Tagged: George’s Majestic Lounge

Drive-By Truckers Bringing Their Rebel Southern Rock to NWA Wednesday, Sept. 27

Southern Rock has long been known for its conservative fan base; well-known “symbols of the South” are synonymous with most of the genre’s best-known acts (have you ever seen Lynyrd Skynyrd and not seen a Confederate flag flying somewhere?). But Drive-By Truckers is altering that landscape, even if only one show at a time; the critically acclaimed, much-loved group from Alabama has been rebelling against the “typical” Southern Rock image and messages – albeit somewhat more discreetly, perhaps, until last year – for two decades now. The Truckers’ tour in support of their widely praised new album, “American Band,” stops in Fayetteville this Wednesday, Sept. 27, for a performance at George’s Majestic Lounge. [Scroll down for details and ticket info.] The Truckers’ style of rock is country-tinged and edged with punk’s temper, arena rock’s bombast, and the craftsmanship of Southern rhythm and blues. It rocks hard, but it can also be pretty heavy and even deeply reflective and emotional. The Truckers’ sound combined with their new even-starker lyrical opposition to the “politics of fear and social injustices” are earning the...

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...

Alt-Country ‘Party in a Song’ Corey Smith in Fayetteville Friday, LR Saturday [Sept 15-16]

With 10 albums (5 of which neared the top of multiple U.S. Billboard charts) now under his belt, Corey Smith brings his popular, unpretentious Americana act with country, rock, and blues influences to Fayetteville and Little Rock this weekend. Tickets are still available online for Friday’s performance at George’s Majestic Lounge (8:30 pm start time) and to Saturday’s show at Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room (8 pm start time). Both shows are ages 18+. Opening both nights will be Americana/soul singer/songwriter Noah Guthrie, who first found fame covering chart-topping hits – earning national attention with his bluesy version of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” with over 25 million video views (scroll down to watch it!) – as well as through his pivotal role as Roderick Meeks on the hit TV show “Glee.” Since winning a songwriting contest and releasing his first album, “Undertones,” in 2003, Corey Smith has been soaring underneath the radar of the major labels by nursing a loyal fan base all over the country, fans who appreciate his back-to-basics honesty in both his music and his...

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...

UPDATED: All the Fayetteville Roots Fest Shows You Can Still See [Not Sold Out Yet]

Fayetteville Roots Festival, now in its 8th year, has grown to over 10 music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The Experience Fayetteville & KUAF Main Stage is housed at the Fayetteville Town Center on the square, and it is the center of the festival. The festival’s music schedule – as well as George’s Majestic Lounge‘s schedule Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – is packed with nationally known acts as well as regional standouts in the roots-Americana genres. Though many of this weekend’s Fayetteville Roots Festival headlining acts are sold out (and most have been for months; but we’ve got a full, updated schedule here, with ticket links for those events that are not sold out), there are still many great live music events that are not sold out OR are totally free and don’t require a ticket. So what are you waiting for? Read our full preview below, with snippets of every act not sold out already – and then get out and enjoy some impressive talent around Fayetteville this weekend. The festival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 23, with...

WEEKEND SPOTLIGHT: The Best Live Music in Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas [Aug. 17-23]

Looking for ideas on some good music this weekend? ShindigMusic has you covered, with our list of recommended shows around Arkansas. Following are what we think are the best options out there (sorted by metro area). THE NEATEST MUSIC EVENT IN ARKANSAS THIS WEEKEND: “Bayard Guitars Presents,” a new concert series at Stage Eighteen, kicks off Friday, Aug. 18. The evening starts with a meet-and-greet for luthiers and guitar enthusiasts, where we’ll be showcasing some of the gifted Bayard Blain’s newest instruments. Live music will include a solo set from Bayard, followed by a full set from perrenial local Ozarks-meets-world-sounds folk duo, Still on the Hill. Kelly and Donna Lynn Mulhollan of Still on the Hill have played around the globe but are proud to call Arkansas home. They’ve been described as “Ambassadors of the Ozarks” for the work they do to preserve a rich and storied culture. As award-winning, story-telling songwriters, the Mulhollens embellish their songs with a host of unique instruments from the hills they call home (including a fine Sitka/Indian Rosewood 12-fret 00 from Bayard’s shop). Tickets...

The Mixtapes to Cover the Best ’90s Hits at George’s Friday, Aug. 11

Time to break out the plaid flannel, torn jeans, band T-shirts, messy hair and grunge-heavy makeup: The Mixtapes are coming back to George’s Majestic Lounge Friday, Aug. 11. The Springfield-based band faithfully reproduces music from the grunge heyday of the 1990s, but highlights many genres, playing songs by everyone from Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Cake, Alanis Morrisette, Rage Against the Machine, TLC, No Doubt, and more to now-grown Gen-Xers longing for a brief moment of ’90s nostalgia. The result is typically a full room of raucous singalong dancing. Johnny Shelton, who plays guitar, bass and drums in the band, said the musicians are committed to playing the songs faithfully to ignite the memories that moves people to participate and have a great time. “That was the stuff that I was cranking in the car in high school, and that was 20 years ago, and [it’s] a lot of fun. We try to make it as simple as that,” he told the Springfield News-Leader. The Mixtapes were formed in 2013 and since have grown into one of the region’s most popular...

Critic & fan fave, folk-rock standout John Moreland at George’s Tuesday, July 11

Performing at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville Tuesday night, July 11, is critically acclaimed songwriter John Moreland of Tulsa, who recently released his fourth solo album “Big Bad Luv” on May 5 and is a critics’ favorite among the likes of NPR, Associated Press, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and many others. The show begins at 8:30 with opener Travis Linville. Tickets are only $12 and are available online. ShindigMusic! & George’s are giving away two pairs of tickets on the ShindigMusic! Facebook page; contest ends at 4 pm day of show. Big Bad Luv marks a change in Moreland’s sound and outlook on life. With lyrics that are as intense and unfiltered as on his earlier work, Moreland delves into finding peace within. He also branches out sonically on the new album, which is injected with a heavier dose of rock ‘n’ roll in comparison to the tone of his previous recordings. He plays with a full band as opposed to much of his earlier solo, acoustic work. But it’s his songwriting that seriously stands out. “It’s been a...