LIVE! Music: April concerts include Jackie Venson, Jon Batiste, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Willi Carlisle and more

LIVE! Music: April concerts include Jackie Venson, Jon Batiste, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Willi Carlisle and more

There’s plenty of music happening in Northwest Arkansas that has nothing to do with the solar eclipse on April 8.

Guitarist Jackie Venson returns to Northwest Arkansas to spread joy through Starr Theater on April 5. Just a block away at George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville fave Willi Carlisle performs April 6. Then on April 11, Slaughter Beach, Dog, a rock band created by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball in 2014, will croon for a solo show at George’s. Music on the Mountain continues at Mount Sequoyah with Smokey & the Mirror April 14.

The Bridging Differences Music 2024 series, a series of free music events from the University of Arkansas, continues with a concert by Mak Grgic and Jake Hertzog at 7 p.m. April 4 at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Silkroad Ensemble Presents: Train Station Trio at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at Faulkner Arts Center in Fayetteville.

A showcase of local bands will bid farewell to the alley in a pair of Goodbye Alley nights at The AM/PM Bar with Dylan Earl, Devin Champlin, Kelly Hunt, Desiree Cannon and Jude Brothers, 6 p.m. April 5; and then The Phlegms, Gardensnakes, Sad Palomino, Piranhas, Jess Harp and Slow Halo from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6.

Hertzog will share the world premiere of his “Anthropoesia: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar and Jazz Philharmonic” at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Faulkner Center.

And Jon Batiste opens the Live on the Momentary Green happenings on April 23 at The Momentary in Bentonville. Chicano Batman performs next on May 1.


Meteor Guitar Gallery — Tao of Lucy, Fight Dream and The Keys, April 1; TrejaVu, 8 p.m. April 5; Good Morning Bedlam, 8 p.m. April 14; Songwriters in the Round with Abbey Pierce, Joe Credit, Brian Martin and Noah Richmond, 6:30 p.m. April 18; Protohive, Bellwether Sirens, The Big Sad and Idle Valley, 7 p.m. April 19.

The Momentary — Antonio Sanchez “Birdman” anniversary, 7 p.m. April 12; The Dip, 7 p.m. April 13; Tower Bar Sessions with harpist Shae Zalenski, 6 p.m. April 18; Jon Batiste, 7 p.m. April 23; Chicano Batman, 7 p.m. May 1; FreshGrass, May 17-18; John Legend, 7 p.m. June 1; Portugal. The Man, July 7; Lake Street Dive, 7 p.m. July 17; Slash, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Robert Randolph and ZZ Ward, Aug. 16.

Undercroft — Jeff Gray and the Forte Quartet, 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Randall Shreve, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Vinyl Nights with Bentonville Radio, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

21c Museum Hotel — Slovenian classical guitarist Mak Grgic and Jake Hertzog in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Music Department, 7 p.m. April 4.

Crystal Bridges — Vocalist/auto harpist Stephanie Smittle, May 12; ambient electronics from Go Find Water, June 9.


The Aud — Moonlight Before Eclipse with AVIVA TU, Doug Powell, Tim Hillwood and Catherine Reed, 7 p.m. April 4; Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs, 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Wanderoo Lodge and Gravel Bar — PAL Live (Pat Ryan Key and Al Halpin), 7 p.m. April 6; Patti Steel, Joe Credit and Kevin Watkins, April 26.

Gotahold Brewing — The Shandies, 5:30 p.m. April 6; Dominic B Roy, 6 p.m. April 13; Michael Campa, 6 p.m. April 20; Kimberly Deck, 6 p.m April 27; Common Roots, 6 p.m. May 4; Jake Reno, 6 p.m. May 11.


The AM/PM Bar — Goodbye Alley night one with Dylan Earl, Devin Champlin, Kelly Hunt, Desiree Cannon and Jude Brothers, 6 p.m. April 5; Goodbye Alley night two with The Phlegms, Gardensnakes, Sad Palomino, Piranhas, Jess Harp and Slow Halo, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6.

Walton Arts Center — Michael Palascak, April 4; Jackie Venson, April 5; SoNA’s Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth, 7:30 p.m. April 6; Take 6, 8 p.m. April 12; VoiceJam Competition, 7:30 p.m. April 13; Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, 8 p.m. April 26; Aubrey Logan Band, April 27.

Folk School of Fayetteville — Jake Xerxes Fussell, 7:30 p.m. April 11; Irish Jam, 6 p.m. April 8 & April 22; Soldier Songs & Voices Jam & Gathering, 2 p.m. April 14 and April 28; 21 & Under Jam, 5 p.m. April 14; Bluegrass Jam, 6 p.m. April 15; Old Time Jam, 6 p.m. April 16; Dad Jam, 7 p.m. April 27.

Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar — Peter Rexford, 6 p.m. April 4; Todd Arkyn, 7 p.m. April 11; Rachel B Band, 7 p.m. April 12; Michael Bewley, 7 p.m. April 13.

Mount Sequoyah — Music on the Mountain, 6:30 p.m. with Smokey and the Mirror, April 14; Dylan Earl, May 11; Shiloh Old Time Pickers, May 18 at Vesper Point;; Eclipse Food Festival with live music from DJ Josue, The Shiloh Old Time Pickers and Meadow Makers, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 4; Songwriter Showcase with Star Charger (Dana Louise), Ashtyn Barbaree, Sophia Corinne and Rain Rues, 7 p.m. April 11 and Meadow Makers, Candy Lee and Kyle James, 7 p.m. April 25 at Fenix Arts; AMMPLify fest with Obliviate, Mud Lung, Held Tight, Chrono Wizard and Pyrocratic, 6 p.m. April 27.

George’s Majestic Lounge — Chris Lane, 8 p.m. April 4; Leah & the Mojo Drs, 6 p.m., and Josh Abbott Band with Angel White, 9 p.m. April 5; Willi Carlisle and The Hooten Hallers, 8:30 p.m. April 6; Mongolian Firefight with Mr. Orange, 8:30 p.m. April 9; Tay Tay (Taylor Swift) Dance Party, 8 p.m. April 10; Slaughter Beach, Dog (solo), 8 p.m. April 11; happy hour with Earl & Them + Boss Tweeds, 6 p.m. and Cole Chaney with Thomas Csorba, 7:30 p.m. April 13; Buku & ZEKE BEATS 9:30 p.m. April 13; Ted Hammig & the Campaign with Squash Garden and Drew Hutson Rogers, 8 p.m. April 18.

JJ’s Live — Upchurch and Friends, April 5; Daniel, Me Estas Matando, 7 p.m. April 12; Waka Flocka Flame, April 18; Sierra Ferrell, 7:30 p.m. April 19; Dial Up, April 20; Treaty Oak Revival, April 26 (sold out); Flatland Calvary, April 27 (sold out); Palace, April 28; Cannons, May 2; Local Natives, May 9; Clutch, May 15; Umphrey’s McGee, 7:30 p.m. May 16; Taking Back Sunday, 7:30 p.m. May 21; Bowling for Soup: 20 years of ‘A Hangover You Don’t Deserve,’ 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; Faye Webster, 8 p.m. Sept. 17; La Santa Grifa and Dharius 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 & Sept. 23; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 (almost sold out).

Smoke and Barrel — Sweeping Promises, 8 p.m. April 26; Chuck Waggs and The Company of Raggs and The NightTimers, 9 p.m. April 27; Holy Anvil Recording Co. Presents: Avery Lee and the Sweets, Supermodel and Midnight Wagon, 8 p.m. May 4.

Cork and Keg — Jazz Sundays, 6 p.m. every Sunday.

Fayetteville Public Library — Transcending Words with SoNA, 2 p.m. April 28; Violinist Er-Gene Kahng + Khemia Ensemble, June 23.

The Lower Ramble — Phantasma in the Ramble silent disco and light show, free and time slot reservations required from 7-10 p.m. April 19 & 20. Register at

Faulkner Performing Arts Center — Silkroad Ensemble presents Train Station Trio with Sandeep Das, Kaoru Watanabe and Niwel Tsumbu, 7:30 p.m. April 13; Jake Hertzog and the Ozark Jazz Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. April 16.

Nomad’s Westend — Hush On the Hill silent party with DJs Alfaro, Don D, Psmooth, April 19.

Nomad’s Trailside — Breakdown Tour with Pepperwood, Squash Garden and 265 South, 7 p.m April 13.

Arkansas Event Center — Poolside at the Flamingo, Leona, Orphan Crippler, Gallowwalker and Power Tool Ninja, 7 p.m. May 19.


The Grove Comedy Club — Greg Morton, April 5-6; Sunday Elimination Showdown 6:30 p.m. April 7; Jeff Shaw, April 12-13; Stewart Huff, April 18-19; Dale Jones, April 20-21; John Heffron, April 26-27; Orlando Leyba, 6:30 & 9 p.m. May 2; ventriloquist Taylor Mason, May 3-4; Jeff Allen “Are We There Yet,” 6 p.m. May 10; Sarah Colonna, May 10-11.


Mulberry Mountain — Bag Men, Crystal Shawanda, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Sean Harrison, Ozark Riviera, Jon Bailey and Heath Sanders, April 7-8. Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain returns June 6-9 with music from Thievery Corporation, Tycho, STS9, LSZEE, The Discobiscuits, Illesium, San Holo, Jai Wolf, Blue Babu Live and more. Full line-up, ticket information and more at


Hero’s — Held Tight, Ectospire, Ritual Fog and Angel Flesh, 8 p.m. April 21; Munkythumb, Kirra and Dissentious, 8 p.m April 26.

King Opera House — Glen Miller Orchestra, April 6; William Lee Martin, June 8.

The Bakery District — Fort Smith Jazz Jam, 6 p.m. April 11; Fort Smith Blues Jam, 1 p.m. April 21; Segue, 6 p.m. April 25.

Zapata’s — Larry B, 6 p.m. April 18.

TempleLive — Hairball, 8 p.m. April 6; Galactic Empire, 6:30 p.m. April 9; Beach Fossils and Nation of Language, 8 p.m. April 12; Eddie Griffin, April 20; Creed Fisher, 8 p.m. May 3; Lacuna Coil and New Year’s Day, 7:30 p.m. May 13; Zach Rushing, 7:30 p.m. May 31; Jim Breur, 8 p.m. June 7.

Majestic Fort Smith — Bynum Project, 6 p.m. April 13; Southhall and Them Dirty Roses, 8 p.m. April 19; Mike Ryan with Autumn Ragland, 8 p.m. April 20; Seventh Day Slumber, Shallow Side, Magdalene Rose and Love The Hate, 6 p.m. April 25; Vandoliers and Taylor Hunnicutt, 8 p.m. April 26; Morgan Wade and Alex Dezen, 8 p.m May 3; Midnight South & Joe Stamm Band, 7:30 p.m. May 16.

Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden — Music starts around 6 p.m. with Hobo Cats, April 4; Aces & Eights, April 6; Rain Kings, April 12; Sons of Turner, April 13; Uncle Fudge, April 19; Robert Rauch, April 20; Livewire, April 26.

Choctaw Casino Pocola — Chayce Beckham, 8 p.m. April 5; Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, 8 p.m. May 18.

906 Lounge — Jonathan Karrant, April 22.

Cousin’s Fort Smith — Gallowwalker, Stash Hag and Enter Oblivion, 8 p.m. May 11.


AMP — Hozier with Allison Russell, April 26; Riley Green with Tracy Lawrence and Ella Langley, 7:30 p.m. April 27; Greta Van Fleet and Geese, May 1; NEEDTOBREATHE with Judah & the Lion, 7 p.m. May 2.

The Victory Theater — Yung Bleu with Livesosa and Sean Fresh, April 20; Bruce Cockburn, May 6; Victor Wooten and The Wooten Brothers, June 27.

The Creamery — Drew Wesley, April 14; Untight, May 30; Kelby Clark & Jack Bird present violin and banjo improv, June 20.


The Medium — Mixtape Music Series starts at 7 p.m. with Cameron Summer and Theresa Delaplain, April 17; Joe Distrom and Patti Steel, May 15; Pura Coco and Avery Bruce, June 12.

Black Apple Cider — Comedy starts at 8 p.m. Thursdays with Lucas Smith, April 4; Nate Simmons and Meredith Hopping, April 11; Cody Aaron Mears and Roderick McDaniel, April 18; Kandyce August, April 18; Dan Alten, May 2; Bernard Bell, May 9; Tandem County Improv Takeover, May 16; Joe Pettis, May 23; Mo Alexander, May 30; Mo Mitchell and Emily Davis, June 6; Aditya Shankar & Dillon Krause, June 13; Neil Rubenstein, June 20; Aaron Scarbrough and Madi Stancic, June 27.

Turnbow Park — LIVE! at Turnbow season starts at 6:30 p.m. with MEZCLAVE and Los Veleros, April 25; Shannon Wurst Band and Taylor Smith, Mark Harmony and WAIPA dancers, June 27; Brick Fields and March to August, July 25; The Sons of Otis Malone and Shiloh Old Time Pickers, Aug. 29; Funk Factory Goes to the Church with Arkansas Gospel Chorale, Sept. 28.

Tontitown Winery — Sip and Sing starts at 6:30 p.m. with Take Cover, 6 p.m. April 5; Amber and Kevin, April 12; 96 Miles, April 13; Mountain Gypsies, April 19; Double Wide Trailer, April 20; 44 Proof, April 26; Bert & Heather, April 27; A&E Music, May 3.

Sassafras Springs — Roby Pantall Jazz Duo, 6 p.m. April 5; Elizabeth Bainbridge, April 12 & May 25.

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