California band Rainbow Girls to play two dates in Fayetteville this week

Rainbow Girls / Photo: Olivia Lee Photography

Funky, bluesy, soulful, psychedelic pop/rock band Rainbow Girls are in Fayetteville for a couple shows this week.

The band, who hails from the Santa Barbara area of California, will perform on Tuesday night at Maxine’s Taproom, and later this week on Friday night at Smoke & Barrel Tavern with friends and tour-mates, Handmade Moments.

The band is a bit difficult to pin down sound-wise, but their genre-bending style is most definitely a good thing. Their incredible multi-part harmonies and musicianship shine through no matter how you want to define it.

We got in touch with the band for a quick Q&A on their upcoming dates, and they were nice enough to answer a few questions for us.

What have you been listening to lately?
Michael Kiwanuka
Hamilton Lighthouser+Rostam
Whisker Man
John Cragie

How’d you get started playing together?
We came together at an underground open mic that we hosted at our home in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe. Upon returning to the US we decided to fully pursue the project.

You have a few shows in Arkansas coming up. Have you guys spent any time here before? What’s your impression of the place?
This is our Maiden Arkansas expedition. Thus far, we’ve spent some time in Fayetteville-which we loved-and played in Little Rock and Conway. Parts of Arkansas remind us of Northern California. All the folks we’ve met thus far have been really kind and open to the music we’re sharing.

What are some of your favorite memories from the road so far?
This trip has been all around awesome, but I think I can speak for all of us when I say that visiting the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico was an adventure we won’t soon forget. Nor can we deny, that each of us left a piece of our hearts in Bisbee, AZ.

I know you’re doing some dates with Handmade Moments. How did you hook up with those guys?
Initially, we were connected by a mutual friend of ours who said we would appreciate what Anna and Joel had to share. We connected for our first show in Santa Barbara a few years ago and fell in love. After crossing paths a few more times, we lost touch for a bit, but we reconnected after running into the pair on the streets of the French Quarter last winter.