Tagged: Americana

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...

Pokey LaFarge Brings Old-Timey Americana with Modern Messages to George’s [Saturday, Sept. 16]

Pokey LaFarge is a musician. He is a storyteller. He is a feeler of feelings. He is a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience. And if you believe the experts at NPR, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rolling Stone and dozens of other mainstream publications with full-time music critics, LaFarge is a do-not-miss performer. The old-timey Americana singer-songwriter brings his newly expanded band (louder, more powerful than ever) and his much-lauded new music to Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 16. Tickets to the show, presented by Fayetteville Roots Fest, are $20 and are available online. Lost John trio opens. Doors open at 6 pm; show starts at 8. Ages 18+. If you’ve never heard a LaFarge performance or album, be prepared for a trip back in time – in a musical sense, at least. His mix of jazz, swing, ragtime, and super-classic country comes across beautifully, both live and on his new album, “Manic Revelations.” LaFarge is a storyteller first and foremost, and he uses each of these styles to perfection to...