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Music For Miles

Subscriber onlyWe don't have to tell you that Northwest Arkansas is home for, and host of, some amazing creative talent. Our corner of the state also attracts some impressive names when it comes to nationally and internationally touring musical celebrities. But with our perfect position between some of the Midwest's biggest cities, even more famous names and concerts on a spectacular level are constantly landing just outside our borders. For those of you willing to drive just a couple hours up the road -- or even a few hours across state lines -- for a good show, this monthly calendar of major concerts happening in the region can help you decide which shows are worth your time and your gas. Continue reading...

Opening Up, Branching Out

Artist traverses fresh terrain in new album

Subscriber onlyAbram Shook's new album "Love At Low Speed," released June 16, allowed the musician to explore one creative departure after another. The album is his first use of string arrangements; it's the first time Shook pursued a cohesive thread -- lyrically and technically -- throughout the album; and the stories on "Low Speed" are contemplative self-reflections rather than the outward observations that make up the songs on his two previous projects. Continue reading...

VIDEO: More Than Music

‘Motown’ message remains sadly relevant

Subscriber only"Dancing in the Street" Continue reading...

Go With The Flow

Bold colors, Bolder Coffee go together

Subscriber only"In school years ago, I was the gal who got the 'C 'in art -- I couldn't draw literally a stick person. You end up feeling like you're just not a creative person. It was terrible." Continue reading...

Summer Beats

Gulley Park rocks through the heat

Subscriber onlyFor Ben Ringel, frontman of Nashville rock outfit The Delta Saints, the records that stick with him the most are ones with a narrative start-to-finish -- where each song represents a chapter or moment in that narrative. Continue reading...

The Rhythm Of His Roots

Blues singer performs from his heart, his heritage

Subscriber onlyIt's been 22 years since Louisiana blues man Kenny Neal played the Riverfront Blues Festival in Fort Smith as a young, up-and-coming artist. Next weekend, he returns as the headlining performer with numerous awards and albums, plus a Grammy nomination to his name. Continue reading...

It's Just A Joke

Comic says don’t take her too seriously

Subscriber onlyThough Jessica Michelle Singleton has been part of a wedding in the back yard of a trailer in middle-of-nowhere Arkansas -- "it was like a cartoon of what people think country songs are like" -- the stand-up comedian has never performed in The Natural State. That changes today as Singleton brings her sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes raunchy, often stream-of-consciousness style of stand-up to Rogers for two shows as part of her summer comedy tour. Continue reading...

Funny In Fayetteville

Brian Regan makes the mundane amusing

Subscriber onlyThursday night will be stand-up comedian Brain Regan's sixth performance in Fayetteville. He was here in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016. But even if you've seen him perform five (or more) times, he's bringing all new material on Thursday. In fact, Fayetteville's audience will get a sneak peak at the material Regan will perform in his upcoming Netflix special, which he films next week. Continue reading...

6x6 Six Minutes, Six Questions Billy F. Gibbons, ZZ Top

Subscriber only"That Little Ol' Band From Texas" -- rockers Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, better known as ZZ Top -- return to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion tonight to show Northwest Arkansas another good time. The trio of blues rockers still consists of the same three members the band had more than four decades ago when it formed -- no small feat for a group of any size. The last time ZZ Top rolled through town, they played at the AMP's temporary location at the Washington County Fairgrounds, one year after the release of their 15th studio album (and first release in nine years) "La Futura." Gibbons (guitar/lead vocals) took a few moments out from the group's Tonnage Tour to answer these questions for What's Up! before tonight's show. Continue reading...

Peace, Music, Art

Fort Smith’s creatives collaborate

Subscriber onlyFormerly a less-than-pleasing patch in downtown Fort Smith, Garrison Commons is now a beautiful little "pocket pack" with food trucks, picnic tables, the mural created by Portuguese street artist Vhils during the first Unexpected Mural Festival in 2015 and a stage for live music. Continue reading...

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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

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams en...

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams enjoy wine samples during Wineto...

Published: November 6, 2016

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second...

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second from right) poses with her s...

Published: October 30, 2016

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and...

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and Hunter Norton gather at the p...

Published: October 2, 2016

Country singer and finalist on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Barrett Baber will headline the Saturd...

Country singer and finalist on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Barrett Baber will headline the Saturday night mainstage at the Dick...

Published: September 16, 2016

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