If you think all of Branson sleeps all winter, the owners of Grand Country Music Hall would like to tell you to think again.
Grand Jubilee, the music hall’s flagship production, kicked off its 20th anniversary season already this month with music, comedy and razzle-dazzle from some of Branson’s top talent. Hosts Jim Dandy (Jamie Haage) and Mike Patrick keep the laughs and momentum going, and harmony-loving quartet New South and powerhouse vocalist Jackie Brown, backed by band Rhinestone Mafia, deliver top 40, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll hits from your favorite eras at 7:30 p.m. daily.
But this is only the beginning. There are also shows called Amazing Pets – proving you can herd cats or at least try – Comedy Jamboree, Branson Country USA, Down Home Country, New South Gospel and Ozarks Country, with performances starting at 10am, multi-day matinees and a syndicated radio and television show taped at 10:30 p.m. every Friday.
Grand Country, the resort home to the music hall, also offers an indoor-outdoor water park, accommodations, and restaurants, all at 1945 W. 76 Country Blvd. For more information, visit grandcountry.com.
Additionally, the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society recruits high school students (grades 9-12) who play trumpet, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trombone, guitar, piano, drums or the bass. Auditions are in-person only and will take place on January 29 in Fayetteville and January 30 in Bentonville. An audition registration form is available at digjazz.com/youth-jazz/. The hearing is free.
• Jeff Fox plays Jan. 25; Jon Brown plays Jan. 27; Pumping station occurs on January 28; and Personal achievement occurs on January 29 at JJ’s, 12 Cunningham Corner. 802-6455. jjsgrill.com/jjsbellavista.
• honey collective performs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays until January 26 at underground bar, 201 NW A Free St. 445-6065; digjazz.com.
• sprungbilly performs at 8:30 p.m. on January 24; there is a open mic night from 8 p.m. on January 25; drink and draw starts at 8 p.m. on January 26; and there is a open bluegrass jam at 6 p.m. on January 27 at Chelsea Cafe, 10 Mountain St. Free. 253-8231; chelseascafeureka.com.
• Patti Steel plays at 7 p.m. on January 28; and Me & Him performs at 7 p.m. on January 29 at Wanderoo Lodge & Bar, 216 W.Van Buren. 363-6755; facebook.com/wanderoomodge.
• Tracy Lawrence performs at 7:30 p.m. on January 29; Sierra Ferrel performs at 6 p.m. on February 18; and Lyle Lovett performs at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 36 S. Main St. 253-7788; theaud.org.
• Dirty flannel shirt plays Jan. 28; and feats of strength play on January 29 at JJ’s, 324 W. Dickson Street jjsgrill.com.
• Especially Jazz performs at 6:30 p.m. on January 23; Ben Harris plays at 5 p.m. on January 26; Jackie Darlene performs at 6 p.m. on January 27; Project 1268 plays at 9 p.m. on January 28; and the Rachel B’s Strip plays at 6 p.m. on January 29 at Cafe Six-Twelve, 3980 W. Wedington Drive. 856-6382; facebook.com/sixtwelvecoffeehouseandbar.
• Yard Snakes, Olympics and Ley Lines perform at 8:30 p.m. on January 27 ($10); the Nacé Brothers play happy hour at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 ($8); mike ryan performs with Jacob Stelly at 9 p.m. Jan. 28 ($15-$20); and Gin & Juice: a tribute to 90s hip-hop with DJ Shortfuze is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 ($10) at George’s stately living room, 519 W. Dickson Street 527-6618; georgesmajesticlounge.com.
• Comic Trey Kennedy brings his “Are You For Real?” Tour” in town at 7 p.m. on February 5; and the Sullivan-Fortner Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. on February 18 at Walton Center for the Arts, 495 W. Dickson Street 443-5600; waltonartscenter.org.
• JR Carroll, Drayton Farley and Parker Ryan play at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 ($10-$12); TylerBraden plays 7 p.m. Feb. 3 ($8-$10); and Arkansauce plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 ($15-$18) at the Majestic, 817 Garrison Ave 551-2424; majesticfortsmith.com.
• The Humorous Brewery Tour visits the river valley at 8 p.m. on January 29 at Fort Smith Brewing Co., 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. Tickets are $12 on eventbrite.com. 242-3722; facebook.com/FortSmithBrewing.
• The Cadillac Three with Ben Chapman on Feb. 4 ($20-$30); This arena rock show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 ($15-$25); Frank Foster occurs on February 18 ($20 – $27.50); and Cheat Codes perform Feb. 20 ($22-$27) at temple live, 200 N. 11th St. 222-6186; fortsmith.templelive.com.
• Lyle Lovett brings its acoustic show to Fort Smith at 8:30 p.m. on March 22 at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. 788-8932; fortsmithconventioncenter.org.
• Patti Steel plays on January 26 at Basic Brewing, 2470 N.Lowell Road. 717-2231. coreofarkansas.com.
• Simeon Basil plays at 6 p.m. on February 4 at hard black apple cider, 321 E. Emma Ave. Free. 751-0337; facebook.com/blackapplehardcider.
• James Payner performs on January 24; Presley Drake plays Jan. 25; Matt Berger performs January 27; Maud Crawford plays Jan. 28; L&B Music plays Jan. 29; and Jenna and her friends play Jan. 31 at JJ’s, 5320 W. Sunset Ave. 419-9220. jjsgrill.com/jjsspringdale.
• Tickets ranging from $36 to $60.50 went on sale January 21 for Fitz and tantrums and Saint Paul and the Broken Bones, coming June 23 for Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion at Rogers. amptickets.com.
• Tickets are on sale at the AMP for The Moving Train Tour with headliners Miranda Lambert and little big city and featuring The Cadillac Three May 8 to Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion at Rogers. Tickets cost between $40 and $138.50. Also on sale are tickets for Tim McGraw, April 29; for KING + COUNTRY, May 21; Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Group, June 9; dan of steel with Steve Winwood, June 10; REO Speedwagon and Styx, with Lover, June 13; street boys, June 17; Chicago and Brian Wilson, June 21st; Box of matches 20 with Wallflowers, June 24; 5 seconds of summer, June 28; Keith Urban, August 18; Morgan Wallen, August 26; and Goo Goo Dolls, September 18. amptickets.com.
• Tickets are on sale for Tab Benoit, show at 8 p.m. on March 10 at temple live, 200 N. 11th St. in Fort Smith. Tickets cost between $30 and $39. 222-6186; fortsmith.templelive.com.
• Tickets for Casting crowns in concert at 7 p.m. on March 24 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock are for sale. The first parts will be We are messengers and Jonathan Traylor. Tickets range from $19.75 to $89.75, on sale at the arena box office and on Ticketmaster.com.
• Tickets are on sale for Shinedown in concert on April 29 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock. The first parts will be the pretty Reckless and Diamond. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50, on sale at the Arena box office and on Ticketmaster.com.
• Tickets are on sale for a concert of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at 8 p.m. on May 23 at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Prices range from $71.99 to $101.99 on ticketmaster.com.
• Tickets are also available for Bizarre Al YankovicThe unfortunate return of the misguided vanity tour on May 31 to Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Tickets cost between $39 and $79 on ticketmaster.com.
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