Brandi Carlile and Amy Ray


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George’s will be hosting a really big show Monday night. Singer songwriter, activist and Indigo Girl Amy Ray and her rock band will be opening for Brandi Carlile. Backing Ray will be musicians from her “Didn’t It Feel Kinder” album, Melissa York, Kaia Wilson, Greg Griffith and Andrew Dunn.

David Sedaris

Spend an evening with National Public Radio humorist and author David Sedaris at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walton Arts Center.

Sedaris is a master of satire and a regular contributor The New Yorker. His original radio program This American Life can be heard locally on KUAF.

He is the author Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, aka “The Talent Family” have written plays that have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form. Sedaris has received three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. For adult audiences. Tickets are $32.50.

Shindig Shop Reunion

It’s been awhile-about six years- since the popular band Shindig Shop has dished out their particular blend of rock and roll. The band is back and will get together for a reunion show Wednesday night at George’s.

Formed in Little Rock in 1990, the band began playing together at Paul Burnham’s farm where all-night jam sessions would turn into parties.

The original Shindig Shop featured Tim Sullivan, Mark Payne, Paul Burnham, Bill Phillips, Rick Erke and Paul Bowling. Soon guitarist Ross Hurley came onboard and began contributing original songs, adding to Burnham’s originals.


The band also did covers of tunes by the likes of Traffic, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Willie Dixon. Eventually they began to put out their trademark blend that combined the sounds of Delta Blues, psychedelic funk and mushroom soul. They even scored coveted slots at South By Southwest and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The newest Shindig Shop is made up of original members Hurley and Burnham, along with veteran players Rich Goodrum, Marc Turner and Sid Simon. Guaranteed to be a good time.

Art & Soul

Enjoy music, art and hors d’oeuvres next Thursday night, Oct. 15, and for a good cause. The folks at Fayetteville’s Enve salon have organized the event “Art & Soul” to benefit the ARKOMA Ronald McDonald House Charities. The event will be at the Fayetteville Country Club. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction, an art show by Judi Harrison, Matt Miller and Tania Knudsen and music by Luke Terrell and Michael Schnieder. At 8 p.m. the popular band Los Peos Viejos will play.

ARKOMA Ronald McDonald House Charities serves western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Tickets are $50 by calling 443-9393.

Mule Jump, Mushrooms and More

Autumn in the Ozarks is sublime. So get out and enjoy. Several events are happening this weekend that should prompt you to extract yourself from the couch. The 21st annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pea Ridge High School, 781 W. Pickens Road. There will be mule jumping, a halter class, barrel and flag races, pole bending and even some hog calling. Mules sometimes get a bad rap, but they are some pretty incredible animals, so go see for yourself. There will also be a stick mule event for kids, antique tractors, cars and trucks. Admission is $5 adults and $2 children.

Other highlights are the Mushroom workshops at Devil’s Den State Park. Jay Justice, co-founder of the Arkansas Mycology Club will talk about mushrooms at 9 a.m. and lead a hike to look for mushrooms at 10:45 a.m. From 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tim Jones will present a program on cooking with wild mushrooms. All of the events are free, however there is limited space for the cooking demonstration, so registration is required. Call 761-3325.

Hobbs State Park is hosting a day-long Fall Festival. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a living history program and Dutch oven cookoff at 10 a.m., a hike at noon and music by Still on the Hill at 3 p.m.

If you want to take a drive, head to Mena for the Ouachita Art Trails Studio Tour Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can visit the studios of more than 20 artists. For details go to or call 394-3880.

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