February 24th, 2014 at 10:47 am
We write a version of this blog post every few months, but it’s worth repeating.
You’re already here at TunedIn, so you know what we provide here. Thanks for finding us.
But this music blog, with its concert calendar, live music reviews and breaking concert announcements, isn’t the only service we provide.
This blog comes as a supplement to our print edition, which you can find every Friday morning in the five Northwest Arkansas Media daily newspapers. There’s also an online version.
There’s always more coverage in print than we can get on the web, so make a habit of checking it out.
And, speaking of content, that’s where you can help. We list – for free! — every concert we know of and can verify. So send your gigs to me and I’ll do my best to get them in the paper. The deadline is noon Monday for Friday publication, so we’ll need events for next weekend (March 7-9) by noon today.
We also routinely write profiles on bands, so if yours has a noteworthy event, make sure to let us know.
Thanks for reading. We love you.
Also, here’s a clip of the song “Mesmerise” by British rockers Temples. Why? Because I like them, that’s why.
February 21st, 2014 at 2:07 pm
There’s buzz, then there’s what Angel Olsen is experiencing right now. If she only knew, that is.
The acclaimed songwriter has been a darling of the Internet in recent weeks, with positive press from Pitchfork and the like and a week of attention on NPR‘s First Listen in advance of her new album “Burn Your Fire For No Witness.” Meanwhile, she’s without Internet access as she leaves home for tour.
That album is now out on shelves, and Olsen has simultaneously launched the tour to support it. The trek with Irish songwriter Cian Nugent stops at Fayetteville’s Lightbulb Club on Sunday (Feb. 23). Locals Sw/mm/ng will also perform that evening. The show begins about 9 p.m., and admission is $5.
Olsen chatted with me recently about her move away from solo work and towards a full-band sound. Other topics of our chat included getting popular in a hurry and the genesis of her songs. Read my story in What’s Up!, available in any of the five Northwest Arkansas Media daily newspapers or online [Note: Subscriber content].
See you there?
February 21st, 2014 at 11:37 am
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent were happily performing solo. But then they made one album together, a record with the title “Shovels & Rope.” That caused a buzz, and so did the followup recording, 2011′s “O’ Be Joyful,” released under the moniker Shovels & Rope instead of their individual names.
That led to tours, collaborations and recognition at the Americana Awards & Honors event.
The tours continue, including a stop Sunday (Feb. 23) at George’s Majestic Lounge. The husband-and-wife duo will be joined by Hurray for the Riff Raff, a band also scheduled to perform during the Fayetteville Roots Festival in August.
Hearst and Trent joined me for a conference call about the band’s forthcoming album, their new songs and upgrading to a tour bus for this tour, a vast improvement over their small touring van of recent tours.
Read my story in today’s What’s Up! section. [Note: Subscriber content]
The concert begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $15.
Before you go, watch the video below. It’s a collaboration with up-and-coming rocker J Roddy Walston, and it was recently recorded at Hearst and Trent’s home near Charleston, S.C. It appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s website, which Hearst called a dream come true:
February 21st, 2014 at 5:03 am
You know the drill. There’s lots of live music happening this weekend. Let’s get to it.
Straddling the line between Texas country musician and folk songwriter, Robert Earl Keen returns to Fayetteville for a Saturday night (Feb. 22) show at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Keen has been an active perform for almost 30 years, and many of his songs carry his wild sense of humor. Tickets to his 9 p.m. show with guest Andrea Davidson are $25 and are available through the club or via georgesmajesticlounge.com.
How about something completely different?
After an October concert featuring the Gift of Gab was canceled at the last minute, the rapper and member of Blackalicious will perform in Fayetteville this weekend. His performance will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday at Smoke and Barrel Tavern. Joining him will be Epiphany, Landon Wordswell and Lucio. Admission is $10 at the door.
Saturday is pretty full outside Fayetteville, too.
Legendary pop singer Helen Reddy is back on tour and performing that evening at the Alma Performing Arts Center. Another option is the Beatles’ tribute act Liverpool Legends, endorsed by none other than Louise Harrison, the late George Harrison’s sister. The Liverpool Legends perform at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center. My colleague Becca Martin-Brown has stories on both in today’s What’s Up! section [Note: Subscriber content].
What else is on your radar?
February 18th, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Southern soul and rock practitioners — and throwback act — JJ Grey and Mofro return to George’s Majestic Lounge for a Wednesday night (Feb. 19) show there. The Florida-based band released the album “This River” in 2013 and spent the year on the road, including a stop at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival near Ozark last October. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $20. Opening the festivities will be Cody Canada, formerly of Cross Canadian Ragweed.
February 17th, 2014 at 11:21 am
Judges have narrowed down entries to the “Song of Arkansas” contest, and two Fayetteville residents are among those still in the running.
The contest is sponsored by the the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and will award the winner studio time and $2,000.
Seven songs about Arkansas remain in the contest, and the winner will be chosen by public vote. To weigh in, go to the Song of Arkansas contest page. You’ve got until Feb. 24 to cast your vote.
Here are the two local contributions:
February 14th, 2014 at 12:51 pm
We already knew the Arkansas Music Pavilion was getting a new home. Now it’s getting a new name.
Venue officials announced that the facility will now be known as the Walmart AMP, courtesy of of a $2.5 million gift from the retail giant.
According to a press release from earlier this week, the facility will seat 7,000 patrons.
Reports from a tour at the site [Note: Subscriber content] indicate the venue be ready in time for its slate of concerts starting this summer. Construction is behind, thanks to winter weather, but the venue will host Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Jason Isbell for a concert there on July 7.
The AMP currently has one other show on its 2014 schedule — country act Jake Owen on Sept. 11.
February 14th, 2014 at 5:03 am
Happy Valentine’s Day!
You know what makes a great date? A concert does, that’s what. Because shared experiences leave you with memories and something to talk about, you can reminisce about the amazing show(s) you watched Valentine’s weekend.
We’ve also got a list of last-minute suggestions running today in What’s Up!, if you’re lost for other ideas [Note: Subscriber content]
Single? Concerts are a great place to meet a significant other.
So, how about a list of concerts for the weekend?
Best known as a songwriter, Jon Vezner also records and tours as a solo artist. As a songwriter, he has penned songs for Martina McBride, John Mellencamp, Faith Hill and many more, and he earned a Grammy for the Kathy Mattea song “Where’ve You Been.” Vezner opens the 2014 Eureka House Concert series on Elk Street. He performs at 6 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 16) for an event that begins with a 5 p.m. meet and greet and potluck. Admission is $15.
An opportunity to see a lot of local live music in short order takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 15) at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium. The Mid-Winter Hometown Jam, in its third year, will include seven acts: The Ariels, Sarah Hughes, The Medicine Man Show, The Josh Jennings Band, SX Rex, Kevin Riddle and Springbilly. Each act will perform a 20-minute set, then convene for a jam session finale. Tickets are $12 on the day of the show or $10 in advance at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.
How about some other options?
Boom Kinetic plays a Valentine’s Day show at George’s Majestic Lounge tonight (Feb. 14), if you want to dance with your sweetheart. Vagabond Swing has the stage on Saturday night at Smoke & Barrel Tavern.
There’s also a host of options listed on the front page of this website. Find yourself a date night there.
February 12th, 2014 at 10:34 am
Har Mar Superstar performing “Lady You Shot Me.” He’s recovered well enough to appear in Fayetteville on March 10.
The Lightbulb Club always books just-under-the-radar shows. They are generally indie affairs, and intimate ones at that.
But the club has recently announced a couple big ones for the fall.
On Feb. 23, songwriter Angel Olsen will take stage there. Don’t know her? You probably will soon. NPR recently featured her for a Tiny Desk concert, and Entertainment Weekly magazine named her as one of the 14 artists you should watch in 2014.
Also, the club also announced Har Mar Superstar will perform there on March 10. That’s going to be a fun and wild one. Expect some partial male nudity and some throwback soul.
A few others to consider:
• Aan on March 8
• Water Liars on March 14
See you at a few of these.
February 11th, 2014 at 9:31 am
Arkansas must always be on Willie Nelson’s mind. He’s coming to Rogers on June 7, just four months after another date in Northwest Arkansas.
Beams are still going up at the site of the soon-to-be-home of the Arkansas Music Pavilion. And also going up are marquee names on the venue’s upcoming concert season.
Country icon Willie Nelson and bluegrass icon Alison Krauss and Union Station yesterday (Feb. 10) announced a co-headlining tour, and the Arkansas Music Pavilion is one of the stops. For the July 7 stop in Arkansas, the bands will be joined by songwriter Jason Isbell.
More information, such as ticket sale info, is expected to be released soon.
Nelson, you might recall, was scheduled to perform at the Walton Arts Center in November but a bus accident postponed the show. Nelson’s rescheduled concert will now take place March 4, but that event is sold out.