The Burning Chair Readings and Son Volt


The Burning Chair Readings

The Burning Chair Poetry Readings, which moved from New York to Fayetteville when the series creators Katy and Matt Henriksen moved to Fayetteville, are happening this week. At 7 p.m. Saturday poets Kate Greenstreet, Susan Briante and Farid Matuk will read at Four Square Fine Art Gallery, 3996 Frontage Road.

Greenstreet’s second book, The Last 4 Things, was recently published by Ahsahta Press. Her first book, case sensitive, was published by Ahsahta in 2006. She is the author of three chapbooks. Her new work is in current or forthcoming issues of journals including jubilat, Fence, VOLT, Court Green and Denver Quarterly.

Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Court Green and POOL. A translator and essayist, Briante lived in Mexico City in the ‘90s and worked for the magazines Artes de México and Mandorla. She is currently translating the work of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorgio, and writing about industrial ruins and abandoned buildings in American cities. She is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas and lives with the poet Farid Matuk.

Matuk is the author of Is It the King? (Effing Press). His poems have appeared in Barrelhouse, Typesetter and the Boston Review.

His translations of Spanish language poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Bombay Gin and Translation Review.

ffw 1112  w sonvoltSon Volt

Son Volt was formed in 1994 after the break up of the band often credited with pushing alternative country to the forefront, Uncle Tupelo. When Uncle Tupelo split up, singer songwriter Jay Farrar got together Son Volt, which performed to sold out houses in the ‘90s. After that Farrar did some solo work before pulling together a new Son Volt lineup in 2004. The latest Son Volt CD “American Central Dust” was released earlier this year on the Rounder label.

Son Volt is touring again and visiting venerable rooms like San Franciso’s Fillmore and will touch down at George’s on Monday night. The current lineup is of Farrar, keyboardist and steel player Mark Spencer, drummer Dave Bryson, bassist Andrew Duplantis and guitarist Chris Masterson.

Rock with the Heathens

Austin’s Band of Heathens will drop by George’s on Wednesday night to show their stuff and they’ve been showing damn well in the past couple of years. They released their first studio album last year. Produced by Ray Wiley Hubbard, the album hit number one on the Americana charts and stayed there for two weeks. The Heathens were voted Best New Band in the Austin Music Awards were called the best band at SXSW by Wall Street Journal writer Jim Fusilli. They released their second independent album in September and were invited to share the stage with Elvis Costello for an Austin City Limits segment. The band is: Ed Jurdi, guitar, keyboard, harmonica; Gordy Quist, guitar, harmonica; Colin Brooks, guitar, dobro, lapsteel; Seth Whitney, bass; and John Chipman, drums and percussion.


Fayetteville composer Teri Card Heller will premiere her new ensemble SIREoNa at 8 p.m. tonight at Teatro Scarpino in Fayetteville. The ensemble consists of flute, oboe, clarinets, violin, cello, keyboard and percussion. The ensemble will perform a full concert of original music by Heller. The music will be accompanied by dance and film.

Heller grew up the Ozarks and received a bachelor of arts in music composition from Mills College and a master of arts from the California Institute of the Arts. She has composed for soloists, chamber and large ensembles, dance, theater and film. She did the film score for two short films, “Smeralda” and “Fish and Teeth” and also worked on a feature film, that is currently in post production, “The Living Dark.” Heller currently lives in Fayetteville, but commutes to Los Angeles to consult with musicians and film artists.

Tonight’s concert is free, but donations are welcome. Those who donate $10 or more will receive a copy of Heller’s CD “As the Leaves Turn.”

Bowerbirds, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, American Revival, Steve Smith and Chris Sanders

The Walton Arts Center, the University of Arkansas and GoodFolk are going to keep Americana music fans happy this week.

Tonight, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, will do 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows at the Walton Arts Center. At 8 p.m. Friday, Steve Smith at Chris Sanders will play Mike Shirkey’s GoodFolk house concert in Fayetteville. On Sunday, American Revival will showcase The Dixie Bee-Liners, Uncle Earl and Sierra Hull in an 8 p.m. performance at the WAC. The Browerbirds will play the Union Theater on the UA campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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