Monthly Archives: January 2012

Arkansas Music Pavilion finds a new home, announces first act

January 31st, 2012 at 8:59 am

Negotiations continue to keep the Arkansas Music Pavilion at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in future years, but for 2012, the venue will be elsewhere. AMP owner Walton Arts Center announced Monday afternoon that because lease negotiations between mall management and … Continue reading

On the way: Mickey Hart Band, April 23 at George’s

January 30th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

In addition to being a really good percussionist, Mickey Hart is a drum scholar who has studied rhythms all over the world. Above is one of those stories. Wakarusa created a little bit of a buzz when it announced that … Continue reading

Art Amiss toughens up for latest compilation

January 27th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Art Amiss has released several compilation albums that chronicle the various genres in Northwest Arkansas. This one stands to be the heaviest of them all, and for several reasons. The newest compilation “The Hills Have Amps” will be released tonight … Continue reading

The weekend in music, with The Crystal Method and more

January 27th, 2012 at 9:03 am

Take a whiff. A good deep one… What’s that wafting in? Hopefully, breakfast, with coffee… but there’s something else, too…. it’s…. the weekend. Which means you should enjoy it, which further means you should watch some live music. Where, you … Continue reading

Concert Review: Keb’ Mo’, Jan. 25 @ Walton Arts Center

January 26th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Legend tells us Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to learn how to play the blues. Keb’ Mo’ never went through such a process, but he proved to a crowd of about 1,000 on a Wednesday night at … Continue reading

Carrie Nation invades a whiskey bar… and everything will be fine

January 25th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The Kansas outfit Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, named after the famous temperance crusader, will return to Fayetteville for a show Thursday (Jan. 26) at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. The group mixes bluegrass and brass instruments for a sound the … Continue reading

Keb’ Mo’s constant blues

January 24th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Life is good for musician Keb’ Mo’. He has a family. He has three Grammy Awards. And yet, he plays the blues. “I love the blues, but I don’t have the blues,” he tells Northwest Arkansas Media features editor Becca … Continue reading

Analyzing the Wakarusa lineup

January 23rd, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Fitz and the Tantrums are coming to Wakarusa. The name of the song, “Moneygrabber,” is not a commentary on the band or the festival. In my rush to get the full Wakarusa lineup online last last week, I didn’t take … Continue reading

Cooking up some country fun: The music of Elizabeth Cook

January 23rd, 2012 at 5:03 am

Look up Elizabeth Cook online and it will tell you she’s a country artist. That’s true — and she plays at the Grand Ole Opry (one of country music’s oldest establishments) to prove it. But she’s also a fearless songwriter … Continue reading

Poncho Sanchez and the art of the conga drum

January 20th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

The Cuban word for conga player is conguera. Start talking about the world’s best congueras and it won’t take long before Poncho Sanchez‘s name comes into the discussion. The artist has decades of playing the drums and leading bands, and … Continue reading