Soon in tunes: Colony House, Sept. 23 at George’s

September 22nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Colony House

Colony House

Tennessee trio Colony House will perform in Fayetteville on Tuesday (Sept. 23) in support of the 2014 full-length debut, “When I Was Younger.” The indie rock band takes its name from an apartment complex in their hometown of Franklin. Joining the musicians for the show at George’s Majestic Lounge will be Little Rock band Knox Hamilton. Admission to the 9 p.m. show is $7.

Soon in tunes: Bear Hands, Sept. 22 at George’s

September 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 am

Bear Hands photos by Nina Westervelt

Bear Hands photos by Nina Westervelt

Indie rock up-and-comers Bear Hands will perform today (Sept. 22) at George’s Majestic Lounge. The four-piece electro/indie pop act from New York has released two albums. The latest, “Distraction,” contains the indie rock radio hit “Giants.” The band’s performance on Monday begins about 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Wakarusa and Thunder on the Mountain dates announced

September 19th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

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The official Wakarusa post-video contains lots of examples of drone footage, and also people jumping around. We’ve just learned the new dates for the annual festival, so mark your calendars.

Wakarusa just announced the dates for the 2015 edition of the festival. The annual music festival will take place June 4-7 on Mulberry Mountain, located north of Ozark on Arkansas 23. That comes as little surprise — the festival is usually the first weekend on June, and after several successful years here, fans have come to expect a return to the venue.

From the same production company responsible for Wakarusa comes another announcement — and this one is definitely more of a surprise.

After a one-year hiatus, Thunder on the Mountain will return to the same festival grounds and will take place June 18-21. Organizers promised a return, but no one knew when.

I’m glad to see it return. It provided some giant names in country music in 2013, its first and only year.

Neither lineup has been revealed. Expect to hear who is playing at both sometime near the beginning of the year.

The weekend in music, with DJ Chicken George and more

September 19th, 2014 at 5:03 am

DJ Chicken George

DJ Chicken George

If you don’t like live music, find another website where you can waste your time on a Friday morning. I know that’s what you’re doing — you’re killing time until 5 p.m., when you can officially leave the office. Until then, you’re just mentally checked out.

What follows, like every Friday morning, is a road map for your music weekend. Go find a way to enjoy it, please.

DJ Chicken George returns to Fayetteville this weekend to perform what he calles “jazztronica.” Based in hip-hop, but also inspired by many other stylistic elements, George is based in Austin, Texas. He performs tonight (Sept. 19) at Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville. The show begins about 10 p.m. and guests include Shortfuze, Mixx Tenn and Lucio. Admission is free.

Chicken George will also perform Saturday (Sept. 20) at an all-ages show at Lalaland. That event starts at 7 p.m.

Another option for the weekend is Steve Poltz, who has a pair of the shows in area. He performs at 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 21) at Eureka House Concerts in Eureka Springs. Gordie Tentrees will join him for that one. On Monday (not technically the weekend, I know…) he’ll be at Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Poltz was recently in town for the Fayetteville Roots Fest if you missed him there.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets for Cherub‘s show, that’s tonight at George’s Majestic Lounge. Tickets have been sold out for a couple weeks.

Little Rock rockers Weakness for Blondes have a pair of shows this weekend. You can find them Saturday night at Kingfish in Fayetteville or Sunday morning at Common Grounds for a brunch set.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Congratulations to the Ozark Blues Challenge winners

September 18th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

For the second time in three years, I helped judge the Ozark Blues Society‘s Ozark Blues Challenge.

It’s crowns the best local blues solo or duo act and the best band.

But it’s no mere battle of the bands — the winning acts receive an invitation to the International Blues Challenge early next year in Memphis, Tennessee. The local blues society helps pay their way as part of the local victory, too.

I sat on a panel of three judges that watched the band portion of the evening’s competition, so I can’t speak to the quality of any of the solo or duo acts. But I did watch all four of the bands, and I’d like to give credit to all of them. Very little separated the groups, and that was reflected in split ballots the judges submitted.

But particular congrats are owed to Buddy Shute, who for the third time won the solo category. Amanda Ray and the West Street Blues Band took top honors in the band portion of the event.

Good luck to all of you in Memphis. Northwest Arkansas has a history of producing winners and/or other highly ranked contestants, and I’m hoping for the same results in 2015.

P.S. Thanks to the Ozark Blues Society for the hospitality, and for selecting me as a judge. I enjoyed the opportunity very much.

Soon in tunes: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Sept. 18 at the Rib Room

September 17th, 2014 at 9:57 am

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Popular 1990s blues rockers Big Head Todd and the Monsters are back on the tour circuit. The platinum-selling band released hits such as “Bittersweet” and “Circle” and has continued recording throughout the years, including a Robert Johnson tribute album in 2011 and a new album of originals, “Black Beehive,” which was released in April. The band will be joined by local guests Earl & Them on Thursday (Sept. 18) for a show at Neumeier’s Rib Room in Fort Smith. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the show and are available via Showtime is 8 p.m.

Soon in tunes: Gasoline Lollipops, Sept. 17 at Chelsea’s

September 16th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

If listened to on a road trip, Colorado alt-country outfit Gasoline Lollipops promises to make listeners stomp their feet until there’s a hole in the the floorboard. On a tour in support of the band’s most recent EP, “Death,” Gasoline Lollipops will visit Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Admission to the 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 17) show is free.

Soon in tunes: Joe Purdy, Sept. 16 at George’s

September 15th, 2014 at 9:27 am

Joe Purdy

Joe Purdy

Prolific songwriter and one-time Arkansas resident Joe Purdy returns to this state for a gig at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Purdy, who has recently been working on a project with acclaimed British songwriter Billy Bragg (and brought him to Little Rock for a surprise show), will perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 16) in support of his most recent release, “Eagle Rock Fire.” Admission to the event is $20, and tickets are available via Brian Wright will open the show.

Get jazzy in Eureka Springs

September 12th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Delfeayo Marsalis

Delfeayo Marsalis

Even if you don’t know much in the way of jazz music, you probably recognize the name Marsalis. Arguably the first family of contemporary American jazz, several family members perform music professionally.

And two of the members of that family highlight a weekend of jazz music in Eureka Springs.

Ellis (the family’s patriarch) and Delfeayo Marsalis team up for a concert on Saturday (Sept. 13) in The Auditorium. The show is part of the larger Jazz Eureka festival, an annual event that takes over many venues in the town. Ellis and Delfeayo are touring together in support of their collaborative album “The Last Southern Gentlemen.”

Also performing during the weekend are the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece jazz band from Fayetteville. Their show is at The Auditorium on Friday (Sept. 12).

Jazz music will also be featured during the Eureka Springs Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning and a jazz brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 14) at the Crystal Dining Room inside the Crescent Hotel.

My colleague Becca Martin-Brown takes a look at the festival in a story published today in What’s Up!, our weekly arts and entertainment guide. [Note: Subscriber content]

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The weekend in live music, with The Airplanes and more

September 12th, 2014 at 5:03 am

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The Airplanes, from Fayetteville, perform the song “Paper Hearts.” They perform this weekend at George’s Majestic Lounge. The video is pretty cool, too, creating a little paper art along the way.

Art is everywhere. That’s the theme of a story I wrote for today’s What’s Up!, and that feature focuses on the new “State of the Art” exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

I don’t mean to cross platforms here, because this is and will remain a music-specific blog.

But it does parallel with a point I’d like to make — music is everywhere, too. These weekend lists are far from comprehensive, and the calendar we keep updated on this site doesn’t quite get them all, either (but it comes much closer).

The goal here is to provide you with some ideas, and to let you do the exploring. Here are some recommendations for this weekend:

Fayetteville-based band The Airplanes will perform on Saturday (Sept. 13) at George’s Majestic Lounge. They’ll be joined by Comfortable Brother and Canopy Climbers. It should be a good night of local pop rock.

National Park Radio performs on Saturday afternoon at Evelyn Hills shopping center during the Midtown Music Showcase. The event is part of a larger plan to re-brand and bolster the midtown area of a Fayetteville.

Sunday (Sept. 14), Terra Studios hosts its annual fall music festival. Even if you don’t know the bands involved, the grounds are worth checking out.

Also this weekend, the Dumptruck Boyz perform Friday (Sept. 12) with Ghost Hollers and Yokohama Drifters at The Lightbulb Club.

What’s on your music agenda?