless we stopped in Fayetteville (George’s Majestic Lounge) for a couple nights.” The Memphis, Tenn.-based country soul rockers will do just that with a show on Thursday (Nov. 5) and again on Nov. 6. Thursday will feature support from Shawn James and the Shapeshifters. The opening band on Nov. 6 will be Benjamin Del Shreve. Both shows start at 9 p.m. Admission is $20 for either.
December 3rd, 2013 at 11:39 am
Reckless Kelly performs “Nobody’s Girl” The band are not nobodies on the Texas country circuit.
The band’s September album, “Long Night Moon,” debuted inside the Top 25 on the U.S. Country music chart.
December 1st, 2013 at 11:51 am
It may have slowed the process of making music a little, but it did little to alter their sound. The former 80s cover band, now almost exclusively a pop rock outfit in the vein of Passion Pit meets Keane, recorded the album here in Northwest Arkansas.
They wrote their songs, and while there was label input, the record is the one bandmember Zach Gump says they wanted to create.
The result, “Future Colonial,” was released on Nov. 15.
I chatted with Gump about the band’s evolution, the record deal and the band’s career arc. Read my story in Monday’s What’s Up! section [Note: Subscriber content].
The band will resume touring early next year, Gump says. Dates in Northwest Arkansas will resume at that time.
November 29th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Now 20 years since their breakthrough, self-titled record, the Lousiana sludge metal band Crowbar continues writing, recording and touring. The group is expected to follow up their 2011 album “Sever the Wicked Hand” with an as-of-yet-untitled 2014 recording. The group visits George’s Majestic Lounge on Tuesday (Dec. 3) for a show with supporting act White Light Cemetery. The show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $12.