LIVE! Music: New music out from Randall Shreve, Higher Arkies, Bellwether Sirens and more

LIVE! Music: New music out from Randall Shreve, Higher Arkies, Bellwether Sirens and more

So far 2023 has been a great year for Arkansas music. While we try to keep up with the local music community, more and more music finds its way to our speakers. Here’s just a partial list of what’s dropped this year.

Randall Shreve recently released a new album, “Excessively Refined,” that’s available on vinyl and streaming services. He performs at 7 p.m. July 27 at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville. Expect sexy, “wine-soaked, PT Barnum” vibes.

The Bellwether Sirens released their first full-length album, “Goon Hand,” just this month for all you punks out there. It was recorded by Raif Box of Holy Anvil Studios. (I’m personally excited about Box’s upcoming music festival, Anvil Fest, Aug. 18-19.)

The Higher Arkies dropped a new single, “The Search,” on Spotify last week, and they are set to play Soar NWA on Aug. 19, the evening before Jenna & The Soulshakers and Ben del Shreve. They’ll be at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on Oct 7. Keep up with the Higher Arkies at

On Aug. 3, Little Rock-based Midnight South opens for Colt Ford at 7:30 p.m. at JJ’s Live. Midnight South just released a new single, “Girl From Mississippi.” Band member Jeremy Castaldo says the song was written about his preteen summer romance that faded after a few years of letter writing between the seasons.

“The song is about what we would write in those letters, what we imagined our life would be like together one day when we were older. We were kids. We were dreamers. The irony is, I was hurt by a ‘Girl From Mississippi,’ but the song is about what could have been if the letters continued,” Castaldo says. “Musically, we wanted it to feel nostalgic but also have a modern contrast. This tune will definitely be your summer vibe.”

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas even released their first ever album, “New Canons,” on June 9. Their season begins Sept. 23 with Great Romantics: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” & Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

This list is by no means complete, so if you’d like to mention anyone I forgot, share photos of your band or information about your new song or just get your dates on the music calendar, email


• Daytrip festival, a free local fashion and music event featuring the DayTrip Collective, Bxmbi, Jt London, leaKe, DK Stargod, Obscrdd, Mynt Wave and CACHE, kicks off at 6 p.m. July 29 at the CACHE Studios at 1004 S.E. Fifth St. More information on Eventbrite.

• Randall Shreve performs at 7 p.m. July 27; Carver Commodore performs at 7 p.m. July 28 for the free Live on the Patio Concert Series at Bike Rack Brewing, 801 S.E. Eighth St., Suite 61, in Bentonville.

•The House of Songs hosts New Tulsa Night featuring music from Pilgrim and Paul Benjamin starting at 7 p.m. July 29 for the Summer Forest Concert Series in the North Forest at Crystal BridgesUntight, an improvisation-driven sound art project by artist and musician Sam King, starts at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 3 inside James Turrell’s “Skyspace,” located on the south lawn of the museum. (RSVP requested; limited to 35.)

• KC Jazz Ensemble HoraceScope featuring Stan Kessler perform a tribute to the music of Horace Silver for a special concert at 8 p.m. July 28 in Eleven at Crystal Bridges. Presented by Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society.

• Alvvays with special guest Julia Jacklin will perform on Sept. 9. Tickets went on sale July 21. Rina Sawayama performs at Oct. 6; Wilco on Oct. 27; and Wu-Tang Clan on Oct. 28 at The Momentary, 507 S.E. E St. Format Festival will take place at the Momentary Sept. 22-24.

• Oreo Blue with Blew Reed and the Flatheads perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Meteor Guitar Gallery, 128 W. Central Ave.


• Whiskey Menders play at 7 p.m. July 28; Townsend plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 4; Patti’s Pajama Drag Brunch starts at noon Aug. 5 and benefits Clear Spring School at Wanderoo Lodge and Gravel Bar, 216 W. Van Buren.

• Drumming in the Park happens at 6 p.m. Aug. 5; Alyssa Galvan plays at 4 p.m. Aug. 11; Dandelion Heart plays at 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in Basin Park next to the Basin Park Hotel at 12 Spring St.

• Dave Mason plays at 7:30 p.m. July 27; Kristine W performs at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5; John McEuen and The Circle Band perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12; Joe Nichols plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Aud, 36 S. Main St.


Steel Panther performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1; Colt Ford and Midnight South perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3; Alter Bridge and Sevendust play at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at JJ’s Live, 3615 N. Steele Blvd.

• Asher Perkins plays at 6:30 p.m. July 27; JerGriffin Combo plays at 7 p.m. July 28; Shaggadelic happens at 8 p.m. July 29; and NWA CAMP Open Mic: Midsummer Nights Dream starts at 2 p.m. July 30 at Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar, 3980 W. Wedington Drive in Fayetteville.

• Florist and Skullcrusher perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Clapp Auditorium at Mount Sequoyah, 150 N. Skyline Drive. (

• Slumbering Sun, Dirt Mother and Stash Hag perform at 8 p.m. July 27; Diamond Empire Band presents a Little Rock Showcase starting at 9 p.m. July 31; Bryan Bielanski performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 16; and MG Bailey plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Nomad’s Trailside, 1863 N. Pluto Drive.

• The Mountain Street Stage music series concludes with Greenland Station Bluegrass Band July 30 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The concert is free.

• Jesse Aycock and Paul Benjamin play at 9 p.m. July 28; Step Mom, Audio Book Club and The Phlegms play at 9 p.m. Aug. 12; Thru It All plays at 9 p.m. Aug. 17; Jude Brothers, Creekbed Carter and Mckain Lakey perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Smoke and Barrell Tavern, 324 W. Dickson St.


• AJ Wilkerson closes out July with three comedy shows July 28-29 at The Grove Comedy Club, 808 S. Bloomington St.


• Eric Church with Midland and Ray Wylie Hubbard play July 27; Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top with Uncle Kracker happens July 28; Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin with JINJER is July 29 at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road.

• The Phase performs at 8 p.m. July 28; The Uncrowned Kings on July 29; Railyard Live Jazz & Blues Block Party with Michael Fields Jr., King Cabbage Brass Band, Dawn Cate Band and Abstract Citizen starts at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 4 and heats back up at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 with Rodney Block, Jimmy Bratcher, YoungJoo Song Trio, Jeremy Thomas Quartet and Austin Farnam Trio at the Railyard Live Concert series on the Butterfield Stage next to Railyard Park, 101 E. Cherry St. Shows are free; tables and chairs are available for reservation.

• Steve Dixon performs at 7 p.m. July 28; Akeem Kemp plays 7 p.m. July 29; and Jenna and the Soul Shakers perform Aug. 4 at The Music Depot, 206 W. Walnut St.

• Arkansas Arts Academy continues its summer music series with Jazz Night with Hunter Anderson Trio, Fayetteville Latin Jazz Group and Mountain Street Quintet at 6 p.m. July 29; Prog Night is Aug. 5 with Especially Breakfast, Seascape Architecture and Gallowwalker. Each show takes place in Arkansas Arts Academy’s Black Box Theater, 506 W. Poplar St. in Rogers. Tickets for each event are $10 at Eventbrite.


• All of Her performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Hero’s, 1002 Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith.

• Buck Cherry plays at 6:30 p.m Aug. 23; Flatland Cavalry plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 20; Phillip Phillips performs Oct. 27 at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St. in Fort Smith. 222-6186;

• Kody West and Trent Fletcher perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 4; Triston Marez plays at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Majestic Fort Smith, 817 Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith.

• Exile performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1; Breaking Grass at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Arc Best Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.

• John “Money In The Bank” Anderson performs a free unplugged acoustic concert at 9 p.m. July 29 in Lee Creek Tavern at Cherokee Casino & Hotel, 109 Cherokee Blvd. in Roland, Okla.


• March to August performs at 7 p.m. July 28 at Creekside Taproom, 100-2 E. Alpine St.

• Samantha Crain plays at 6:30 p.m. July 28 at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in Memorial Park in downtown Siloam Springs for the Fourth Friday series. Next up are Brick Fields on Aug. 25 and 449 Rewind on Sept. 22.


• Shaun Munday and Carver Commodore perform at 6:30 p.m. July 27 for the LIVE! at Turnbow Concert Series at Turnbow Park on the Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale.

• Black Apple Comedy starts at 8 p.m. with an Improv Takeover July 27; Julie Drake on Aug. 3; Katie Bowman on Aug. 10; Stef Bright on Aug. 17; Dayton Bissett Aug. 24; Cori Stewart and Tiel Pierce on Aug. 31 at Black Apple Hard Cider, 321 E Emma Ave.

• Sip & Sing starts at 7 p.m. with Dirty Flannel Shirt on July 29. Take Cover and 96 Miles perform during the Grape Fest Aug. 4-5 at Tontitown Winery, 33. N. Barrington St.

• Sam Allbright performs Aug. 25 for the Johnson Square Summer Series on Johnson Square at 5519 Hackett St. in Johnson. Food and drinks are available from local restaurants, and the park is an outdoor beverage district.

Send info about your upcoming concerts and events to Monica Hooper, music editor, at

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