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Summer Forest Concert Series Returns to Crystal Bridges’ North Forest

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BENTONVILLE, Ark.Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art today announced its lineup of Summer Forest Concerts set outdoors in the museum’s North Forest. Presented on the Coca-Cola Stage, the family-friendly concert series features national and local artists surrounded by the beauty of art and nature. Concertgoers can bring a lawn chair or blanket, kick back with friends, and enjoy live music under the trees, as well as kid-friendly artmaking activities. 

The series kicks off on June 22 as The House of Songs Presents: Ray Wylie Hubbard. The legendary Texas Troubadour will bring the soul-stirring sounds of Americana, born from the time­ honored traditions of folk, country, and roots rock, to the North Forest. 

The series continues Saturday, June 29, with country singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer. Recently featured on Beyonce’s “Cowboy Carter,” Spencer is known for her free spirit and standout ability to mold life, truth, and wild imagination into songs. Spencer is no stranger to Bentonville, as she performed in the Momentary’s Live on the Green Concert Series in 2021. 

Black Oak Arkansas takes the Coca-Cola Stage in the North Forest on July 20. With a history dating back to the 1970s, Black Oak Arkansas reached heights of fame, charting ten albums and captivating audiences with their high-energy performances. Their signature style features multiple guitar players, adding depth and richness to their music. 

The 2024 series rounds out on August 3 with Rissi Palmer’s unique fusion of R&B and country music. Palmer’s gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries. While she made her mark in country music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.”

Tickets for all Summer Forest Concerts are $30 ($25 for members). Youth 18 and under are free. Concertgoers can purchase a ticket bundle for entry to all four concerts for $100 ($80 for members). The bundle is available until June 22. Guests can purchase tickets online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335. 

The Summer Forest Concert Series is sponsored by iHeartMedia and is presented on the Coca-Cola Stage. 


About Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Since opening in 2011, the museum has welcomed more than 12.2 million visitors across its spaces, with no cost for admission. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by arts patron and philanthropist, Alice Walton. The collection spans five centuries of American masterworks from early American to current day and is enhanced by temporary exhibitions. The museum is nestled on 120 acres of Ozark landscape and was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house was preserved and relocated to the museum grounds in 2015. Crystal Bridges offers public programs  including lectures, performances, classes, and teacher development opportunities. Some 418,375 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. Additional museum amenities include a restaurant, gift store, library, and five miles of art and walking trails. In February 2020, the museum opened the Momentary in Downtown Bentonville (507 SE E Street), conceived as a platform for the art, food, and music of our time. In 2026, Crystal Bridges will complete a nearly 100,000 square foot expansion that will allow the museum to expand access for all. For more information, visit The museum is located at 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.

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