Live music coming to Kingfish backyard

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The owners of Kingfish, 262 N. School Ave., will soon begin booking live music on a new outdoor stage.

The rainy April we experienced in Fayetteville is finally over, the weather is warming up, and the owners of a new open-air live music venue will soon begin booking bands.

The Fayetteville Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Kingfish, 262 N. School Ave., to host outdoor live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 11 p.m.

“We’ve been working on this for about six weeks now, so we’re glad it’s finally approved,” said Kingfish co-owner Archie Schaffer. “We’re working on our building permit for the stage, but it should go pretty smooth.”

A new bar will be built to accommodate the expected crowds, and a 120-square-foot stage will be constructed in the grassy area behind the building over the next few weeks.

Schaffer will handle the booking initially, and said he expects the first acts to take the stage sometime in late May or early June.

“We’re hoping to do all kinds of stuff out there. It will be mostly local stuff, unless we can book Lynyrd Skynyrd out there or something,” Schaffer joked.

Bands interested in playing the Kingfish Backyard can contact Schaffer at arch(at)kingfishbar(dot)com.