In The Spotlight

Band Supports Their Fayetteville Home

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There’s a spot in Fayetteville where Drew Walls of the band Damn Arkansan said local and traveling bands along with their fans can feel at home.

“When we started playing a lot in Fayetteville, Smoke and Barrel was our launch pad, one of the first places we started doing shows and where we feel at home,” Walls said.

That same spot is in need of upgraded sound equipment that Walls hopes to provide with an upcoming benefit concert March 9.

What makes Smoke and Barrel Tavern great, Walls said, is the owners are supportive of the music scene, and the employees are friends. The audience carries that same type of energy that helps make the tavern a great place to hang out and listen to live music. But the sound system is nothing to brag about.

“They actually use one of our PA monitors, and just as a joke one day we said we should host a sound event,” Walls explained. “At the end of the day, there was an opportunity and a need, seeing as how many people like going there for music.”

To pull off the event, Walls has brought in a variety of local bands that he feels represents the vast demographic of sounds you can hear in Fayetteville. There’s a $5 door charge, with all proceeds going directly to Smoke and Barrel’s new sound system, and with all bands donating their time.

Line-up:

Hombros Rancheros (featuring
Nick Shoulders) — 6:15-6:45 p.m.
s Basement Brew — 7-7:45 p.m.
s Thunderlizards — 8-8:45 p.m.
s Family History — 9-9:45 p.m.
s The Great Scotts — 10-10:45 p.m.
s Teenagers — 11-11:45 p.m.
s Damn Arkansan — Midnight

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