September’s 4th Annual Eurekapalooza Outdoor Festival, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lake Leatherwood City Park in Eureka Springs. The all-ages music and family-fun festival has expanded this year with more live entertainment and more fun activities for children and families. The Kid Zone will
be “bouncy fun” with all sorts of games, slides, activities and art-making opportunities, said organizer Karen FitzPatrick. Admission to Eurekapalooza is a suggested
$1 per person donation at the gate.
The music lineup includes Colorado folk-rockers Sarah & The Meanies; National Park Radio; Louisiana-based Cajun/ reggae/rock band Stiff Necked Fools; Eureka-based Americana group Dime Trip; heavy metal rockers Iron Swine of Eureka; teen pop group Signs of Warning from Oklahoma; Berryville-based bluegrass standouts The Monastery Dogs; and Eureka-based alt-rock/pop/Americana act SxRex. Following are previews of the major performing acts scheduled for this year’s festival.
Eurekapalooza is a fundraiser for Clear Spring School, an independent school in Eureka Springs that provides a handson education to pre-primary through 12th
grades in Northwest Arkansas. For more information about the school, visit www. ClearSpringSchool.org.
SARAH & THE MEANIES
Have you heard of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado? Well, so has Denver-based indie-folk-rock band Sarah & The Meanies — they actually performed
there earlier this year. Sarah Angela, better known as “SA,” has grown from a singing baby to an indie-folk-rocker playing solo across the country to the leader of an explosive Americana standout group, Sarah & The Meanies. he band has been featured at Austin’s South By Southwest, The Underground Music Showcase, and many
major live music venues across the country. Hands off the ground and buried in a lifetime of musical obsession, Sarah has roots that run wide. The group’s songs
might reference the styles of Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, Citizen Cope, or Sia; but despite some of their influences, they’ve — and she’s — got their own unique sound. One
thing’s for sure, she sings bigger and louder than her 5-foot frame would have you assume. More so, the soul poured into every song is obvious with each note that she utters. The group has earned rave critical reviews all over the nation; Pacific Northwest Music Scene wrote: “Sarah Angela took the stage. Close your eyes and envision an angel singing sweet, but down and dirty, heartfelt lyrics. Open your eyes, and your guess was correct.”
NATIONAL PARK RADIO
National Park Radio is a newish, modern folk-rock band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original
songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love. Their self-titled EP debut contains five songs inspired by the beauty of their native landscape
as well as the joys and trials of life and love. The lyrical poetry of lead singer and songwriter Stefan Szabo is a treasure not to be missed, and the melodies and vocal harmonies complete the package. National Park Radio is surely a band on the rise in the Arkansas music scene, and Eurekapalooza fans are certain to
enjoy their performance.
STIFF NECKED FOOLS
Stiff Necked Fools are a Cajun-flavored reggae band based in Shreveport, La. Dan Sanchez was an award-winning blues artist from Los Angeles who was looking to do something new. His search led him to Reggae music, which soon became his passion and led him to form this group. As the group began to pick up steam, the horn players
arrived. Ryan Viser (trumpet) and Stefan Poole (saxophones) were brought in to help give the band that big, full sound. From there, things began taking off.
Unfortunately, just as the group was starting to blossom, Sanchez fell ill to cancer and passed away in March 2010. Devastated but determined, the Fools worked to pick
up the pieces and keep on moving. Their persistence paid off. With more players added to the group and a new sound emerging, their weekly Reggae Thursdays jam at a local Shreveport venue exploded. With the newfound energy came creativity, and original songs started pouring out week after week.
Today, they are easily the hottest reggae/jamband in this part of the country. With the group opening up for bands such as Rebirth Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, and many others, Stiff Necked Fools is making its mark on the music scene across the South, building a rising following among music lovers who enjoy groups such as Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, The Expendables, etc. “Our genre of music has been dubbed Bayou Reggae” says Viser. “We definitely have that sound that reggae is known for, but we’ve put a unique Louisiana-style twist on it that makes it really different.” “You just never know what we’re gonna do. The amount of talent each member brings makes this band very versatile,” says vocalist and drummer John Hoffman. Sarah & The Meanies performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado earlier this year. National Park Radio is based in the Ozarks and has members from Harrison and Fayetteville. Stiff Necked Fools’s six members are based in Shreveport, La.
Take some hard-rock drumming, blues-influenced bass lines and a heavy dose of Celtic and folk musical flavor — and a mandolin to boot — and what do you get?
A band from Eureka Springs, called SxRex, with one of the most unique and melodic folk-rock sounds you’ve heard in a while. SxRex — pronounced S-X-Rex — is a three-piece folk-rock group featuring soulful, on-the-mark lead vocals by personable and fun-to-watch frontman Josh Bower, who also plays mandolin and guitar, depending on the song. His brother, Chris Bower, a contributing songwriter, mans a mean bass guitar and contributes vocals as well. Youngest brother Nick drives the drum-kit and is a contributing songwriter. All three add their own flavor to the band’s overall sound and the development of the group’s scores of original tracks, which range in sound from straight-out rock to Celtic-flavored folk-rock and progressive-bluegrass tunes. The group is known for long, variety-filled sets that include
trippy instrumentals — think Ireland’s answer to Widespread Panic, plus psychedelics — and songs with musical themes covering a wide range of genres, including Celtic rock (a la Flogging Molly and the Pogues), modern blues-rock (a la The Black Keys), reggae (a la Bob Marley), and progressive jamgrass (a la Mumford and Sons or Trampled By Turtles). They even have a comically heart-felt country song about a dog. SxRex also covers a wide range of popular hits, including
tracks by Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, The Misfits, Rage Against The Machine, Scissor Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ween, among others. The group has performed at venues far and near, including around Arkansas, Missouri and Colorado.
Signs of Warning
Signs of Warning is comprised of three kids ages 12 to 15 who are all veterans of John Michael’s Music Rock Camp. With a combination of two girls and one boy, Signs of Warning brings a modern twist to classic rock ‘n’ roll. The band has been rehearsing twice per week since May 2010, perfecting their songs. Covers they perform include
crowd favorites KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash and Joan Jett. The band has performed at many Oklahoma events including for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. This year was their first time to play at The Festival of the Arts in Broken Arrow. A big accomplishment was having their version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” added to the music rotation on the Payne Radio Group’s stations across Oklahoma. According to Mr. Payne, Signs of Warning is the only rock ‘n’ roll band to ever be requested
on his country radio stations. Band members include Trenton Dennis, 14, on guitar and vocals; Jordan Roberts, 12, on drums; and Dakota Roberts,
15, on bass and vocals. SxRex is comprised of three brothers. Signs of Warning includes three teens who are all veterans of John Michael’s Music Rock Camp in Oklahoma.
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