Schedule released for AMMPLIFY Festival, set for May 6 at Mount Sequoyah Center

Bonnie Montgomery (Courtesy)

One of the most ambitious events in Fayetteville since Block Street Block Party is happening this weekend on Mount Sequoyah Center.

The first ever AMMPLIFY Festival focusing on live music, art, and mentorship of locals who’d like to put on their own events in Fayetteville is taking place on Saturday, May 6 at various locations around the campus.

The event will include performances by headliners Adam Faucette and Bonnie Montgomery, along with local songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel Schuster (Water Liars, Marie/Lepanto), Tylo May, JT London, Sewlo, TSU, Leake, and more.

In addition to the art, there will be an art show featuring new work by a host of local artists including Sarah Turner, Dea Self, Vincent Frimpong, Danielle Hatch, and Allyssa Dezaldivar.

Several panel discussions will also take place, including ‘How to Create on a Budget’ featuring Dan Robinson, Jessica DeBari, Melissa Taylor, and Vaughn; ‘How to Market your Art/Music’ featuring Brian Crowne (George’s), Anthony Ball (Smoothman Productions, Music Moves), and Bryan Hembree (Smokey & The Mirror, Fayetteville Roots); and ‘How To Build Community Through Art’ featuring Jason Smith (Walton Arts Center), Cynthia Post Hunt (Inverse Performance Art Festival, Lia Uribe (RefleXions, Tertulia), and Amber Imrie.

There will be a food court and beer garden, an art market, performances by Afrique Aya Drum and Dance, a songwriting workshop, a poetry reading, a mini film festival, and more.

The full schedule of events is below. Much of the event is free, but some is ticketed and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the artists who are putting on the event.

Map by Heather Holland

AMMPLIFY 2023 Schedule

12 p.m. – Songwriting workshop with Avery Lee of The Phlegms (Parker Lodge) (Register at – limited spaces)

1p.m.  – Panel Discussion #1 (Bailey Hall) – How to Create on a Budget with Dan Robinson (FPTV), Jessica DeBari (Mount Sequoyah), Melissa Taylor (Fayetteville Public Library), and Vaughn (The Hop-Out house venue) 

2 p.m. – Panel Discussion #2 (Bailey Hall) – How to Market your Art/Music with Brian Crowne (George’s Majestic Lounge), Anthony Ball (Music Moves, Inc.), Bryan Hembree (Smokey & the Mirror, Fayetteville Roots)

3 p.m. – Panel Discussion #3 (Bailey Hall) – How to Build Community through Art with Jason Smith (WAC), Cynthia Post Hunt (INVERSE Performance Art Festival), Lia Uribe (RefleXions,  Tertulia), Amber Imrie 

1-4 p.m. – Art Market at Cottage Circle (vendors curated by NWA Makers (Free to attend)

4-8 p.m. or close) Food Court/Beer Garden Outside Clapp Auditorium  w/ KXUA DJs (Food by Girls Gone BBQ + Mo’s Tacos and Churros. Coffee from Bethel Brew, Beer by Fossil Cove) (Free to attend)

4 p.m. – Poetry at Vesper Point (organized by Bee Balm Arkansas) (free to attend)

4-6 p.m. – Middle Of Knowhere Mini Film Fest at Bailey Center (free to attend)

5 p.m. –   Artist Reception at Millar Lodge (free to attend – gallery open all day). Artwork by Sarah Turner, Dea Self, Vincent Frimpong, Danielle Hatch and Allyssa Dezaldivar. 

6 p.m. –  Afrique Aya Drum and Dance at Cottage Circle (free)

7 p.m. – Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster at Vesper Point (free)

8 p.m. – Adam Faucett & Bonnie Montgomery at Clapp Auditorium (ticket required)

10 p.m. – Tylo May, JT London, Sewlo, TSU and LeaKe at Bailey Center (ticket required)

Adam Faucett

Bonnie Montgomery

Tylo May

JT London

Justin Peter Kinkel Schuster