Literally everyone enjoys live music. The vibe generated by live music is totally different from the one brought about by a recording. It causes your energy to rise, and makes you either want to sing-along or dance to the beat. In almost every case live music penetrates your being and makes you feel alive.
Top 10 Live Music Venues in NWA
12 Cunningham Corner, (479) 802-6455
JJ’s Grill supports local talent by providing them a venue where they can play most nights during the week. Check the schedule at jjsgrill. com/live-music. This down-home bar has happy hour from 3 – 6 PM, Mon – Fri. The varied menu features appetizers, salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches, grilled burgers, tacos, sides, and serious meals. A cool place to enjoy local music, visit with friends and chow down on some great food.
Bike Rack Brewing
801 SE 8th St, Unit #61, (479)319-6593
The first brewery in Northwest Arkansas crafts some of the most delicious beer in the region, plays host to many live musical events and recently launched its own record label. It is ideally situated at the popular 8th Street Market District where it is surrounded by quality food trucks, and also indoor restaurants. The music scene in Bentonville and neighboring cities is made better due to the efforts of Bike Rack Brewing.
128 W Central Ave, (479) 268-1500
Located in downtown Bentonville, the Meteor Guitar is a musical instrument store, event and concert venue. It’s a restored 100 yr old movie theater that is perfect for parties and concerts. Inventory includes more than one thousand musical instruments, amplifiers, and pieces of art from local artists. One of the best things about the place is Leslie Key, one of the owners. He is a walking, talking history book on guitars and people who play them. If he is around, you might be able to persuade him to tell you about some of his guitars.
It’s easy to see why Chelsea’s has remained one of NWA’s best loved waterin’ holes for 20+ years. With live music, an enormous selection of beer, a full bar, great food including some of the best pizza to be found anywhere, and an awesome atmosphere and staff, Chelsea’s has all the elements for a good local music venue.
George’s Majestic Lounge
519 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6618
Being the oldest and longest running music club in Arkansas, George’s has heard many music acts perform on its stages including Little River Band, Cate Brother, Oteil Burbridge, and many more. Upcoming acts include Shooter Jennings, Funk Factory, and Martin Sexton. The popular night spot has a full bar, and Yazzetti’s Homemade Pizza Pasta Salads is located within the club. George’s is a Fayetteville institution, if you’ve not been, you’re missing out.
JJ’s Beer Garden & Brewing Co.
3615 Steele Blvd, (479) 435-6502
Located in the uptown District of Fayetteville, JJ’s, a lively 12,000 sq ft beer garden, brewery and unique culinary destination, provides a one-of-a-kind experience for the people of NWA. The summer concert series happens on Thursday nights when JJ’s has live music featuring popular local and regional talent at no cost to the public.
Mojo’s Pint and Pies
1200 N Garland Ave, (479) 935-3459
Mojo’s Pint and Pies offers great pizzas, Italian food, new American food and live music on Wed, Fri and Sat evenings. The pizzas are off the- charts good, the beer selection is good, and the bar makes some really good drinks including their awesome Whiskey Sour and Long Island Ice Tea. Great place to kick back and have fun with friends.
Nomads Music Lounge
1431 S School Ave, (479) 443-1832
Featuring a great combination of rotating live, mostly local music; 19 beers on tap; wicked drinks whipped up by talented mixologists; laid back, friendly atmosphere; and fresh, healthy food; this place is a one-of-a-kind music lounge experience. People drive from miles around just to enjoy a night at Nomad’s Music Lounge.
5079 W. Northgate Rd., Rogers, AR 72758
The Walmart AMP or Arkansas Music Pavilion is situated across from the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers, AR. It seats up to 10,000 for its hit concert lineup including such upcoming acts as Jason Aldean, Ellie Goulding, Journey and the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar and Miranda Lambert. Offering amazing acoustics and magnificent views of the horizon, the AMP is definitely the place to go to enjoy big time concerts in the region.
Black Apple Crossing
321 E Emma Ave,
Black Apple Crossing makes and serves hard cider. Bands are scheduled every weekend. The atmosphere is friendly and the other patrons are welcoming too. If you enjoy cider, but have never had hard cider, do yourself a favor and try a flight of this delicious cider brewed right here in NWA. Check their FB event page for upcoming events.
1100 48th Pl,
Featuring a large patio, great beer selection, fabulous burgers and fries and friendly servers, Foghorns is the place to go to hang out with friends and family and listen to the latest band on deck. Awesome drink specials are available too.
Tontitown Winery $$
335 N Barrington Rd
Springdale, Arkansas 72762
Tontitown Winery makes wine from the recipes of the original Italians who first populated Tontitown and caused it to prosper. Sip and Sing musical events are regularly scheduled, and fun is had by all. This is a unique place to meet friends, relax with a glass or two of wine and listen to some terrific music.
NOTE: In addition to the venues listed above, there are other numerous places that offer live music intermittently throughout the week. As the weather permits, many establishments will open their patios for live music as well.