Category: Eureka Springs

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Bluegrass & BBQ Features Great Variety of Music, Regional Standouts

EUREKA SPRINGS – Tickets for this fall’s Bluegrass & BBQ festival are now on sale, and the lineup is smokin’ for the September 28-30 event that coincides with Northwest Arkansas’ region-wide motorcycle rally, Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Performers will include Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, The Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Circus No. 9, Whiskey For The Lady, and DimeTrip. Bluegrass & BBQ, in its second year, is held at The Farm Campground and Events near Eureka Springs – also the home of the Mid-South’s premier progressive bluegrass weekend, Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival, held in October. Bluegrass & BBQ festival tickets are on sale now at Stubs.net. Tickets are $30 for a single-day pass or $55 for the full weekend; camping is included, and RVs are welcome. ABOUT THE BLUEGRASS & BBQ 2018 ACTS OPAL AGAFIA & THE SWEET NOTHINGS Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, embodies the sounds of the Ozark Mountains: a little soul, a little roots, a little rock-and-roll, a little old-timey swing – and a lot...

The Farm hosting Spring Cleanin’ event with litter cleanups, live music, food, kids’ eco workshop: April 14-15

Just in time for spring cleaning season – and the arrival of music festival weather – comes “Eureka Spring Cleanin’ in the Holler” on Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15, a family-friendly weekend with opportunities to help pick up litter along Highway 187 near The Farm, plus catered food for volunteers, camping, a community potluck (free for volunteers and just $5 a plate for everyone else!), a kids’ eco workshop, and outdoor live music from local performers on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The only cost to attend is a camping fee for those who stay overnight. Trash pickup will take place from 10 am to 4 pm both days; the live music, kids’ events and community potluck will begin afterward. The live music will continue till about 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Litter-pickup volunteers must pre-register (see email at bottom) to receive the volunteer perks: catered breakfast and dinner catered both days, a T-shirt, and discounted camping fee. For non-volunteers, camping costs $12.50 per night per adult; kids 12 and younger are free. There is a shower house with electricity on-site. The...

The Infamous Stringdusters played Hillberry 2017 and will return to Eureka Springs' The Farm for the October 2018 Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival.

Hillberry 2018 Lineup: Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, Wood Bros, Stringdusters, Billy Strings, a Big Smith Reunion, Much More

EUREKA SPRINGS, Arkansas (March 28, 2018) — Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival 2018 has released the full lineup announcement for the October 11-14 event, and it includes a stellar lineup of internationally acclaimed bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, jam-grass, roots-rock, Americana, and funk acts, plus 2 nights (4 sets) from festival co-host Railroad Earth. The following is the full lineup of bands scheduled to perform at this fall’s Hillberry. An asterisk (*) denotes that this will be the act’s debut at The Farm, home of Hillberry, near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Click here to watch our Hillberry 2018 YouTube playlist, with live performance videos from every Hillberry performer. • Trampled By Turtles*, the award-winning Minnesota band that has made a habit of forging a place at the top of mainstream charts for its blazing-fast, edgy progressive bluegrass • The “Father of Newgrass” Sam Bush* • 7-piece international funk-masters and JamCruise veterans Lettuce • Critically acclaimed Americana trio The Wood Brothers*, the subject of a new documentary film and rave reviews from the likes of NPR and The New York Times • Recent Grammy winners...

Hillberry Festival Lineup Round 1: Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush and More

Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival has released its first lineup announcement for the October 11-14, 2018, event. Hillberry 5 will include 2 nights (4 sets) from Hillberry co-host Railroad Earth; plus performances from Trampled By Turtles, which just announced it is ending a 2-year hiatus; the “Father of Newgrass” Sam Bush; critically acclaimed Americana trio The Wood Brothers; speed-grass Billboard chart-topper Billy Strings; “thrash-grass” pioneers Split Lip Rayfield; Arkansas’ leading prog-grass band Arkansauce; “groove-grass” standouts The Mighty Pines; and Chicago-based up-and-comers Miles Over Mountains. Hillberry Festival is hosted by Deadhead Productions, which has hosted various music festivals at numerous venues over the years and now is headquartered at The Farm near Eureka Springs. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite at early bird prices while they last. Ticket sales will be limited to 3,000 attendees, and the festival is expected to sell out. The Farm is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just a few miles from historic Eureka Springs, amid rolling mountaintops on a largely wooded, privately owned, 160-acre property; it is 26 miles from Rogers/Bentonville and 50 miles from...

The Infamous Stringdusters played Hillberry 2017 and will return to Eureka Springs' The Farm for the October 2018 Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival.

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...

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...

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...

Fruition Full Set [Audio Stream] + Review: Hillberry Music Festival 2017

Below is the full-set audio stream from Fruition from their Saturday, October 14, performance on the tent stage at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival 2017, located at The Farm – Campground and Events near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. REVIEW: FRUITION A STANDOUT AT HILLBERRY 2017 Fruition was scheduled to close out the Main Stage Saturday night, but with a storm moving in, festival organizers moved their set to the tent; it was shoulder-to-shoulder filled with folks standing 20-people deep in all directions outside the tent. What an epic set! The air was electric, Fruition’s wall of sound outstanding and mind-blowing, the songs – and occasional impromptu jams – performed with precision. The energy, smiles, and dance moves were contagious throughout, but when Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone came on stage to man the fiddle for an outrageously great cover of “Southern Man,” the few members of the audience who weren’t already besides themselves suddenly were. Fruition gave the fans what they wanted throughout their set, including almost all their biggest hits like “Santa Fe” and “The Meaning,” saving the title track off...

Leftover Salmon Full Set [Audio Stream] Hillberry Music Festival 2017

Below is the full-set audio stream from Leftover Salmon from their Friday, October 13, performance on the Main Stage at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival 2017, located at The Farm – Campground and Events near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Be sure and check out our Hillberry Music Festival Smiles For Miles photo album – add your best fest pics in comments and tag yo’ friends! Track List: 01 intro/tuning 02 Mama Boulet 03 Funky Bill Jones 04 Let’s Give a Party * 05 Here Comes the Night * 06 Suffer to Sing the Blues * 07 Aquatic Hitchhiker 08 Rag Mama Rag (The Band cover) 09 Piece of my Heart (Janis Joplin cover) 10 Doin’ my Time 11 Unpromised Land 12 Gulf of Mexico 13 Sing up to the Moon 14 Two Highways 15 Morning Sun 16 E: Zombie Jamboree 17 outro *With Andy Goessling on sax Recorded Friday, October 13, 2017 at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Photos by Brandon Cale.  

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend: Free music Friday, Saturday from Shook Twins, Black Lillies, More [Oct 13-14]

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend, set for Friday and Saturday Oct. 13-14, will feature free performances in Basin Spring Park with national touring acts The Shook Twins and The Black Lillies. Music begins at 2 pm Friday and continues till 7 pm; on Saturday live music runs from 1 to 7 pm. FRIDAY’S EUREKA SPRINGS BLUEGRASS WEEKEND SCHEDULE Friday’s performances kick off with Cedar Hill from 2-3:15 pm. Cedar Hill, based in Rogers, was founded in 1967 by frontman and mandolinist Frank Ray. A resident of Hillsboro, Missouri, Ray has been playing in bluegrass bands since 1964. The veteran songwriter has written many outstanding songs and instrumentals over the years that have earned him several Songwriter of the Year awards, and in 2008, Ray was inducted into America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  The Shook Twins, based in Portland, Oregon, perform from 3:45-5 pm. The indie folk-pop band comprised of identical twins Katelyn and Laurie, the group’s primary songwriters; Niko Slice on electric guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Barra Brown on drums, percussion, and vocals; and Josh Simon on bass, vocals, electric...

HILLBERRY PREVIEW: A Closer Look at the Bands on Day One [Thursday, Oct. 12]

The third installment of Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 pm for what promises to be a historic, intimate festival featuring four epic days of performances by nationally lauded bluegrass and roots bands as well as top regionally based acts – and a colossal jam session late Thursday night hosted by ShindigMusic.net. Gates open at 8 am Thursday, and they will remain open 24 hours through the end of the festival, which continues through late Sunday evening’s campfire set ending at 1:30 am. Tickets are still available online and range from $60 for a one-day pass for Sunday to $180 for a four-day full-event pass. Camping is included with ticket purchase. Price changes occur at midnight each night. Hillberry is co-hosted by Deadhead Productions and Railroad Earth, one of the country’s most popular and successful newgrass jam bands, at The Farm Campground & Events, located off Highway 187 North about 5 miles north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The all-star lineup includes two full sets by Railroad Earth, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well...

Epic Jam with Once-in-a-Lifetime Lineup of 15 Regional Musicians Unveiled for Oct. 12 [Hillberry Harvest Orchestra]

Epic Jam with Once-in-a-Lifetime Lineup of 15 Regional Musicians Unveiled for Oct. 12 [Hillberry Harvest Orchestra]

Hillberry Harvest Orchestra Set for Festival’s Opening Night EUREKA SPRINGS — The music at Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival, taking place October 12-15, just got even more colossal. Arkansounds’ Editor Kristal “K*Star” Kuykendall has organized an “official” late-night jam session, called the Hillberry Harvest Orchestra, featuring 15-plus gifted regional roots musicians on the opening night of Hillberry, Thursday, October 12. The Hillberry Harvest Orchestra will begin immediately after the end of the final Thursday night Hillberry act, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, which is set to perform from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am. The Orchestra will be held in the big white tent where all of Hillberry’s Thursday acts will be performing; it will include a rotating cast of musicians based in the Ozarks region who have a background in bluegrass and roots music. Those musicians are participating by invitation from Kuykendall and Hillberry Harvest Orchestra co-hosts Michael Schembre (Red Oak Ruse, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings) and Allen Swearingen (Foleys Van). All members of official Hillberry Festival performing acts also are invited to participate. Schembre and his band Red Oak...

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings Thursday night at Highberry. Photo by Phil Clarkin Photography.

Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings Making Waves With New Roots-Soul Sounds, Great Songwriting

One of Arkansas’ newest female voices to command the attention of music fans is also one of the state’s most dynamic, unique, and stunning female voices we’ve heard in years. Opal Agafia, a native of the Russellville/Dover area, has been singing in public for a mere two years. But she sounds as though she’s trained her entire 24 years for her new role as a gifted and powerful singer, prolific songwriter and capable frontman of Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings, based in Eureka Springs. Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings headline several big upcoming events, including a three-band show Thursday, Aug. 31, at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville (tickets are $7, show starts at 8 pm, ages 18+, openers are Foleys Van and Red Oak Ruse) and the official Hillberry pre-party, Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ Sept. 22-24 at The Farm near Eureka Springs. The band also performs a late-night set at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival, Oct. 12-15, also at The Farm. Agafia, who grew up singing with her mom and calls herself a “lifelong serious shower singer,” is...

Eureka Springs’ Red Oak Ruse Melds Many Influences, Experiences to Create a Fresh Ozarks Folk-Pop Sound

The members of Red Oak Ruse – the newest progressive folk act to come out of Northwest Arkansas – are not new to playing music full-time; in fact, each has a widely varied and extensive background in music and has toured regionally with a number of bands based in Arkansas, Missouri, and Georgia. But as a new group, they’re already breaking barriers when it comes to genres and traditional music styles, blending the sounds of modern and classic folk-rock, pop, and bluegrass for a sound that could be described as a mixture of The Avett Brothers, The Eagles and Third Eye Blind. We’re gonna call it Ozarks folk-pop; they laughingly dubbed it “Ozarkana” in a recent interview. Red Oak Ruse is comprised of Michael Schembre on fiddle, acoustic guitar, and vocals; Justin Thomas Easter on lead guitar and vocals; Jonathan Hagood on bass and vocals; and Chris Loeffler on drums. All but Loeffler are transplanted Eureka Springs residents and full-time band members; Loeffler still lives in Missouri – Jefferson City to be precise – but don’t be surprised if Schembre...

ALBUM REVIEW: Red Oak Ruse’s Folk-Pop Debut is the New Favorite You’ve Been Craving

Red Oak Ruse‘s self-titled debut album officially releases Sept. 2, 2017, at the band’s release party at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar in Eureka Springs, the group’s home base. But it’s available now for streaming on their website as well as on Spotify [embedded below], and it is for sale already on CDBaby – and we think it’s a contender to be your new favorite Arkansas-made album. I can’t stop listening to it – and it’s rare for me to listen to a full album without skipping half the tracks, much listen to it in full and on repeat. Song after song, the Red Oak Ruse album – which was written, rehearsed, and recorded over the last year and a half at Caleb Lindsey’s Eureka Springs studio – provides surprising twists and turns in genre-hopping musical stylings, lyrical content, and instrumentation. The songwriting is some of the best we’ve heard come out of Arkansas in a long time: fantastic hooks in nearly every track; outstanding lead vocals and harmonies; subtle but compelling bass lines; playful-yet-powerful fiddling; authoritative but discreet drumming; high-speed, intricate,...