Wakarusa 2011 pre|Sunday

6:11 am by

Watermelon anyone?

Come Sunday at Wakarusa 2011, you will be tired and ready (really ready) for a shower. I recommend you go for a swim at the Mulberry River at some point before Sunday, but if you don’t, just don’t rush your stinky ass out of Mulberry Mountain. You don’t want to miss out on the awesomeness that will take place there on the last day. That’s right! I hope you took off Monday morning off work, cause this will not be over until late Sunday night. Keep reading for the details.

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Wakarusa Disaster Relief for Joplin, MO

9:25 pm by

You’ve seen the news coverage. Our brothers and sisters in Joplin, MO are hurting right now. A deadly tornado hit the town on Sunday evening, leaving families in need of our help and taking the lives of over 100 people.

Let’s help out. Wakarusa has set up a Disaster Relief Donation page and will match all donations made between now and May 27. All donations will benefit the American Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter).

We must help our Midwestern neighbor get back on its feet. If you can’t make a donation, look into other ways to help out: donate blood, canned food, clothes, etc. Check out the Facebook page NW Arkansas Helping Joplin, MO for more ways to help.

Our hearts go out to Joplin, MO.

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Fayetteville’s Summer Sounds

10:49 pm by

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.

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New Music Scramble: May 2011

10:14 pm by

This lovely Sunday brought to me the realization that there are several new releases I’m excited about this month. Last week we had Fleet Foxes‘ new album, Helplessess Blues, which was very well received. There are tons of great albums coming out this month, but I’ll only tell you about the ones on my list of awesomeness.

On May 17, Ben Harper‘s Give Till It’s Gone is set to release. The first single “Rock N’ Roll Is Free” has been out since the end of March, and the video recently hit the web, too. This release comes to us just a couple of weeks before his performance at this year’s Wakarusa Camping & Music Festival. I plan on having the album on repeat for a few days before Wakarusa, so I can sing along at the show.

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Lucinda Williams @ Fayetteville Town Center

6:15 am by

Lucinda Williams @ Fayetteville Town Center

All photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.

Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams made a tour stop in Fayetteville, AR on Sunday, May 1. At the start of the show, Williams thanked the audience for braving the weather, as there was still lighting and thunder outside. The weather forecast for the area forced the show, originally to take place at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, to move indoors to the Fayetteville Town Center.

The venue was full for the sit-down show, and there were only a few standing (and dancing) at the back. The attendance didn’t come as a surprise, as Williams is regarded as one of Fayetteville’s sweethearts. So she knew she was performing to an audience that included great fans, friends, and her father, award-winning poet Miller Williams.

Continue for the rest of the review and photos.

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