Stupid weeks. They always start the same way, with a stupid Monday.
Mondays, without fail, are like “get to work, hippy.” Mondays are also racists, FYI.
Tuesdays are almost always next. Tuesdays wear work shirts, and khaki pants and brown loafers, and say things like, “where are those purchase orders?” and “can I borrow your stapler?”
Then, there are Wednesdays, which like to call themselves “hump days,” and tell stupid jokes in the break room, some of them involving humping but not in a funny way. Hate those guys.
Thursday is all, “Donkey party!” Now that I think about it, Thursdays aren’t that bad.
By the time we get to Fridays, we’re so mad at all those other days, that it takes until at least noon to get over it. After that, though, Fridays rule. That’s why they have a restaurant named after them.
Friday night, if you’re already going through Razorback sports withdrawals after the baseball season ended last week, there’s a tweetup at Grub’s starting at 6 p.m. It’s called #RazUp, and it should at least help with some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Tunes wise, Days of the New is at George’s Friday night. You might remember them from their 1997 hit “Touch, Peel, & Stand,” which made them crazy famous. Locals Silverstone open, and all of this takes place after the happy hour shows with Earl & Them featuring Jimmy Thackery in the garden, and Strange Heroes in the lounge.
Local veterans of the music scene The Hogeye Rambers are at Arsaga’s on Crossover. If you’ve ever been curious about where Will Collins of Hardaway & The Commoners got his guitar chops, you might find out at this show. Will’s Dad, Dennis Collins is in the band.
The Jack Mitchell Swing Band is at Scarpino’s, and if you know anything about the Scarpino’s crowd, you know that there will be swing dancing. Big time.
It seems like more and more restaurants are getting into the live music game. Even Sunrise Cafe has a show this week, with Rollo Tumasi.
Saturday morning should start off at the Farmer’s Market on the Square. There’ll be music from all sorts of locals scattered around down there. At around 1 p.m., Memphis Pencils and Candy Lee are playing on the porch at The Blue House on Rollston and Watson. Click these words for a map.
Also Saturday, ask yourself this question; do you like wings? If the answer is yes, then you’ll probably want to stop by the Northwest Arkansas Mall for the 6th annual Wingfest competition. $5 gets you in the door, and you can try wings from several local restaurants, and then vote on a winner.
There’s Roller Derby all day at the Starlight Skatium, as the Backwoods Betties and seven teams from the region will compete in the Backwoods Beatdown regional tournament. It all starts at 1 p.m., and whoever wins is the winner.
Also during the day on Saturday, Buster Belly’s is celebrating its 10th anniversary with free hot dogs, a photo booth, and free music from Jones & Leah and Will Brand. The party starts at 1 p.m.
Saturday night, if you don’t do anything else, check out Cletus Got Shot at Smoke & Barrel. It’s their CD release party, it will be packed, and you can pick up a copy of their excellent new album “Unamerican.”
Sunday night, another awesome local band will release a new album, when 3 Penny Acre celebrates the release of “Highway 71” at Greenhouse Grille. All indications are that this show will sell out, so if you haven’t already, you’d better grab a ticket or two.
There’s a lot more, and I’m sure we missed a few things. What are you guys doing this weekend?
- Friday, June 18
- Grub’s: #RazUp Razorback Tweetup
- Mojo’s: Beans and Cornbread
- Ella’s: Lorrie Morris
- George’s: Days of the New / Silverstone / Earl & Them with Jimmy Thackery / Strange Heroes
- Greenhouse Grille: Tiffany Christopher Trio
- JJ’s Grill n Chill: Pope Co. Bootleggers
- El Sancho Mexican Grill: Barret Baber
- Foghorn’s on College: Sarah Hughes
- Jose’s: The FOS Project
- Teatro Scarpino: Jack Mitchell Swing Band
- Dickson Theater: Keith Nicholson
- Arsaga’s on Crossover: Hogeye Ramblers
- Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Guta
- Sunrise Cafe: Rollo Tumasi
- Saturday, June 19
- Jammin’ Java: Odis Elevator
- Starlight Skatium: NWA Roller Derby
- The Blue House: Memphis Pencils / Candy Lee
- Mojo’s: Jennifer B.
- Ella’s: Raja
- JJ’s Grill n Chill: Black Top Boys
- El Sancho Mexican Grill: TJ Scarlett
- Foghorn’s on College: Michael Snow
- First United Presbyterian Church: CD Release Party for Nancy Maier
- Buster Belly’s: Jones ‘N Leah / Will Brand
- George’s: Even Heroes
- ROTC: The Shady Janes
- Arsaga’s on Crossover: Melody & Morty
- Rogue: Guta / Sarah Hughes
- Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Cletus Got Shot CD release
- NWA Mall: Wingfest
- Dog Party USA: Spay Arkansas Benefit
- Sunday, June 20
- Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Garden Fest
- Greenhouse Grille: Miles Ralston
- Common Grounds: Elise Davis / Jones ‘N Leah
- Fayetteville Public Library: Claudia Burson Three
- Greenhouse Grille: 3 Penny Acre CD release
- Mellow Mushroom Pizza: Sarah Hughes
- George’s: Lafayette Lounge Players
- Mojo’s: Clay and Bryce
- LIT: Jody’s Living Room open mic