Category Archives: NWA Music News

A Sideshow No More: The End of Randall Shreve and the Sideshow

January 30th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

If there was a Hall of (Almost) Fame for bands from Fayetteville, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow would be a first ballot entry. It seems this town has produced a disproportionately high number of such acts — groups that got … Continue reading

The weekend in music, with Swampbird and more

January 30th, 2015 at 5:01 am

There’s some kind of game happening this weekend, I hear? I am aware of a advertising watch party, and an excuse for eating lots of hot wings. (P.S. I like football. My best guess? Seahawks win 27-21, with a last-minute … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Groovement, Jan. 29 at George’s

January 28th, 2015 at 11:41 am

Fayetteville band Groovement launched its nearly monthlong “Wintour” last week with a show in Lawrence, Kan. The funk and soul band’s sojourn will wind through several states, including a return to Fayetteville on Thursday (Jan. 29) on the way to points … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Wakarusa lineup

January 27th, 2015 at 8:23 am

The full Wakarusa lineup is here. And your assessment of the collection of about 100 bands largely depends on your personal tastes. Wakarusa draws thousands to Mulberry Mountain near Ozark every summer, and will do so again in 2015 from … Continue reading

Mountain music in Eureka Springs

January 23rd, 2015 at 11:23 am

Defining the “Ozark” sound is a tough task. It could be a little rowdy (but maybe not) and it probably features bluegrass instrumentation. Beyond that, it’s hard to say. But you also often know it when you hear it, and … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with Pat Green and more

January 23rd, 2015 at 5:03 am

In the midst of festival announcement season, it’s easy to forget about the events happening every day all around you. We’re certainly in the middle of that right now, with our local Wakarusa festival announcing their lineup in addition to … Continue reading

On the way — Sturgill Simpson, March 30 at George’s

January 22nd, 2015 at 8:43 am

Sturgill Simpson’s chase of that “Long White Line” will bring him to Fayetteville on March 30. This is the kind of concert I almost don’t want to tell you about. I want you to know too late, so I’m assured … Continue reading

Third and final lineup announcement for Wakarusa arrives

January 21st, 2015 at 11:36 am

“Come on to Me,” Wakarusa lineup. Oh, you’re here? Nice to see you. Major Lazer, the artist in the song above, is among the acts coming to the annual music festival near Ozark. Piece by piece, we learned about the … Continue reading

Weekly entertainment – A new residency in downtown Fayetteville

January 19th, 2015 at 11:31 am

A trio of local players has established a residency at the 6494 Bistro, located inside the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville. RJ Mischo, Richard Burnett and Paul Burnham will join forces twice a week for happy hour shows. The gigs … Continue reading

The traveling blues: Two NWA acts head to international competition

January 16th, 2015 at 12:53 pm

To earn a spot at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., a band must win a regional competition. It’s never an easy thing to do. I’ve judged these competitions before, and the criteria attempts to create distinctions between the … Continue reading