It's outdoor concert season. And if that statement on its own isn't music enough to your ears, the fact that we have REAL LIVE CONCERTS to look forward to ought to be!
By summertime last year, some of our local establishments and promoters were able to offer a handful of outdoor performances and one-offs. But despite the open air and social distancing, many venues still couldn't work around the uncertainty of all the pandemic's effects on gathering and performing. So, even as we slowly venture back indoors as well, it's still all the more sweet to be mentally preparing again for a real summer music season.
Take a peek below at some of the sites opening their doors -- or, more aptly, gates, fields and picnic tables -- once again to music lovers in Northwest Arkansas. And if you don't see your series listed here, send that lineup and info to What's Up! Associate Editor Jocelyn Murphy at [email protected]
Gulley Park Concert Series
1850 E. Township St.
June 24 -- Jukeboxx
July 1 -- Arkansauce
July 8 -- Heath Sanders
July 15 -- Mixtapes
July 22 -- Trout Fishing in America
July 29 -- Dandelion Heart
The longstanding tradition of outdoor live music and a food truck rally returns to Fayetteville's Gulley Park for the 25th annual summer event. The family-friendly series welcomes lounge chairs, blankets and even four-legged furry friends. All shows are on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gulley Park gazebo.
INFO -- fayetteville-ar.gov
Mountain Street Stage
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St.
June 6 -- Route 358
June 13 -- Rae Fitzgerald
June 20 -- Ben Harris
June 27 -- The Odds
July 11 -- The Time Burners
July 18 -- Roving Gambler Band
July 25 -- She's Us
The Fayetteville Public Library 2021 summer music series kicks off with the "bending and blending" of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop from local trio Route 358 and continues through July. All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and are free and open to all, including kids and families. Attendance will be capped at 200, but events will also be available for viewing and replay via the FPL Livestream page at vimeo.com/faylib.
INFO -- 856-7000, faylib.org
Patio Music Series
Wood Stone Craft Pizza Patio (Uptown)
3519 Mall Avenue
June 16 -- Ashtyn Barbaree
June 30 -- Ed Carr & Stan D'Aubin
July 14 -- Matt Smith
July 28 -- 3 Penny Acre
Fayetteville Roots presents a new concert series, Patio Music, on Wednesdays through July. Concerts are held every other Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free to attend. Tables are by reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis.
INFO -- 479-287-4800, fayettevilleroots.org
Prairie Street Live
509 W. Prairie St.
Fayetteville trailside respite Prairie Street Live is a family- and pet-friendly outdoor community space offering yard games, a little nosh, a quick (or leisurely) drink or just a rest from the trail. Through the warmer months, it's also an outdoor music venue that hosts both local and nationwide artists who keep the music alive in South Fayetteville, and keep Fayetteville Funky.
Dates and performers TBD. Visit website for full details.
INFO -- 236-2404, prairiestreetlive.com
ROOTS HQ on the Avenue
1 E. Mountain St.
June 6 -- Amy Helm, $35.
June 18 -- Tré Burt, $50.
June 19 -- Smokey & The Mirror, $60.
July 17 -- Kaylyn Fay, $50.
July 18 -- Mary Gauthier, $60.
July 30 -- Darrell Scott, $80.
July 31 -- Darrell Scott, $80.
Aug. 1 -- Rodney Crowell, $50.
ROOTS HQ on the Avenue is an outdoor street concert series that takes place on East Avenue in downtown Fayetteville, just outside the Fayetteville Roots Fest headquarters. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and chef-curated food and bar and beverage table service are all available for purchase. Two-, three- and four-top socially distanced tables are available for ticketed reservation.
INFO -- fayettevilleroots.org or email [email protected]
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
4703 N. Crossover Road
June 22 -- Bill Dollar & Loose Change
July 13 -- The Austin Farnam Quartet
Aug. 17 -- Dandelion Heart
Thanks to the generosity of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, from June through August, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will be open and free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays for Terrific Tuesday Nights, which includes three free concerts during the season. This family-friendly series allows the community to experience the garden on beautiful summer evenings, with picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. No pets, please. Glass, smoking, e-cigarettes, tents, weapons and firearms are prohibited.
INFO -- 750-2620, bgozarks.org
Live at Turnbow
Enjoy live music in downtown Springdale on the last Thursday of the month. Live at Turnbow brings local musicians and bands to Walter Turnbow Park in downtown Springdale, performing a blend of country, folk, bluegrass, mariachi, funk and more through September. Grab a bite or sip in the Outdoor Dining District and enjoy the tunes. The live music begins at 6:30 p.m. and all concerts are free and open to the public.
INFO -- downtownspringdale.org
101 E. Cherry St.
June 11 -- La Fiesta
June 12 -- Funk Factory
June 18 -- Playdead
June 19 -- Grady Spencer & The Work, with Jon Bailey
June 25 -- Vincent Neil Emerson
June 26 -- 412 West
July 2 -- The Irie Lions
July 3 -- Akeem Kemp Band
July 9 -- Members Only
July 10 -- Thanks For Nothing, with Jon Dooly
July 16 -- The Texas Gentlemen
July 17 -- 3 p.m., The Uncrowned Kings
July 23 -- Carson Jeffrey
July 24 -- Jukeboxx
July 30 -- Fayetteville Jazz Collective
July 31 -- Sweet Crude
As part of the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Rogers, the City of Rogers is unveiling the lineup for the Railyard Live concert series, which debuted June 5 and continues through the fall. More dates TBA soon. This series will be held on the new Butterfield Stage.
All concerts begin at 7 p.m., except where noted. General admission/lawn seating is free, but every guest must register to reserve a spot and show proof of registration upon entry. Table reservations are available for $20-$25. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
INFO -- railyardlive.com.
Happy Hours at the Walmart AMP
Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
5079 W. Northgate Rd.
June 11 -- Jukeboxx with Ashtyn Barbaree
June 12 -- The Royale with TJ Scarlett
June 18 -- Funk Factory with Neon Flight Duo
June 19 -- The Juice with TJ Scarlett
Happy Hours at the Walmart AMP will continue through June before full-scale concerts return to the venue near the end of the month. The free series sees local and regional names performing on the AMP's new Choctaw Plaza at the top of the lawn. Food and drinks available for purchase and a limited number of tables can be reserved for $25-$35. All concerts begin at 6 p.m.
Proceeds from AMP Happy Hours support Walton Arts Center's Ghost Light Recovery Fund. The Ghost Light Recovery Fund helps Walton Arts Center offset lost revenue from canceled performances, continue education and intermission programming, maintain facilities and support staff until full-scale performances can resume.
INFO -- 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org/amp
Forest Concert Series
Crystal Bridges Museum
600 Museum Way
June 12 -- Pride Celebration with Dazz & Brie, with True Lions. In collaboration with NWA Equality.
June 19 -- The Sounds of Freedom feat. DeeDee Jones and Spud Howard, with Eldredge Jackson. In collaboration with Music Moves.
June 26 -- Trout Fishing in America, with Still on the Hill
July 10 -- Sons of Brasil, with Los Veleros. In collaboration with Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society.
July 17 -- Mr. Sipp, with Brick Fields
July 24 -- Ley Line, with Voces Divinas. In partnership with the House of Songs.
July 31 -- Dylan Earl, with Jonathan Terrell. In partnership with House of Songs.
The concert series at Crystal Bridges returns to bring together national and local acts in the North Forest from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, as is dancing under the trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available throughout the night, as well as artmaking activities. $12 ($10/members). Though tickets for youth ages 18 and under are free, a printed ticket is required for entry. Reserve these tickets online or with Guest Services.
Visitors can also upgrade their concert-going experience by reserving an all-inclusive VIP Forest Concert Globe. $89/person, 4-8 people.
INFO -- 418-5700, crystalbridges.org
Chamber Music on the Mountain
Creative Spaces NWA at Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville will debut a new summer music festival July 19-30 as part of its Chamber Music on the Mountain program. CMM is a year-round classical concert series bringing high caliber musicians to collaborate with local musicians, artists and organizations in Northwest Arkansas.
Full schedule is available at chambermusiconthemountain.org and tickets will be available soon.