Live Music

‘Ozark Mountain Soul’

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Singer/songwriter rocks own style of ‘roots ‘n’ roll’ Opal Agafia says she “came out of the musical closet” two years ago. The metaphor makes sense when she explains that she “always loved music, always loved singing” growing up in tiny Dover, Ark., but went to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville to study business. “Throughout college,…

Summer Beats

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Gulley Park rocks the heat For Ben Ringel, frontman of Nashville rock outfit The Delta Saints, the records that stick with him the most are ones with a narrative start-to-finish — where each song represents a chapter or moment in that narrative. “You leave with a feeling. You may not know what the feeling is,…

LIVE! in NWA

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“Tyson Tuesday Nights” — With extended hours and free admission at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks throughout the summer. In addition, the Free Summer Concert Series begins this Tuesday with a “Red, White & Blooms” concert by the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band. The next concert in the series will be the melt-your-socks-off blues/rock of Leah & the Mojo Doctors, left, on July 25. The final show in the series will be the folk/soul beat-boxing, world-traveling duo Handmade Moments, right, back in NWA on Aug. 22. All family-friendly shows begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. bgozarks.org.

Thursday Everclear — Oregon natives Everclear are crossing the country on their “So Much For The Afterglow Tour” — the same name as their most successful album to date, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The rockers will perform a free show at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., at 7 p.m. Thursday,…

Music For Miles

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Grammy-nominated singer Elle King will headline the Walmart Community Concert as part of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday at the Walmart AMP. King’s distinct and smokey voice blends rock, blues, pop and country for her signature sound — heard in popular singles like “America’s Sweetheart,” “Ex’s & Oh’s” and her duet with country artist Dierks Bentley “Different for Girls.” Fayetteville native Madison Watkins, who appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” will open the show.

Northwest Arkansas is home for, and host of, some amazing creative talent. Our corner of the state also attracts some impressive names when it comes to nationally and internationally touring musical celebrities. But with our perfect position between some of the Midwest’s biggest cities, even more famous names and concerts on a spectacular level are…