Chelsea's has a HUGE event in store Thursday night, in conjunction with this week's 65th annual Ozark Folk Festival: The Hillbilly Hootenanny, beginning at 9 p.m. Nov. 1.
Come see a Hee-Haw style production and show and hear live performances of songs from great country legends such as Grandpa Jones (played by Arkansas Red), Wanda Jackson (played by Karen Jo Vennes), Bill Monroe (played by Ron Landis), Patsy Cline (played by Rain Equine), Stringbean (played by Erik "Banjo Man" Brashears), and Conway Twitty (played by Alan Vennes). They will be accompanied by a band called the Hog Sprouts.
The evening will feature square dancing, a pie baking contest, chicken splat Bingo, corny jokes, and a "knee-slappin', foot-stompin', hay-chawin' good time," organizers promise.
Chelsea's encourages attendees to bring a pie for the contest -- no entry fee and the prize is a killer goodie package, I'm told.
Admission for the Hootenanny is a donation.
With this weekend being Diversity Weekend, there is tons of live music and killer drag shows going on all over town ... see the schedule below for more details. But I would be remiss in not telling my readers about a huge act coming to nearby Fayetteville for a two-night stand at George's Majestic Lounge: the Casey Donahew Band.
If you like alt-country, country-rock, or Texas Country, chances are you already know this band. But if you don't, here's a few paragraphs from a review I wrote of a show of theirs I caught last year:
"Donahew and gang like to rock with their country -- hard. These guys really put on a show, rockstar antics and all. So by song No. 3, it was appropriate that Casey Donahew Band was already rockin' so hard that they teased a little Metallica on the jam to the bridge of the song 'Crazy,' which is a fun upbeat tune about the author's crazy significant other, who, of course, is driving him crazy in turn. Great lyrics.
"Track five of the evening -- also the title track of CDB's brand new album which just hit No. 2 on the iTunes Country Chart and debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard Top 200 -- 'Double Wide Dream,' was a really awesome mid-tempo, bluesy sort of country-waltz number featuring some killer guitar licks. And the lyrics to 'Double Wide Dream' are atypical of your average country-song-featuring-the-manufactured-home. In fact, they were pretty sweet, even with the tongue-in-cheek lines celebrating his girl's 'redneck' ways:
"She likes to cuss & fight & she can drink all night
And she can roll one up till I'm feelin' right
She drives a truck with swampers and rims
And an Alpine pumping through Kicker tens
She dips snuff & she don't spit
Never on the broad her shirts don't fit
And I love that pretty little country girl
She's rockin' this redneck's world ..."
"Besides the snuff part, anyway (LOL), the song almost makes you wonder why we all aren't dreaming this same 'Double Wide Dream' -- it just makes life and a woman like this sound simple and, well, plain good.
"A little later, after a fun track about Tulsa and a mid-tempo weeper called 'Angel' that I can see going far on commercial radio, CDB broke into some Kid Rock before transitioning into their hit song '12 Gauge' -- NOW the audience was going crazy. So was the band, especially the drummer, and the bassist, and the lead guitarist, and the fiddler, and, well, heck, all of them were... And did I mention the audience?"
Indeed, Casey Donahew and crew put on a rowdy, reckless, helluva great performance, and if you don't just hate country music, you will leave LOVING this band. They're true rock stars, to be sure, and the rest of the country must agree, because the album "Double Wide Dream" made it to No. 10 on the Billboard U.S. Country Chart and No. 32 on the overall Billboard Music Chart after its release a year ago.
Tickets to Casey Donahew Band, who starts at 9:30 Friday night and at 9 p.m. Saturday, are $20 and are available at www.georgesmajesticlounge.com.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1
* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Hillbilly Hootenanny featuring live performances of
* 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
FRIDAY, NOV. 2
* Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m.
* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Chooch, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Karaoke Contest, 8 p.m.
* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Diversity Band, 9 p.m.
* Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Henri's Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: DJ "j" & Zombie-themed party
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Ashley McBryde & Halloween Costume Party, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Drag Show with Reigning Queens, 8:30 p.m.
* New Delhi Cafe: Skinny Gypsies, 6:30 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: John Harwood, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Rockin' with DJ Mark, 7 p.m.
* Squid & Whale: Black Water, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3
* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Tyler Gregory & the Bootlegger Band, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's: Pieces of Dreams, 9 p.m.
* Chelsea's: IRIS, 9 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Henri's Just One More: DJ "j" & Deliverance-themed party
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Karaoke with DJ Goose, 3-7 p.m.; Ashley McBryde, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard: Drag Show with Reigning Queens, 9 p.m.
* New Delhi Cafe: Skillet Lickers, early afternoon; Little Zero the Band, 6:30 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den: John Harwood, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Blew Reed & the Flatheads, 6 p.m.
* Squid and Whale: Jazztec Ruins, 6 p.m.; Black Water, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
* Chelsea's: IRIS, 7 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close
* New Delhi Cafe: Big Bad Gina, 3-7 p.m.
* Squid and Whale: Slam Boxx, 7 p.m.