LIVE! in NWA: Grand Country Music Hall Busy In Branson

LIVE! in NWA: Grand Country Music Hall Busy In Branson

If you think all of Branson is sleeping through the winter, the proprietors of Grand Country Music Hall would like to tell you to think again.

Grand Jubilee, the music hall’s flagship production, has already started its 20th anniversary season this month with music, comedy and “razzle-dazzle” from some of Branson’s top talents. Emcees Jim Dandy (Jamie Haage) and Mike Patrick keep the laughs coming and momentum going, and harmony-loving quartet New South and powerhouse singer Jackie Brown, backed by the Rhinestone Mafia band, deliver top-40, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll hits from your favorite eras at 7:30 p.m. daily.

But that’s just the beginning. There are also shows titled Amazing Pets — proving you can herd cats or at least try — Comedy Jamboree, Branson Country USA, Down Home Country, New South Gospel and Ozarks Country, with performances as early as 10 a.m., matinees on various days and a syndicated radio and TV broadcast recorded at 10:30 p.m. every Friday.

Grand Country, the complex housing the music hall, also offers an indoor-outdoor water park, lodging and restaurants, all at 1945 W. 76 Country Blvd. Find out more at


In other news, the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society is recruiting high school students (grades 9-12) who play trumpet, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trombone, guitar, piano, drums, or bass. Auditions are in-person only, and will take place on Jan. 29 in Fayetteville and Jan. 30 in Bentonville. An audition registration form can be found at There is no cost to audition.


• Jeff Fox plays Jan. 25; Jon Brown plays Jan. 27; Pump Station performs Jan. 28; and EgoTrip performs Jan. 29 at JJ’s, 12 Cunningham Corner. 802-6455.


• Honey Collective performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 26 at Undercroft Bar, 201 N.W. A St. Free. 445-6065;


• Sprungbilly performs at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24; there’s an open mic night starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 25; drink and draw starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 26; and there’s an open bluegrass jam at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Chelsea’s Cafe, 10 Mountain St. Free. 253-8231;

• Patti Steel plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 28; and Me & Him performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Wanderoo Lodge & Bar, 216 W. Van Buren. 363-6755;

• Tracy Lawrence performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29; Sierra Ferrell performs at 6 p.m. Feb. 18; and Lyle Lovett performs at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 36 S. Main St. 253-7788;


• Dirty Flannel Shirt plays Jan. 28; and Feats of Strength play Jan. 29 at JJ’s, 324 W. Dickson St.

• Mostly Jazz performs at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23; Ben Harris plays at 5 p.m. Jan. 26; Jackie Darlene performs at 6 p.m. Jan. 27; Project 1268 plays at 9 p.m. Jan. 28; and the Rachel B Band plays at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse, 3980 W. Wedington Drive. 856-6382;

• Garden Snakes, Olympics & Ley Lines perform at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 ($10); the Nace Brothers play happy hour at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 ($8); Mike Ryan performs with Jacob Stelly at 9 p.m. Jan. 28 ($15-$20); and Gin & Juice: A ’90s Hip Hop Tribute with DJ Shortfuze is set for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 ($10) at George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St. 527-6618;

• Comic Trey Kennedy brings his “Are You For Real? Tour” to town at 7 p.m. Feb. 5; and the Sullivan Fortner Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. 443-5600;


• JR Carroll, Drayton Farley and Parker Ryan perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 ($10-$12); Tyler Braden plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 ($8-$10); and Arkansauce plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 ($15-$18) at The Majestic, 817 Garrison Ave. 551-2424;

• The Brewery Comedy Tour visits the River Valley at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at Fort Smith Brewing Co., 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. Tickets are $12 at 242-3722;

• The Cadillac Three with Ben Chapman perform Feb. 4 ($20-$30); That Arena Rock Show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 ($15-$25); Frank Foster performs Feb. 18 ($20-$27.50); and Cheat Codes perform Feb. 20 ($22-$27) at Temple Live, 200 N. 11th St. 222-6186;

• Lyle Lovett brings his acoustic show to Fort Smith at 8:30 p.m. March 22 at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. 788-8932;


• Patti Steel plays Jan. 26 at Core Brewing, 2470 N. Lowell Road. 717-2231.

• Simeon Basil plays at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Black Apple Hard Cider, 321 E. Emma Ave. Free. 751-0337;

• James Paynter performs Jan. 24; Presley Drake plays Jan. 25; Matt Berger performs Jan. 27; Maud Crawford plays Jan. 28; L&B Music plays Jan. 29; and Jenna & Friends play Jan. 31 at JJ’s, 5320 W. Sunset Ave. 419-9220.


• Tickets ranging from $36 to $60.50 went on sale Jan. 21 for Fitz and the Tantrums and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, coming June 23 to Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers.

• Tickets are on sale at the AMP for The Bandwagon Tour with headliners Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town and featuring The Cadillac Three May 8 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. Tickets are $40-$138.50. Also on sale are tickets for Tim McGraw, April 29; for KING + COUNTRY, May 21; Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, June 9; Steely Dan with Steve Winwood, June 10; REO Speedwagon and Styx, with Loverboy, June 13; Backstreet Boys, June 17; Chicago and Brian Wilson, June 21; Matchbox 20 with The Wallflowers, June 24; 5 Seconds of Summer, June 28; Keith Urban, Aug. 18; Morgan Wallen, Aug. 26; and Goo Goo Dolls, Sept. 18.

• Tickets are on sale for Tab Benoit, performing at 8 p.m. March 10 at Temple Live, 200 N. 11th St. in Fort Smith. Tickets are $30-$39. 222-6186;

• Tickets for Casting Crowns in concert at 7 p.m. March 24 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock are on sale. Opening acts will be We Are Messengers and Jonathan Traylor. Tickets range from $19.75 to $89.75, on sale at the arena box office and

• Tickets are on sale for Shinedown in concert April 29 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock. Opening acts will be The Pretty Reckless and Diamante. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50, on sale at the Arena box office and

• Tickets are on sale for a concert by Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at 8 p.m. May 23 at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Prices range from $71.99 to $101.99 at

• Tickets are also available for Weird Al Yankovic’s Unfortunate Return of the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour May 31 at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Tickets are $39-$79 at

Send info about your upcoming concerts and events to Becca Martin-Brown, Features editor, at

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