Weekend Flyer: Aug. 26-28

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Little Rock rapper Epiphany will perform at the Rock City Kicks launch party Friday night at Smoke & Barrel.

I wish there was something fun happening in Fayetteville this weekend.

Like a big hip-hop show with a bunch of awesome MCs and DJs from Little Rock.

It would be nice if there was an music festival in town with a lot of local food to eat, and great local, regional and national roots/Americana musicians to check out.

At the very least, it would be cool if there was a comedy show or two (or three) to watch, and have a few laughs.

Oh wait, all of those things are happening in Fayetteville this weekend. That’s not all, either. Check it.


The Reckless Kelly show at George’s Friday night is approaching a sellout, as indicated by the little orange flame on their ticketing site. Just so you know. Also, Brave Combo is playing happy hour.


There’s a big Rock City Kicks Launch Party at Smoke & Barrel Friday night. As of this morning, 450 people have RSVP’d to the Facebook event created for the show. In other words, if you’re planning to get in to see Epiphany, Lucio, Lo Thraxx, DJ Fatality, and DJ Discipline tonight, you’d better get there early.

How about some stand-up comedy? Fools on Parade is back at UARK Ballroom, featuring local comedians Troy Gittings, Zac “The Crusher” Slusher, Brian “Brian Spence” Spence, Brett Robinson, Black & Tan, and Tulsa funny-people Stephen King and Steven Baucom.

How about some free bluegrass? Lonesome Road Bluegrass is playing a back porch concert at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. For free.

Kingfish has an early show with Kevin Bennoch, and later on Joe Mack, Cody Russel (Guta) & Stacy Liles (Jr. Soapbox) are playing.

Former Fayettevillians and current Nashvillians (well, at least two band members are) Heypenny are back in town for a show at Rogue Pizza Co. with Tommy & the High Pilots and Stamps. Heypenny just got a song in a Honda commercial. Also, it looks like Fossils of Ancient Robots are playing.

Tulsa-based Forever Blowing Bubbles are playing their first show in Arkansas Friday night at The Lightbulb Club with Hyena (Maine) and locals, Taifas.


Remember when we told you guys recently about a new Fayetteville historical photo book called Fayetteville: Images of America? Well, authors Charles Alison and Ellen Compton will be at Nightbird Books on Saturday to talk about that book

Cool book.

There’s music all day, in pretty much every nook and cranny of the Walton Arts Center Saturday, thanks to the Fayetteville Roots Festival. Here’s more info on that.

There are two shows at Kingfish Saturday night. Show number one features Damn Arkansan and Joe Sundell from about 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Later on, Sarah Hughes, Charliehorse, and Mark Bilyeu (Big Smith) will play the Roots Festival after party from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

There’s also a back-to-class bash at George’s Majestic Lounge with Andy Frasco in the lounge, and a nearly-sold-out country show in the garden with Josh Abbott Band.


The fun continues on Sunday with two Fayetteville Roots Festival shows at Greenhouse Grille. There’s a brunch one for free, and a finale party later on for $20.

Wanna hear some local songwriters talk about music, and celebrate the release of a new local-music check out program at Fayetteville Public Library? Then you should go to the “That Fayetteville Sound” kickoff from 2-4 p.m. in the library’s Walker Community Room.

George’s Majestic Lounge has Big Bad Gina for a 7 p.m. Sunday happy hour, and Sarah Hughes Band is playing Monster Mug night.

Finally, there’s another comedy show at UARK Ballroom with Paul Hooper and Amy Pannell.

Happy Birthday

Locals: Alicia Lovvorn Gray, Amanda Jane Sandor, Kim Knight Dutton, Danny Austin Kearney, Aurora Vicari, Erica Graser, Mike Mohney, Macleod Dent Otter-Sawyer, Michelle Key, Rod Freeman, Starr Austin, Stephanie Funk McCratic, Steve Stewart, Adrienne Kincaid Murphy, Sarah Catherine Glover, Donald Upton, BJ Elkins, Laura Polaski, Julie Pennington, Lea Glasscock, Dana Gieringer, Micah Blackmon, Lynn Townsend, Wayne Smith, Stephanie Riggs, Rebecca Miles, Katie McKnight Langham, Patricia Patton, Rachel Larson, Jennifer Carter, Kathy Britain, Saleh Faur, Shaun Williams, Regina Rae, and Richy Mc Cusker.
Send us your local birthday shout outs.

The List

Friday, Aug. 26

Kingfish: Kevin Bennoch / Joe Mack, Cody Russel & Stacy Liles
Hjem Restaurant: Acoustic Addiction
Ella’s: William Reyes
Greenhouse Grille: Tiffany Christopher
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Jimmy Mack Harris Band
West End: Will Brand
Savor: Miles Ralston
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: FREE Back Porch Bluegrass Concert
Foghorn’s on College: Michael Shaw
Jose’s: Cassette
UARK Ballroom: Stand Up Comedy featuring Fools on Parade
Walton Arts Center: Warren Wolf – Summer Jazz
Rogue Pizza Co.: Heypenny / Tommy & the High Pilots / Stamps
Dickson Street Pub: Justin Leflar / Nathan McLeod
George’s Majestic Lounge: Brave Combo / Reckless Kelly
JJ’s Grill: Daryl Brooks Band
JR’s Lightbulb Club: Hyena / Taifas / Forever Blowing Bubbles
Scarpino: Son7 with DJ Tonny
The Wine Cellar: Jovan & Jake
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Rock City Kicks Launch Party

Saturday, Aug. 27

Walton Arts Center: Fayetteville Roots Festival
Nightbird Books: Charles Alison and Ellen Compton
Ella’s: Matt Smith
Savor: Walter Savage and Friends
Foghorn’s on College: Effron White
Jose’s: Boston Mountain Playboys
Kingfish: Damn Arkansan / Joe Sundell / Charliehorse / Mark Bilyeu
UARK Ballroom: Phunbags Comedy Improv
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Michael Scott
Dickson Street Pub: Matt Chambers / Nathan Roten
Rogue Pizza Co.: Cadillac Jackson
George’s Majestic Lounge: Andy Frasco’s Back to Class Bash / Josh Abbott Band
JJ’s Grill: Barett Baber
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Cathead Biscuit
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: MSG

Sunday, Aug. 28

Greenhouse Grille: Fayetteville Roots Festival
Common Grounds: Tiffany Christopher
Fayetteville Public Library: That Fayetteville Sound kickoff
UARK Ballroom: Stand Up Comedians Paul Hooper and Amy Pannell
ROTC Grill: The Ramblers
George’s Majestic Lounge: Big Bad Gina / Sarah Hughes Band