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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...

LIVE! in NWA

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Four Minutes, Four Questions Slingsby Theater Company

Subscriber onlyWhen Australia's acclaimed Slingsby Theatre Company is developing a new production for its immersive repertoire, artistic director Andy Packer and his team are looking for a story with enough at stake "for the audience to really go on an emotional journey with the central character." Transformative themes of coming-of-age, gaining wisdom, of finding one's way back from desolation or uncertainty are prominent in Slingsby's works to connect with audiences and provide a sense of hope. Packer answered a few questions for 'SUP in advance of the company's Saturday visit to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville with its production of "The Young King." Continue reading...

Sights And Sounds

Film fest expands, diversifies music programming

Subscriber onlyIn its fourth year, the Bentonville Film Festival expands its music programming to include a full schedule of diverse performing acts. The Meteor Guitar Gallery and the festival's outdoor stage at Diversity Drive will host locals, up-and-comers and music stars -- including country music newcomers and chart-toppers, an R&B quartet, a YouTube singing sensation, singer-songwriters, award winners and rock legends Los Lobos as the closing act. Continue reading...

REVIEW: 'Beautiful: The Carol King Musical'

King the songwriter you didn’t know you knew

Subscriber only"I'm just a normal person. Who wants to see a normal person sing?" Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: Music Is Magic

Festival elevates aspirations in second year

In 2017, a new music festival brought songwriters and music executives from around the world -- plus some 2,800 fans -- to Bentonville to celebrate the art of songwriting and support the I'll Fly Away Foundation. Coming into its second year, the festival's approach has shifted just slightly, says organizer Betsy Brumley. Continue reading...

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