Weekend To-do: Sept. 3-6

This weekend is going to rule.

First of all, It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means that chances are, you don’t have to work on Monday.

With temperatures in the 80’s during the day, and lows in the 50’s in the evening, it’s finally starting to feel more like fall out there. Yes, please.

After nine months of no football, the Razorbacks are back in action on Saturday.

There is a ton of good music in town this weekend.

There are knives to win, funnel cakes to eat, rides to ride, and sheep to hang out with at the Washington County Fair.

There are options for theatre, art, tailgating, movies, comedy, salsa dancing, and a farmers’ market all happening over the next three days. There’s even a craft fair complete with a square dancing competition down the road in Prairie Grove if that’s your thing.

Like I said, this weekend is going to rule. Do something awesome.


In May of this year, Cross Canadian Ragweed announced they were going to take a break from touring. They’ve played over 200 shows for 13 of the last 15 years, so I’d say they’ve earned it. They also announced that they would finish out their current tour, and that has landed them at the AMP Friday night. If you’re a fan, you’ll probably want to catch this show. Reckless Kelly opens.

If that’s not your thing, you could head over to the Washington County Fair. You could watch Howard Lester and the Boston Mountain Playboys, or you could bring a Pepsi can and get $5 off your unlimited ride wrist band and Tilt-a-Whirl your ass off.

What is it, new local music month or something? Charliehorse is releasing their new self-titled CD at George’s Friday night. More on that to come.

Odds are that lots of your friends will be at the Walton Arts Center for Blue Man Group on Friday night. Actually, the entire string of performances over the next two weekends are sold out. If you were excited about the show, I hope you already got your tickets.

There’s a fundraiser and art show at the Omni Center Friday night, featuring WHEELS: Art & Music for Safe Routes to School. Several local artists have created art from recycled bike tires. The art will be available to purchase via a silent auction, and all the proceeds will go to the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks Safe Rides to School program.


On Saturday, the Razorbacks open their 2010 season against some soon-to-be really disappointed Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech at Razorback Stadium. The game doesn’t start until 6 p.m., but the tailgating starts at 6 a.m.

There’s a really cool event at Whole Earth Organic Lounge Saturday evening. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., there’s a benefit for “A Ride Till The End,” the war protest led by Fayetteville resident Jacob George. Jacob is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who quit his job to ride his bike around the country until the war ends. He, his brother Jordan, and others have been on the road since May 1, traveling from Fayetteville across the South to New Orleans picking up additional riders along the way. Still on the Hill and Strange Heros will perform, and the proceeds will go to help continue to fund the journey.

Later on, you could check out a sweet hip-hop show with Little Rock’s Epiphany & Gina Gee along with SoundChild Crew and Lucio at Rogue.

More Little Rockers will be invading Smoke & Barrel Saturday night, with theMockingbird Hillbilly Band.

You could also check out a performance of TheatreSquared’s The 39 Steps at Nadine Baum Studios. Maybe. The Friday show completely sold out, and the Saturday show will probably do the same. Better go ahead and get your tickets if you’re interested.


Sunday’s a good day for chilling, but this week, there’s just too much going on. Plus, you probably don’t have to work on Monday. Plus, you can nap when you’re dead, right?

For brunch, you could go to Greenhouse Grille to check out Pat Pathoumthong’s crazy guitar skills.

There’s a benefit at George’s called The Caleb Wahl Kick Ass Ball. Wahl is a 10 year old Razorback fan from Alabama who suffers from a condition called Tracheomalacia which constricts his breathing. His dream is to attend a Razorback Football game, and a laundry list of local bands are playing an afternoon show to help him realize that dream. Amsterdam, Bob Kramer Incident, Chemical Discipline, The Battle Within, The Fizz, Bro Audio, The Town That Dreaded Sundown will all be rocking, beginning at 2 p.m.

Smoke & Barrel presents one of their movie nights with three Hitchcock films beginning at 4:30. The 39 Steps is one of the films. The other two are a surprise.

Also, Lafayette Lounge Players will be at George’s for Monster Mug night.


What’s Monday doing on here? It’s Labor Day! Monday’s calendar is as slim as they get, though, so you’re on your own for the most part. Sleep in, eat something, take a nap, eat something else, go out and walk around, eat something again, then go to sleep. Or choose your own adventure. Day off!

Friday, Sept. 3
Washington County Fairgrounds: Washington County Fair
Fayetteville Public Library: Crimes and Clues Book Club
Ella’s: Matt Smith
George’s: Big Uns / Oreo Blue / Charliehorse
ROTC: The Tyrones
Foghorn’s on College: Jeff Carey
Greenhouse Grille: Carter Sampson & Joe Mack
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Jason Plumlee
Mojo’s: Shannon Wurst
Nadine Baum Studios: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
OMNI Center: WHEELS: Art & Music for Safe Routes to School
Hooters: Maud Crawford
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: The Sarah Hughes Band
Walton Arts Center: Blue Man Group
Boom Boom Room: The Bobby Drivers
White Rabbit: DJ Spiff
Grub’s: Boom Kinetic
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa Lessons/ Latin Dancing w/DJ Mandole Mixx
AMP: Cross Canadian Ragweed / Reckless Kelly
Rogue: Jon Shorter / DJ Derrick
Saturday, Sept. 4
Washington County Fairgrounds: Washington County Fair
Jammin’ Java: Celtic Music
Nadine Baum Studios: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
Ella’s: William Reyes
Reynolds Razorback Stadium: Football: Arkansas vs. Tennessee Tech
Drifters: Marcus Lane Comedy Showcase
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Homecoming for A Ride Till The End
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Jones N Leah
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Mockingbird Hillbilly Band
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Joseph Israel and the Jeruselem Band
Rogue: Epiphany ft. Gina Gee / SoundChild Crew / Lucio
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Jeremiah’s Call
George’s: The Randy Rogers Band
Sunday, Sept. 5
Greenhouse Grille: Pat Pathoumthong
Nadine Baum Studios: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
George’s: The Caleb Wahl Kick Ass Ball
Drifters: The Jason Strode Band
George’s: Lafayette Lounge Players
Mellow Mushroom Pizza: Sarah Hughes
Rogue: Audible Chocolate
Walton Arts Center: Blue Man Group
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: 39 Steps Movie Night
Monday, Sept. 6
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: West African drum and dance
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Joel Schisler
The Perk: Open Acoustic Jam