George’s makes list of 100 greatest American Music Venues

Current George’s owner Brian Crowne stands in front of the long-time local venue

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A national music publication released a list of the 100 greatest American Music Venues, and a Fayetteville live music mainstay made the cut.

Consequence of Sound published the list last week, including both large and small venues, both indoor and outdoor, in cities and towns all over America, and long-time Dickson Street watering hole George’s Majestic Lounge came in at No. 87.

From the article:

The longest-running club in Arkansas sure looks the part, with its rustic brick interior, worn-in atmosphere, and impressive collection of University of Arkansas yearbooks dating all the way back to 1911. (If you’re a regular, they might even ask you to sign one.) George’s Majestic Lounge began hosting regular live shows sometime back in the 1970s, and it’s a good bet that some of the white-bearded dudes sitting at the bar on any given night were there for at least a few of them. These days, the music tends to skew toward blues and roots rock (this is the South, remember), and luminaries such as Robert Cray, Leon Russell, and Charlie Robison have been known to stop by from time to time. It’s hard to blame them, seeing as how there aren’t many bars like this left in the world.

George’s was the only Arkansas venue to make the list, which included the likes of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Stubb’s in Austin, and mega amphitheatres like Red Rocks in Colorado and Los Angeles’ The Hollywood Bowl.

Legendary San Francisco venue The Fillmore was No. 1 on the list, followed by New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Metro Chicago in the top 3.

Congrats to George’s for the recognition.