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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...

BLOG: The Sounds of Grateful Dead + Elvis Hit Mountain Home’s Royal 66 Friday, Nov. 24

Hightail It Down to Mountain Home. This Friday may be Black Friday for many, but it’ll be a Blue Suede Friday in Mountain Home as The Schwag – one of the nation’s top Dead tribute bands – will be joined by special guest DELVIS at Royal 66 as we join everybody in expressing our Thanksgiving “Grateful” spirit through music. Trust me: There won’t be anybody “goin’ down the road feeling bad,” because That’s All Right, Mama, they’ll be riding with the King. I will be donning my DELVIS Elvis Presley tribute act persona as I join The Schwag for a couple of Bobby Weir songs and an Elvis tune. I first saw The Schwag at Rusty’s Last Chance Saloon in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997.  After several Schwagstocks and other local shows, I grew to love them for their authentic and honest approach to celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. Ever since Workingman’s Dead, Reckoning, and Europe ‘72 got me turned on in high school, I knew there was something in the style they showed me, a mysterious sense of Americana;...

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...

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...

Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Martin Sexton to Play Walton Arts Center April 4

FAYETTEVILLE – Critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton has been added to Walton Arts Center‘s 2017-18 music season. Sexton will perform Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 pm; tickets start at $20 and go on sale this Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10 am. Tickets are for sale online, in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479-443-5600. Martin Sexton is touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that has since garnered much critical acclaim, including a session on NPR’s Folk Alley (video clip from that session below). Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early ’90s. An upstate New Yorker, he left home with $75 and a Stratocaster to chase his musical dreams singing in the streets of Harvard Square, gradually and independently working his way to the premier venues of North America inspiring fans and musicians along the way. The activity and touring supporting his records laid the foundation for the career...

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...

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 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....

EDITOR’S TAKE: Why I Dig 607 & Why You Should Not Miss His Album Release Show in NWA Saturday [Sept. 30]

Little Rock-based rapper 607 probably seems like a conundrum, especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of getting to know him as a person and not just the hardest-working rapper in the history of Arkansas. His interviews in the mainstream media are limited mostly to quotes that don’t reveal much about the man, and most reviewers don’t know or care enough about his music or history to bother writing too much about either. His quotes in many of these write-ups – typically delivered with no assistance or insight from the authors – kind of make him sound either conceited or weird. They are, I suppose, part of the character; perhaps they help drive curiosity for readers unfamiliar but interested in local rap. But for me, they’re frustrating. That’s because I know this man. I have for a long time. And, for this website’s purposes at least, more importantly I know his music, or at least much of it. Based on that, I must tell you that if you appreciate rap as a form of modern poetry and blatantly honest commentary...

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...

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...

Legends of Arkansas Gears Up For Its Fifth Annual “All-Arkansas Music And Art Festival”

LITTLE ROCK, AR– Legends of Arkansas is hosting its fifth annual music and art festival on September 16, 2017. This is the festival’s first year under its new producer and beneficiary, The Van– a local organization dedicated to battling homelessness in Arkansas. The festival will be held at the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 dollars for adults, and kids enter free. Legends of Arkansas will continue its all-Arkansas tradition with local artists, vendors, food trucks, and breweries all being featured at the event. Knox Hamilton, Dazz & Brie, Rodney Block, and Brian Nahlen Band will all perform throughout the day, giving attendees a variety of Arkansas music styles. Legends of Arkansas will continue to feature the family-friendly atmosphere that characterizes its events including arts and crafts, circus arts, and kids activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to come out to enjoy the fun. All proceeds from the September festival will solely benefit The Van, whose sole mission is 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...

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,...

BLOG: Why The Wood Brothers Are Right About Singing [Plus: Oliver Wood on Fayetteville!]

If you get too worried, what you ought to do is sing… Let’s talk about music. Let’s talk about why we’re here. Why we are doing what we do on this website. Why you are here reading. I mean, MUSIC. But… why? For me, it’s personal. Very personal. Those of you who have known me for a long time know that live music – especially bluegrass and old gospel tunes – transports me to a place of comfort, peace, and safety that no longer exists for me on this planet. Not since my mom died – slowly, over two years of great pain and suffering from brain cancer, all of which I witnessed – when I was 13. If you get worried, what you ought to do is sing… Before the cancer came, I had the best childhood ever. My mom was a rock star of moms. THE rock star among all the moms. And my dad, a gifted musician, was constantly taking us to his gigs, mostly bluegrass, with any number of bands, playing at festivals and events all...