Lively Entertainment

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The 1 Oz. Jig highlights full weekend of great original live music

In addition to all the fabulous jazz acts performing as part of Jazz Eureka this weekend, there are a number of great acts performing at local venues.

On Friday night, New Delhi hosts a great jazz trio as Conway-based Handmade Moments takes the stage starting at 6:30 p.m.

Handmade Moments is Carroll County native Anna Horton, Nick Caffrey and Joel Ludford, three members of the likewise-talented six-piece band Don't Stop Please. All three are gifted musicians with on-stage enthusiasm and skill that belies their young age.

On Saturday, be sure to make plans to go to Chelsea's for standout funk group The 1 Oz. Jig of Fayetteville.

Good songwriting, tight rhythm and a horn section and intense onstage charisma make The 1 Oz. Jig an instant crowd favorite. The 1 Oz. Jig brings sassy songwriting, swanky croon and the "funk-chunk" attack of Jeff Kearney, named the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards' Singer/Songwriter of the Year in both 2008 and 2011. The band took home the Best Funk Band award last year -- no easy task in Fayetteville, where there is no shortage of funk and jambands.

In 2010 the band released its first album, which was quickly nominated for Album of the Year and also had several songs featured on a compilation of original Fayetteville artists entitled "Fayetteville 2011."

Funky beats and melodic bass lines lay the perfect foundation for the band's horn section (usually featuring 2-4 players) hooking and jabbing through it all, blowing a thick layer of tight brass over the top. This band's appeal and energy is undeniable.

On Sunday night, head over to Voulez-Vous Lounge for a great duo in Firefly.

Firefly is an acoustic duo that bounces vocalist and guitarist Nici's sweet country-prairie, sometimes-Patsy-Cline'esque-style with guitarist and vocalist Chris' surfer/Americana sound. They take turns singing, playing guitar, harmonizing and handling percussion. The pair has opened for Bret Michaels and was recently approached about performing a weekly acoustic set at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Firefly's show this Sunday (they're also performing there next Sunday, Sept. 30) starts at 8:30 p.m.

On Monday night, Eureka music fans will be treated to a rare Arkansas performance by Venezuelan 14-string guitar pro Felix Martin at Squid and Whale. This looks to be an unbelievable show for fans of intricate guitar-picking; I wouldn't miss this for the world. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Following is the entertainment schedule for this weekend for Eureka Springs venues:


* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight.

* New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525: Skillet Lickers, 6 p.m.

* Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown with Bloody Buddy & friends, 7 p.m.


* Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m.

* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: It's About Time, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Ride Shy, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: The Matt Smith Group, 9 p.m.

* Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Close Trash Angels, 8 p.m.

* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Bike Night, 4 to 9 p.m. or later, food and drink specials, karaoke and prizes

* New Delhi Cafe: Handmade Moments, 6:30 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Jukebox Fest, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Jukebox Fest, 7:30 p.m.

* Squid & Whale: Three Cent Genius, 9 p.m.


* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Dorian Cross, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's: Beers For Breakfast, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's: The 1 Oz. Jig (Fayetteville funk), 9 p.m.

* Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Close Trash Angels, 8 p.m.

* The Lumberyard: DJ, 9 p.m.

* New Delhi Cafe: Skillet Lickers, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Mike Blackwell, 6:30 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: The Eclectones, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Arkansas football game with free Jukebox, 7:30 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: Three Cent Genius, 9 p.m.


* Caribe Restaurant & Cantina, 309 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8102: Cherry Brooks Band, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's: Steve & Chuck (jazz set), 4-8 p.m.

* Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close

* New Delhi Cafe: Handmade Moments (jazz trio), 4:30-8 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: The Jeff Gray Quartet, 8 p.m.

* Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63A Spring St., 479-363-6595: Firefly duo, 8:30 p.m.


* Chelsea's: Springbilly, 9 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: Felix Martin (14-string guitarist from Venezuela), 8 p.m.

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Lively Entertainment is written and complied by Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall. Deadline for venues to submit their events for inclusion is noon Mondays. Events should be emailed to and/or phoned in to 479-981-9419 by noon Monday each week. Kuykendall also writes Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Live Music Blog, which includes video and song clips of band she previews each weekend, as well as additional previews and recommendations of major, not-to-be-missed live concerts throughout the region. The blog is at

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