Summer of Music: Major Concerts and Music Festivals
Make Northwest Arkansas your music destination this summer! With the biggest names in music hitting the stage at the Walmart AMP, an incredible lineup of outdoor music festivals including the Fayetteville Roots Fest and free local concert series across the region – you can hop from concert to concert all summer long!
WALMART AMP IN ROGERS
The Arkansas Music Pavilion welcomes some of the biggest names in music this summer, making for the most impressive lineup to date! Tickets and info at waltonartscenter.org/AMP.
Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case, Part of the Light Tour, June 12
Sit back and get ready to be serenaded by the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne featuring versatile indie rock artist Neko Case as his opening act. Lamontagne is known for implementing folk, contemporary and blues genres into his sets.
Chris Stapleton, All American Road Show, June 25
You’ll be on your feet for Brent Cobb, Marty Stuart and Chris Stapleton! This is one lineup of country artists that will move the crowd. After starting out his career with the Jompson Brothers and the Steeldrivers, critically acclaimed Stapleton has been on the solo route since 2015, picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards in just the last few years.
Two huge music icons team up for one incredible night! Don’t miss the Billboard chart-topping Kesha, with her trademark swagger and playful snarl, and Grammy-award winning rapper Macklemore. Get ready to dance and sing all night long to hit songs like Kesha’s “Praying” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop!”
Chicago and REO Speedwagon, June 26
Reminisce on the good old days with an evening of your favorite tunes by Chicago and REO Speedwagon. This night is sure to bring back hits from deep catalogs of both bands. Chicago plans an epic performance of the iconic album Chicago II in its entirety, while REO Speedwagon will have the audience awestruck with songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You.”
Celebrate this country’s 242nd birthday with a patriotic concert performed by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) followed by a fireworks spectacular courtesy of the City of Rogers.
Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Monolith Tour, with special guest Walk the Moon, July 8
These alternative rockers will bring the energy to the AMP! The trio has achieved worldwide success with records going platinum in as many as four countries, and their latest hit song “Walk on Water” has remained on Billboard’s rock charts since its release last August. Special guest Walk the Moon starts off the evening with an upbeat set including dance-rock hit “Shut Up and Dance!”
Kenny Chesney, Trip Around the Sun Tour, July 12
Country superstar Kenny Chesney brings the sounds of summer to the AMP! Known for his ever-popular country hits “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” and “How Forever Feels,” Chesney has taken home multiple American Country Music and Country Music Association awards.
Janet Jackson, State of the World Tour, July 13
Janet Jackson’s music has earned her five Grammy Awards, a BET Ultimate Icon Award and a GLADD Vanguard Award along with 11 American Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards and nine MTV Video Music Awards. She has also received accolades as an actress, winning the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award adding to her already iconic career.
Modest Mouse, July 19
Formed in 1993, this indie rock band has set the gold standard for bands of our time. Modest Mouse made Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of the 2000’s” list with its 2009 #1 hit single “Float On,” and continues to produce hit songs.
Halsey, July 20
New to the music scene, Halsey has skyrocketed to the tops of the charts in the last couple of years with catchy singles like “Bad at Love” and a hugely popular release where she was featured on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. She comes to the Walmart AMP on her first solo tour.
Former One Direction member Niall Horan has broken out into his solo career and achieved global success from his hit number, “Slow Hands.” Special guest Maren Morris has made a splash in country music, nabbing Grammy, CMA, ACM, Radio Disney and Billboard awards all in the last two years. You’ll recognize her country radio smash hits “My Church” and “I Could Use A Love Song.”
Kidz Bop Live, July 22
The ultimate concert for the kiddos, “sung by kids for kids,” Kidz Bop takes today’s biggest songs and turns them into kid-friendly tunes. Each concert features innovative stage design, special effects, fan interaction and even a lip-sync battle to 90s hits featuring the parents in the audience!
Pentatonix, July 25
This three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling acapella group has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide. Performing for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe, they have more than 14.5 million YouTube channel subscribers yielding over three billion video views! Their 2015 self-titled album reached certified Gold status after debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
Weezer with Pixies, July 29
The Grammy Award-winning rock band Weezer returns to the AMP! Fans can expect to hear new material as well as beloved anthems like their 2005 radio smash hit that reached the #1 spot on the billboard charts, “Beverly Hills.” Weezer will be joined by the alternative rock group, Pixies.
This band is a rare breed as their sound effortlessly spans the many genres of rock. They are frequently compared to operatic rock bands of the 70’s including Queen and Rush and fans go crazy for the expansive light show that accompanies the music. American rock band Taking Back Sunday will also perform.
Luke Bryan, August 1
Another mega country music star will hit the AMP stage this summer! Luke Bryan’s first five studio albums have produced 14 #1 hit songs, so the audience is sure to be singing along. Bryan has also served as a judge on the most recent season of the popular talent show “American Idol.”
G-Eazy with Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz, August 11
Rapper and music producer G-Easy makes a stop in Rogers on his first solo headlining tour. This artist has performed on the Vans Warped Tour as well as alongside iconic rappers Lil Wayne and 2Chainz. Special guests Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz will take the stage and bring the beats and the rhymes.
Slayer Final World Tour, August 13
One of the most recognizable sounds across punk genres, Slayer embarks on its final world tour. The wildly chaotic guitar solos and dark lyrics coupled with full throttle energy has made Slayer one of the biggest metal bands of all time.
Keith Urban, Graffiti U World Tour, August 26
Country music star, impressive guitarist, and Austrailian native Keith Urban brings an all-new production setup as well as never before heard songs! Opener Lindsay Ell makes her second appearance at the AMP and has recently been named a “Top Country Artist to Watch” by Huffington Post.
Charlie Puth with Special Guest Hailee Steinfeld, The Voicenotes Tour, August 26
Charlie Puth is known for his upbeat songs like the blockbuster hit, “Attention,” while Steinfeld has been hot on the charts with collaborations like “Starving” featuring Zedd and “Let Me Go” with Florida Georgia Line.
MAJOR OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT NWA
Take in the rich history and beautiful scenery of the Ozarks at one of these signature Northwest Arkansas music festivals!
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs | June 20 – July 22
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale | July 1, 8, 15
This nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals celebrates its 2018 Season with nearly two dozen performances. Featuring Gioachino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Douglas Moore’s love story The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Johann Strauss II’s lively operetta Die Fledermaus.
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 14-17
Award-winning musicians, including Blues Hall of Fame artists, will perform at venues around historic Eureka Springs. Including a special Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildllife Refuge, don’t miss the hot blues, cold beverages, great food and craft vendors – it’s fun for the entire family!
Spaceberry Music Festival, July 6-7, The Farm Campground, Eureka Springs
Celebrate your independence with two nights of music, primitive camping, fireworks and art vendors at Spaceberry Music Festival! Nestled in the Ozark Mountains with 360 degree panoramic views, the venue includes 160 acres and borders the Mark Twain National Forest. Also, Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within five miles.
Fayetteville Roots Festival, August 22-26
This five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival features more than ten music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. With nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent, Roots Fest celebrates the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.
Banjo Rally International 2018, August 29-Sept. 1, Eureka Springs
Don’t miss this opportunity to pick and grin with your fellow musicians! This year’s headlining performer is Matt Tolentino, who specializes in sounds of the 1920’s and ‘30’s with a catalog including everything from ragtime to jazz to polka. All acoustic musicians are welcome.
LOCAL CONCERT SERIES THROUGHOUT NWA
Take advantage of free concerts this summer in Northwest Arkansas! With bands spanning every genre at different venues throughout the region, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The JBGB Free Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville
A new local hotspot in uptown Fayetteville, The JBGB is equipped with yard games, a full-service restaurant, and a vast assortment of craft beer that is brewed onsite. Check out their free Summer Concert Series where fun takes center stage!
JBGB Concert Series Lineup:
June 14 | Josh Abbott Band
June 21 | Randy Rogers Band
June 28 | Devin Dawson
July 5 | Houndmouth
July 16 | Casey Donahew
July 19 | Langhorne Slim and the Lost at Last Band
July 26 | Koe Wetzel
August 2 | Willliam Clark Green
August 16 | Mat Kearney
August 9 | Drake White and the Big Fire
August 23 | Whiskey Meyers
Turnbow Tunes Free Family Concerts | Springdale
Don’t miss free, family-friendly live music on select Thursday evenings at the newly completed Walter Turnbow Park, beautifully situated along the Razorback Greenway and Spring Creek. Turnbow Tunes will showcase live music as diverse as the community itself – taking place alongside Downtown Springdale’s Thursday Evening Market in Shiloh Square.
Turnbow Tunes Lineup:
May 24 | “Salsa Night” – with music by CalleSoul Salsa
June 14 | “Soul Night” – with music by JukeBoxx
July 26 | “Americana Night” – with music by Route 358
August 23 | “’80s Night” – with music by 88 Miles Per Hour
Gulley Park Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville
Summer nights filled with music return to Fayetteville’s Gulley Park for a 22nd year! On select Thursday nights, bring your comfiest quilt or lawn chair and get ready to enjoy live entertainment at one of Fayetteville’s most treasured parks — it’s pupper-friendly, too!
Gulley Park Concert Series Lineup:
June 3 | Crescent City Combo
June 14 | Ben Miller Band
June 28 | The Empty Pockets
July 12 | The Mighty Pines
July 26 | Barret Baber
August 9 | Fett’s Folly
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville
Located just off the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks offers the perfect setting for a summer evening of music. With multiple theme gardens, running water features and music in the air, you’re sure to find a moment of bliss!
BGO Concert Series Lineup:
June 26 | “Red, White & Bloom” music by Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band
July 31 | Funk Factory
August 21 | National Park Radio
Crystal Bridges Forest Concert Series | Bentonville
Spend your Saturday evenings at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art! This concert series takes place along the trails on the museum grounds, so get ready for nights filled with music and dancing under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10, or free for members and ages 18 or under.
Forest Concert Series Lineup:
June 16 | Digging Roots, Featuring Museum of Native American History Artists
June 23 | Latin Flavors with music by Cuñao
June 30 | Great American Picnic Day with music by Crescent City Combo
July 7 | Annual Lightning Bug Hunt with music by Dom Flemons
July 14 | Beatles Tribute with music by The Liverpool Legends
July 21 | Amasa Hines Band
July 28 | Soul Night with music by Funk Factory
August 4 | Island Party with music by Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion
August 11 | 1 Oz. Jig
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