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United In Christ And In Music

‘American Idol’ alum opens up on album, national tour

Subscriber onlyThough performer Jasmine Murray considers herself a "newbie" to the world of concert touring, she is certainly no novice at holding the spotlight. At just 25 years old, the Season 8 "American Idol" finalist, 2014 Miss Mississippi title holder and subsequent finalist at Miss America 2015 just released her first studio EP and is in the middle of her first nationwide tour with fellow "Idol" alumni Mandisa and Danny Gokey. Continue reading...

Little Instrument, Big Sound

Ukulele player offers surprising spirit

Subscriber onlyWhat comes to mind at the mention of a dynamic, evocative instrument? The piano? The violin? How about the ukulele? Continue reading...

Community Activated

Beer, music, tech invite audience in

Subscriber onlyBy Monday, John Paul White -- formerly of The Civil Wars -- will have played both Northwest Arkansas' largest and most successful music festival as well as a festival at our largest music venue in the span of two months. The folk musician performed on the Friday night mainstage at this year's Roots Festival and on Saturday, he returns to Northwest Arkansas to headline the second year of AMP Fest. Continue reading...

Feeling The Music

Interaction at the core of band’s grooves

Subscriber onlyThe New York-based, (mostly) Ohio natives that make up Huntertones may be part of the Starrlight Jazz Series at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, but to call the group simply a jazz ensemble doesn't really do anyone justice. Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Andy Hall, Infamous Stringdusters

Subscriber onlyIn June, progressive bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters released a collection of live recordings of their full album "Laws of Gravity," and on Oct. 27, the quintet will debut their new five-song covers EP, "Undercover Vol. 2." Fans and new listeners will hear songs from both on Friday evening as the acoustic group returns to the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs for a headlining performance. Dobro player Andy Hall took a few minutes during the group's heavy touring schedule to answer these questions for What's Up! Continue reading...

Three Minutes, Three Questions With Darrin Vincent of Daily & Vincent

Subscriber onlyNew member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and multi-awarded group Dailey & Vincent will bring their full band and energetic live performance to the Har-Ber High School Performing Arts Center in Springdale at 7 p.m. Continue reading...

Jazzed Up!

Art is set to music at Crystal Bridges Museum

Subscriber onlyThere’s not always a direct link between what [Stuart] Davis was painting and the world of jazz in terms of subject matter, but I think there always was a connection in the spirit of how he created.” Continue reading...

Artworks Of Color

Crystal Bridges’ 2018 choices intended to instigate conversations

Subscriber onlyBy then a few months into its sixth year of operation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will host the first of its three temporary exhibitions of 2018. "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, "a dive into the experience of black artists in America from the 1960s through the 1980s will make the first of only two state-side stops from Feb. 3 to April 23. Continue reading...

LIVE! in NWA

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Festival Stages vs. George’s Stages

Subscriber onlyBlues music has become inextricably entwined with the fabric of motorcycle rallies across the country. Perhaps it's because of the deep American roots the bikes and the blues both share. Whatever the reason, blues musicians -- and their genre-crossing peers with elements of rock, country and bluegrass -- will once again fill the weekend with free music for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival. Continue reading...

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Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

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Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museu...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonvil...

Published: August 25, 2017

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tr...

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tracey Brown for large business ...

Published: April 2, 2017

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