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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Everyone digs a girl band - and Chelsea's has a good one coming Sunday!
Posted Wednesday, July 30, at 10:35 AM
Everybody loves an all-girl musical group. Why? Well, that's for you to discuss among yourselves, LOL, but the fact remains. Even us straight chicks dig a band that can play well that's made up of all women. Girl power! Right?! This Sunday night, one of the Mountain Home area's most unique and gifted exports, in my opinion, performs at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar -- and, you guessed it, it's a band made up of solely females...

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"Newgrass" band to perform in Eureka
Posted Thursday, July 24, at 1:22 PM

"Newgrass" -- or progressive bluegrass -- band Deep Fried Squirrel, an eclectic group of musicians from the Springfield, Mo., area play one of the widest ranges of music you could imagine. And this weekend you have two opportunities to here them here in Eureka...

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Tickets on sale now to Ozark Folk Festival shows
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 11:20 AM

Tickets are on sale now to the primary performances scheduled as part of the 67th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival Oct. 7-11 in downtown Eureka Springs. The Original Ozark Folk Festival has been held every year since 1948, making it the longest consecutively held annual folk festival in America. The festival features the music, dance, arts, crafts and people of the Ozarks...

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Funk/soul band comes to town!
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 9:17 AM

Eurekans who enjoy live funk, soul and R&B should look forward to Saturday as a fun and talented funk/soul band comes to town. Lilly Bee and the Pollinators is a seven-piece band -- including three horns -- fronted by vocalist Melissa Henderson and based in Springfield, Mo., since its 2011 founding...

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Fourth of July Weekend Music
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 9:30 AM

This weekend brings a lot of familiar names on the entertainment schedule, but also will offer some sounds newer to Eureka Springs. Following are my recommendations for the best live music in Eureka this weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!...

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Great bluegrass this weekend
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 2:14 PM

Following are my recommendations for the best live music in Eureka Springs this weekend. If you want to get out of town for a night, I've got a suggestion for that too on Friday night. SxRex -- the region's "band of Bower brothers" -- will play their final show of the season, and likely the year, on Friday night at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar...

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Acclaimed Yellowjackets coming
Posted Thursday, June 19, at 3:03 PM

This weekend, Eurekans and visitors here will have the chance to see a truly special musical show as legendary jazz group Yellowjackets perform at The Auditorium on Saturday evening. The group has a long history of excellent musicianship that began nearly four decades ago...

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The Blues is busting out all over!
Posted Friday, June 13, at 10:18 AM

It's Blues Weekend, and there are lots of great local and regional blues bands at venues all over town all weekend. But if I had a to choose one local dive to see some great blues, I'd choose Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar, which has not just one but two stellar groups performing both Friday and Saturday -- and one of those bands is starting early with a Thursday night show as well...

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Wakarusa starts Thursday!
Posted Wednesday, June 4, at 7:54 PM

This weekend is Wakarusa Music Festival, happening a little over an hour south of here near Cass on Highway 23 South / the Pig Trail. It runs Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, and tickets are still available at Wakarusa.com (see details below)...

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One-day festival of Arkansas music is tomorrow, May 31
Posted Friday, May 30, at 10:53 AM

Legends of Arkansas, the all-day, family-friendly Little Rock live music and arts festival, is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. This will be the second year of the grassroots, all-Arkansas music and arts festival at Riverfront Park in the downtown area of the capital city. Festival organizers and attendees will be celebrating some of Arkansas' best artists, musicians, and independent businesses from around the state...

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Two great Fayetteville bands in Eureka this weekend
Posted Wednesday, May 28, at 1:34 PM

Following are my picks for the best live music in Eureka Springs this weekend: Friday night at Chelsea's Corner Cafe and Bar, one of my favorite, laidback-but-energetic folk-rock acts performs. The Strange Derangers were formerly known as Catfish Jackson and are led by gifted guitarist and vocalist Richard Burnett...

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Grammy winning country star coming to Eureka Springs
Posted Friday, May 23, at 9:04 AM

There's a Grammy winner coming to Eureka Springs this weekend. Best known for his chart-topping hits "Billy the Kid" and "If There Hadn't Been You," Grammy-winning country singer Billy Dean started young. At age 8, he started playing guitar in his father's band, The Country Rock, in Florida. He continued playing throughout high school, both in his dad's group and with other local musicians in area clubs, and he sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way" at his high school graduation...

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Diverse Americana group, banjo man from Cali coming to town
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 10:22 AM

Following are the highlights of this weekend's entertainment listings, my recommendations for the best live music in Eureka this weekend: The Electric Rag Band is a guitar-driven Americana band that draws on many styles of American music of the last 100 years, including Blues, Ragtime, Rockabilly, Hillbilly, Punk and everything in between...

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MudStomp Records hosting two nights of Ozarks bands at George's
Posted Thursday, May 8, at 10:04 AM

This weekend, if you want to see a lot of great regional bands perform a lot of roots-rock, bluegrass and Ozarks-Americana music in one place over two nights, you should head over to George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville for "FayetteStomp." Hosted by locally based MudStomp Records, Friday's FayetteStomp lineup includes Foley's Van of Fayetteville and SxRex of Eureka Springs, followed by the Whistle Pigs of southern Illinois. ...

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Chelsea's celebrates 25 years, Cathouse celebrates May Fine Arts
Posted Thursday, May 1, at 11:16 AM

This week of entertainment kicks off tonight, Thursday, May 1, with a special event at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar as the establishment celebrates its 25th birthday. Ratliff Dean Thiebaud and Friends will perform at the party, which begins at 5 p.m. Thiebaud, of Mountain Sprout, will be playing with Sprout bassist Daniel Redmond, steel guitarist Ron Landis, drummer Sage Ahava and acoustic "bad-ass" Mike Hopper from Tulsa, who formerly played with the likes of Steve Pryor and Wink Burcham...

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Two regional fave bluegrass bands and hot blues roll into Eureka
Posted Thursday, April 24, at 10:48 AM

Two regional favorites -- who sit on different ends of the bluegrass genre spectrum -- will perform on Saturday evening this weekend, and neither should be missed. First, Cutty Rye, based in Fayetteville, performs at Cathouse/Pied Piper Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday...

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Sultry blues and a local favorite
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 10:16 AM

This weekend, a sultry, gutsy female vocalist brings her blues and R&B band to Voulez-Vous Lounge for a two-night stand. Mesa Mitchell's talent and stage presence is said to be unquestionable by those who've seen her perform. Her music is the embodiment of Chicago Blues with a little New Orleans R&B thrown in for extra flavor...

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A party with an 'Everyone Orchestra'
Posted Friday, April 11, at 11:10 AM

The live music highlight of the coming week is actually a weeknight show and birthday party for a favorite son of Eureka Springs who's just returned home from a six-month adventure off the continent. On Wednesday, April 16, Ratliff Dean Thiebaud and "Eureka's Everyone Orchestra" -- featuring members of Thiebaud's Mean Green String Band plus special guests -- will perform a free show (no admission but band tips welcome) at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar in what promises to be a helluva party for former Mountain Sprout fiddler Blayne Thiebaud, just back in town this week from a stint in Hawaii and Greece.. ...

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Roots-rocker leads the weekend
Posted Thursday, April 3, at 10:09 AM

Tyler Gregory's show at Cathouse Lounge/ Pied Piper Pub is my pick for the best original live music this weekend. He performs both Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to midnight. Hailing from the rolling hills of Kansas, Tyler Gregory can regularly be found performing with his steam-powered melodies...

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Livingston to perform intimate show
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 10:07 AM

Texas music legend singer-songwriter Bob Livingston will perform a concert on Saturday, March 29 at 5 p.m. at Caribe Cantina, a fundraising event for the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Livingston, a driving force behind the Cosmic Cowboy music scene of Austin, Texas, is currently working on a memoir at the Writers' Colony...

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Former Lovely County Citizen Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has written about live music around the state for CitiScapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music in the Eureka Springs and Northwest Arkansas region, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville, Rogers, Tulsa, Branson, Springfield, Little Rock, Memphis and others as well. Appearing on this blog is the Citizen's weekly "Lively Entertainment" as well as previews and reviews of concerts from around the region.