Category Archives: In the Spotlight

The weekend in live music, with The Australian Bee Gees and more

February 27th, 2015 at 5:03 am

Once again, it’s cold, rainy and potentially snowy or icy this weekend. Do your best to “Stay Alive” the next few days. That’s all I’ve got for a lead-in this week, but it’s a good one (hey, give me the … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Paper Diamond, Feb. 26 at George’s

February 25th, 2015 at 9:53 am

Update: This concert is now sold out. A frequent opening act for performers such as Bassnectar, Skrillex, Zeds Dead and Pretty Lights is coming to George’s Majestic Lounge on a solo tour. Colorado-born electronica producer Paper Diamond brings his “Rain … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Rhonda Vincent, Feb. 26 at the Walton Arts Center

February 24th, 2015 at 9:53 am

On Feb. 8, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage cleaned house at the annual Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America ceremony, an annual awards event that honors traditional bluegrass acts. The group took home Female Vocalist of the … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with Jeff Austin and more

February 20th, 2015 at 5:03 am

This batch of live music recommendations comes with a disclaimer. As this post goes live, it likely does so as freezing rain arrives in the area. Unless that’s not true, and the forecasters were wrong. And even if they were … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, Feb. 19 at The Lightbulb Club

February 18th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

A combination of touring musician and local talk show host, Mike Adams blends pop sensibilities with a bit of wackiness. The Indiana-based songwriter touring with a full band called Mike Adams at His Honest Weight will perform on Thursday night … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with In The Whale and more

February 13th, 2015 at 5:03 am

In The Whale performs the song “Girlfriend” at Red Rocks in Colorado. A fitting title for this weekend, I think. In the Whale performs Saturday in Fayetteville. I’m going to give you the same advice, whether you’re in a relationship … Continue reading

This is a mandolin player and his instrument

February 6th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Songwriter Bryan Ranney tells my coworker Allison Carter that people often confuse his instrument of choice — the mandolin — with another smallish stringed instrument, the ukulele. Hence the ongoing “Not a Ukulele” tour. The St. Louis-based roots/bluegrass performer and … Continue reading

The weekend in music with Rochelle Bradshaw and more

February 6th, 2015 at 5:03 am

Some say a writer is only blessed with so many words in their brain bank. And when that allotment runs out, their career is over. The ideas just go away. I don’t think I’m at that point right now, but … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with the Ozark Mountain Maybelles and more

January 9th, 2015 at 5:03 am

It may not get above freezing this weekend. And if it does, it may only do so briefly. It won’t stop live music from happening in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, and it shouldn’t stop you. Get tough, okay? Here are … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Luke Wade, Jan. 7 at George’s Majestic Lounge

January 6th, 2015 at 11:31 am

Texas songwriter and vocalist Luke Wade’s profile is quickly rising. He has recently released his second album, “The River,” and he made a name for himself nationally on television’s “The Voice.” Wade’s current tour of Southern towns brings him on … Continue reading