Pert Near Sandstone to perform at Gulley Park Thursday

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It’s a little hard to believe, but there are only a couple chances left to check out free music as part of the Gulley Park Concert Series this summer.

The annual summer show series held weekly at the gazebo in Gulley Park continues tonight (July 7) with a performance by Minnesota-based string band, Pert Near Sandstone.

The band, which features Trampled by Turtles fiddle player Ryan Young, will kick off their summer tour with tonight’s show.

From their bio:

That chemistry has been abundantly clear from the very first days of Pert Near Sandstone, when the band—whose current lineup features Sipe and Kniebel, founding guitarist J Lenz, bassist Justin Bruhn, and clog & fiddle player Matt Cartier—burst onto the American roots music scene in a flurry of fiddling, picking, and stomping. They followed their debut record with a string of four critically acclaimed albums that had No Depression hailing them as “stellar” and The Minneapolis Star Tribune praising their songs as “masterfully and jubilantly plucked.” NPR’s Mountain Stage celebrated the band’s “Midwestern stamp on Appalachian [sounds],” while The Current described their live performances as “a frenzied string shredding spree that takes audiences under its spell.”

The Gulley Park Concert Series is organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and features free outdoor live music with plenty of room for picnic blankets and lawn chairs throughout the fields surrounding the gazebo stage at the park in east Fayetteville.

Music starts at 7 p.m., and the concerts are free and open to the public. Coolers are welcome for those who’d like to pack beverages, snacks or dinner, but food vendors will also be set up around the park.

For a bit more information about this year’s artists, visit

2022 Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

June 9 – Route 358
June 16 – Blue Water Highway
June 23 – King Cabbage Brass Band
June 30 – Funk Factory (*Kidz Night area)
July 7 – Pert Near Sandstone
July 14 – Brennen Leigh