Tagged: Opal Agafia and The Sweet Nothings

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...

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

Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ Unveils Band Schedule; Event Will Raise Funds for Charities

Deadhead Productions, the events group that hosts three major annual festivals at The Farm near Eureka Springs, will use its inaugural Bikes, Bluegrass and BBQ music and camping festival to raise money for the Holiday Island Rotary Club to fund charitable efforts for underprivileged adults and children in Carroll County. The family-friendly Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ festival will take place September 22-23, the final two days of the regionwide Bikes, Blues & BBQ event centered in Fayetteville that is now in its 18th year. Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ organizers invite motorcycle enthusiasts and bluegrass fans to join them for the weekend, offering outstanding regional bluegrass and roots-based bands, local arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, expert BBQ vendors (there’ll be lots of other options, too). Organizers recently announced the music schedule for Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ. Friday will feature local folk string duo Woody & Sunshine at 7 p.m.; reggae-blues-roots standouts from St. Louis Aaron Kamm & the One Drops at 9 p.m.; and nationally touring, high-energy bluegrass act Arkansauce of Fayetteville. Saturday will feature Kansas flat-picking champion and...

All the Fayetteville Roots Fest Music You Can See Without Tickets [Free Shows]

If you failed to get tickets for Fayetteville Roots Fest’s Main Stage acts, or you’re on a budget and can’t swing tickets to the outstanding concerts still on sale at George’s Majestic Lounge all weekend or the Sunday Main Stage ticket that is still available as of this update (Wednesday evening), then this post is for you: a comprehensive guide to all the acts performing for free as part of this weekend’s Fayetteville Roots Fest. FRIDAY, AUG. 25 FREE ROOTS FEST MUSIC 10 pm: Chooch’s All Star Roots Jam, featuring many of Northwest Arkansas’ hardest-working and best-known musicians, Kingfish (outdoor stage and seating). 10 pm: Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds, Maxine’s Tap Room. This Fayetteville-based band’s music is a blend of indie folk and jazz – alternately melodious and hard-driving – and often unexpected with its unusual mix of instruments and influences. 10:30 pm: Sean McConnell, Stage 18. McConnell, a widely praised singer/songwriter known for his room-shushing story songs and gut-punching vocals, has garnered serious praise from Rolling Stone, No Depression, Lone Star Music Magazine, and more. 11:30 pm: Shannon...

Hillberry Festival Unveils Stage Schedule For Stellar Bluegrass Lineup

The performance schedule for this October’s Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival, on The Farm near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is now online! Organizers Deadhead Productions and hosting band Railroad Earth are thrilled to announce the details of one of the country’s best bluegrass and progressive bluegrass festival lineups, which features two nights of Railroad Earth as well as sets by acts such as Greensky Bluegrass, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band, among others. Other major acts on the schedule include Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Old Salt Union, and Dirtfoot. Hillberry takes place Oct. 12-15, 2017, with Main Stage performances beginning mid-afternoon Thursday through Sunday and running until the wee hours each night. The Farm is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just a few miles from historic Eureka Springs. The venue boasts beautiful 360-degree panoramic views from its perch atop 160 acres that back up to Mark Twain National Forest. Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue. These areas offer popular spots for floating, hiking,...

The light, brief rain during the Floozies' set – combined with an outstanding light show – Friday night made for some amazing photography by LiveEditsLab / Collin Taylor

Highberry 2017 Standouts: Opal Agafia, Floozies, DSO, Marcus King Band … and BUBBLES!

I attended Highberry Music Festival over the weekend leading up to the Fourth, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The national touring acts who performed all brought their best performances, the vibe among the fans was friendly and relaxed, there were literally tons of activities for adults and kids alike, and The Farm – Eureka Springs is a gorgeous setting for a festival event. (With a great disc golf course, year-round camping for a low nightly fee, close proximity to Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River, and with downtown Eureka Springs being a 15-minute drive away, The Farm is a fabulous setting for anything.) In addition to this recap, be sure to check out our Top 100 Pics from Highberry 2017!  THURSDAY AT HIGHBERRY Thursday’s best set came from Eureka Springs-based group Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, performing next-to-last on the tent stage. After kicking off their stellar performance with a soft and moody “Old Ways of Living,” the band launched into high gear ­– as did the crowd – a couple songs in. The addition of...

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings: “Them Bones” Video [New Single]

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings: “Them Bones” Video [New Single]

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings has debuted a new single “Them Bones” via a video on the band’s Facebook page. We dig it! "Them Bones" Official Music Video NEW Single Release! "Them Bones" (Official Video) Original song by Opal Agafia. Posted by Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings on Tuesday, June 20, 2017