It’s time to upgrade your outdoor concert gear – just leave your glassware at home! From spring through summer and fall, there’s music indoors and outdoors to warm up Northwest Arkansas.
The neighborhood’s big kid, the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers has an equally large slate of shows scheduled, starting April 22 with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. AMP recently added Santana on July 12 and Halsey on May 25, and other headliners include Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, CHEER Live, Backstreet Boys, Chicago, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), Fitz and the Tantrums, James Taylor, Josh Groban, Halestorm, Keith Urban, The Black Keys and the Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson & Family, Brothers Osborne, Steve Earle & The Dukes and Allison Russell. Tickets and more seat information available at www.amptickets.com.
But the summer series at AMP is just the start of the fun. Another half-dozen summer traditions are brewing, including the Mountain Street Stage series inside the new Fayetteville Public Library Event Center and outdoor concerts at Turnbow Park in downtown Springdale and the Railyard Live in downtown Rogers.
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The Mountain Street Stage Series returns to the Fayetteville Public Library with concerts on Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Event Center on the newly renovated side of the library campus. The series is free and open to everyone, including children and families. Attendance will be limited to 200, but events can also be viewed and replayed via the FPL Livestream page at vimeo.com/faylib.
June 5 — The Sons of Otis Malone
June 12 — Tacie & the Sunshine Band
June 26 — Adam Ostrar
July 3 — Jude Brothers
July 10 — Daniel Bennett Group
July 17 — Honey Collective
July 24 — Western Swing Rules
July 31 — Will Johnson
LIVE! at Turnbow
Free concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at Walter Turnbow Park, 106 W. Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale. The park is in the downtown outdoor dining district, so members of the public can listen to live music outdoors while grabbing a bite to eat or drink. Although there are a few seats available, customers are encouraged to bring their camping chairs and blankets to sit on the grass. Pets and picnics with soft drinks are welcome; alcoholic beverages are available at restaurants in the restaurant district. The series is hosted by Downtown Springdale Alliance. For more information, visit www.downtownspringdale.org/live-at-turnbow-concerts.
April 28 — Modeling
May 26 — Jeff Horton Band
June 30 — TBA (Downtown Springdale Alliance’s Jill Dabbs assures us it’s “the best bluegrass in Arkansas!”)
July 28 — Jukebox Confession
August 25 – House of Songs Presents
September 29 – Grand Piph
October 27 – City Sessions presents
Levitt Amp Music Series
Levitt Amp Music Series is launching 10 weeks of free music at Riverfront Park at 121 Riverfront Drive in downtown Fort Smith. Camping chairs, picnic baskets and pets are welcome. The park is open all day, but the music starts to set in around 6 p.m. The series is hosted by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which seeks to “breathe new life into underused public spaces”. For more information on this concert series, visit www.646downtown.com/levitt-amp-music-series.
May 12 — Chris Cameron and Trey Johnson
May 19 — Conjunto Sinley
May 26 — Anita
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June 2 — Hudost
June 9 — Dawson Hollow
June 16 — New Breed Brass Band
June 23 — Michael Fields Jr.
June 30 — Les Claudettes
July 7 — Gangstagrass
July 14 — Chantae Cann
Rogers will rock to the sound of music every Friday and Saturday night from May to September on the Butterfield Stage when the Railyard Live series returns. Customers can choose to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets or reserve tables. Lo-Intervention by Onyx will sell food and drink and other food trucks will join throughout the series. Guests are permitted to bring picnic baskets, coolers, etc., but no glass containers and no outside alcohol other than Entertainment District beverages are permitted in the space.
Railyard Live kicks off May 5 with a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. May shows will also include Cate Brothers, Smokey & The Mirror, Arkansauce with Rachel Ammons and Western Youth and more. The Pig Gig Arkansas Cancer Benefit honoring Jay Alexander featuring LAX, Blue Americana and Eric Miller will take place in June, along with tributes to Prince and Freddie Mercury, Boom Kinetic and more. A Gar Hole Records showcase is planned for July along with other shows. Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion, Benjamin Del Shreve and more will perform in August with BAANG and Jasper Logan kicking off the September shows. Trout Fishing in America will wrap up the series on September 24. More information at railyardlive.com.
Live on the Green Concert Series at The Momentary in Bentonville will return this year. Spokeswoman K. Angel Horne of The Momentary said the free music series will open around the second weekend in July with “semi-regular dates” through October. The lineup “will be a mix of rising local stars, hometown favorites, regional talent, national gems and special international musical guests”. Food trucks will be available and galleries will be open. More information at themomentary.org/music.
The queue for the Gulley Park Concert The series hasn’t been released yet, but the dates will be June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. Sun loungers, blankets and even four-legged friends are welcome during this family musical series. . All shows are Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Gulley Park Gazebo in Fayetteville. Food trucks available. Keep an eye on the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation website for announcements: www.fayetteville-ar.gov/515/Gulley-Park-Summer-Concert-Series. Gulley Park is located at 1850 E. Township St..
The second annual Roots presents Patio Stage @WoodStone Pizza Uptown, 3619 Mall Ave. in Fayetteville, will return at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month from May through October. Follow Fayetteville Roots at www.fayettevilleroots.org.
A stone’s throw from Eureka Springs, Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater at 1728 Missouri H in Lampe, Mo., is gearing up for its summer music season. On the list are The Kentucky Headhunters, Skid Row, Warrant, TI, Jon Pardi, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and more. For more information, visit blackoakamp.com.
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Stars and Gravy
April 29-30 at The Farm in Eureka Springs. A music and stargazing event with powerful telescopes provided by Explore Scientific and on-site camping, it features Arkansauce, Ben Miller Band, Opal Agafia, Chucky Waggs & The Company of Raggs, Country Jesus, 1 Oz Jig, The Dirty Strings, Skye Pollard, Big Still River, Front Porch, Charlie Mellinger, Alyssa Galvan and Jenna & Friends. More information at www.starsandsauce.com.
The sweetness of the hearth
April 29 and 30, in homes in Bentonville. The 40 shows will feature 24 local artists and eight national artists, including Joshua James, Sawyer, Ira Wolf, Anjimile, Bantug, Mini Trees, Peter Mulvey, My Politic, Pura Coco, Cameron Johnson, Luke Sheafer, Jon Dooly, Will Gunselman, BAANG, Dandelion Heart, Shaun Munday, Brad Byrd, Ashtyn Barbaree, Church Street, Josh Noren, Jamie Lou Connolly, Jasper Logan, Tiffany Lee, Melody Pond, Dylan Earl, Sarah Loethen, Kalyn Fay, Kevin Kiehn, Eddie Canyon, Benjamin Del Shreve, Andrew McLaughlin and the sons of Otis Malone. More information www.citysessions.org/homesweethome
On May 20 and 21 at Momentary, artists will include Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys, Amos Lee, Margo Price, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, Amythyst Kiah, Hayes Carll, Balsam Range, Bombino, Alison Brown, Arkansauce, Red Baraat, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Willi Carlisle, Son Rompe Pera, Ozark High Ballers, The Gravel Yard, and more. The festival lineup also includes FreshScores, original silent film live music featuring Alison Brown, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Mamie Minch; special performances by The House of Songs and The Black Legacy Project. Tickets at themomentary.org/calendar/freshgrass-bentonville/#tickets.
Roots on the Avenue
June 17-19, downtown Ssquare on East Avenue in Fayetteville. The festival includes performances by Iris Dement, Anna Egge, Leyla McCall, Black Opry Revue and Bonny Light Horseman. Chef-prepared artisan food and bar selections will be available. The Fayetteville Roots Festival is scheduled for August 25-27. More information and tickets for both festivals at fayettevilleroots.org.
Opal Agafia’s Ozark Mountain Soul Fest
From June 30 to July 2, The Farm in Eureka Springs. With Opal Agafia, Jon Stickley Trio, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, The HillBenders, Mountain Sprout, The Burney Sisters, Chucky Waggs, Rachel Ammons, Pretend Friend, Red Oak Ruse, Patti Steel and DimeTrip. Tickets at stubs.net/tickets/4595/ozark-mountain-soul-festival.
Festival of Peacemakers
July 29-30, Harry E. Kelley River Park in Fort Smith. Music will be provided by Zach Bryan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Charley Crockett, The Steel Woods, Pecos & The Rooftops, Tanner Usrey, Them Dirty Roses, Jacob Stelly, Graycie York, Ella Langley and more. Tickets and more information at peacemakerfest.com.
Hillberry Music Festival
The Hillberry Music Festival will take place from September 29 to October 29. 2 at the farm in Eureka Springs. Details to come. www.hillberryfestival.com.
If you don’t see your series listed here, send that lineup and information to Monica Hooper, Music Editor, at [email protected]