Jazz Society Restaffs, Blues Challenge delayed

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society, in a press release last week, announced that Graham Stewart has been hired as the new executive director of NAJS, and that founder Robert Ginsburg will assume the role of artistic director.

Stewart’s role as executive director will be operational and financial, allowing Ginsburg, as artistic director, to focus on music and NAJS education programs.

Stewart, a musician who has performed with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, recently helped lead the Nashville Jazz Workshop during a major transition and move.

“I’m both a musician and an arts administrator,” says Stewart. “This experience gave me a unique insight into this field. It is a pleasure to join the amazing things NAJS is doing for Northwest Arkansas.”


Challenge of the Blues

Also last week, the Blues Foundation Board of Trustees made the “very difficult decision” based on covid-19 concerns to postpone the 37th International Blues Challenge which was scheduled for January 18-22.

“The Blues Foundation is actively working with our IBC partners to determine a new event date, and we will share this news as soon as possible,” read an email.


• Russ Hutchison will play on January 11; Emily Rowland performs on January 12; Richard Burnett plays January 13; and Keith Nicholson is playing Jan. 14 at JJ’s, 12 Cunningham Corner. 802-6455. jjsgrill.com/jjsbellavista.


• Honey Collective performs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays through January 26 at the Undercroft Bar, 201 NW A St. Free. 445-6065; digjazz.com.


• Sprungbilly performs at 8:30 am on January 10; there is an open mic night from 8 p.m. on January 11; drink and raffle start at 8 p.m. on January 12; there’s a bluegrass jam open at 6 p.m. on January 13; Deep Sequence performs at 9 p.m. on January 14; and Friends of Family play at 9 p.m. on January 15 at Chelsea’s Cafe, 10 Mountain St. Free. 253-8231; chelseascafeeureka.com.

• Dale and Billy play at 7 pm on January 14; and Wayne Hancock will perform at 7 pm Jan. 15 at Wanderoo Lodge & Bar, 216 W. Van Buren. 363-6755; facebook.com/wanderoolodge.

• Tracy Lawrence will perform at 7:30 pm on January 29; Sierra Ferrell will perform at 6 p.m. on February 18; and Lyle Lovett will perform at 7:30 pm on March 23 at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 36 S. Main St. 253-7788; theaud.org.


• Cole Birmingham Band performs on January 14; Brett & Terri play January 15th; and Frisky Squirrels are playing Jan. 21 at JJ’s, 324 W. Dickson St. jjsgrill.com.

• Rachel Fields will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on January 12 at Morano’s, 2179 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 935-4800.

• It’s Sunday night of dance at 6 pm on January 9; Copenhagen Bandit 3.0 is playing at 8 p.m. on January 14; and Matteson Gregory performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse, 3980 W. Wedington Drive. 856-6382; facebook.com/sixtwelvecoffeehouseandbar.

• Nimesh Patel performs at 8 pm on January 13 ($ 40 to $ 80); Simply Seger: The Ultimate Bob Seger Tribute plays at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 ($ 8); the Chad Cooke Band and Cody Hibbard perform at 9 p.m. on January 14 ($ 12 to $ 415); and Mixtapes play at 8:30 p.m. on January 15 ($ 15) at George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St. 527-6618; georgesmajesticlounge.com.

• “Phoenix Ascending” will be the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ next program at 7:30 pm on January 22; comedian Trey Kennedy brings his “Are You For Real?” tour »In town at 7 pm on February 5; and the Sullivan Fortner Trio will perform at 7:30 pm February 18 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. 443-5600; waltonartscenter.org.


• Cody Hibbard and Chad Cooke Band perform at 8:30 pm on January 15th; and RC & The Ambers will perform with Kyle Nix and the 38’s and special guest Lance Roark at 7 p.m. on January 22 at the Majestic, 817 Garrison Ave. 551-2424; majesticfortsmith.com.

• The Brew Comedy Show of the Year starts at 7 pm on January 11; and the Brewery Comedy Tour tours the River Valley at 8 p.m. on January 29 at Fort Smith Brewing Co., 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. Tickets are $ 12 on eventbrite.com. 242-3722; facebook.com/FortSmithBrewing.

• The Cadillac Three with Ben Chapman in concert on February 4 ($ 20 to $ 30); This arena rock show starts at 8 p.m. on February 12 ($ 15 to $ 25); Frank Foster performs on February 18 ($ 20 to $ 27.50); and Cheat Codes occur February 20 ($ 22- $ 27) at Temple Live, 200 N. 11th St. 222-6186; fortsmith.templelive.com.

• Lyle Lovett performs his Acoustic Show in Fort Smith at 8:30 pm March 22 at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. 788-8932; fortsmithconventioncenter.org.


• Michael Cooper performs on January 12, Amber & Kevin on January 19, and Patti Steel on January 26 at Core Brewing, 2470 N. Lowell Road. 717-2231. coreofarkansas.com.

• Ashtyn Barbaree performs at 6 p.m. on January 14 at the Black Apple Hard Cider, 321 E. Emma Ave. Free. 751-0337; facebook.com/blackapplehardcider.

• Jason Plumlee will perform on January 11; A&W performs on January 13; and Dirty Flannel Shirt performs on January 14 at JJ’s, 5320 W. Sunset Ave. 419-9220. jjsgrill.com/jjsspringdale.


• Tickets are on sale at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers for Tim McGraw on April 29; for KING + COUNTRY, May 21; Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, June 9; Steely Dan with Steve Winwood, June 10; REO and Styx, with Loverboy, June 13; Backstreet Boys, June 17; Chicago and Brian Wilson, June 21; Matchbox 20 with The Wallflowers, June 24; 5 seconds of summer, June 28; Keith Urban, August 18; Morgan Wallen, August 26; and Goo Goo Dolls, September 18. amptickets.com.

• Tickets for the 7 pm Casting Crowns concert on March 24 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock are on sale. The opening acts will be We Are Messengers and Jonathan Traylor. Tickets range from $ 19.75 to $ 89.75, on sale at the arena box office and on Ticketmaster.com.

• Tickets for the Shinedown concert on April 29 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock went on sale at 10 am Friday. The opening acts will be The Pretty Reckless and Diamante. Tickets range from $ 39.50 to $ 79.50, on sale at the Arena box office and on Ticketmaster.com.

• Tickets for a Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams concert at 8 p.m. on May 23 at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Prices were not available at the time of publication.

• Tickets are also available for Weird Al Yankovic’s Unfortunate Return of the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour on May 31 at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Tickets cost between $ 39 and $ 79 on ticketmaster.com.

Send information about your upcoming concerts and events to Becca Martin-Brown, Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected]

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