[AR] Dec 2011 - Vol 8, No 12
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - There are plenty of opportunities to ring in 2012 in style in Northwest Arkansas. Boogieing to your favorite tribute band, stomping your feet to some hillbilly beats and venue hoping all over the Fayetteville square are just a few of the options Northwest Arkansans can look forward to. Say your goodbyes to 2011 and get ready for 2012 with friends, drinks and good times at any of these New Year celebrations!
    Starting north and working our way down, this New Year’s Eve round up begins in Rogers, Ark. at the Rogers Metroplex Event Center. Local jam band favorites, Friends of the Phamily are hosting a multi-artist event they’re calling Space Your Face into 2012. Expect to hear all your favorite jam covers from The Grateful Dead, Phish and Widespread Panic, mixed with a blend of original tunes. This is a 21 and up event with a $25 ticket price that includes FREE BEER! Yep, you read that right. Should be a fun night, for sure.
    Moving our way south to Fayetteville, New Year festivities abound. The normal hubbub of Dickson Street will no doubt be amped up for the holiday, with a couple of noteworthy events we think you should check out. Starting out at LIT Lounge (which has been booking increasingly impressive musical acts recently), is Lawrence, Kans.-based electronic duo The Floozies. Brothers Matt (producer/guitarist) and Mark Hill (drummer) will be showcasing their fresh approach to electronic music by way of cutting edge production and party rocking funk.
    Just a little ways up Dickson Street, there’s going to be a Cajun, gypsy, funk, hillbilly hootenanny at the ever-popular George’s Majestic Lounge. Dirtfoot, from Shreveport, Loui. is a rowdy bunch of lunatics that put on one hell of an uproarious show filled with grooves you can’t ignore, fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo and tough-hearted soul. They call their eclectic blend of music gypsy punk country grumble boogie, and it is truly something to behold. In what just may be a perfect pairing, the equally raucous hillbilly band Mountain Sprout will be sharing the New Years stage at George’s. A disorderly group of vagabonds, this is undeniably fun band brings to the table a sound that’s something akin to bluegrass on speed. Clever (and often crass) lyrics along with foot stompin’ tunes fuel this music machine and their “punkgrass” hybrid style.
    Head on down to the Fayetteville Square this NYE, cause there’s gonna be a party goin’ on! Last Night Fayetteville marks the end of 2011 with over 20 local acts across eight indoor venues along the historic Fayetteville Square. With exclusively local talent, those in attendance will have the opportunity to experience a variety of art, comedy, music, fashion and theatre. Lineup includes Emily Kaitz, Still on the Hill, Robe Flax, Juggology, The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, Phunbags Comedy Improv, NWA Gridiorn, Black & Tan, Fools on Parade, FAME Magazine Fashion Show, TerraNova Belly Dancers and Art Amiss. This event is sponsored in part by your friends here at The Current.
    Whew… just wait though, there’s still more! Headlining the event are Randall Shreve & The Sideshow, 1 oz. Jig and The Fayetteville Jazz Collective! Last Night Fayetteville is a project of the nonprofit group Creative Economy Action Group, which helps local artists with funding, opportunities and a sense of community. Along with a roster that’s absolutely busting with talent, the new Fayetteville tradition of the Hog Drop is an activity sure to thrill the Last Night Fayetteville crowds. Sponsored by Fly-N-Hog Media Group, this year’s countdown to the 2012 will be culminated by the “dropping” of a locally sculpted winged hog (boasting an 8.5-foot wingspan), in what is sure to be a memorable culmination to 2011. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lastnightfayettevile.com.
    Wrapping-up our coverage of ways to wrap-up 2011 in Northwest Arkansas, we head south to the River Valley and one of Arkansas’ new favorite music venues, Webby D’s in Fort Smith. The Jerry Garcia Tribute Band will be rocking the night away with much-loved tunes from the Grateful Dead and The Jerry Garcia Band. It’s always a party at Webby D’s and this is a night that will surely be no exception. Dead Heads, music lovers and party animals unite to bring in the New Year at this heady celebration.
    As you ready earlier in this issue, Carter Sampson & the County Seat will serenade you into 2012 at R. Landry’s New Orleans Cafe in the Fort.
    It’s time for a new year and new opportunities! Please remember to welcome 2012 as safely as possible. As you make your party plans, please have a designated driver or make arrangements to take a cab. You’re not only protecting yourself, but those around you as well. 2011 held good times and great music. It’s with a bittersweet farewell to a year full amazing memories and an enthusiastic hello to a year full of possibilities that I say; “See you in 2012, Currentland!”