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TajMo: Autumn in the Ozarks.

It’s almost autumn in the Ozarks. Football, Fishing,  and Fantastic Music.

Two black men riding white horses down Dickson Street dismount in front of Walton Art Center. Together, they step on stage, pick up their guitars and start playing music and telling stories.

It’s a style Keb Mo and Taj Mahal have mastered, like no other in history. A decade of difference in age, the folkie blues & modern soul artists share striking similarities; mastering multiple instraments before guitar: piano, trombone, clarinet, French horn, steel drums, harmonica, and standup bass. Although both began their careers in California, they understand the deep south’s delta blues and modern soul.

 Taj and Mo

Taj Mahal started his career with Rising Sons, and Keb Mo played with famed violinist Papa John Creech of Jefferson Airplane. Both have reached the top of their respected art, as individuals, and now have partnered to create the duo, “TajMo” – a diverse platform of brilliant artistry. When playing acoustic, they drive us towards a deep emotional journey.

The two join forces September 19th, at Walton Arts Center on Fayetteville’s playful Dickson Street.

With your tank refilled by TajMo and the sophistication of Walton Art Center still lingering, ByrdFest peaks her bohemian head from around the mountain, inviting you, September 22 – 23, to kick off your birkenstocks, and enjoy all things outdoors.

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One of the Ozarks prized festivals, ByrdFest offers an array of history, experience and tribute. The Grateful Dead Experience – The Schwag, Led Zeppelin Tribute: Hindenburg Project, Undertow: A tribute to Tool, The Driftaways, Molly Adamson, and one of Arkansas’ hometown favorites, Freeverse will all be on stage performing for hula hoopers, fire dancers, and disc throwing families.

Byrdfest is hosted by Byrd’s Adventure Center. This is a rain or shine event (oddly is seems many prefer the rain.) Camping and RV parking is available on the banks of aesthetically pleasing Mulberry River.

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Autumn in the Ozarks, it doesn’t get any better than this. Whether you’re into sophistication and deeply rooted acoustics, or psycho jams, we know one thing for sure. The Ozarks is the place to be in Autumn.

Turn off the TV (except for the Hogs game) and leave your phone in the VW van, because the fall is upon us and there is no other place I’d rather be, than right here at home, in the Ozarks.

cropped-ck-photo.jpgCharles Kochel lives in the Illinois Watershed and fly fishes.

I write, play mandolin, and hang with my family. I don’t use the phone much, but often watch leaves float downstream.

The Ozarks have become home for me. I work here, play here, and raise my children as good bohemians.

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Back to Your ‘Roots Festival’

The beauty is Roots deep. Poetic fusion.

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Culinary magicians competing for “high-south cuisine” bragging rights coupled with life changing musicians moving mountains, in diversified venues throughout the cultural epicenter of the Ozark Mountains.

To coin Fayetteville Roots Festival is like describing God, with human features, no justice. The experience is a life event, moving, tasteful, and creative.

Collaboration of art decision makers in Northwest Arkansas have stretched ‘Roots’ geographically, further bleeding melting pots of diversified cultural interest in the festival. It’s like a fondue of good vibes.

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Crystal Bridges kicks off the 5 day artistic revival, hosting 3 bands, in the aesthetically mind-blowing venue, nestled conveniently in the north hills of Bentonville, AR. Oddly, you can ride your bike from Fayetteville’s Dixon Street to Crystal Bridges and never touch a road, or dirt; thanks to the Razorback Greenway…it’s a breathtaking scenic tour of about 40 miles…one way.

Thursday, true to it’s roots, Garner Farm Homestead will host, VIP, some of the best musical talent in the world, featuring the Wood Brothers. Enough said.

Friday through Sunday are all-day affairs – gorgeous, orgasmic, feel good entertainment. Roots Fest has become well-known, nationally. A gathering of the ‘who’s who’ — best-of-the-best, from those listening, dancing, and playing, in intimate Ozark venues.

Iron and Wine, The Wood Brothers, John Paul White, Smokey and the Mirror, Blind Boy Paxton, The Honey Dewdrops, Nick Offerman, Dead Man Winter, Elephant Rival, a mere drop in the bucket of talent for this year’s Root’s Festival.

It’s mind-boggling what’s going on here. If it’s not obvious, by now, tickets are difficult to come by, so leverage your peeps and dig deep, because you can’t put a price on the journey of life, and this is it.

Community, defined. Being mindful, not everyone can afford this mega event, 40% of everything happening at Roots is free. Check out the Fayetteville Library for ongoing Roots entertainment, or the late night venues including ‘spiritual’ Nederland, CO based jam artist Elephant Revival and hometown favorites Arkansauce.

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But, if you’re going to do it, might as well stay up late-night, with Maxine’s Tap Room and Kingfish Dive Bar. Epic is an understatement, life changing better aligns to Fayetteville Roots Festival. Intimate, urban, music and food take place in one of the best small cities in the world.

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PhunkBerry, NWA’s Forgotten Eden

PhunkBerry17 bands, one main stage, and a tent that might as well be hosted by the Ghost of Eureka Spring’s Crescent Hotel.

Not too far from ‘tall Jesus’ towering above the Ozark Forrest is “The Farm.” The 160 acre venue boasts beautiful 360 degrees panoramic views. 160 acres often forgotten.

Huck Finn and his buddy Jim could nearly skip a rock from the upper reaches of one of the three forks sourcing the famed White River, not too far east, from Razorback Stadium. One of the helicopters rising vertically from the retail capital of the world’s local airport could arrive at the farm in no less the a quarter hour. If the river didn’t flow north for a bit, you could tube to the farm, from Branson, but it does flow north, for a bit. This Ozark gem cuddles the Mark Twain National Forrest, Table Rock Lake, Beaver Lake, and the White River … all within 5 miles of the venue.

Phunkberry reigns supreme for late night carpetbaggers. These festival goers want it no other way. Searching for a getaway from nearby ever-growing Northwest Arkansas, touristy Eureka Springs, and show-tune Branson, the weary limp in to release and re-fuel with experience.

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Thursday’s tent revival begins at 7PM. Friends of the Phamily open the festival, easing you into the groove. Heartbyrne and Steady Flow will take you through midnight and Henry + The Invisibles invite you to destroy the natural dance floor beneath your bare feet after 1AM.

Friday introduces 5 back-to-back shows on the Main Stage. Cadillac Jackson jams at 3:20PM, followed by Son’s of Funk, Juno What, The Motet, and Russ Liquid. “The Tent” is just waking up at 2AM. Hosting is Back Up Planet.

Saturday, around 2:30PM, Henna Roso takes the main stage. 5 bands follow: The Fritz, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Kung Fu, The Werks, Manic Focus, Main Stage, and The Focus. “The Tent” will be rocking and The 1 oz. Jig will guide you through Sunday’s sunrise.

Sunday is a day of rest. Peace be to all attending Phunkberry.