In­cred­i­ble live mu­sic can be found through­out dif­fer­ent venues in NWA

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Sean Laughlin NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

Live mu­sic has taken over North­west Arkansas from bars that have been open for decades, to a new venue that has re­ceived na­tional at­ten­tion. Some of the big­gest names in mu­sic make their way to North­west Arkansas to per­form at the Wal-Mart Arkansas Mu­sic Pav­il­ion (AMP). The out­door con­cert venue that is ranked na­tion­ally as one of the best out­door am­phithe­aters is lo­cated just off of In­ter­state 49 in Rogers.

“The Wal-Mart AMP has been a great ad­di­tion to North­west Arkansas be­cause it al­lows large stars who are on tour in the Mid­west to per­form in a large out­side arena” Jen­nifer Wil­son, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor at the Wal-Mart AMP.

The AMP has an in­cred­i­ble line up of per­form­ers in the Cox Con­cert Se­ries that will end in Oc­to­ber. This year, artists that have or will grace the Wal-Mart AMP stage in­clude le­gends such as Wil­lie Nel­son, Blink-182, Mary J. Blige, Ras­cal Flatts, Match­box Twenty, Brad Pais­ley and KISS. As well as up-and-com­ing artists Lau­ren Alaina, Kelsea Bal­lerini and Brett Young.

“The big thing that has changed since it was first opened is how many per­for­mances we had this year com­pared to the first cou­ple of years,” Wil­son said.

2009 was the first year of the AMP where there were only 12 per­for­mances. When AMPFest takes place in mid-Oc­to­ber, that will be the 25th event of 2017.

Other than the big stars, smaller venues host lo­cal artists at many dif­fer­ent bars and restau­rants around the North­west Arkansas area where you can see a great show.

Restau­rants such as Crabby’s (Rogers), Foghorn’s (Fayet­teville), JJ’s Grill (Bella Vista and other lo­ca­tions), King­fish (Fayet­teville), Mojo’s Pints & Pies, Black Ap­ple Cross­ing (Spring­dale), Chelsea’s Cor­ner Café (Eureka Springs), Ge­orge’s Ma­jes­tic Lounge (Fayet­teville) and many more host great artists who put on in­cred­i­ble shows dur­ing din­ner and drinks.

Some venues like Ge­orge’s Ma­jes­tic Lounge, host up to 300+ per­for­mances a year.

“There is an or­ganic com­fort that the venue ex­udes that brings con­nec­tiv­ity to the pa­tron and artists per­form­ing at Ge­orges.

It is a spe­cial place to ex­pe­ri­ence live mu­sic and or host pri­vate events. You will get a con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence in both our lounge and larger main Gar­den theater,” Brian Crowne, Owner of Ge­orge’s Ma­jes­tic Lounge said.

Over­all there has been a huge im­pact in non-profit arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions and au­di­ences. Since 2015, a com­bined $131 mil­lion has been made from the or­ga­ni­za­tions and au­di­ences in the North­west Arkansas re­gion. Wil­son is very proud of the fi­nan­cial im­pact that the AMP and other art venues have brought to North­west Arkansas.

For more in­for­ma­tion on live mu­sic in the North­west Arkansas area, go to http:// www.free­weekly.com/live-mu­sic/ for a full up­com­ing sched­ule of live per­for­mances or NWA Event Hub can be lo­cated at http:// www.nwaon­line.com/even­thub/#/.

THE WAL-MART AMP lawn seats fill up for every per­for­mance of the Cox Con­cert Se­ries.

Photo cour­tesy Jeremy Scott GE­ORGE’S MA­JES­TIC LOUNGE hosts over 300 in­cred­i­ble con­cert per­for­mances a year.

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