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Walk On The Wild Side

Zoo promises extraordinary experiences

Subscriber onlyDespite the billboard hanging there, it can still be easy to miss Branson's Promised Land Zoo as you're coasting down Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Though the drive-through safari entrance calls to mind the Jurassic Park gate, it's easier still to misjudge the more than 75 acres of park filled with unique animal experiences that lies beyond. Continue reading...

Into The Night

New music series expands entertainment options

Subscriber onlyRopeswing Hospitality Group will host a new music series in June at its property Record off the Bentonville downtown square. The $5COVER Music Series aims to be a source of late night entertainment and a place for communal gathering for all ages (above 21), but specifically for young professionals of the area. Continue reading...

REVIEW: 'The Sound of Music'

‘Sound of Music’ tour traditional, delightful

Subscriber onlyThe national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved classic "The Sound of Music" wraps up its stay in Fayetteville this weekend with three more performances at the Walton Arts Center. I'll be honest, I've heard mixed reviews on the production. I've even heard it go so far as people have left at intermission because they were so disappointed. I'm not sure what day they attended the musical or what may have been going on on stage for that performance, but I'll say the opening night showing to a full house on Tuesday was, without a doubt, not worth walking out of. Continue reading...

New Act, New Drink

Comedian returns with fresh material

Subscriber onlyWith 30 years of constant touring, it's impossible that comedian Ron White hasn't performed somewhere close to you before (especially since he's visited Northwest Arkansas several times). But if you've somehow missed him, White returns to The Natural State with two performances May 19 at Fort Smith's new entertainment venue, Temple Live. And if you haven't missed him, White's performances in Fort Smith are full of completely unpublished material for his upcoming Netflix special, so he promises you haven't heard any of the jokes before. Continue reading...

A Fresh Look

Beloved musical both traditional, contemporary

Subscriber onlyPicture, if you will, Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved "The Sound of Music" -- film or stage version. What are some of the first things that come to mind? Likely images and musical moments centered around Maria -- Julie Andrews twirling on the mountaintop before sweeping Austrian vistas, the list of Maria's favorite things, the nuns airily wondering how to solve a problem like their youngest member -- the seven von Trapp children, or the political and cultural unease of the Nazis' impending rise to power. Continue reading...

A Joyful Investment

Choir showcases talent, raises future leaders

Subscriber onlyA special musical event is taking place today at the First Church of the Nazarene in Rogers. A group of young, charismatic children from Africa will perform a mixture of Christian contemporary music, ethnic worship music and favorite children's songs, as well as traditional rhythmic dances in beautiful handmade costumes. Continue reading...

Free Music in the Park Returns

Subscriber onlyEureka Springs' annual Music in the Park Series continues May 19 with its next event. The Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission hosts Americana, blues, country, folk and rock acts at the band shell for free concerts on the third weekends through the summer. This summer's schedule includes: Continue reading...

A Lifelong Legacy

Charlie Daniels still giving the fans what they want

Subscriber onlyAt 81 years old, with 42 (studio, live, compilation, country/rock and gospel) albums, four published books and a fifth one (a novel) on the way, plus six decades of making music, Country Music Hall of Famer and icon Charlie Daniels still does what he guesses to be close to 300 interviews a year while touring his band across the country. He has 52 official dates left this year. Continue reading...

It's Personal

Rockers connect in bizarre, hard-to-classify music

Subscriber only"If I wasn't in Mastodon, this is a show I would definitely go to as a fan of rock, hard rock, bizarreness," says Mastodon bass player Troy Sanders while doing laundry at home in Florida. "It's a long tour, and I'm going to bring all my nice, clean tee shirts, so that's how I'm preparing for tour." Continue reading...

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Sloths enthusiastically greet visitors to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

Sloths enthusiastically greet visitors to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

Published: May 20, 2018

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

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