September 19th, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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.
September 19th, 2014 at 5:03 am
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.
What’s on your weekend agenda?
September 18th, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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.
September 17th, 2014 at 9:57 am
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 ribroom.com. Showtime is 8 p.m.
September 16th, 2014 at 11:13 am
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.
September 15th, 2014 at 9:27 am
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 stubs.net. Brian Wright will open the show.
September 12th, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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]
Admission prices vary. For more information, visit jazzeureka.org.
September 12th, 2014 at 5:03 am
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.
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.
What’s on your music agenda?
September 10th, 2014 at 9:19 am
He also shared details of his life with my colleague Allison Carter for a story we published on Friday (Sept. 5) in What’s Up!, our arts and entertainment section. You can read it online [Note: Subscriber content].
Here’s the short version: Owen, who has recorded hits such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Beachin,'” will bring his “Days of Gold” tour to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on Thursday (Sept. 11). Touring with him right now are the Eli Young Band and The Cadillac Three.
Tickets to the 7 p.m. show range from $32 -$54 and are available through the venue’s website.
September 9th, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Describing their music as “alternative dirty South rock fusion,” the Atlanta band PlanetRAWK will visit Fayetteville on Thursday (Sept. 11). Balancing the line between hip hop and rock, the band credits acts such as The Deftones, Rage Against the Machine and the Flobots as influences. Thursday’s show at Smoke & Barrel Tavern begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free.