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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Film festival to return in 2016

Subscriber onlyThe second Bentonville Film Festival will be May 3-8 next year, officials announced Thursday. Continue reading...

A Sunday Fun Day

Roots Festival continues to branch out

Subscriber onlyThe stage will be built. The fans will be there, too. It left Bryan Hembree and his team of organizers with the Fayetteville Roots Festival wondering why they shouldn't just keep the party going. An expanded Sunday night offering during the annual Roots Festival would be a natural extension of the growth the festival has experienced in the last five years, having started as a one-night showcase inside Greenhouse Grille. Continue reading...

Serious Potty Humor

Nashville rockers earn acclaim with four-guitar attack

Subscriber onlyA serious band that seriously calls itself Diarrhea Planet? Continue reading...

Ready To Strike

Classic rock band Whitesnake revisits past, moves into present

Subscriber onlyHere Whitesnake goes again, down the only road they've ever known. Right? Continue reading...

A New Groove

Funk rock band adds members, turns up ambition

Subscriber onlyThe weekend warrior approach works for a lot of bands. It goes something like this -- work a 9-to-5 job, practice when you can and play every Friday and Saturday. Lucky bands from this area can occasionally squeeze in a Tulsa or Little Rock gig, too. Continue reading...

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