What bands do you want to see in Fayetteville in 2011?

Of all the four seasons that we’re lucky enough to experience here in Fayetteville (not everyone gets seasons, you know), I’ve got to admit that winter isn’t at the top of my list of favorites. In fact, it’s not even in the top three. Sorry, winter.

It’s cold. It’s dark at like 6 p.m. There are no leaves on any of the trees. It’s kind of depressing.

Winter isn’t all bad though, and one of the best things about these next few frigid months is the excitement that comes from some of the major summer concert announcements that we’re about to start experiencing.

Wakarusa will announce at least part (and probably most) of their festival lineup on Friday (Jan. 7), and I expect to start hearing about shows coming to the AMP, the WAC, the second annual Fayetteville Roots Festival, and maybe the new Osage Creek Performing Arts Center soon.

In the spirit of those upcoming announcements, what are some of the bands you hope to see on some of these lists? What about bands that you hope make a stop at George’s, Smoke & Barrel or another venue in Fayetteville over the next year?

We’ve had a similar discussion here on the Flyer before, and there are a few ground rules.

1. No bands that are dead. This is not a what-bands-would-you-see-if-you-could-see-any-band-living-or-dead kind of post, so don’t even put “Jimmy Hendrix, dude” cause that guy is dead. Sorry. The idea is that you’ve got to be at least a little realistic here which leads me to

2. No bands that are bigger than Jesus. Come on y’all. Fayetteville is not exactly the biggest market in the world. We’re not going to get Radiohead to play at a small venue on Dickson Street.

3. Pretend your butt is on the line. Now that you have a list in your head, imagine that you were the promoter and if the venue didn’t get at least half full, you were gonna lose a lot of money and possibly respect. Just because you and your 25 friends love a particular band doesn’t mean it’s gonna draw in enough money to make it worth your while. This is where it gets tricky so think real hard.

Let’s hear it. What bands do you want to see in Fayetteville in 2011?