Weekend To-do: April 22-24

Photo: Brent Harrewyn, prettylightsmusic.com
Pretty Lights are set to open the 2011 season at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Friday night.

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate this weekend.

It’s Earth Day, for one thing. Mother Earth is about 4.54 billion years old, and she’s a pretty great planet with her temperate climate, ample supply of water, and atmosphere that allows life to exist on her surface. She deserves a celebration.

It’s also Good Friday, which means that some of you folks are off work, chilling on the couch without any pants on, watching TBS and weird documentaries on Netflix streaming. That sounds like our kind of celebration.

If you happen to be working today, there’s a decent chance your boss will let you out of the office a little early since it’s Easter weekend, and some of you may be traveling after work.

See? There are lots of reasons to celebrate. Do something awesome.


For the first time in about 10 years, the Cow Paddy Run will be back in action at Gulley Park Friday night. Locals Max Mahler and Ben Putman are resurrecting the race, and it all starts at 6 p.m.

Walton Arts Center is kicking off the Artosphere festival with a gallery opening of Garden As Muse in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, and some tunes from Ohio-based bluegrass/classical band DePue Brothers Band and local singer/songwriter Shannon Wurst. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and there’s a curator talk about the art exhibit at 6:30 p.m.

The AMP opens its 2011 season Friday night with some electronic tunes by Colorado-based duo Pretty Lights. Spankalicious and Michal Menert will open the show.

Full House kicks off the weekend at George’s for happy hour. After that, “the best performer” John Mayer has ever seen, (Martin Sexton) will take the stage.

If you like video game music, or if you want to see some crazy-good musicians totally freak you out with their abilities, maybe you should head to Smoke & Barrel Friday night. The OneUps are releasing a new album, and Lucio will be joining them on stage to add some nerdy video game rhymes to the tunes

If your face needs rocking, then the show for you might be at Rogue on Friday night. Antarctichrist, Crown of Bullets, Rollo Tumasi and Vore are on the bill. Prediction: Metal.


Jason Boland & The Stragglers are back in town for a show at George’s Saturday night along with locals Matt Stell & the Crashers. There’s also a show in the lounge, with Little Rock’s Elise Davis Band. Elise made the finals of Arkansas Times’ annual Musicians Showcase last year.

Remember when we told you guys recently that Niall and Messy Sparkles just released some new recordings? Well, both bands will be at The Lightbulb Club Saturday night, along with Acid of the East.

There’s another big show at Rogue Saturday night, featuring locals Randall Shreve and Army Of Birds, and Kansas metal band Quietly Violent. Local bluegrass band Honeyshine is at Smoke & Barrel.


George’s is hosting a benefit for Sarah Renko, a local woman who broke her back in a sledding accident recently. Proceeds will help with medical bills, and there happens to be an all-star lineup of music on tap, featuring the Cate Brothers, Nace Brothers, and Earl & Them.

There’s more below, feel free to add to the list in the comments, eat some deviled eggs, and have an awesome weekend.

Friday, April 22
Gulley Park: Cow Paddy Run
Hjem Restaurant: Susan Shore and Michael Cockram
Walton Arts Center: DePue Brothers Band / Shannon Wurst
AMP: Pretty Lights
George’s Majestic Lounge: Martin Sexton / Full House
Greenhouse Grille: Teddy Sablon
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Wes & Karl
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: UA Saxophone Chamber Orchestra Concert
Nadine Baum Studios: reasons to be pretty
La Huerta – Crossover: Darren Ray
Rogue Pizza Co.: Antarctichrist / Crown of Bullets / Rollo Tumasi / Vore
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: The OneUps album release party
Billy’s Grill: Honeyshine
Saturday, April 23
Fayetteville Square: Farmer’s Market
Jammin’ Java: Honeyshine
Fayetteville Public Library: Civil War Genealogy Workshop
Walton Arts Center: Imago Theater’s ZooZoo
Terra Tots Natural Parenting: Great Cloth Diaper Change
Fayetteville Public Library: Walton Arts Center’s Family Orchestra
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Alan Ryan Andrae – Trumpet Recital
Nadine Baum Studios: reasons to be pretty
Fayetteville Public Library: Poets Northwest
George’s Majestic Lounge: Jason Boland & The Stragglers / Matt Stell & the Crashers / Elise Davis Band
JJ’s Grill n Chill: City Limits
UARK Ballroom: Phunbags Comedy Improv
Greenhouse Grille: Alex Jazz Trio
Rogue Pizza Co.: Randall Shreve / Army Of Birds / Quietly Violent / Cameron Mashel
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Honeyshine
GoodFolk: Bob LivingstonCancelled
The Lightbulb Club: Niall / Acid of the East / Messy Sparkles
Sunday, April 24
Greenhouse Grille: Melody & Morty
Nadine Baum Studios: reasons to be pretty
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Joseph Ralston – Guitar Recital
George’s Majestic Lounge: Sarah Renko benefit: Cate Brothers / Nace Brothers / Earl & Them
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst