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Local Venues Deliver Music To The Ears

Subscriber onlyPerfectly situated between Tulsa and Memphis, Kansas City and Dallas, Northwest Arkansas may not have the biggest cities, but it's drawing more and more performers as they travel the country and is winning them over with its charm. From the tiny to the 10,000-seater, venues for live music abound in the area. Here are just a few open to 18 and older or to all ages. Continue reading...

The Right Mood

Music shapes artist’s vision

Subscriber onlyUsing smooth, long lines and curves, bold colors and often an imagined back story for the forms in his work, artist Taylor A. Moore paints faces, figures and even abstracts that surface in his mind while listening to music. Continue reading...

Ain't No Party

Like an Artinfusion party

Subscriber onlyThe Artinfusion programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has come to be known for throwing some of the biggest, swingingest, most colorful parties in Northwest Arkansas. And the US city best known for its parties? New Orleans, of course. So what better way to send out the summer at Crystal Bridges than to host a band that melds all the best fun and flair of The Big Easy at Artinfusion's Summer Fling? Continue reading...

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Culinary Rock Stars

Roots Fest recruits more ‘foodies’ to fold

Subscriber onlyFor seven years, organizers of the Fayetteville Roots Festival have adeptly demonstrated how a successful festival can come together with equal parts music, food and free community programming. Each pillar has continued growing and expanding its economic impact with each passing year. For Roots' eighth year, though, even people who have watched the festival's growth from Day One are excited and in awe about the culinary lineup and expansion coming at the end of August. Continue reading...

Better With Age

Rock bands finally team up for tour

Subscriber onlyEmerging as mainstream acts of the '90s alternative rock scene only years apart, Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty are not only emblematic of the musical period, but their histories are intertwined as well. When getting their start as a local band in Orlando, Matchbox members were playing covers of Crows' songs at their club gigs. Drummer/rhythm guitarist Paul Doucette even recalls returning to the band after a short absence when he and lead singer Rob Thomas saw each other at a Counting Crows show. Continue reading...

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Looking Good

Lady Antebellum returns to AMP with new feel

Subscriber onlySeven years, three full-length albums and a Christmas record have come to pass since Lady Antebellum released "Need You Now" -- the contemporary country superstars' second and most successful studio album. Continue reading...

Over The Moon

Artist explores first solo project

Subscriber onlyCody Nielsen has been part of the Fayetteville music scene since the age of 14. His first band, Surf De Soleil, was an alternative rock outfit some will remember from a few years ago. Shortly after joining Surf, he also took up with Farmer and the Markets, the "busking" band that often plays the Fayetteville Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Today, he returns from a tour out West with the psychedelic pop of his debut solo project, Moonsong. Continue reading...

Something (Not Quite) Familiar

Groups add fresh twist to famous hits

Subscriber onlyAug. 6 promises a night of music to Northwest Arkansas unlike anything the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion has hosted before: a show of co-headlining performers taking today's popular hits and turning them on their heads. 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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