Weekend To-Do: Oct. 1-3

I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said, “To B(BB) or not to B(BB). That is the question.”

That was a long time ago (the 80’s?), but I think we can all agree that honest Abe was talking about Bikes, Blues & BBQ weekend in Fayetteville when he made that famous speech in our nation’s capital.

There are a lot of choices on the calendar this week, but when it comes down to it, there are really only two choices when Bikes, Blues & BBQ is in town.

You can put on your motorcycle pants, your hair-do scarf, and your riding boots and join the party downtown with our leathery visitors this weekend, or you can stay home, put in some ear plugs, curl up in the fetal position, and wait for these last two days to pass.

It’s really up to you, but if you ask me, there are turkey legs, funnel cakes, and BBQ stands galore just minutes from your door. At the very least, get out and sample something fried, and on a stick. It’s the weekend.


One of the best parts of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the people’s choice BBQ competition. That’s the part where you (the people) get to taste BBQ made by folks who are so good at making BBQ that they enter competitions. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Tunes-wise, Little Rock’s Damn Bullets haven’t been in town for a while, but they’ll be down at Jose’s Friday night. They’re always worth checking out.

Thanks for Nothing hasn’t played in a long time either, but they’re doing a mini-reunion this weekend during BBB at the Boom Boom Room.

Two local bands are releasing new CD’s Friday night. You can get a new Big Bad Gina disc at Teatro Scarpino, or you can head to Smoke & Barrel for The Plaid Jackets CD release.

There are also basically four areas of Bikes, Blues & BBQ with free official music this year – Baum Stadium, The Main Stage on Dickson, The Washington County Fairgrounds, and The AMP. Here’s the full BBB music schedule. Also, the Walton Arts Center has some music, too.


Saturday morning, get down to the Farmers’ Market. While you’re there, high five a farmer.

The big bike parade starts at 4 p.m. If you like bikes, familiarize yourself with the parade route and find yourself a good spot to watch. It would also be good to familiarize yourself with the route if you have errands to run, and you don’t like sitting in traffic.

The Black Crowes will be at the AMP at about 7 p.m. Word on the street is that this may be their last tour for a while, and they’re pulling out all the stops. Most of their shows on this tour have been more than three hours long, so chances are if there’s a specific song you want to hear, it will get played.

You can watch the Pope County Bootleggers at Rogue at about 8 p.m., or at Smoke & Barrel across the street a little bit later. Or both. You decide.

David Kimbrough Jr. is at Maxine’s, this time with “the Fayetteville Blues Band.” Anybody have the scoop on that?


Pat Pathoumthong is at Greenhouse Grille for a brunch show, which is a really good excuse to have a Bloody Mary.

Local, Fresh & Pasta is back at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks for the last time this season. This time, NWACC executive chef Lou Rice will be demonstrating some “Old World Pastas.” Yes.

There’s a whole bunch of DJ’s at Gulley Park on Sunday afternoon. The party’s called DJ Palooza, featuring DJRemix, DJ kevin, DJ Grant, DJ Adam and DJ Brian. Also, free hamburgers and hot dogs.

Adam Lee & The Dead Horse Sound Company is at Smoke & Barrel, and Johnny A is at George’s for Monster Mug Night.

There are about a zillion other things below, and just as old Abe probably said at some point in his life, “This is America. Do whatever you want.”

From the calendar

Friday, Oct. 1
Dickson Street: Bikes, Blues & BBQ
George’s: Chubby Carrier / Gary Hutchison / Lafuso / TJ Scarlett
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Jovan Arellano / Jeff Fox
Ella’s: Matt Smith
Greenhouse Grille: Tiffany Christopher Trio
The Wine Cellar: Walter Savage & Friends
Foghorn’s on College: Mike Dewley
Jose’s: Russ & Mike / Damn Bullets / Isayah’s Allstars
Boom Boom Room: Thanks For Nothing
Savor: G.T. Morse
AMP: Pat Travers & Rick Derringer
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Plaid Jackets
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Shulertown
Teatro Scarpino: Big Bad Gina
Drifters: Ransom
Boom Boom Room: Thanks For Nothing
Rogue: Wes Hart / DJ Derrick / DJ Mixx-10
Saturday, Oct. 2
Fayetteville Public Library: Shannon Wurst / Ed Carr
Dickson Street: Bikes, Blues & BBQ
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Jason Plumblee / Jeff Fox
George’s: Gary Hutchison / Nathan Aronowitz / Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance / Big Uns
Jammin’ Java: Celtic jam session
Jose’s: Jason Strode Band / Leah & The Mojo Doctors / The Odds
Ella’s: Lorie Morris
Foghorn’s on College: Mike Dewley
The Garden Room: Sarah Hughes
Savor: Six Speed Overdrive
AMP: The Black Crowes
Mojo’s: Jennifer B.
Boom Boom Room: Thanks For Nothing
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Pope County Bootleggers
Rogue: Charliehorse / Blind Trust Blues / Pope County Bootleggers
Maxine’s: David Kimbrough Jr. & the Fayetteville Blues Band
Jose’s: Jason Strode / Leah & the Mojo Doctors. /The Odds
Sunday, Oct. 3
Greenhouse Grille: Pat Pathoumthong
Common Grounds: DJ SoulFree / Automatic Writing
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Local, Fresh & Pasta
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Sarah Nichols – Piano Recital
Gulley Park: DJ PALOOZA
George’s: Johnny A- Blues Night
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Adam Lee & The Dead Horse Sound Co.