Itinerant Locals – Polka Your Eye Out at the Steinhaus

It’s not every day that an accordion and tuba duo rolls into town driving a pink RV. Maybe it’s that novelty that makes it seem like it wasn’t that long ago that Zac Smith and Cheryl Roorda drove into the Spa City from Seattle. Their uniquely colored RV was towing …

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A Night of Gluttony: The Rock N Roll Buffet

7 Bands for $7 at Low Key Arts Rock N Roll (noun)– a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, from African American musical styles such as gospel, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, and country music. Buffet ...
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A Candid Evening with Ghost Bones

Ghost Bones is a band many have found difficult to classify, or as guitarist Bobby Missile puts it, ³We relish  our reclusiveness.²  However, after hearing Ghost Bones at the musicians¹ showcase, Mitchell Crisp may have found the words to provide a most accurate description: “This band is for throwing TV’s …

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A Voice in the Fog – Ghost Bones Blankets Arkansas

Bobby Nixon was handing out fliers for a show at the Exchange when he first met his future bandmate, Ryan Jolly. Nixon was doing promotion for his Ballistic Missile booking agency at the Exchange while also playing in other band projects. Nixon’s played and toured with multiple bands such as Church …

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Playing What You Feel – The Empathetic Blues of The John Calvin Brewer Band

I moved here in the summer of 2000 and plugged into the local music scene within the year, discovering a lot of great talent. It was the Hump Night Blues Jam at Schapiro’s (now the Gangster Museum) where I first heard John Calvin Brewer. He was a hard playing, rough around …

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Last Delta Bluesman – The Journey of Cedell Davis

It all started with a found harmonica and his first strum on a guitar. The child of Helena, Arkansas plantation workers, Cedell Davis developed an insatiable appetite for the Blues in his youth, but his mother thought it was the devil’s music. Not even his mother’s wrath could keep him …

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Mariachi Tradition – Jacob Flores Stays True to His Roots

Although Hot Springs is filled with Mexican restaurants, many residents have only limited knowledge about the mesmerizing music that is played in them. Jacob Flores, who performs traditional mariachi songs, hopes to change that. In August of last year, the stars suddenly aligned for Jacob when he happened to be …

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The Minister of Sound – Miracle Electronics Keeps the Music Spinning

A lot of people know Minister Darnell Weatherspoon, and many of them know him as the man who likes to fix things. Working with electronic turntables, amps, speakers, and receivers, Weatherspoon has always been interested in music and the importance of possessing and maintaining quality sound. Previously owning Cedar Sound …

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Black Flag – A New Tour With a New Singer Makes a Stop in Hot Springs

Yes, Black Flag is coming to Hot Springs. They will be playing this summer at Maxine’s Live Music Venue – as if there were anywhere else that could handle them – and they are possibly the biggest name in American hardcore punk music to ever grace the stage of any …

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Oh, Good Graeff – The Sisters Return for KUHS Community Radio Benefit

 I had never heard of the band “Good Graeff” prior to their performance at the ten-year anniversary of the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. “It was one of our favorite shows on our tour. There was a great energy, and it was naturally beautiful. We just wish we …

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