2011 NAMAs @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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NAMA 2011

Words by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon. Photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.

HashBrowns recently made a move from Dallas to the NWArkansas area. And this year’s Northwest Arkansas Music Awards happened just in time to celebrate her homecoming. It was the perfect way to reintroduced her to the delicious local music scene of NWA. Here’s her review of the night.
Welcome back, HashBrowns! -Café Con Leche.

Thursday night was a perfect summation of Northwest Arkansas music. Glitter mixed with overalls mixed with fedoras on a beautiful clear night after a record week of rainfall. George’s Majestic was the obvious host with it’s NWA music history, and the garden was a cozy and intimate setting.

The 2011 NAMAs kicked off without much fanfare, just a rousing performance by Artist of the Year and Best Folk / Bluegrass Winner Cletus Got Shot. Cletus felt like a rawer version of Trampled by Turtles. They incorporate a lot of different influences, and are well-deserved of both awards.

That’s how the entire night felt. Nominations were enough recognition that the artists seemed to be content to just be there. The winners mostly kept their speeches short, and I remember hearing a distinct lack of thanking god, which always feels insincere on those big stages anyway. My personal favorite came from Perpetual Wolf (Best Metal / Hard Rock Band), who thanked Lord Vader, the Ninja Turtles, and satan – in that order.

Continue reading for the rest of the review, winners, and more photos.

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Ingram Hill @ Rogue

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Ingram Hill @ Rogue

All photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez | Follow @BOTcafe

Time is flying, yo! April is almost gone, but I can’t let it go without sharing the photos I took at the beginning of the month. I went to Rogue with a friend to catch a local band on April 1. They were one of the opening acts for Memphis pop-rock band, Ingram Hill. After rocking out to Jarris, I stayed for Ingram Hill without really knowing what to expect. Their set turned out to be a pop dream, taking me back to my roots in pop music. My friends left, but I stayed till the very end of their set.

Continue after the break for the setlist and more photos.

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Pretty Lights @ The AMP

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Pretty Lights @ the AMP

All photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez | Follow @BOTcafe

Last Friday, Pretty Lights opened the 2011 season at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. The show started out early with two openers, Spankalicious, who’s part of this year’s Wakarusa line up and Michal Menert, who introduced himself as part of the Pretty Lights movement. Menert’s album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life, is one of three releases by Pretty Lights Music, and it’s available online.

Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith is Pretty Lights. The AMP was filled with tons of young people equipped with everything glow-in-the-dark, from glow sticks to glow hula-hoops. The electro-hip/hop sounds of PL, in combination with the impressive light show, made the AMP bounce for over two hours.

Pretty Lights first came to Arkansas through Wakarusa a couple of years ago, then sold out a show at George’s Majestic Lounge in November 2009. And exactly a year ago he came to the Fayetteville Town Center. After his AMP-takeover on Friday, it seems like we’re going to need a bigger venue for his next visit to Arkansas. If you can catch him live in your town, do so! Don’t miss out. You can find all his music available on his site for download.

Continue after the break to see more photos from Friday night.

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7 Walkers @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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Words by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez. Photos by Stephen Ironside.

Two weeks ago, George’s Majestic Lounge celebrated its 84th anniversary. As part of the two-day celebration, 7 Walkers headlined on Saturday, April 2. The supergroup is made up by Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, George Porter Jr. from The Meters, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard.

7 Walker’s self-titled debut album is a celebration of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk. But the show at George’s, which happened to be the last one of their Winter tour, was not only a celebration to the music that has feed these musicians and their followers for so many years, but was also one of the greatest showcases of talent I’ve ever witnessed.

Continue after the break for the rest of the review and photos.

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Record Store Day in Fayetteville

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Record Store Day is only 3 days away. Sausage already told you a bit of what’s happening around Texas, but Fayetteville also has a lot on the menu.

Fayetteville’s independent record store, Sound Warehouse, has been around since 1984. Located at 17 N. Block Ave., just off the Fayetteville Square, Sound Warehouse is full of awesomeness. I love that you can catch a live show there every first Thursday of the month, and that they often have local artists exhibits. But what I love the most about SW is the fact that you can walk in there any day and expect nothing short of a great conversation. SW staff is made up of music lovers and musicians, and if you’re lucky you might just walk into the middle of a jam session.

For Record Store Day, Sound Warehouse will carry several of the special releases of the day, they’re getting over 60 titles in. You have to get there early to get your copy. Because they’ll open at 10 a.m., but a line is sure to form early that morning. The music will start at 9 a.m. There will be several bands playing throughout the day, including Cadre, The Banks of Trent Creek, and Jr. SOAPbox. There will be “crazy breakfast drinks” and because I really want to know what makes a breakfast drink go crazy, I will be there early.

Sound Warehouse staff is looking forward to several of the day’s special releases. They put together a list of their top ten for BOT. Check it out.

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Great American Taxi @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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All photos by Stephen Ironside

George’s Majestic Lounge is celebrating its 84th anniversary this year. And the official anniversary bash was the first weekend of April. On Saturday, the big show was 7 Walkers. But we got there in time to catch the last of the Great American Taxi set at the lounge. That was their early set of the night, they played another set at the lounge after 7 Walkers show.

Fayetteville photographer, Stephen Ironside, was BOT’s photographer of the night. Check out his shots after the break. And keep an eye out for the review and photos of the 7 Walkers show, even Vince Herman was excited to catch it.

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Meet Filligar

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Filligar is a rock band out of Chicago. Three brothers and a friend. I wanted to learn more about them before I shared them with you. But why make you wait? Without any preconceived ideas, just click play on the video for “Robbery (Shocking Love)” from their most recent album, The Nerve.

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Joe Purdy @ RZ’s Coffeehouse

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Just about a week ago, I found out Joe Purdy was going to be in town for a show at the University of Arkansas. He played at the little coffee house where I spent so much time during college. And it was a free show, thanks to the University Programs Coffeehouse Committee.

When I got to RZ’s Coffeehouse on Wednesday evening, the place was packed. They had to open all the doors for people who were sitting outside to listen to Purdy… (continue reading)

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Cage The Elephant’s Spring Tour

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Kentucky alt-rock band Cage The Elephant just started their Spring tour. They’re headed to Arkansas this week.

On Wednesday, April 6, they’ll be at Rev Room in Little Rock. Friday they’re playing a sold out show in Fayetteville at George’s Majestic, so I hope you already have your tickets. But if you missed out, you can also catch them at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on Sunday, April 10.

Texas BOTheads will get their turn later this Spring. They’re heading to Houston on May 27 to play at the Verizon Wireless Theater, Austin folks can catch them at Stubb’s on May 28, and Dallas at the Palladium on May 29.

You don’t want to miss out on this!

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G. Love & Special Sauce @ Cain’s Ballroom

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G. Love @ Cain's Ballroom

The minute G. Love came on stage at Cain’s Ballroom on March 24, it became apparent the night would be special. Backed up by the Special Sauce, Jeffrey Clemens (drums, vocals), Mark Boyce (keyboards), and Timo Shank (string bass), they started out the night with “Milk & Sugar,” a light-hearted love song from Fixin’ To Die, G. Love’s newest album. That song set the tone for the show, a light and fun showcase of refined musicianship from years of experience and a lot of soul.

The first three songs that night were from the new production, which is full of hits. The audience sang and foot-stomped along, with a familiarity that doesn’t come easy after only a month of the album release.

Continue reading for more about the show, the photos, and a special meeting.

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