As they say in New Orleans, and certainly sometimes in France, and in parts of Canada on occasion, and in French class at times, and other places where they speak French, or when English speaking folks are talking about Mardi Gras, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” It’s the weekend, everyone. Let’s get into it.
There are a couple big shows in Fayetteville on Thursday night this week. Indie rock/folk artist Squirrel Flower is in town for a show at George’s on Thursday night along with Greg Mendez. We talked to Ella Williams from the band recently. Here’s ticket info.
Also on Thursday night, JJ’s Live has a big show with country pop artist Dylan Scott. It looks like some tickets are still available as of Thursday afternoon.
There are a handful of other interesting events and festivals in town this weekend. One is the Arkansas Black Film and Music Expo, organized by local non profit Music Moves. The event will include a night of film screenings on Friday night and panel discussions featuring actor Daphne Maxwell Reid. On Saturday, there are two sessions of music planned, with the afternoon session featuring music by Arkansas Gospel Chorale, HBCU Marching Band, Diamond Horn Collection, and more. The evening session features performances by Lyfe Jennings and Yung Joc. Tickets and more info can be found here.
On Saturday, the annual Fayetteville Mardi Gras parade will make its way through the downtown area with handmade floats made by several local krewes, businesses, and more. It’s a family friendly event. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Here’s more info.
How about a show? TheatreSquared’s new show What the Constitution Means to Me continues its run at the theater just off Dickson Street. Here’s where to find showtimes and tickets.
Also on Saturday night, the wearable art show organized by local artist Gina Gallina and featuring creations by tons of local folks is happening at Millar Lodge on the campus of Mount Sequoyah Center. It’s called Wowza Ball. Here’s more info.
George’s has a couple more interesting shows this weekend as well, with a tribute to bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, My Chemical Romance, and more happening on Friday Night called The Emo Night Tour, and a Bob Marley Birthday Bash on Saturday.
In sports, the Tyson Invitational track meet is taking place all weekend at the Randall Tyson Track Center, the men’s basketball team takes on Georgia at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, and there’s a football match called the Super Bowl happening on Sunday that several folks might be interested in. Fayetteville high grads Dre Greenlaw and Brandon Allen happen to be playing in that game for the San Francisco 49ers. We’ll be rooting for them.
There’s plenty more below. Have a great weekend, everyone.