George’s to celebrate 84 years on Dickson with 7 Walkers, Great American Taxi

Photo: Todd Gill
The oldest, and longest running live music venue in Arkansas is turning 84 next month.

A lot of bars have come and gone since George’s Majestic Lounge opened on Dickson Street in 1927.

The historic brick building on the railroad tracks in downtown Fayetteville has been home to countless concerts, social events, film screenings, first dates, late-night hookups, happy hours, dance parties, probably a bar fight or two, and in general, a lot of good times.

Thousands of people have shouted along with the lyrics of their favorite song inside those walls, and a lot of feet have shuffled across that concrete floor (duct-taped or otherwise.)

This year, the oldest and longest-running club and live music venue in Arkansas is turning 84 years old, and they’ve got a big party planned for the first weekend of April.

The celebration is set to begin during happy hour on Friday, April 1 with two sets (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) from Springfield, Mo bluegrass band (and longtime Fayetteville favorites) Big Smith.

Later that evening, Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi will play the first of two shows during the birthday weekend.

Supergroup 7 Walkers, featuring former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. (The Meters), vocalist/guitar player Papa Mali, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson) will perform with Great American Taxi on Saturday, April 2.

Tickets to the Big Smith happy hour show are $5. The Big Smith / Great American Taxi show is $10, and the 7 Walkers / Great American Taxi show is $20.

Happy birthday, George’s.