Category: Road Trips

Take a road trip! Discover big music events in areas surrounding the state of Arkansas, an easy drive away!

U2 To Kick Off 2018 U.S. Tour in Tulsa May 2 [Ticket Sales, Pre-Sales Info Inside]

Ahead of the planned December 1 release of their 14th studio album Songs of Experience, U2 has announced it will kick off its Experience + Innocence Tour on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the BOK Center in Tulsa – one of only 15 North American tour dates. The May 2 concert in Tulsa will be U2’s first live performance in that city. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 am Monday, November 20 and will be sold exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan. All fans must register by Saturday, November 18 for the opportunity to unlock access to tickets. Register here: https://u2.tmverifiedfan.com/. U2.com fan club subscribers receive first access to tickets; register at U2.com/subscribe beginning today until Sunday, November 12. U2.Com subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 10 am Tuesday, November 14 through 5 pm Thursday, November 16. The concert is the 4th show announced for BOK Center’s “10 for 10” concert series in 2018, a planned celebration that will feature 10 blockbuster artists commemorating the arena’s t10th anniversary. Songs of Experience will be released...

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...

1st Mempho Fest This Weekend: Cage The Elephant, Jason Isbell, Anderson Paak, Cold War Kids, Robert Randolph, More [Oct. 6-7]

MEMPHIS – The new “Mempho Music Festival,” taking place this weekend, Friday-Saturday Oct 6-7, will feature outstanding live music from national and Grammy-winning acts such as Cage The Elephant and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Grammy-nominated Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, as well as Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Southern Avenue, and more. The festival will also include a special tribute to the music of Memphis, featuring legendary artists Steve Cropper & Friends and Booker T Presents: “A Stax Revue & Journey Through Soul, Blues, and R&B.” Tickets are $50 for Friday, $60 for Saturday or $99 for both days; they are available at memphofest.com. VIP tickets also are available. Mempho will be the first major music festival held amid the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park. Just minutes from downtown Memphis, and 5 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, Shelby Farms is the 5th-largest urban park in America and offers diverse outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, and horseback riding. With two stages of...

Mempho Fest’s AutoZone Stage To Highlight Regional Acts [Oct. 6-7]

MEMPHIS – Mempho Music Festival‘s AutoZone Stage, which spotlights top acts from Memphis and surrounding region, will feature Reverend John Wilkins, a singer and guitarist in the tradition of Hill Country gospel and country-blues greats like Mississippi Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside, headlining the Friday, October 6 AutoZone Stage schedule that includes Dan Luke & The Raid and Bluff City favorites Star & Micey and Dead Soldiers. On Saturday, the jazz and blues sound of JoJo’s Slim Wednesday, led by Widespread Panic keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann, culminates a day that also includes performances by Marcella & Her Lovers, Devil Train, Objekt 12, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, UTR and local students from School of Rock. The inaugural Mempho Music Festival takes place Oct. 6-7 at the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in America, just minutes from downtown Memphis. Tickets – including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes – are on sale now at memphofest.com. For full details on the main stage acts and each major act, see our in-depth Mempho Fest preview.

‘Mempho All-Stars’ Late-Saturday Super Jam: Oteil Burbridge, Robert Randolph, John Popper, Eric Krasno, & Many More

MEMPHIS – Mempho Music Festival, set for this weekend, Oct. 6-7, at Memphis enormous Shelby Farms Park, will continue the tributes to the region’s music deep into the late-night hours with a very special “Mempho All-Stars” jam, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, on Saturday, Oct. 7. Musical Director Eric Krasno, guitarist for Lettuce and Soulive, will lead a rotating cast of musicians including bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), guitarist Steve Kimock (RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends), harmonica player/vocalist John Popper (Blues Traveler, Frogwings), steel guitarist Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band), drummer/percussionist Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), drummer/percussionist Wally Ingram (Timbuk 3, Stockholm Syndrome, David Lindley, Sheryl Crow), guitarist Papa Mali (7 Walkers), DJ Logic, guitarist Eric McFadden (P-Funk Allstars, Stockholm Syndrome), vocalist Leslie Mendelson, keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. (Les Brers), bassist Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler), and MonoNeon. These stellar musicians will come together to honor three fallen Southern-rock greats who passed away earlier this year: Allman Brothers Band founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, and Col....

Yonder Mountain String Band performs at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Missouri.

Review: Yonder Mountain String Band in Springfield, 6/22/17

Yonder Mountain String Band brought their best to the Ozarks Thursday night, June 22, at the beautiful, historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield, as the five-piece jamgrass act celebrated bassist Ben Kaufmann’s 42nd birthday. The 2-hour-plus show saw the band veer from the planned setlist a couple of times, as Kaufmann got into the celebratory spirit and took shout-out requests from the audience and also squeezed in a Facebook request or two. Dave Johnston on banjo immediately brought the heat as he took the instrumental lead early in the first piece, Traffic Jam > Gloryland > Polka > Traffic Jam. It’s so great, for longtime YMSB fans, to see this act continue growing and shining post-Jeff Austin. Austin was undoubtedly the star of the show every show; since his departure and the addition of Jacob Joliff on vocals and mando and Allie Kral on fiddle and vocals, every member has grown into a shining role and every member stands out as excellent at their jobs. Nevertheless, just a few minutes into the opening number, Kral made clear in her nonchalant, “this-is-not-hard-for-me”...

Funky Knuckles to Bring the Groove to Fayetteville, Memphis, Little Rock This Weekend

Funky Knuckles to Bring the Groove to Fayetteville, Memphis, Little Rock This Weekend

A Funky Knuckles performance is an explosive, loud, funk-soaked live experience like nothing you’ll see anywhere else. If you’ve seen them before, you understand what we mean. If you haven’t, and you live in or around the state of Arkansas, you’ll have multiple opportunities to catch a show this week. The Dallas-based seven piece are on the road for their Super Awesome Tour in support of their 2016 release “New Birth.” They’ll make several stops in the area, beginning Thursday at Stage Eighteen, Friday at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall in Memphis and Saturday at Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack. Funky Knuckles bassist and founder Wes Stephenson was kind enough to speak with FayetteSound ahead of the performances this week. The band formed several years ago as a trio, when bassist Wes Stephenson, vocalist and keyboardist Caleb Sean McCampbell and drummer Cedric Moore, got together and jammed out jazz standards and Stevie Wonder numbers during a weekly residency at a jazz club in Dallas called Tini Bar. The trio also played with one another in church and began writing and arranging...