Category: Northwest Arkansas

Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fort Smith

Kenny Chesney is pictured during his 2016 tour. Photo by Jill Trunnell.

Grammy Nominee Kenny Chesney Sets July AMP Concert Date; Tickets on Sale Friday

One of country music’s biggest stars and a 6-time Grammy nominee, Kenny Chesney, is returning to the Walmart AMP stage in 2018. Chesney will headline a July 12, 2018, concert at the AMP with opener Old Dominion; it is his third time to perform at the AMP. Tickets range from $60-$109, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 through ticketmaster.com. Chesney is one of country music’s most prolific and successful acts, having sold over 30 million copies of his 20 albums, which produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the Billboard charts – 29 of which have reached No. 1. Chesney is a 6-Academy of Country Music Awards winner (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards from 2005 to 2008), as well as 6 awards from the Country Music Association. He was just nominated for his 6th Grammy – but his first solo nod – for Best Country Album for Cosmic Hallelujah. The Grammy nomination was somewhat serendipitous, coming after a last-minute change to the release schedule for Cosmic Hallelujah‘s tracks. In fact, when Chesney switched the lead single...

LISTEN: Infamous Stringdusters at Hillberry 2017 [Full Show Audio]

Just a month before being nominated for their second Grammy Award, The Infamous Stringdusters blew fans away first by sitting in at October’s Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival as the backing band behind Keller Williams in his Grateful Grass set (you can stream that one too here) and then with their own extended set immediately after – and they even threw in another Dead song for good measure, which set the enthusiastic crowd on fire all over again. Stream the full set below, courtesy of InsideOut Recording and Chris Lambert. The Stringdusters earned their second Grammy nod for Best Bluegrass Album for “Laws of Gravity,” released early in 2017. The Grammys will air on CBS television stations on January 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm Central time. Their first nomination came in 2009, for Best Country Instrumental Performance for their track “Magic No. 9.” (Marty Stuart took home the Grammy that year.) SETLIST: INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS AT HILLBERRY 2017 You Can’t Stop the Changes All That I Can Take I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink Gravity Night on the River...

LISTEN: Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass with Infamous Stringdusters at Hillberry 2017 [Full Show Audio]

Keller Williams always delivers an outstanding show, regardless of whether it’s just him sounding like 5 musicians, with all his musical tricks, looping, and the like, but his Grateful Grass shows are a rare treat. We rarely know ahead of time who the backing band will be, but he never fails to wow audiences with talented stars from the jam-grass scene. But Keller’s Grateful Grass set at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival 2017 was even more outstanding, as he surprised fans with the full Infamous Stringdusters crew as his Grateful Grass backing band – and they sounded like they’d been playing together for ages! It was great, and the packed field of music fans went nuts! Here’s the audio from that set. (The soundboard recording didn’t start till after song 1, Feel Like a Stranger.) SETLIST: GRATEFUL GRASS AT HILLBERRY 2017 Eyes of the World > Shakedown Street Crazy Fingers Scarlet Begonias Tennessee Jed Jack Straw > Cumberland Blues > They Love Each Other Sugaree New Speedway Boogie * Encore: Mr. Charlie * * With John Skehan (mandolin) and Andy Goessling...

Stream audio from every Backwoods 2018 Phase 2 act

Below you’ll find streaming audio for every act announced in Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain’s Phase 2 Lineup! GRiZ Michael Menert Aplsoz AttA Brainrack Cntrlla Cut Rugs Dalton Richmond Deep Sequence Evix Glass Cannon Jade Cicada KirbyBright Kraang Live Symmetry Lyftd Mass Relay Meesh Modern Measure Muzzy Bearr Nappy Dread No.Faces Recess Recycled Funk Snails Space4Lease The 1 Oz. Jig The Brown Bag E.P. by The 1 oz. Jig Trouble in the Streets  

Backwoods at Mulberry Unveils Phase 2 lineup, adds GRiZ, Snails, Michal Menert

Backwoods Music Festival late Friday unveiled the second phase of its lineup for the April 2018 event at Mulberry Mountain, and the newly added names include outrageously popular global hitmakers Snails, GRiZ, Michal Menert, and many more – plus a good number of up-and-coming Arkansas-based such as Atta, Flintwick, Fractal Sky, Deep Sequence, Recess, Meesh, No.Faces, Dalton Richmond and funk veterans The 1 Oz. Jig. The acts announced Friday evening add to an already-stacked lineup; Phase 1 (unveiled on November 20) included longtime Red Rocks sell-out electronica-jamband STS9 as well as The Floozies, plus a bunch of Arkansas standouts including Arkansauce, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Flintwick, Fractal Sky, Groovement, and National Park Radio. Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain 2018 takes place April 20-22 and tickets are on sale now. Scroll down for more info on every act announced in Phase 2, or click here to stream music from every single one! Wanna know more about the Phase 1 lineup? Click here to read Arkansounds’ Phase 1 lineup announcement story and learn more about Phase 1 headliners STS9 and The Floozies. All...

BLOG: Opal’s Nothing But a Sweet ‘Happy New Year’ in Eureka Springs

Never miss a Sunday show, they say. Well that rang particularly true on New Year’s Eve in Eureka Springs as 2017 was sent to final edit and we all convened at Chelsea’s Corner Café to welcome 2018 with vigorous optimism, passion, love, and joy through the sweet music and good vibes of Opal Agafia and The Sweet Nothings. It was as a family affair, as my lovely, wonderfully beautiful, and extremely talented girlfriend Gina Gallina had recently accepted my proposal for marriage. This makes me a happy man, and I’m excited for our continued adventures together. I’m so very lucky to have such a pulchritudinous lady by my side. Bonus: A whole horde of familia from Deadhead Productions had come to Eureka Springs for the occasion. We shared in delight and celebrated the gift of each others’ presence as we all dined at the Grand Taverne in style. We feasted together as we bade 2017 adieu while toasting to 2018 and the New Year that was upon us. Then it was upward on onward to Chelsea’s for a New Year’s Eve celebration! The moon was waxing and nearly full as it...

Arkansounds Insiders Weekly Update [12-28-17]

Welcome to the Arkansounds Insider weekly update! With your Arkansounds Insider membership, you are automatically entered in our biggest giveaways, and we’ll keep you in the loop about all our contests, the latest news, and the best upcoming live music all around Arkansas! GIVEAWAY ALERTS Ozark Mountain Music Festival Eureka Springs Weekend: As an Arkansounds Insider, you’ve already been entered. Package includes 2 full-event passes to Ozark Mountain Music Festival Jan. 18-21, 2018, and a guest room for 2 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa; total retail value $590. (Read more here. Winner drawn Jan.11.) DOUBLE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Want a “double entry” giving you twice the chance of winning? Click here for instructions on 3 easy ways to earn a double entry for both of the above Giveaways!  OUR YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS OF THE WEEK TRAIL TO THE WOODS: BACKWOODS AT MULBERRY MOUNTAIN 2018 ARTISTS Watch videos here from every act announced thus far for Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain! Backwoods Music Festival last month unveiled its lineup for the April 2018 event at Mulberry Mountain – its first year to be held at...

Arkansounds Guide to Arkansas’ Best New Year’s Eve Live Music

Don’t have New Year’s Eve plans set in stone yet? No worries, Arkansounds has you covered with all the top options for every area in Arkansas! (And if you work in the service industry and are interested in celebrating on New Year’s Day, when you’re off work, may we suggest a road trip to Tulsa for Cain’s Ballroom’s Hangover Ball? See details at the bottom of this page.) In Northwest Arkansas, there are a ton of great options, depending on your tastes and preferences. FAYETTEVILLE NYE LIVE MUSIC LAST NIGHT FAYETTEVILLE (MULTIPLE ACTS) Want a variety of music, live entertainment, and stages that are also family-friendly? Then Northwest Arkansas’ biggest party of the year, Last Night Fayetteville, is your best bet. (Wanna hear the bands performing instead of reading about them? Check out our Arkansounds Last Night Fayetteville playlist on Spotify here.) This year’s Last Night schedule includes so many indoor options for live entertainment: 18 musical acts on 4 different downtown stages, several comedians at Art Ventures NWA, 4 cabaret acts at The Chancellor Hotel stage, 5 kids’ acts...

Fayetteville’s country newcomer Dylan Earl on DittyTV live-set video series as tour, growth continue [video]

Fayetteville-based country upstart Dylan Earl & The Reasons Why has been gaining quite a bit of attention from various media channels around the state and the Mid-South as the group continues touring in support of their new album, New Country To Be, released in October. Earl was featured in a live studio performance video by Memphis’ DittyTV digital channel in October, and more recently he was interviewed for a North Mississippi Daily Journal story a couple weeks ago before a show at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo, Mississippi. Earl relocated from Louisiana to Northwest Arkansas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he told the NMDJ that he’ll be “in Arkansas forever.” Traveling has taken him all over, from opera houses to basements playing his music live. “There’s not really a typical live show,” Earl says in the newspaper article. “I love mixing it up; keeps the road fresh. I sincerely hope that, in the least, folks feel like the hard-earned money they’ve spent on being at one of my shows is worth it. I’m honored people choose my music to accompany...

Insider giveaway: Weekend getaway for Ozark Mountain Music Festival; 2018 lineup details unveiled

EUREKA SPRINGS — The 2018 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, has added 9 bands to its 2 previously announced headliners – Tall Tall Trees and Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy – to fill out the lineup for the January 18-21, 2018 event. The popular intimate, indoor music festival held in the ballrooms of the Basin Park Hotel in downtown Eureka Springs features an “Ozark Mountain Fusion” of bluegrass, folk, and Americana-roots music. Headlining the 2018 edition of OzMoMu will be Tall Tall Trees from Asheville, North Carolina, and Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy from Lawrence, Kansas. Full-event passes are $55 each and are available at the festival website while they last. Arkansounds and OzMoMu have partnered to offer an epic weekend getaway giveaway, which includes 2 full-event passes to the festival and a room for 2 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; total retail value is $590. To enter to win, join the Arkansounds Insider weekly email by clicking here, or through the “Sign Up” button on the Arkansounds Facebook...

Delvis and The Schwag: An Uncle, A River, and A Hound Dog

This past Friday evening I headed Eastbound to get down with The Schwag in Mountain Home at an eclectic and culturally stimulating venue, Royal 66.  The drive was narrated by different versions of Me and My Uncle and Big River along with some 70s funk playlist action and went by rather quickly.  I dismounted my Subaru and entered to check in to my hotel and ascended to my room to don my Elvis outfit.  I would be Delvis this evening; and the Royal 66 would be the site of a collision of two worlds.  Elvis would do the Dead and Delvis would be the administrator. We sound checked at 7 to work out the kinks and I knew it was gonna be all right, mama.  Four super talented musicians under my spell for three songs.  I felt the magnetic chemistry and knew when it was showtime, it would be electric.  The band went on at 9. The Schwag played a nice ensemble of Dead tunes throughout the evening and the crowd was packed in and found themselves “dancing in the...

BLOG: The Sounds of Grateful Dead + Elvis Hit Mountain Home’s Royal 66 Friday, Nov. 24

Hightail It Down to Mountain Home. This Friday may be Black Friday for many, but it’ll be a Blue Suede Friday in Mountain Home as The Schwag – one of the nation’s top Dead tribute bands – will be joined by special guest DELVIS at Royal 66 as we join everybody in expressing our Thanksgiving “Grateful” spirit through music. Trust me: There won’t be anybody “goin’ down the road feeling bad,” because That’s All Right, Mama, they’ll be riding with the King. I will be donning my DELVIS Elvis Presley tribute act persona as I join The Schwag for a couple of Bobby Weir songs and an Elvis tune. I first saw The Schwag at Rusty’s Last Chance Saloon in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997.  After several Schwagstocks and other local shows, I grew to love them for their authentic and honest approach to celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. Ever since Workingman’s Dead, Reckoning, and Europe ‘72 got me turned on in high school, I knew there was something in the style they showed me, a mysterious sense of Americana;...

BLOG: Don’t Let Me Being Me Upset You [and That Moment When Music Changes Your Vision]

Have you ever realized, like deep down in your soul, your mind, and your heart – that you have, in some way or in every way, been to hell and back – and perhaps you’re even now still staring down the flames? If so, this blog is for you. I recently spoke from my heart in our Arkansounds.com debut press release about why we are committed to giving back and using music to reach people in every way we can come up with. I mentioned the healing power of music, referencing how my favorite bands and songs have helped me through many “potholes” on this road we call Life – and how those favorite songs and bands continue to provide a palpably joyous soundtrack for the many good times, or periods of smooth travel, if you will. This analogy has been stuck in my head since I interviewed the members of Eureka Springs-based band Red Oak Ruse about their self-titled debut album released September 2. I liked it, a lot. This one song, called “Dust in the Rearview Mirror,” simultaneously...

I’m With Her Coming To Walton Arts Center

I’m With Her, a trio composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, has been added to the 2017-18 Walton Arts Center season. The show, scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 7 pm, is being presented in association with the Fayetteville Roots Festival.   Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 17 at noon. Tickets are $32.50 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. A digital download of I’m With Her’s forthcoming album is included with every ticket order for this show. Patrons will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer within seven days of their ticket purchase.   A band of multi-Grammy® Award-winning artists with extraordinary chemistry, I’m With Her has collectively released seven solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I’m With Her builds an ineffable magic from their fine-spun narratives and breathtaking harmonies.   Their music,...

Weezer and The Pixies Coming to Arkansas Music Pavilion in 2018

Alternative rock fans can rejoice and prepare to unite next summer when Weezer and the Pixies bring their co-headlining show to the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers on June 29, 2018. The two bands announced the joint tour, which features opener The Wombats, on Thursday, Nov. 2. The trek unites two of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the past 30 years for the first time on a full tour. Alternative rock kings The Pixies are touring in support of their 2016 release Head Carrier, and Weezer dropped its 11th studio album, Pacific Daydream, last week. “We’re all big Weezer fans,” Pixies frontman Black Francis (Frank Black) said in a statement, “so we’re really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer; they’re not afraid to take risks with their music.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, starting at $34.50 plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center box office in Fayetteville,...

Bria Skonberg To Bring Jazz Twist To Walton Arts Center

Shaking up the jazz world with a fresh batch of golden standards and playful originals, Bria Skonberg is set to perform at Walton Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm as part of the Starrlight Jazz Club Series.   Coming off a recent Juno Award win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (Canada’s version of The Grammys®), vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter, Bria Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style with timeless jazz chops into a program that playfully nods to tradition while always looking ahead.  ​ ​ Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” Bria Skonberg was recognized last summer as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine, and Vanity Fair cited her as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world.”   Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed it to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. To date, she has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot...

Riverstomp Returning in May 2018 After 4-Year Hiatus; New Dates Set

Riverstomp is back. Organizer and promoter Travis Stallbories of Blisterfoot Productions has announced new dates for the 2018 event, the first to take place since Riverstomp went on hiatus following the fifth consecutive event in 2014. The new dates are May 11-12, with campers departing on Sunday, May 13. Riverstomp 2018 will be held at Sparrow Hawk Camp, 21985 N Ben George Road, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The lineup is expected to be announced in the coming month, said Stallbories and Emerg Entertainment, which is co-promoting the festival. “The RiverStomp Music Festival is a rowdy, blood-pumping, foot-stomping, good time with nothing but the best of the Ozark stomp-music genre,” says the fest’s Facebook page. In its first five years, Riverstomp featured bluegrass, Americana, and roots-rock bands from around this region of the country. Previous bills have included Dirtfoot, Ben Miller Band, The Hillbenders, The Hooten Hallers, Henhouse Prowlers, Randy Crouch, Cletus Got Shot, Clusterpluck, Foleys Van, Charliehorse, Cutty Rye, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Fast Food Junkies, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Honky Suckle, Trashcan Bandits, and more. That emphasis on the “wilder” side of...

Arkansauce Closing Out Big Year With Halloween Concert, NYE Show; Poised to Dig In Next Year

This year has been, in many ways, a turning point for Fayetteville-based progressive bluegrass quartet Arkansauce, which is Adams Collins on banjo, Ethan Bush on mandolin, Tom Andersen on bass, and Zac Archuleta on guitar. They share vocals and songwriting duties. From an outside perspective, Arkansauce has enjoyed a big year: the April release of its third album, If I Were You, which enjoyed great reviews from publications like GratefulWeb and others that are jamgrass-heavy; the band continued expanding its fan base with new tour stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, and Kansas; they played twice on the Main Stage at Fayetteville’s Bikes, Blues & BBQ in September (and once in between at Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ in Eureka Springs); they played a sold-out show at George’s Majestic Lounge for Fayetteville Roots Fest; and they were one of 11 bands selected from across the country to compete in June’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. They are also slated to headline at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on New Year’s Eve. (The Mighty Pines, another Telluride competition alum, and The Toos...