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The Last Waltz

Columnist taking a bow as music writer, editor

Subscriber onlyI climbed a crane once. It went up 13 stories, if I remember right. This particular one towered above Dickson Street as crews slung metal together on what would become The Dickson, the combined restaurant and condominium and television newsroom adjacent to George's Majestic Lounge. I surveyed all of Fayetteville that day -- my home, the campus, the sprawling hills to the south. The view was spectacular and unencumbered. I remember it well, and fondly. Continue reading...

Shake, Rattle And Roll

Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally rumbles in to NWA

Subscriber onlyBikes, Blues & BBQ rally director Joe Giles drove up to Arvest Ballpark last year to help set up a stage for music. The minor league baseball stadium was to serve as a host venue for the first time. The published hours were noon to 5 p.m. Giles got there around 10 a.m., and the parking lot was already full. Continue reading...

Jazzed Up

Now 30 years old, festival keeps swinging upward

Subscriber onlyIt can't be called the 30th anniversary celebration, because there were several years without a Eureka Springs Jazz Festival, or, as it's called now, Jazz Eureka. Continue reading...

Small Space, Big Ideas

AAC Live stage provides room for eclectic roster of artists

Subscriber onlyNot every artist can fit on the Artist Audience Community Live stage. It's a small stage in a small room. Continue reading...

Raising Their Voices

Men’s chorus features new director, more members

Subscriber onlyTwo weeks after John Matthews moved to Northwest Arkansas from Shreveport, La., he saw a "help wanted" ad in the paper. The Bella Vista Men's Chorus was in need of a new musical director, and the longtime performer sent in a resume. A few weeks later, Matthews was hired. Continue reading...

Jerrmy Corde Gawthrop

A Palatable Combination (JUMP) Chef combines love of food, music in many endeavors

Subscriber onlyThe trout surprised them. Continue reading...

Pickin' Party

Banjo rally celebrates 40 years of harmonious notes

Subscriber onlyThe way the world often imagines banjo music isn't exactly what happens at the Banjo Rally, which celebrates its 40th year in Eureka Springs this weekend. Continue reading...

A tall, proud endeavor

Fayetteville’s Roots Festival flourishing

Subscriber onlyExactly 50 years ago Aug. 30, Bob Dylan released one of his masterpieces, "Highway 61 Revisited." It chronicles an important juncture in Dylan's career. Just more than a month before the landmark album dropped, Dylan received a chorus of boos when he opted for an electric backing band at the Newport Folk Festival. Many folk musicians and other critics chastised their beloved political poet for abandoning his folk beginnings. Continue reading...

More Flavor

Food sampling event expands to include Bentonville

Subscriber onlyNational publications have taken note of Bentonville's growing dining scene. And so too has Faith in Action, a local charity that supports itself via an annual food fundraiser called Savor the Flavor. Bill Bradley, Washington Regional Health System chief executive officer, suggested the group explore taking the concept created more than a decade ago in Fayetteville and expanding it to include Bentonville. Continue reading...

Double Duty

Fiddler Sara Watkins double-dips at Roots Fest

Subscriber onlySarah Watkins worried it might take a moment to make the physical and mental switch between her two primary bands. She left a gig with the Watkins Family Hour, caught a plane and flew to Canada to join her colleagues in I'm With Her. Continue reading...

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Hundreds of bands performed during the Wakarusa music festival, including Andy Frasco, center, crowd...

Hundreds of bands performed during the Wakarusa music festival, including Andy Frasco, center, crowd surfing, who kicked off the e...

Published: December 18, 2015

The alcoholic ciders offered by Black Apple Crossing use cold-pressed apple juice from Washington st...

The alcoholic ciders offered by Black Apple Crossing use cold-pressed apple juice from Washington state. It takes less than three ...

Published: August 7, 2015

The fried chicken at 6494 Bistro in Fayetteville is brined for 24 hours before being fried. It’s pai...

The fried chicken at 6494 Bistro in Fayetteville is brined for 24 hours before being fried. It’s paired with rosemary and white wi...

Published: January 3, 2014

The Alfredo sauce that tops the Cajun Alfredo at 6494 Bistro in Fayetteville contains cream and hint...

The Alfredo sauce that tops the Cajun Alfredo at 6494 Bistro in Fayetteville contains cream and hint of bourbon.

Published: January 3, 2014

The menu at Parks Purity Pie Company shifts daily and also reflects seasonal fruit availability. Off...

The menu at Parks Purity Pie Company shifts daily and also reflects seasonal fruit availability. Offered on a recent Tuesday were,...

Published: February 8, 2013

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