Forest Concert Series
Spend your summer Saturday evenings with Crystal Bridges! This series of musical performances merge national and local musicians in our beautiful North Forest. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy live music and dancing under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available throughout the night, as well as artmaking activities. Learn more here to help plan your visit.
*Please Note: Though tickets for youth ages 18 and under are free, a printed ticket is required for entry. Reserve these tickets online or with Guest Services.
Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Gelmart International, and General Mills. Presented on the Coca-Cola Stage.
($10 for members, Free for youth ages 18/under), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Saturday, June 1, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: The Vine Brothers
Return to the woods this summer with our first 2019 Forest Concert! To open up the show, The Vine Brothers have been crisscrossing the country for the past six years from the East Coast to the Rockies. The band's versatility spans the range from rootsy folk to hot swing to bluegrass and blues. Then, headliner Yarn, a Brooklyn-based, North Carolina-raised band fusing Americana and Alt-Country music, will awaken the forest with toe-tapping jams. 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.
Saturday, June 8, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: The Lauren McClinton Band
Missouri native Dawson Hollow is an indie-folk, Americana band based out of the Ozark Mountains. Their music will make you experience the nostalgia of folk while channeling the urgent and intoxicating energy of indie rock to get you up on your feet in the forest. Opening for Dawson Hollow is Lauren McClinton, a neo-soul/ R&B singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA.
Saturday, June 15, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: Friends of the Phamily
The Spaceberry Festival in Eureka Springs brings popular band, The Werks, and Northwest Arkansas’ Grateful Dead cover band, Friends of the Phamily, to the North Forest.
Cancelled due to possible storms - Arkansauce
Saturday, June 22, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: Delta Blues Musicians
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. With a loyal following growing every day in the Natural State and along their tour routes, the band is proud to be stepping into a hard-driving sound unique to the Arkansas quartet. Opening for Arkansauce are Delta Blues Musicians, including Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, James “Gone for Good”, and Vera White.
Saturday, June 29, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: The Alisha Pattillo Quartet
Austin’s hottest new band, Black Pumas, is a beat-heavy psychedelic soul band anchored by vocalist Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada. The sextet, featuring members of Hard Proof, Soul Supporters, and PR Newman, will play a mix of soul, folk, and R&B hits to soothe your soul and keep the rhythm alive in the forest. Opening for Black Pumas, the Alisha Pattillo Quartet is a high energy jazz quartet.
Cancelled due to possible storms - Audiopharmacy
Saturday, July 6, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: Still on the Hill
Audiopharmacy, a Bay Area-based live music ensemble that uses globally infused Indigenous hip-hop to inspire social change, will keep the concert on its feet! Founded in year 2000 by multi-instrumentalist / producer / turntablist Teao Sense, the band has evolved and grown into an international movement. Ozark folk duo Still on the Hill will open the concert.
Flor De Toloache
Saturday, July 13, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: Papa Rap and Arkansalsa
2017 Latin Grammy winner, Flor De Toloache has been making musical love potions since 2008. New York City’s first all-women mariachi band, Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of music fans both mainstream and traditional mariachi fans alike through enlightened interpretation of mariachi instruments. The band’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds are transcending culture and gender by forging new paths for mariachi music. Like the legendary Toloache flower used in Mexico today as a love potion, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. Papa Rap and Arkansalsa will open the concert.
Big Chief Juan Pardo & the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians
Saturday, July 20, 7 to 9:30 pm
Opening: Honey Collective featuring Aricka Lewis
Big Chief Juan Pardo, a Mardi Gras Indian from New Orleans, will bring a soulful Mardi Gras show to the stage, combining chant, ritual, and New Orleans funk.
Charlie Hunter Trio
Saturday, July 27, 7 to 9:30 pm
The Fayetteville Roots Festival & Northwest 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. Learn more about Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society and learn more about the Fayetteville Roots Festival
Planning Your Forest Concert Visit
Strollers and personal mobility devices are welcome.
Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Hammocks are allowed in designated areas.
Dogs on a leash are allowed. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their dogs and keep them under control at all times.
Please leave food and coolers at home. Enjoy High South on a Roll, the Eleven food truck.
If weather-related issues arise, a decision to cancel a concert will be made by 3 p.m. the day of and will be emailed, posted on our website, social media and on the museum’s main phone line. You will be issued an automatic refund.