Reminder: First Thursday Fayetteville to feature art walk, music by Oreo Blue

Fort Smith band Full House performing on the main stage at last month’s First Thursday celebration


The rain is moving out, temperatures are rising, and First Thursday Fayetteville is on for tonight.

The April edition of Fayetteville’s monthly outdoor festival will include an evening of music, art, wine, and more starting at around 5 p.m. on the Fayetteville square.

Music will start at around 5 p.m. with a performance by students and teachers of local music school, Fayetteville Music Factory. Also on the main stage, the Fayetteville Public Library will host local jugglers from the Institute of Jugglology. Later on, local blues-rockers Oreo Blue is set to perform.

The event will also feature an outdoor art walk featuring around 30 local painters, photographers, crafters, and more. An outdoor beer garden and wine walk will also be available for attendees.

A painting by Myrtle Laabs


Fayetteville Underground, a gallery and artist collective at 101 W. Mountain St., will feature a memorial reception for local artist, Myrtle Laabs, and a special preview of “Local Flavor of Northwest Arkansas: Recipes for Hunger Awareness.” Laabs was a local watercolorist who passed away last month on March 9, 2013, just weeks shy of her 109th birthday. “Local Flavor” is a regional cookbook featuring some of NWA’s interesting people and their favorite recipes, to benefit local organizations Feed Fayetteville and Lifesource International.

Just down Block Avenue, Sound Warehouse is celebrating their 29th birthday with an in-store performance by local legend Jed Clampit. We heard Jed will have some of his sealed vinyl of records he released back in the 1980s for sale at the show.

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