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Living A Legacy

Singer stays true to group’s past, looks to future

All I am is just a product of hard work, focus and just being lucky. For me, an opportunity happened, and I was prepared enough to take it [and rise] to the next level."

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One More For 'Ain't No More'

Musician, show consider dying arts, traditions

Northwest Arkansas folk musician Willi Carlisle used to see himself as more of the singer/songwriter sort. In certain venues, he used to avoid playing the traditional sounds of the Americana and folk music he adores for fear people didn't want to hear it. But in the time he's spent with the old, dying folk singer he portrays in the one-man operetta he authored -- titled "There Ain't No More!"-- Carlisle feels the character and the story have brought him closer to who he really is as an artist.

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Four Minutes, Four Questions Pokey LaFarge

Plenty has been said about musician Pokey LaFarge's image and sound blending the present moment in the immediacy of his themes and lyrics with the retro aura encompassing him. And his new album "Manic Revelations," released May 19, remains true to form. Here, the Roots Festival alum took some time to answer a few questions for What's Up! before his return to Northwest Arkansas for a show Saturday at George's Majestic Lounge.

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From Page To Stage

New book club enhances theater experience

Now that the Walton Arts Center is on the other side of all its construction -- and has one season under its belt with the beautiful new spaces of the facility -- staff members are looking for new ways to fully use all the resources at their disposal in engaging community.

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LIVE! in NWA

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LIVE! in NWA

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Dreams Do Come True

Paisley’s openers offer new music, good times

When country superstar Brad Paisley says he's taking you out on his tour as an opening act, you don't talk it over with your agent, you don't think about it -- you just do it. At least that was the case for musicians Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell, who all join Paisley for select dates on his "Weekend Warrior World Tour" -- including its stop at the Walmart AMP tonight.

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Roots Fest Day 4

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Day 4 of Roots Fest 2017, Saturday, was the only day the festival plaza -- location of the pop up bistro, festival merchandise, and art works created throughout the weekend -- was open to the public. The entire morning's schedule was open to the public, in fact, with music acts performing on the plaza and at the Fayetteville Public Library, a yoga class in the Pryor Center off the square, and back-to-back Taste & Talk panel discussions. This popular series that pairs chefs, farmers, brewers and other food experts with each other for discussions on their respective crafts was expanded from last year and hosted at intimate venue Stage Eighteen. The most noteworthy program of the morning, though, was the annual chef cook-off, which took place during the Farmers' Market.

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Roots Fest Day 3

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Day 3 of Roots Fest 2017, Friday, was the first full day of Roots programming -- 9 a.m. to after midnight. With free community programming happening in both Fayetteville and Bentonville on top of the culinary events and music lineup, it is impossible for one to hit every single thing happening at Roots. It does, however, provide the opportunity to pick and choose from topics of interest or new experiences.

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Roots Fest Day 2

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Day 2 of Roots Fest 2017 happened on Thursday and saw the annual VIP official opening party. New this year was a special lunch benefiting festival sponsor Feed Communities -- a nonprofit concerned with security and sustainability of local food systems.

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Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museu...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonvil...

Published: August 25, 2017

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tr...

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tracey Brown for large business ...

Published: April 2, 2017

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams en...

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams enjoy wine samples during Wineto...

Published: November 6, 2016

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second...

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second from right) poses with her s...

Published: October 30, 2016

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and...

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and Hunter Norton gather at the p...

Published: October 2, 2016

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