Sweet sounds for the weekend and beyond
By Richard Davis
TFW Staff Writer
Craving some scintillating sounds to tickle your ear holes? There’s a lot to be excited about in the diverse offerings in the area for next week and beyond.
▲ There’ll be two chances to catch Dirtfoot — the Shreveport, La., band self-described as “the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land.” The group will perform Friday, Feb. 11 at Maxine’s Tap Room (CORRECTION: Dirtfoot will actually be appearing at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, NOT Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville) and Saturday, Feb. 12 at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Check out their website — www.dirtfoot.com — to listen to some samples of this unique, hard playing act.
▲ Also on Friday, Feb. 11, it’s not a show, just a chance to buy tickets to see an upcoming show. The Zac Brown Band will appear Friday, April 15 at Mulberry Moutain in Ozark — also the home of the annual Wakarusa and Harvest Music festivals. The tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday at www.pipelineproductions.com or by phone at 785-749-3434. Tickets are also available through George’s Majestic Lounge. The event is likely to sell out quickly.
▲ Though not strictly a music event, TheatreSquared’s theatrical production of “Sundown Town” features music by a favorite local group, 3 Penny Acre. Written by Kevin Cohea, “Sundown Town” tells the story of an African-American drifter in a rural north Arkansas town in 1918 who encounters a law prohibiting strangers after dark. “Sundown Town” premiered last weekend and performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and
17-19 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 12-13 and 19-20 at Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville.
▲ Elephant Revival will perform Tuesday, Feb. 15 at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, with opening act Candy Lee & The Sweets. The group previously appeared in the area at Whole Earth Organic Lounge and the 2010 Harvest Music Festival. With a lead singer who also plays a washboard with almost Freddy Krueger-like gloves, this group is not to be missed and has a new album out titled “Break in the Clouds.”
▲ Another show that isn’t specifically about music, but apparently stunned and delighted audiences last time it hit Fayetteville, the Pretty Things Peepshow will perform two different shows on successive nights Tuesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville. To check out more about this burlesque/vaudeville act, visit www.prettythingsproductions.com.
▲ On Wednesday, Feb. 16, check out young local band Rollo Tumasi at Rogue Pizza Co. in Fayetteville. Bonus points if you can tell where the band’s excellent name comes from (without using the Googles).
▲ Those Darlins, touring in support of their sophomore record “Screws Get Loose,” will perform Thursday, Feb. 17 at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Also appearing at the venue will be the Old 97s.
▲ In a change of pace, baritone vocalist Jubilant Sykes will join with pianist Alan Chow to perform music by seminal American composer Aaron Copeland as well as African-American spirituals. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Walton Arts Center.