LIVE! in NWA: Rap Royalty Big Boi, Run the Jewels Headline ‘Dirty South’ Weekend

LIVE! in NWA: Rap Royalty Big Boi, Run the Jewels Headline ‘Dirty South’ Weekend

A weekend celebrating Southern Black Culture and hip-hop starts July 15 in Bentonville. In addition to offering free admission to “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” the weekend will open with performances by Danny Simmons, Vernon Reid and Dwayne Dolphin at 7 p.m. July 15 in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Headlining the weekend are Run the Jewels and Big Boi. Fronted by Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike and rapper/producer EL-P, the rap super duo is known for heavy bass as well as social and political musings. Grammy-awarding winning Big Boi (cousin to Killer Mike) is also an Atlanta-based rapper and one half of the duo Outkast. Active in hip-hop for the last three decades, the rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and philanthropist born Antwan André Patton has had an immeasurable influence on modern hip-hop. Run the Jewels and Big Boi will perform as part of the Momentary’s Live on the Green Concert Series at 8 p.m. July 16.

Performing at FreshGrass, Bentonville music festival, May 20-21, 2022 Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Kraftwerk, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Brittney Spencer, Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys, Dispatch (Acoustic) and Amos Lee.

Prior to the Run the Jewels/Big Boi concert there will be artist talks with Valerie Cassel Oliver, Fahamu Pecou, Nick Cave and others at Crystal Bridges on Saturday. Sunday will conclude with a free Walker Landing Performance hosted by Big Piph from 1-5 p.m. July 17. See for more information.


• Bootleg Royale plays at 7 p.m. July 16; Dirty Seconds play at 7 p.m. July 23; Neon Flight plays at 7 p.m. July 3o; Melody Pond plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 11; Randall Shreve plays at 7 p.m. Aug 23; and Ley Lines plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Bike Rack Brewing Co., 801 S.E. Eighth St.


• Lost Dog Street Band performs at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 ($35 plus fees), Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 36 S. Main Street.

• Wild Turkeys play at 2 p.m. July 15; Charlie Mellinger plays at 5 p.m. July 22; Front Porch plays at noon July 24; The Cate Brothers play at 5 p.m. July 30; Copenhagen Angels play at 5 p.m. Aug. 4; and Cory Simmons plays at noon Aug. 7 for the Balm of Life Music Series at Basin Park next to the hotel at 4 Spring St.

• The Best of Motown starts at 7:30 p.m. July 16 and July 23 ($35) at Center Stage for Performing Arts, 132 Huntsville Road. Tickets at EventBrite. More information at

• A Mountain Music Jam starts at 5 p.m. July 17; Dominic Bryan Roy plays at 7 p.m. July 22; and Hailey Jane plays at 7 p.m. July 23 at Wanderoo Lodge & Bar, 216 W. Van Buren. 363-6755;


• Jake Hertzog and Daniel Champagne perform at 7 p.m. July 17 ($25-80); and An Evening with Slaid Cleaves starts at 7 p.m. July 23 ($35-240) at Roots HQ, 1 E. Mountain St.,

• Skye Pollard & Family Holler + Woody & Shineshine happens at 7 p.m. July 22; Vintage Pistol with Welles and Bootleg Royale play at 6 p.m. July 30; Prairie Street Laughs with host Chase Myska and featuring Caleb Hickerson, Zebadiah Nofire, Josh Wingo and Andy Davis starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Prairie Street Live, 509 W. Prairie St.

• Daniel Bennett Group plays July 10; Honey Collective plays July 17; Western Swing Rules plays July 24; and Will Johnson performs July 31 for the Mountain Street Stage Concert Series at the Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St.

 Chucky Waggs plays at 8 p.m. July 15; and Patti Steel with her full band and special guest Samantha Diane Hunt starts at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at Kingfish, 262 N. School Ave.,

• Mustache the Band starts at 7:30 p.m. July 30 ($10 and up); Chase Matthew plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 ($20 and up); Michael Franti & Spearhead perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11; Oliver Tree plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 ($39.50 and up); Black Label Society plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 ($35 and up); The Mountain Goats play at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 ($39.50); Jon Langston plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 ($20 and up); Wallows perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 ($29.50); and Yung Gravy performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 ($35 and up) at JJ’s Live, 3615 N. Steele Blvd.

• Friday Night on the Mountain starts at 7 p.m. July 22 at Mount Sequoyah Center Dining Hall, 150 N. Skyline Drive; Chamber Music at Millar Lodge starts at 7 p.m. July 23 at Mount Sequoyah Center Millar Lodge, 150 N. Skyline Drive; Spotlight Concert featuring NWA musicians starts at 1 p.m. July 24 at Millar Lodge at Mount Sequoyah; Friday Night on the Mountain with music and pizza starts at 7 p.m. July 29 at Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, 1725 S. Smokehouse Trail; Chamber Music at Millar Lodge starts at 7 p.m. July 30 as part of the Chamber Music on the Mountain Summer Festival.


• Static-X plays at 7:30 p.m. July 19 ($30-39); Dave Mason plays at 8 p.m. July 20; and Dizzy Wright plays at 8 p.m. July 22 ($25-40) at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St. 222-6186;

• ADJY with Oyarsa, Bottomfeeders and Ghost Hollow happens at 8 p.m. July 15; Frailstate plays at 8 p.m. July 16; Hollow Valley Funk performs at 8 p.m. July 22; and The Almas play at 8 p.m. July 23 at Hero’s, 1002 Garrison Ave.,

• Peacemaker Festival featuring Zach Bryan, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Charley Crockett, The Steel Woods, Shane Smith & the Saints, Pecos & the Rooftops, Tanner Usery, Them Dirty Roses, Graycie York and Jacob Stelly with special appearances by Ella Langley and Joe Stamm will happen July 29-30 ($59-$249) at Riverfront Park, 121 Riverfront Drive in downtown Fort Smith.


• Mike Baldwin performs comedy at 7 p.m. July 15 & 16; David Koechner and Rob Maher perform at 6:30 p.m. July 21, 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. July 22 and then ‘The Office’ trivia with Todd Packer happens at 4 p.m. July 23, Koechner performs again at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. July 23 ($36.14); Tim Meadows performs at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. July 29 and 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. July 30 at The Grove Comedy Club, 808 S. Bloomington St.


Rodney Block Band plays at 8 p.m. July 15; Eureka Strings play at 8 p.m. July 16; Troy Farnam Band performs at 8 p.m. July 22; Rozenbridge plays at 8 p.m. July 23; a Jazz & Blues Block Party with Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal with Grady Nichols Jazzthe Sons of Brasil and Austin Farnam Trio starts at 5 p.m. July 29 and picks back up at 4 p.m. July 30 with Chubby Carrier with Banjae, Akeem Kemp, Clark Gibson Quintet and 1 Oz Jig (general admission free, tables $20) for the Railyard Live Concert Series at Butterfield Stage, 101 E. Cherry St.

• An Evening with James Taylor starts at 8 p.m. July 15 ($55-$295); Darius Rucker with Ryan Hurd and Elvie Shane play at 7 p.m. July 16; Train AM Gold Tour with Jewel, Blues Traveler and Thunderstorm Artis starts at 6:30 p.m. July 17 ($20-$165); Josh Groban brings his Harmony Tour to the stage 7 p.m. July 21 ($35-$224); 5 Seconds of Summer with Pale Waves has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. July 26 ($29.50-45) at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road.


• Dale Stokes plays at 7 p.m. July 15; and Patti Steel plays at 7 p.m. July 29 at Creekside Taproom, 100-2 E. Alpine St.


• Max Pryce and Ronaldo Mercado perform at 7:45 p.m. July 21; Stephen Taylor and Aaron Naylorcq MH perform at 7:45 p.m. July 28 at Black Apple Hard Cider, 321 E. Emma Ave.,

 Jukebox Confession plays at 8 p.m. July 28; House of Songs Presents starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25; BAANG opens at 6:30 p.m. for Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, who start at 8 p.m. Sept. 29; City Sessions Presents starts at 6:30 p.m. for the LIVE! @ Turnbow Concert Series, 106 W. Emma Ave.

• Jess Harp and Alyssa Murray will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 for the CXF Mixtape Music Series at 214 CACHE, 214 S. Main St., Springdale.


• Still on the Hill performs their Words on Birds presentation at 6 p.m. July 16 ($10) at Ozark Folkways, 22733 U.S. 71 North. Tickets available at or at the door.

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