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Music Matters

Pianist believes the arts can illuminate the world BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Her family teases that Lara Downes can’t sit still — never could — unless she was sitting on a

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Old Dog Loves New Tricks

Young musicians inspire Dirt Band founder BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Nothing about a phone conversation reveals that Jeff Hanna is in his 70s — nothing but the fact that the Nitty

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Roots Returns

Music, food fest celebrates 10 years JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com It was 10 years ago that a humble new festival rolled into Fayetteville with the moniker of “intimate urban music and

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The Beat Goes On

Meet the bands at this year’s Roots Festival   For nearly two decades, the Sunday night headliners for this year’s Roots Festival have been traveling the world, picking up influences

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Bright Lights, Little City

Ex-Stax, Motown exec heading to Bentonville MARY JORDAN mjordan@nwadg.com The musical potential of Bentonville has captured the attention of Al Bell, former chairman of Stax Records and former president of

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Profile: Neil Greenhaw

Business, arts come together on Haxton Road LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com “Where art and business collide.” So reads the tag line of a sign on SE Second Street in Bentonville,

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Fort Smith’s Fifth

Peacemaker Festival goes all American JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com The Peacemaker Festival in Fort Smith has done nothing but grow since its inception, and that growth motivated additions and alterations here

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‘Bigger Than Anything’

Artist keeps heart in over-the-top arena tour JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com “I think if you haven’t evolved as a performer in 13 years, something would be horribly wrong. I’ve been lucky

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Can We Stop With All This Floodin’?

Parody song, video support flood relief JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com “It was big and mean and powerful. And once you got near the river, you could feel the evil coming off

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Four Minutes, Four Questions with Francesco Micheli, Artosphere

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com When the Artosphere Festival Orchestra presents a program June 29 celebrating the moon, it will be with the backdrop of French movie director Georges Melies’ 1902