Soon in tunes: Justin Moore, April 24 at Fort Smith Convention Center

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Justin Moore

Justin Moore

Country star and Arkansas native Justin Moore will return to his home state for a show that was originally scheduled for late last year. The vocalist behind songs such as “Bait a Hook” and “Small Town USA” will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 24) at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Joining Moore for this stop on the “Off the Beaten Path” tour is Randy Houser. Ticket prices range from $38.50 to $50 and are available through

Wakarusa announces stage schedule

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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“Do You Realize” that The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes will both perform during Wakarusa? Here’s a video of them collaborating on a slowed down, hipsterized version of “Do You Realize.” WARNING: There’s an incident of rock-star language in the video, so be advised.

Pull out your iPhone, Droid, day planner or Excel spreadsheet. Or whatever else you use to keep yourself organized. The Wakarusa band-by-band schedule has been announced.

The festival takes place from June 5-8 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark. We’ve known about the lineup for some time now, and it includes some big names — The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar and The Flaming Lips.

Some initial thoughts:

• There are several shows on Wednesday night. The earlier you get there, the more music you can see (although we understand early-admission passes are in short supply).

• Friday (June 6) afternoon is the pinnacle for indie rock, with sets by Dr. Dog, Murder by Death and J Roddy Walston and the Business clumped tightly together. That’s also the night The Flaming Lips serve as headliners.

• Friday night at the conclusion of The Flaming Lips’ set, The String Cheese Incident play a set on a side stage. That’s going to be a crowded, rowdy affair.

• Saturday (June 7) features a particularly packed day. Two of the bands on the top line of the bill — String Cheese and Bassnectar — play back to back on the mainstage that night.

• Several bands get two sets: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, J Roddy Walston, Dirtfoot and the Sunday (June 8) headliner, Umphrey’s McGee, who also play Saturday evening.

• I don’t notice as many personal conflicts as I have in the past. Anyone else have that experience?

What are your thoughts on the stage schedule?

On the way — Dierks Bentley, June 28 at the AMP

April 21st, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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Dierks Bentley does not want to party alone, as he discusses in the song “Am I The Only One.” If you show up at the AMP on June 28, he will not party alone.

The Northwest Arkansas Championship LPGA golf tournament has hosted music events at a variety of places — Dickson Street in Fayetteville and Orchard’s Park in Bentonville, to name two.

But with the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion scheduled to open this summer nearby in Rogers, a much closer match was made.

The AMP will be the location for the 2014 concert, officials announced on Monday afternoon. Handling headlining duties will be country star Dierks Bentley. The concert takes place June 28.

Bentley has recorded several No. 1 Country hits, including “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire” and the more recent “I Hold On.”

Tickets go on sale May 2. The price will be $8, and tournament officials say proceeds from the concert will be given to charity. Tickets will be available through the Walton Arts Center or by calling 443-5600. There is a limit of four tickets ordered per person.

Artosphere delivers the tunes, too

April 21st, 2014 at 9:39 am

The Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet

On cue as warmer weather begins, the Artosphere Festival — an exploration of arts and nature — kicks off in the coming days.

The Walton Art Center‘s two-month-long event contains many elements, including visual arts, dance and children’s events. We previewed the festival in Friday’s What’s Up! section, and you can read all about it online [Note: Subscriber content].

One of the important elements is music, and there are several things to be aware of in the next two months. What follows is a schedule of the music coming to the area courtesy of Artosphere:

May 2-30 — Local music series, Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville, free

May 20 — Shannon Wurst, Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, 6:30 p.m., $10

May 27 — Still on the Hill‘s “Once a River,” Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 7 p.m., free

May 28 — Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s “Mozart in the Museum,” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, 8 p.m., $40 [Sold out]

May 29 — Cry You One, Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, 6:30 p.m., $10

May 29 — Tiny Concert Tour, Bentonville square, 6-8 p.m., free

June 1 — Trail Mix Concert Tour, Crystal Bridges Trail, 1-3 p.m., free

June 1 — Trail Mix Concert Tour, Frisco Trail in Fayetteville, 5-7 p.m., free

June 3 — The Dover Quartet, Thorncrown Chapel, 6:30 p.m., $10

June 5 — Tiny Concert Tour, Dickson Street, 6-10 p.m., free

June 6 — Artosphere Festival Orchestra presents “Scandinavian Masterworks: Grieg and Sibelius,” Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$25

Tickets for the events that are not free can be purchased through the Walton Arts Center box office at 443-5600.

See you at some of the events?

Contest winner: Split Lip Rayfield ticket giveaway

April 18th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield

Thanks to all of those who participated in our ticket giveaway.

A random drawing awarded tickets to tonight (4/18)’s Split Lip Rayfield show at George’s Majestic Lounge to Justin Keller. Congratulations, Justin.

For those of you who didn’t win tickets, tonight’s show takes place at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.

The weekend in live music, with Catherine Russell and more

April 18th, 2014 at 5:03 am

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

It’s Spring.

How do we know, other than the calendar date? Well, Springfest arrives this weekend. And according to my most recent check of the Weather Channel, every day in the 10-day forecast gets into the 70-degree range.

Speaking of Springfest, the Dickson Street festival taking place all day Saturday (April 19), there are plenty of music acts happening throughout the day, in addition to other attractions such as the annual bed races.

See a calendar of Springfest music events here.

Before Springfest ever gets started, a renowned jazz act will visit town.

The Grammy Award-winning blues and jazz vocalist Catherine Russell will perform twice in Fayetteville tonight. The Wall Street Journal called Russell “the best blues and jazz singer going today,” and Russell has also earned praise for her February release “Bring It Back.” She performs at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. today (April 18) at the Walton Arts Center. Tickets range from $5 to $36. For tickets, call 443-5600 or visit

On a sunny weekend, the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is always a good bet. Jed Clampit has the music duties at Jammin’ Java, which caters to the market crowd. Music starts there about 9:30 a.m.

Closing out the weekend will be a Sunday (4/20) performance by Afroman at George’s Majestic Lounge. Yes, that’s a 4/20 performance by the man responsible for the song “Because I Got High.” Purp Loder opens the evening. Tickets are $15.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Soon in tunes: Backroad Anthem, April 17 at Powerhouse

April 17th, 2014 at 9:31 am

Backroad Anthem

Backroad Anthem

Country pop band Backroad Anthem, back in the area fresh off a regional tour, will open the Party on the Patio season at Powerhouse Seafood and Grill with a 7:30 p.m. show today (April 17). The outdoor Thursday night series features local and regional acts. Admission is $5.

On the way — The Head & The Heart, May 1 at the Washington County Fairgrounds

April 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

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The Head & The Heart sing “Down in the Valley.” They’re coming to our valley on May 1.

[Update at 12:58 p.m. April 16: The Office of Student Activities website now includes details about the ticket sale for the general public. General tickets go on sale at noon Saturday (April 19) through the Walton Arts Center box office. They will be $25, plus fees. Also, the website says the concert will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds. I'm not sure how that will work, considering the Arkansas Music Pavilion no longer resides there, but I'm waiting back for a more clear answer]

With time remaining in the semester running out, it seemed about time for the University of Arkansas’ student-run Headliner Concerts Committee to name a spring act.

And as of yesterday evening, we have the name.

Indie folk band The Head & The Heart will perform at May 1 at Barnhill Arena the Washington County Fairgrounds (with a rain location of Barnhill Arena). The Washington state-based band has released a pair of albums and toured the country with many like-minded acts such as The Decemberists, Iron & Wine and Death Cab for Cutie. The Head & The Heart will also be featured at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival this summer.

The concert committee books bands with money secured from student fees, so a limited amount of free tickets are handed out to students. Reservations begin at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 19) and continue through Monday (April 21). Reservations can be made via the Office of Student Activities.

I suspect general admission tickets will be sold after that time, but have yet to receive official word. I’ll update you as I learn more.

On the way — Steely Dan, July 24 at the Walmart AMP

April 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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Steely Dan had this philosophy about touring: “Do It Again.” They’ll bring their newest tour to Rogers this summer.

Classic rockers Steely Dan announced a comprehensive North American tour yesterday, and there’s a familiar name on the list.

The band responsible for the hits “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Hey Nineteen” will bring their Jamalot Ever After tour to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on July 24.

The group has sold some 40 million albums in their career and is led by original members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan. Steely Dan joins a 2014 AMP roster filled with several other classic rock acts. Tickets for one of the shows — Boston on Aug. 15 — go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday (April 18) and will range from $29-$79. An on-sale date has not been announced for Steely Dan’s performance.

Dates for Yonder’s Harvest Fest announced

April 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

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Yonder’s Harvest Festival is certainly a bluegrass and Americana event, but it also attracts bands such as Beats Antique, who are captured performing at last year’s festival in the video above. It’s safe to say it’s a very diverse event.

Today is tax day. If you haven’t mailed off (or more likely, e-filed) your 2013 tax form, now’s the time to do that.

And if you were lucky enough to get a refund this year, a new opportunity to spend it becomes available Friday.

Officials with Pipeline Productions have announced tickets for the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival go onsale at 10 a.m. Friday (April 18). They also announced the dates for this year’s event — Oct. 16-18. The event takes place on Mulberry Mountain, located about 20 minutes north of Ozark on Arkansas 23,

No lineup details have been announced, but the first announcement historically is unveiled during Wakarusa, which is also produced by Pipeline.

More details about the festival can be found via the organization’s website.