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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...

Valerie Hubbard Damon

The more you give, the more you have

Subscriber onlyWhen the Mugga Killa Whomps steal tiny light beings from Willobee Land in Valerie Hubbard Damon's book Willo Mancifoot and the Mugga Killa Whomps, they are established as the misunderstood antagonists of the whimsical children's book. Our dragonfly hero Willo Mancifoot uses his compassion and his relationship with nature to help the MKWs rather than condemning them, demonstrating the theme of the book: "The more you give, the more you have." Continue reading...

'Beautifully' Enduring

King the songwriter you didn’t know you knew

Subscriber onlyFalling in love at 16 and getting married too young, going through a divorce, having children and having what you thought was going to happen not work out -- Carole King's story is about so much more than her music. Continue reading...

Charming Chemistry

Musicians find magic in on- and off-stage harmony

Subscriber onlyWhen a musician has solo and group credits on her resume, it seems to be the norm that she achieved some level of success as part of a group and eventually broke off to pursue a solo career. That is (sort of) the case with two members (Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan) of folk trio I'm With Her. The third member, Sarah Jarosz, took the more unusual path from solo (Grammy Award winning) artist to joining a trio. Now, just shy of four years after the first time the threesome came together for an impromptu performance in Colorado, they've seen the name of their band co-opted by a presidential campaign, released their debut album and embarked on a world tour. Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: Take note

Country rocker, AMP lineup both defy expectations

Talking to Brantley Gilbert on the phone is like calling up any one of your down-home buddies -- he's friendly, casual, charming. His easy warmth and laid-back disposition are abundant, even though he's busy completing his "honey do list" while home in Georgia for only a few days. He talks about his wife and his new son, and you can hear the pride through the phone. Continue reading...

Engage, Educate, Encourage

Performance artists invert viewers’ expectations

Subscriber onlyIn its third year, Inverse Performance Art Festival continues its mission of fostering a community of support and understanding around artists and the performance genre. Fifty local, national and international artists will implement their thought-provoking, contemporary, engaging works from Fayetteville to Bentonville April 12-15 -- a different city for each day. Because of the variable nature of the form, and to avoid limiting it through definition and explanation, a few participating artists shared their insights with What's Up! so that readers might gain a better understanding of their motivations in their work and their hopes for the festival. Continue reading...

Y'all Come Back Now

Comics continue in Southern vein

Subscriber onlyThe liberal rednecks are back at it again in Northwest Arkansas as they bring their comedy tour, "wellRED: From Dixie With Love" to the Walton Arts Center on April 14. Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester gave three sold-out performances at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville this time last year (plus one at the end of 2016) following the release of their best-selling book "Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark." Now they're at a bigger venue with "roughly 80 percent new material," Crowder estimates, and the same love for the South. (Along with plenty of satire thrown in, he promises.) Continue reading...

Shining Support

Community raises up local musicians with new festival

Subscriber onlyWhen Ryan Woodland got his start in the Northwest Arkansas music scene some two and a half years ago, he found other artists in the area struggling to support their art in the same way he was. A disparity exists, Woodland realized, between artists' worth and the price of their creativity. Less than six months after gauging community interest on a project to support and benefit local musicians, the Limelight Music Festival comes to fruition April 7 with eight musicians taking the stage and myriad vendors, sponsors and community businesses contributing to the inaugural event. Continue reading...