Live Music

Something (Not Quite) Familiar

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Photo courtesy Braverijah Gregg

“What’s cool about Straight No Chaser is they do a very similar thing in the sense that they’re taking familiar material and twisting it into a new context,” says Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee, center. “It’s a very entertaining show, and it has that kind of upbeat atmosphere that matches ours very well. You’re going to see two great acts that are doing really creative stuff and keeping the audience engaged throughout. It’s definitely feel-good entertainment.”

Groups add fresh twist to famous hits JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com Sunday promises a night of music to Northwest Arkansas unlike anything the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion has hosted before: a show of co-headlining performers taking today’s popular hits and turning them on their heads. Straight No Chaser is the all-men a capella group from Indiana…

LIVE! in NWA

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Zigtebra — She is Zebra. He is Tiger. Together, they make up lo-fi pop duo Zigtebra. The Chicago group is in the middle of a 120-day national tour this summer, including a stop at Backspace in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. Friday with Neon Glittery, Open Fields and PZA. With the release of “Take My Hand I’m Ready” last week, Zigtebra is keeping up with an ambitious 2017 plan to release a new song and music video every month for the entire year. zigtebra.com. $5.

  Today (7/13) Grady Philip Drugg — 9 p.m., with Buckle Up Baby, and The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Boys. Backspace, Fayetteville. $5. 123 Andrés — 7 p.m. family concert, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville. Photosphere — 6 p.m., Fred’s Hickory Inn, Bentonville. Melody Pond — Gulley Park, Fayetteville. Stoney LaRue — with ShotGun Billys. JJ’s…

The Younger Set — Firefly Fling

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STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE - Jules Taylor smiles as she performs with Shaky Bugs Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, during First Thursday on the Fayetteville downtown square.

  Shaky Bugs learning, fun at Firefly Fling It might seem as though Jules Taylor is everywhere in Northwest Arkansas — on movie sets, performing with Phunbags comedy improv, helping helm the Fayetteville Film Festival, directing at Arts Live Theatre. But nowhere is she happier than entertaining and educating children with her Shaky Bugs program….

LIVE! in NWA

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Backroad Anthem — After making the move to the home of country music, Nashville, Tenn., Arkansas-bred country rockers Backroad Anthem are back in our neck of the woods for two shows on Sunday and Monday. The group will perform at Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., at 7 o’clock both nights. Pursuing a new sound, the five musicians will release an EP of all new songs this year, giving fans something to look forward to. backroadanthem.com. Free.

Today (6/29) Mudlarks — 6 p.m., Bear’s Place, Fayetteville. Rain Kings — 7 p.m., with Ricky Young. Choctaw Casino, Pocola, Okla. Rozenbridge — 6 p.m., Crystal Bridges, Bentonville. Stephen Pigman — Dickson Street Pub, Fayetteville. Lindsay Will — Foghorn’s on Green Acres, Fayetteville. The Greg Creamer Band — Foghorn’s on W. 15th, Fayetteville. Steve Dimmitt…

‘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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Delta Saints photographed by David Bean in Nashville, TN

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,…