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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.

ByrdFest and a conversation with Jimmy Tebeau

Driving to Byrdfest is like meandering through God’s canvas, a jaw dropping experience amid the scenic Ozark Highlands.

The campout concert will again be hosted by Byrd’s Adventure Center. If you want adventure, between tunes, this is the place. Kayak, Raft, Canoe, Fish, Hike, Mountain Bike, Rock Climb, 4×4 and more. No shortage of outdoor adventure in this part of the country.

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Reserve your campsite early, because when you arrive the activity from experienced festival goers is dizzying and you’ll be somewhat confused about whether to jump right in or find and set up camp. Waterfront primitive sites, wooded seclusion, and RV/camper hookups are available. Restrooms and showers are also on site, making roughing it modern convenience.

Energy and encouragement reign at Byrdfest. People show-up, rain or shine, for a combination of music and like-minded folk. Handshakes and burdens are checked at the gate for hugs and smiles. Flying disc and early season sunburn are the only worries.

Extended family is what it’s all about. The cult following of all things good unite at Byrd’s Adventure Center deep in the Ozark Mountains, April 21 – 23 for 2 days of campsite concert experience.

Organize camp and seamlessly delve in the flow. The picturesque Mulberry River deepens aesthetics. Sounds of trickling water mix well with laughter and rhythmic Djembe. Riverside banjos and mandolins gently echo throughout the hills.

Sensory symphonies can be soul jolting. Smells of campfires surrounded by conversations from old friends and new dot your environment. Take a deep breath and be mindful of everything around you, and inside of you. You’re here, you’re safe, and you’re grinning ear to ear.

Entering the gates of musical Eden, sights, like twirling fire, acro-yoga, stilt walkers, and Hoop Dance compliment the heady bands.

Once again, Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag will headline Friday and Saturday evenings. The four-piece ensemble are dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead.

I caught up with my friend Jimmy Tebeau this week at The Schwag’s home base in St. Louis, the old Brown Shoe Company. The building fits the Schwag’s cultural preservation of all things beautiful.

“I knew I wanted to be a musician early in life and create a different type of energy. In 1989, I was at the Grateful Dead concert in Alpine Valley. The energy and power of what a musician can do with music and interact with the crowd.”

This powerful experience led him to study Jazz and Music Theory in college and he earned an Associate in Arts degree in 1994. He founded Camp Zoe in Salem, MO – a 400-acre festival site/campground, the source of Campsite Concerts.

Jimmy has played with the best: String Cheese Incident, Vince Welnick, Chuck Berry, Butch Trucks, Devon Allman, Papa Mali, Future Man to name a few. He founded The Schwag in 1991 and toured the country with The Jerry Garcia Band for 4 years starting in 2009.

“When Jerry died, I wondered, Is it over? Is anyone else going to be able to do this?”

Jimmy immersed himself in understanding 3 chord, 9 minute intervals creating different waves of energy.

“Sometimes it’s not what we do, it’s what we didn’t do.” This is the magic of Jimmy Tebeau and The Schwag.

In parting, Jimmy Tebeau says,

“Be kind to your fellow man and watch out for each other. I paused and asked Jimmy what the one thing he’d want his fans to know about him. His answer, “I appreciate you. It’s not us and them, it’s we, no barrier.”

The walls are coming down April 21, at Byrdfest. The venue is not complete, but booked so far:

  • Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Roots Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country.
  • Pink Floyd Tribute: Floyd Animals tend to put you in a state of daze.

And our very own pride of the Ozarks,

  • Mountain Sprout, articulating life of dry counties, turkey buzzards, and river floats.

Freelance dancing from people of all ages and race are welcomed with kind words free of judgement. Disc throwing experts teaching kids the art of frisbee, and culinary campfire chefs are always generous to the occasional passerby.

Familiar faces, sounds, smells, and sights might lead closed minded to ponder what’s really going on here. Love, this is all. A whole lot of love.