Flyer Guide: New Year’s Eve 2012 in Fayetteville

In case you’ve been in a bunker for the last week or so, we’re happy to inform you that the world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012.

In fact, things have been pretty normal over the past few days. Christmas was fine. It didn’t snow. Whatever.

Anyway, with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, and because some people like to plan their special evenings a few days ahead of time, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of New Year’s Eve events in Fayetteville to help you guys ring in 2013 in style.

We’ll likely be adding to this list over the next few days, but here are the live music and entertainment events we’ve found so far. Feel free to let us know about anything we’ve missed in the comments.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Fresco Cafe

Fresco Cafe is a host venue for First Night Fayetteville (see more below). Monday night, Terra Nova Tribal Bellydancers will perform at 8:30, and Blossom’s Burlesque (for mature audiences) will perform at 9 p.m.

Greenhouse Grille

Greenhouse Grille will serve a special New Year’s menu all weekend (Dec. 29-31), and will host a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music by Matt Smith and Garrett Jones Jazz Duo. Reservations are highly recommended.

JJ’s Grill n Chill

JJ’s has a free show with long-time Fayetteville musicians Ocie and the Heartstrings. The music starts at around 9 p.m.

Smoke & Barrel

Smoke & Barrel Tavern will host local bands The Great Scotts and Damn Arkansan beginning at around 9 p.m. The cover is $5, and comes with a free champagne toast at midnight.


There’s a benefit for Peace at Home Family Shelter from 6-9 p.m. at UARK Bowl on New Year’s Eve, featuring a dinner and live jazz by Broderick Daniels and Soulful Sound. Tickets are $75, and all proceeds go to charity.

Later on, there’s a New Year’s party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring Sarah Nicole, Soulful Sound, and DJ Soldier. Tickets to the party are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Admission includes free hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. A bit more info is available on the Facebook event page.

Mickey Finn’s

Mickey Finn’s will ring in the new year with 50¢ wings, from 5-9 p.m., and a free champagne toast at midnight.

Chancellor Hotel

The Chancellor Hotel hosts a concert by local bands Boom Kinetic and Barret Baber. Tickets are $25, and are on sale now at

Fayetteville Square

There’s a big New Year’s Eve celebration planned (story here) at various venues around the square with Last Night Fayetteville. The event is headlined by local bands 3 Penny Acre, Groovement, and Randall Shreve & The Sideshow at the main stage inside the Fayetteville Town Center, but there’s a jazz stage, a comedy stage, a folk stage, a kids stage, a giant puppet parade around the square, fireworks, and more planned for the event. There’s also a “Hog Drop” (think of the ball drop in Times Square with a giant Razorback instead of the disco ball) to help with the countdown to midnight.

The full schedule of events is available at Tickets are $10, or $50 for VIP’s.

George’s Majestic Lounge

Local favorites Ben Miller Band and 1 Oz Jig will perform with Lawrence, Kan. band Dumptruck Butterlips. Tickets to the late night show are $12, and are also on sale at

Holiday Inn Express

Saddlebock Brewery (a new-ish local craft brewery in Springdale) has teamed up with a local radio station to throw a New Year’s Eve party at the Springdale Holiday Inn and Convention Center. The event will feature live music by local party band Ultra Suede. Tickets are $20 per person, or $30 per couple. Here’s some more information.

Jose’s Springdale

Local party band Red Ambition will perform a free show at Jose’s Southwest Grille in Springdale. Music starts at around 8 p.m.

Legacy Blues

There’s no cover on New Year’s Eve at Legacy Blues for live music by Keith Nicholson Trio. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

The Lightbulb Club

There’s a rock show at the Lightbulb Club with Thunderlizards and Perpetual Werewolf beginning at around 9 p.m. DJ Clunk will provide music between sets. Admission is $5, and there’s a free champagne toast at midnight. Here’s the Facebook event.

Lit Lounge

Aerosault is set to take over Lit Lounge on New Year’s Eve with a free party, featuring DJ’s Robe Flax, Doohickey, Jason Dub, Rasmey, Merl, and Bizar. Music starts at 9 p.m.


Rogue has a free show with Eureka Springs-based band, SxRex. The show starts at around 10 p.m., and will include a free champagne toast at midnight.

Rowdy Beaver

Rowdy Beaver will ring in the new year to the sounds of local band, Ruckus .


Scarpino hosts a salsa dancing party featuring DJs Boyd and Fernando playing their favorite salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton and hip hop tunes. Admission is $15, and the party starts at 10 p.m.


Speakeasy will host a Moulin Rouge-themed New Year’s Eve party. The staff at the bar will be in costume, and attendees are encouraged to dress in “your best burlesque.” There’s a $5 cover for folks 21 and up ($8 for ages 18-20). Here’s the Facebook event.

Tanglewood Branch Beer Co.

Johnstown, Pa. band Dead Irish Blues is set to perform at Tanglewood Branch Beer Co. The show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is free.