Weekend To-do: Jan. 7-9

Things have been a little bit out-of-whack lately, and you can thank old Santa Claus, a New Year’s baby, and something called “Nawlins?” for that.

After three weeks of Christmas trees and New Year’s party hats and Sugar Bowl madness, things are finally getting back to normal around here. As much fun as all of that was, I’m kind of glad it’s over.

This weekend, the big distraction will be the chance of snow that’s in the forecast for Sunday and Monday. I’ll believe it when I see it.

I’m just glad it’s the weekend. Let’s celebrate that fact, shall we?


A good Friday always starts with a good happy hour, and George’s has been doing that for more than 1,000 years. Lafuso takes the stage in the Garden at 6 p.m., followed by Sauce Pocket in the lounge at 7 p.m. Later on, it’s a Ben Miller Band party.

If you missed Lawrence’s Dead Man Flats last time they were in town, don’t panic. Those high-energy bluegrass freaks are back at Smoke & Barrel Friday night.

If you feel like laughing, the Walton Arts Center has Nobodies of Comedy, with “four of the best comedians you’ve never heard of.”

There’s also a rock show at Maxine’s with Baton Rouge LA’s Twin Killers, and two awesome locals, Voyageurs and Niall (read our profile of Niall here). Hint: you should listen to a couple of the tunes on Twin Killers’ MySpace page.


Wanna learn how to save some dough on utility bills? Saturday afternoon, there’s an energy efficiency workshop at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Also Saturday afternoon, the Razorback men’s basketball team will open SEC play against the dumb orange Tennessee Volunteers at Bud Walton Arena.

Tunes wise, there’s a really interesting sounding show at Smoke & Barrel Saturday night. You know the twin Sloan Brothers of Memphis Pencil fame? Well, their dad is a renowned blues musician, and he’ll be in town to play along with his sons and locals musician Drew Packard. The project is called “The Twilight Sloan.” Read more here.

George’s has Mountain of Venus and Crazy Neighbor, and over at Savor, Candy Lee will be melting hearts with that sugary sweet voice of hers. She rules.


I’ve yet to see Fork & Knife perform, but Sunday might be the day. They’re at Greenhouse Grille for a brunch show, and I think their band name rules.

George’s is switching it up a bit this week at Monster Mug Night. They’re doing an Indie Film Night, and they’re showing Shotgun Stories at 9 p.m., followed by The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.

There’s more below, and as always, feel free to ad to the list in the comments. Happy weekend.

Friday, Jan. 7
Ella’s: Lorrie Morris
George’s Majestic Lounge: Lafuso / Sauce Pocket / Ben Miller Band
Greenhouse Grille: Stevie Tombstone
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Ego Trip
The Wine Cellar: Walter Savage & Friends
Savor: Tim Paul
Walton Arts Center: Nobodies of Comedy
Maxine’s: Twin Killers / Voyageurs / Niall
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Dead Man Flats
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa Night
Saturday, Jan. 8
Ozark Natural Foods: Hot Chocolate Social
Ella’s: Matt Smith
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Wes & Karl
Savor: Candy Lee
George’s Majestic Lounge: Mountain of Venus / Crazy Neighbor
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: The Twilight Sloan
Maxine’s: David Kimbrough Jr. Band / Stacy Nicole Mackey
Sunday, Jan. 9
Greenhouse Grille: Fork & Knife
Terra Studios: Natural Gass
George’s Majestic Lounge: Indie Film Night
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst