Summer approaches, and with it, another season of great music to satisfy pretty much any tastes. You've got your mainstream pop and country, your critical darling indie acts, your rockabilly legends, your classic rock superstars, your post-grunge giants, your blues festivals, your folkies, your heavies and just about everything in between.
The season gets rolling when veteran rock act Wilco comes to Fayetteville's Arkansas Music Pavilion on May 10 with the excellent Philadelphia band Purling Hiss, 6 p.m., $44.
On May 11, Little Rock label Thick Syrup hosts an anniversary show doubleheader at White Water Tavern, kicking off with The See, The Bloodless Cooties, The Alpha Ray and Michael Inscoe. Over at Dickey-Stephens Park, the 15th Annual Food & Foam Fest Beer Festival promises a variety of food, a silent auction, live entertainment and, of course, suds by the bucketful, 6 p.m., $40.
On May 12, you can catch the second night of Thick Syrup goodness going down at White Water Tavern, with Browningham, Androids of Ex-Lovers, Ezra Lbs. and Inscoe, 9 p.m. All you old-school rock 'n' roll heads won't want to skip the 2nd Annual Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival, boasting sets from Ace Cannon, Stan Perkins & D.J. Fontana, Charlie Rich Jr., Sun Records icons Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers, Texas giants Asleep at the Wheel, The Kentucky Headhunters and more, Downtown Helena, 11 a.m., $20. Chris Knight brings some country-flavored heartland rock to Revolution for an 18-and-older show, 9 p.m. $12-$15. Over at Riverfest Amphitheatre, contemporary country troubadour Dierks Bentley performs, with openers Eli Young Band and The Cadillac Black, 7:30 p.m., $22-$40.
On May 13, Deitrick Haddon continues the Praize Sundays series at Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater, 6 p.m., $30-$65.
The Portland, Ore.-based psych-pop outfit Morning Teleportation is on tour with electro-tinged Philly weirdoes Nico's Gun. The bands stop off at Stickyz for an all-ages show May 15, 8:30 p.m., $8-$10.
Mark your calendars for May 18, because it's gonna be another magical evening to remember followed by a hung-over morning to survive after Glossary, Austin Lucas and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires play White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Over at Juanita's, Oklahoma's Hinder brings the modern radio rock, with colleagues in Trapt and The Dreaming, 9 p.m., $25-$30.
Here's one that's a bit of a head-scratcher, but nonetheless is sure to be entertaining. You might remember Jesco White, a.k.a. The Dancing Outlaw, from the documentaries that have been produced about this West Virginia madman. White comes to George's in Fayetteville May 18, 9 p.m., $18, and he stops at Revolution May 19, 9 p.m., $15-$17. It's time once again for the Lucero Family Picnic, featuring the Memphis bar-rock veterans, along with country royalty Shooter Jennings, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and more at Riverside Park in Batesville.
On May 20, rotund standup comic Gabriel Iglesias brings his fluffy self to Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $48 (he'll be at the Walton Arts Center the next day, 7 p.m., $42). Also May 20 is Books in Bloom at the Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, featuring authors Crescent Dragonwagon, Kevin Brockmeier and more than a dozen others. It's from noon to 5 p.m. and it's free.
Here's one the metal fiends won't wanna miss: on May 23 the New Orleans supergroup Down — featuring members of Corrosion of Conformity, Pantera, Crowbar and Eyehategod — comes to Juanita's, 8 p.m., $25. Also that night, San Francisco garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall makes a welcome return to White Water Tavern, with the warped psych-pop outfit White Fence, 9 p.m., $10.
Riverfest kicks off May 25, with headliners Gov't Mule, Staind, Neon Trees, Boyz II Men and Sleeper Agent and keeps rolling May 26 with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mute Math, Chevelle and Third Eye Blind. Down in Hot Springs, you can catch The Charlie Daniels Band at Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
On May 27, Riverfest wraps up with hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, Eagle and classic rock hero Joe Walsh and country stars Little Big Town.
The Little Rock Film Festival gets rolling May 29, with dozens of film screenings as well as panel discussions, parties and more red meat for film nerds. Venues include Argenta Community Theater, the Clinton School of Public Service and others, but the bulk of the screenings will be at Riverdale 10 Cinema. The festival concludes June 3.
You can get your blues fix up in the hills and hollers of Carroll County May 31 at the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, featuring Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, The Cate Brothers, Michael Burks and many more, through June 3, at The Auditorium, The Basin Park Hotel and other venues, $15-$75.
Meanwhile, up on Mulberry Mountain outside of Ozark, The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival gets rolling. Headliners at the four-day outdoor festival include The Avett Brothers, Primus, Pretty Lights and many more, through June 3, $99-$179.
The Hot Springs Weekend Songwriters Festival is a sure bet for all the singer/songwriter fans. It's June 1-2 and features Keith Sykes, John Prine, Richard Leigh, Jed Zimmerman, Larry Joe Taylor and Roger Cook, Arlington Hotel, 8 p.m., $60.
On June 2, country superstar and certified Louisiana gentleman Trace Adkins comes to Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
Hot Springs Music Festival XVII kicks off June 3, with more than 200 performers from around the world gathering for 20 concerts and hundreds of open rehearsals at venues all over Hot Springs. The festival runs through June 13.
On June 8, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition bring "Catfish Music for the Masses" back to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $10.
Everyone's favorite narcissistic loudmouthed gun fetishist Ted Nugent comes to Arkansas Music Pavilion, June 10, 7:30 p.m., $17-$77. Florida-based Contemporary Christian Music giants Tenth Avenue North play Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
On June 16, pop songstress Colbie Caillat plays Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. For something completely different that day, check out Little Rock metal giants Rwake and Pallbearer at an 18-and-older show, Revolution, 9 p.m. Caillat plays the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayettville on June 17, with Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, 7:30 p.m., $22-$77. At the same venue on June 19, you can catch modern rockers Daughtry, 7:30 p.m., $27-$102.
Hinder returns to Arkansas June 23 for a show at Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. On June 27, Little Rock gets a visit from the masters of power-poppy alt-rock Nada Surf, Juanita's, 8 p.m., $16.
Arkansas's American Idol Kris Allen comes to Timberwood Amphitheater June 30, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
The wait is almost over for all you New Edition fans. The band brings its 30th anniversary tour to Verizon Arena, with opening act After 7, July 1, $48-$68.
"Redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson comes to Timberwood Amphitheater July 7, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. The funk-metal groove-meisters in Clutch bring their crunchy sounds to George's Majestic Lounge, July 11, 8 p.m.
Contemporary Christian rockers Switchfoot rock the throngs at Timberwood Amphitheater, July 14, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
Singer/songwriter Cory Branan returns to White Water Tavern July 19 with soulful songstress Audra Mae, 10 p.m.
It's gonna be a five-man electro-acoustical jam on July 21 when rock vets Tesla come to Timberwood, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. One week later, on July 28, post-grunge giants Creed will take to Timberood's stage, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. On Aug. 4, rising country star and Dallas County native Justin Moore plays Timberwood, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.
Get ready for some droning, hazy psychedelic rock with Austin's The Black Angels who play an 18-and-older show with openers Night Beats, Aug. 11, Stickyz 9 p.m., $12-$15.
On Aug. 14, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson comes to town with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. They'll play an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $17-$20. Japanese pop-punk superstars Shonen Knife play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz on Aug. 18, 9 p.m., $10-$12.
Up on The Hill, The Fayetteville Roots Festival returns Aug. 23-26, boasting a formidable lineup, with headliners John Prine, David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio, Darrell Scott, Pokey LaFarge and many more at venues around central Fayetteville, including the Walton Arts Center, $49-$249. Most of the passes include meals prepared by local restaurants, including The Greenhouse Grille.