Harvest Fest Is Happening Right Meow

Just down a couple of hills from me, there is a music festival happening. I am missing it because I just couldn’t take more time off work. The Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival (aka Harvest Fest) just happened to be sandwiched between my California break and the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. BUT my dear friend @IronsidePhoto is on the Mulberry Mountain capturing all the action. I’ve invited him to post some of his photos when he comes back, just to see what I missed.

Yesterday, I sent him some suggestions on what bands not-to-miss:

Beats Antique has awesome visuals and dancers. I know @IronsidePhoto will enjoy the visuals.

JJ Grey & Mofro got a lot of soul. This is his latest, “Brighter Days.” They have played at both, Harvest and Wakarusa several times before. And always sell out the show when they plan in Fayetteville, AR. You could say they are a local favorite.

I’ve wanted to be at an Elephant Revival show for a while. But I always miss them for one reason or another. The last show I tried to catch in town was sold out before I even got a chance to get a ticket. This is their video for “Quill Pen Feather.”

The first time I heard Andy Frasco and the UN they were all about the Blues (see this), but his style has grown into Bluegrass. Whatever he’s playing, Andy Frasco and The UN is a guaranteed great time. So I sent my friend and his dancing chacos this way.

It seems to me that Ha Ha Tonka should get more credit than it does. They put out clean and strong productions. Here’s one of my favorites, “Unusual Suspects.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvRW8APIsaQ

Before looking at the Harvest Fest lineup, I had never heard of She’s a Keeper. They remind me a lot of The Lumineers. Here’s their song, “Stupid Heart.”

And last, but definitely not least, Delhi 2 Dublin. If I had to pick just one set to watch at Harvest Fest, this would be it. Because of their awesomeness, you get two videos.

Sir Elton John

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Elton John at the Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR

Every year, around the beginning of June, Walmart has its Shareholder’s Meeting about 25 minutes from my house. For that week, there are usually a couple of nights of concerts for the shareholders and associates. They bring big names, and since I have several family members that work for Walmart, I was able to get a ticket to go to the show last night. I wasn’t incredibly excited about it, like I usually get with shows (sweaty palms and racing heart, yo!), but I was happy I had a ticket.

I got there in time to catch the last 3 songs of the opening act, Ed Sheeran. I had heard one of his on the radio, “The A Team”, but other than that one I didn’t know much of him. Turns out, he’s a mean guitar player! That dude was making his acoustic guitar smoke from how fast and hard he was playing it. I was impressed.

But the headliner for the night was none other than Sir Elton John. Who would’ve ever pictured him in Arkansas? Right?! Well, I learned why he’s such a legend. I was delighted to see how he dominates that stage, that piano. All the songs he performed were well-known (not by me, but everyone was singing along). He played BuhBuhBuh “Bennie and the Jets” early in the set, and finished “The Circle of Life” towards the end. During the latter one, I had to lift imaginary Simba to the sky. It was a lot of fun. I was happy to get to see him live. I got a couple of videos for you.