It’s time to return to the forest for Crystal Bridges’ 2019 Forest Concert Series! This year, concerts will kick off on Saturday, June 1 and will be held each Saturday in June and July.
In addition to the music, concert-goers will enjoy room for activities, dancing and singing in the forest, and evening access to Color Field, the museum’s outdoor sculpture exhibition exploring the impact color has on our lives. Seeing Color Field at night is a completely different experience! High South on a Roll, Eleven’s food truck, will also have food and drinks available with a refreshed menu.
Get to know each of the headlining bands a little better as you decide which 2019 Forest Concert is perfect for you. Or, just come and see them all!
June 1 | 7 to 9:30 pm
According to their website, “you might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two.” “That’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth, and fiction,” singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point, and received a Grammy Nomination. This Brooklyn-based, North Carolina-raised band fusing Americana and Alt-Country music, will awaken the forest with toe-tapping jams.
If you’re a fan of Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Wilco, or Jason Isbell, you’ll love Yarn!
June 8 | 7 to 9:30 pm
Missouri native Dawson Hollow is an indie-folk band based out of the Ozark Mountains. Their music encompasses the nostalgia of folk while channeling the urgent and intoxicating energy of indie-rock. In 2017 they completed a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign raising an impressive $96,000 for their debut record. Their debut album “Boy Of My Youth” released in January of 2018. Singles “Lonesome Wolf” and “Take Me There” released in October and November of 2017.
If you’re a fan of The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, X Ambassadors, and indie-folk, you’ll enjoy Dawson Hollow!
June 15 | 7 to 9:30 pm
The Werks are a popular regional rock band that is taking the genre by storm! Their flavor of American rock is reminiscent of the greats of the past, but with a sound all their own. These virtuosic rhythm junkies have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the past ten years, performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live album. The Werks is the main headliner for this evening, but they will be opened by Friends of the Phamily, Northwest Arkansas’s official Grateful Dead cover band.
If you’re a fan of Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cheap Trick, Styx, and of course, The Grateful Dead, you’ll love the sounds of The Werks and their opening band, Friends of the Phamily!
June 22 | 7 to 9:30 pm
Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four-piece string band from Northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, Americana, country, blues, and funk. An Arkansauce show is riddled with improvisational guitar, banjo, and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies and heartfelt songwriting, all held together by deep foot-stompin’ bass grooves.
If you’re a fan of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, or bluegrass, you’ll love Arkansauce!
June 29 | 7 to 9:30 pm
Black Pumas is led by the creative partnership between Grammy Award-winning guitarist / producer Adrian Quesada and 27-year-old songwriter Eric Burton. Following their coronation as Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, Black Pumas went on to be one of the most talked-about bands at SXSW this year.
If you’re a fan of John Legend, The Black Keys, Stevie Wonder, or soul music, you’ll love Black Pumas!
July 6 | 7 to 9:30 pm
The best way I can describe this band is “musical storytellers.” Their songs have long periods of instrumental, but the music itself transports you to faraway places. Then when the lyrics finally kick in, they are meticulous and precise. This Bay Area-based live music ensemble uses globally infused Indigenous hip-hop to inspire social change. Founded in 2000 by multi-instrumentalist / producer / turntablist Teao Sense, the band has evolved and grown into an international movement.
If you’re a fan of The Roots, The Black Eyed Peas, or experimental hip-hop, you’ll love Audiopharmacy!
July 13 | 7 to 9:30 pm
“Meet your fav cool lil secret #FlorDeToloache not ‘your fav mariachi band’ or ‘your new fav girl group’ nah…. so beyond that man” —QuestLove, The Roots
Talk about girl power! This all-female mariachi, Grammy award-winning band from New York City is a tour-de-force. I will say personally that the first time I watched Flor De Toloache’s NPR Tiny Desk video (below), I was moved to tears. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio with harp, violin, and vihuela. Today, they perform as a full mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds and countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Their sound casts a spell over their audiences, not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion.
If you’re a fan of Y Tu Bamba, mariachi music, or every girl group ever, you will fall in love with Flor De Toloache!
July 20 | 7 to 9:30 pm
Big Chief Juan Pardo is a Mardi Gras Indian from New Orleans, a cultural force who proudly carries on one of the country’s most unique and soulful musical traditions. His performing profile has been heightened by multiple appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and his music combines chant, ritual, and Mardi Gras funk. His shows provide a spectacle of color, sound, and culture that will bring the party feeling of New Orleans to the North Forest!
If you’re a fan of samba, brass bands, or Mardi Gras, you’ll love Big Chief Juan Pardo!
July 27 | 7 to 9:30 pm
The Fayetteville Roots Festival & NW Arkansas Jazz Society Showcase is proud to present Charlie Hunter Trio at the Forest Concert Series! Guitarist Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, John Mayer, D’Angelo, and countless others. Charlie’s trio includes the stunning vocalist Lucy Woodward and percussionist Keita Ogawa who together deliver an exhilarating blast of blues, jazz, soul, and funk. During the intermission, we will also host our annual lightning bug hunt with entomologist Don Steinkrause.
If you’re a fan of Alison Krauss, Dorothy, The Civil Wars, or Sugarland, you’ll love Charlie Hunter Trio!