Happy Happy Merry Merry from Eureka Springs nestled splendidly in the
Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas! An oasis of art, music,
healing spas, and eclectic shops awaits the visitors of our
Victorian village. There is much to do, but also lots of space to “not
do” if that is what your spirit screams out for. For about six
years I have been writing this column, Eureka!, and each November I
can’t help but relay how gorgeous the river, trees, and lakes look at
this time trimmed in golden leaves with visiting bald eagles roosting
on the stark riverbank Sycamores. Once upon a time, when Christian and
I moved here from North Little Rock in the late 90’s, we enjoyed the
slower pace that came along with the falling temperatures. However, the
music scene has evolved to a more year-round rhythm that suits me just
fine too. As long as change is positive, I embrace it, you know?
Chelsea’s Corner Pub Hosts NF’s 30th Anniversary Party
Chelsea’s is an entertainment icon on the map of
Eureka Springs, perpetual party occurring no matter the season.
Nightflying is an entertainment information icon for Arkansas and it’s
neighbors in print form, and for all of planet Earth via
www.nightflying.com! Icon celebrates icon on Friday, November 26, 2010
when the folks at Chelsea’s graciously host a party celebrating 30
Years of Peter Read and friends leading the world to musical amusement.
This will be the first time Peter Read has ever had an anniversary
party in our little town as well as the Eureka Springs debut for The
Shwag, an incredible Grateful Dead tribute band. Also, this party
is on the night after Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the biggest
party nights of the year at Chelsea’s. Each year on the night after
Thanksgiving, the natives of Eureka Springs get out with old friends
for some dancing and carrying on.
Homecoming + NF 30th Anniversary Party = Big Fun!
Brick Fields will kick off the night of music at 7
pm. I get the opportunity to sing the praises of Nightflying and Peter
Read myself at 8, when my buddies and I take the stage as The Ariels.
Next up is Ozark Blues Society leader, ‘Lectric Liz Lottmann &
Friends from Fayetteville area, followed by Joey Farr & The Fuggins
Wheat Band. The Shwag will rock us until last call when we will all
crawl home to our beds to dream about the fantastic evening! 30th
Anniversary Nightflying T’s will be available for purchase, as well as
CD’s and other fun stuff. Don’t miss it!
More fun music at Chelsea’s in the upcoming weeks
includes Mountain Sprout, Ouchita Band, Earl & Them, Eoff Brothers,
The Prohibition Party (celebrating the the end to Carry Nation’s
historic Tirade), Blue Moon, MSG, Lyle Strickland, Randy Hayes,
Electric Rag, and a special New Year’s Eve appearance by Patrick
continues to honor the music of Brick Fields each weekend on Friday’s,
Saturday afternoons, and the very popular Gospel Sunday Brunch.
Jerry Jones hosts an Open Jam each Wednesday night for those of you
desiring to get out and share some tunes or listen. Then Jerry
joins with his buddy, Singer Songwriter and guitar-player, Stevie
Tombstone on Thursday evenings. Throughout the weekend enjoy
entertainment from folks like Mountain Sprout, Dasanni, Automatic Duo,
Supe Granada (founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils), and
Big Bad Gina with no cover charge.
Jack’s Place and Jack’s Center Stage
is both a friendly neighborhood bar with a cool little karaoke stage on
one side and a classic live music 2 level dance venue complete with big
TV’s, Wii games, and pool table on the other. Each Wednesday night,
Jeff Lee of the band Blue Moon, hosts an open electric jam at Jack’s
Center Stage. Rock out your own songs or jam with other special
guests. Jack is bringing Joplin-based Beneath the Surface very soon and
Chad Emmerit Band will be on hand over Thanksgiving weekend providing
the motivation to dance off the extra helping of stuffing you had. Then
on Saturday, December 4th, attend the “Party of the Year” with the
incredible sounds of Yao Angelo & Ozakwaaba! Advance tickets are
just $5, or at the door $7. That should be a great time!
Squid & Whale
makes sure that something enticing is happening each of the 7 days a
week that their doors are open. I suspect that the owners are musically
addicted and keep that place open to feed their habit, because they
often have 2 or three acts a night on deck. Just ahead they have Snake
Fighter, Alchemy From Ashes, The Paperclips, Zack Bramhall & Seth
Freeman (which has just got to be a spine-tingling combination…), Blue
Fiddle, Mountain Sprout, Eric Sommer, Black Water, and Dayton Waters.
The “Rogerpalooza” benefitting Mr. Music Roger Jones on December 18th
is still in the works, but have no doubt that the night will feature
some fantastic music. Yao Angelo & Ozakwaaba will dance your socks
off at the Squid & Whale’s New Year’s Eve Party.
Caribe Restaurante sizzles
with hot scrumptious food and music on these chilly nights. KJ welcomes
Jeremiah’s Call in November, and Stevie Tombstone and Guests ring in
2011 with an entire New Year’s Weekend of tunes for you. By the way,
Stevie Tombstone has some fantastic CD’s that you should get your hands
on. They are each the kind that go into you car’s player and stay in
for 3 weeks, because you haven’t heard enough of them yet. Put Stevie T
CD’s on your Christmas wish list, whether you’ve been naughty or
The Lumberyard Saloon
is open with live music on the weekends. A special performance by
Fossils of Ancient Robots on Saturday, November 27th is a
not-to-be-missed situation. Get a nap after that massive NF Anniversary
Party on Friday, eat some Thanksgiving leftovers, and get over to the
Lumberyard for this spectacular diversion from reality. Fossils of
Ancient Robots are an experience that I find hard to describe, but
their music is multi-generationally pleasing and ahead of its time.
Check them out on My Space and FaceBook for a sample, but you have got
to be there to really get it.
Eureka Springs Christmas Festivities...
The sights and sounds of the holiday season have
already begun in Eureka Springs with lights and tinsel in the shop
windows, hanging from the lampposts, and glitzing up the city parks.
The display will charm any Scrooge into a Tiny Tim.
The Eureka Springs Holiday Parade is Friday night,
December 3rd. The lighted “A Gift From The Heart” procession will
wind along Spring Street to the Court House and get us all in the
spirit of the season. Hot beverages and treats in the Basin Park will
make the experience even more delightful.
Three concerts in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium
are on the books for December. John Two Hawks will present a
concert at the Aud on December 4th benefitting Heifer
International. The Ozark Chorale will perform it’s 15th Annual
Old Fashioned Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 11th. And the
local favorite, Home for the Holiday’s Concert is scheduled for Friday,
December 17th featuring several of Eureka Springs’ finest talents on
Three seasonal music shows run through December
11th. The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down’s Christmas Music Show plays on
Friday and Saturday nights. The same schedule applies to the Great
Passion Play's Christmas Show from 5-7 p.m, and the free, drive-through
“Christmas Story In Lights” display on the grounds of the Great Passion
Play is open nightly through Dec. 31. “A Season of Celebration,”
Pine Mountain Theater’s Christmas show, runs Thursday through Saturday
nights, except Thanksgiving.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum’s Annual Christmas Ball and Auction
The Historical Museum’s Annual Christmas Ball
& Auction will be held on Friday, December 10th in the
ballroom of the Historic Basin Park Hotel from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00
p.m. Dance to the enchanting music of the Jack Mitchell Combo
starting at 7:00 p.m. Great food will be provided compliments of the
Basin Park Hotel along with your favorite libation available from the
There will be both a Silent and a Live Auction of a
wide selection of desirable items (possible Christmas gifts or private
treasures), from artwork and tools to massages and repair services
donated by area businesses.
Dress is Resort Casual, Black Tie and Gowns are
optional. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Groups
of eight can reserve their own table for $20.00 plus the cost of their
tickets. For tickets, more information about the Ball or
Membership, call 479/253-9417 or go to eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org
May your holiday’s sparkle like the brand new eyes
of a baby, the bubble in a glass of champagne, the crystals of morning
frost in the sunshine, and like the gloss on a new Gibson under the
Christmas tree. I hope you get some good home cooking, and lots
of hugs from old friends and family…
Peace and love,
P.O. Box 82
Perry, AR 72125
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