Fayetteville’s Summer Sounds
This is going to be about music, believe me. But let me give you some background information for this post: Northwest Arkansas’ weather has been a mess in the last couple of months. We had a record snowfall in February, followed by bitter cold days and then, just when we thought warm Spring days were here, we were hit by sudden freezes and rain. Lots. Of. Rain. With tornadoes sprinkled in between all that. Needless to say, everybody was ready for some consistent sunshine. It was until this past weekend when we finally had some great temperatures (I’m tropical blooded, so by that, I mean we finally hit the 80’s). With warmer winds and longer days that Summer feeling has finally arrived (as I knock on wood, I don’t want another Great Flood, yo!).
And what better to celebrate the Season of the Sun than a ton of music? Yes, folks. I finally got to the music part of the post. There are several awesome events coming to Fayetteville and it’s surroundings this Summer. Read on for more on Wakarusa and its pre and post-parties, a bigger and better Fayetteville Roots Festival, music at the park, and what’s shaping up to be a legendary Block Party.
The high temperatures are here, but seems like the official party to start the Summer will be the Block Street Block Party on Sunday, May 22. Tons of great stuff happening on that funky street in Fayetteville. There will be live music at four separate stages: The Pickin’ Post Stage with Mike Shirkey; Miller High Life, JR’s Lighbulb Club Stage; the New Belgium and Ozark Organics Stage; as well as Zone One Electronica DJ Stage.
Some Fayetteville favorites will play that day, like Cletus Got Shot, A Good Fight, Effron White, Memphis Pencils, and so many others! Click here to see the line up for each stage. Music, food, beer gardens, vendors, and heat! Heck yeah, get ready!
Just a few days later, Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival will take place at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, AR on June 2-5. This year’s festival is bringing great acts to that lovely piece of land: My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper & The Relentless7, Thievery Corporation, Mumford & Sons, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, just to name a few. Lucky for Fayetteville, a few bands will make a stop by George’s Majestic Lounge before and after Wakarusa. Yes, friends. George’s announced through a couple of social media outlets that the official Pre and Post-Wakarusa parties are happening on June 1 and June 6. Who’s playing? At the Pre-Wakarusa Party you can catch Pimps of Joytime, Lubriphonic, and Papadosio. And the Post-Wakarusa Party will feature Jay Nash Band, Spiritual Rez, and Mountain Standard Time. By the way, these are FREE SHOWS.
Hold on! I’m not done.
The Gulley Park Summer Concert Series is back for another season. Get your hula-hoops and blankets or lawn chairs ready. The first concert is on May 26 and the last one on August 11. All of these are free and you can take your dogs with you! Here’s the schedule:
May 26: Patricia Vonne (Austin, TX)
June 9: Tiffany Christopher Band (Fayetteville, AR)
June 23: Waylon Pierce (Fort Worth, TX)
July 14: Casual Flyze and the Earth (Fayetteville, AR)
July 28: Tim Brantley (Atlanta, GA)
August 11: Uncrowned Kings (Fayetteville, AR)
Wait! There’s still more.
This year the Fayetteville Roots Festival is happening again. Mark your calendars for August 27 and 28. That’s right! The FRF is growing into a two-day event. Remember how great it was last year? This year the line-up includes Guy Clark, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Chatham County Line, 3 Penny Acre, Da Costa, Rose and Elliott, Still on the Hill, Grace Pettis, Johann Wagner Trio, The Honey Dewdrops, and Cletus Got Shot.
If you’re not crying of excitement yet, you can also head over to the Arkansas Music Pavilion site to check out this season’s acts.
This Summer is going to be so much fun. Ready, set, sweat!