At long last, a musician’s flea market


Well, I narrowly escaped another Valentine’s Day without one card. That’s a good thing, too. Somebody asked if I had a Valentine this year? No, and I didn’t have a groundhog last month either. The April’s Fools Day holiday, I think got that one covered.

Speaking of the weather. You got to love Oklahoma winter’s, where it’s frosty at sunrise and 72 degrees at noon. There will be outside events starting in late April. I just got word from Robert Wright that the Red Barn Farms Gospel Singing starts back. That’s some awesome family entertainment. It’s a front porch singing with lawn chairs required. The Wright Family would like a chance to bring their music to your church. Then, ya got Crocky’s Cafe in Hackett, Arkansas, that’s been serving lunch outside on warm days. The eating establishment has dusted off the stage, getting prepared for live music once more.

I hear tell of a show being planned at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in May with several bands.

According to Zoe Moreno, The Coffee Cup will be starting Open Mic and live music soon, too. So, spring is just around the corner, and live music is in the air.

“Hillbilly Vegas” got home from the England tour this week. No more fish and chips and kidney pie, it’s barbecue and Tex-Mex food, baby! It was a success, and the band gathered beaucoup fans and followers. The band was promoted as the southern/rock/Americana powerhouse from Oklahoma. Reviews were all positive. The band has had several singles hit the Top 10 in England, but now it’s home for rest from life on the road. Only one hitch in the tour, one night a sore throat caused a problem, but if you think about it, London is just a few miles from being as close to the North Pole as Anchorage, Alaska. So, a cold can be expected. Back in Oklahoma, the band members can rest, write new songs, record a few and get recharged. They are living the dream.

This is my last chance to mention the Musicians Flea Market that is taking place on Monday at the Historic Downtown Poteau Event Center at 307 Dewey Ave, just across the street from Warehouse Willy’s. It will be like any flea market. With a small fee for a 9×9 space, bring your own tables and chairs. It will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There will be plenty of parking, and it will happen come rain or shine. Bring your used gear and make a buck. For further information, call (918) 644-4935.

Just a reminder, because this month has come and went by so quickly, I need March schedules from all bands and venues by Thursday to make the deadline for next week’s column. I’ll do my part to promote you and inform your fans. You do your part and get me your schedules.

Finally, as for live music this week, Dawn’s Diner in Red Oak is back in the groove, serving great, affordable supper and providing awesome music for the dancers. On Friday, “Make It a Double” will take the stage, and this duo of Connie and Dave Abbott will always play your favorites. They cover classic country and do take a request now and again.

On Saturday at Dawn’s Diner, Mychell Lee Allen will play and sing his style of red dirt/country. It’s always a good time. Make plans to be there. Music on both nights will go from 7-10 p.m.

“Red Dirt Duo” will entertain Friday night at the Fort Smith, Arkansas Senior Activity Center on Cavanaugh Road. Expect a good turnout because it’s also pot-luck supper night, and February birthdays will be celebrated. The music begins at 7 p.m.

The hottest dance hall around is Muldrow City Limits. Expect another big turnout cause “The MidWestern Playboys” will be making the music. Mac Moad/bass and James Glen Loveless/guitar make up the frontline of this band and play the very best in country dance music. Get there early. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m.

“South 49” will be in Arkansas on Saturday at the New Blaine Post 8383 Veterans of Foreign Wars Building. The music will kick off at 8 p.m. See you there.

Last but not least, this Saturday, “Even Keel” will be doing a couple of sets in a show at the 906 Lounge and more at 906 Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith that the band calls “Bangers and B-Sides.” This band always gets the crowd involved, and it makes for a fun evening. The band will perform from 8-10 p.m. Starting at 10 p.m, it’s Al Grzech and Friends featuring Niki Waters where jazz, show and pop tunes are on the menu. It’s an all-star band that never disappoints. The music lasts until midnight.

That ain’t all that I got to say, but it’s a good place to stop.

Support live music when you can.

For additional information about live-music events or to let me know about any such venues happening, call or text message me at (918) 649-5736 or e-mail me at [email protected].

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Craig Hall
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