Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cowboys, bluesman, metal and more at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

August 31st, 2011 at 10:23 am

Kenny Wayne Shepherd doesn’t sing. Well, he does sing a little backing vocals. He lets his guitar do the bulk of the work. The song is “Blue on Black.” As the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair celebrates its 75th birthday, it does … Continue reading

Lots and lots of banjos

August 30th, 2011 at 11:21 am

Starting tomorrow (Aug. 31), banjos will be visible in bulk in Eureka Springs. That’s when Banjo Rally International will take over the town, specifically the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Banjo players — particularly those with an interest in … Continue reading

Have guitar, can’t travel?

August 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

If you’re lucky enough to own a vintage guitar, consider what’s recently happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Memphis, Tenn., and add it to your list of concerns. That company, which makes instruments such as the coveted and popular … Continue reading

The Fayetteville Roots Festival grows up

August 26th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Last year, the Fayetteville Roots Festival had an evening, a venue and a few bands. It has certainly grown up this year. The event now spans three days, beginning today (Aug. 26) and continuing through Sunday (Aug. 28). It features … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with Heypenny and more

August 26th, 2011 at 5:09 am

School is back in session, which means Fayetteville feels a little bit busier. The streets are more congested, Dickson Street is a little more crowded and there is a bit of energy around town. There’s also lots of music. You … Continue reading

Tonight in tunes: Band of Heathens in Fort Smith

August 25th, 2011 at 10:41 am

Austin, Texas group The Band of Heathens returns to the area for a show tonight (Aug. 25) at Neumeier’s Rib Room in Fort Smith. The group has in recent years performed at Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and in 2010 released their … Continue reading

Lucero show canceled, rescheduled

August 24th, 2011 at 11:37 am

Sad news calls for a sad song. It’s Lucero’s “My Best Girl.” Here’s about all we can tell you: Lucero was to perform on Sept. 16 at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. According to the venue’s website, the show has been … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Electronica duo Big Gigantic at George’s

August 23rd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

[Update at 5:05 p.m. Aug. 23:] George’s tells us the concert is sold out. Big Gigantic have performed in the area several times, notably at the Wakarusa festival. The Colorado electronica act returns for a show Wednesday (Aug. 24) night … Continue reading

On the way: Bryan Adams, Oct. 10 in Fort Smith

August 22nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

This is the guy that makes Ryan Adams really mad when you confuse their names. This is multi-million selling artist Bryan Adams, who performs Oct. 10 in Fort Smith. Bryan Adams is a respected photographer (that’s actually true). But that’s … Continue reading

Texas invasion, courtesy of Jimmie Vaughan

August 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

Jimmie Vaughan, a Texan, brother to Stevie Ray Vaughan and a guitar slinger himself, formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds, famous for the mid-80s hit “Tuff Enuff.” He later left the band to play as a duo with his brother, which earned … Continue reading