A handful of the region’s finest performers will join forces for one massive night of music on Friday, June 7 at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.
The evening, billed as the Arkansas Summer Shakedown, will consist of a who’s who of area musical acts. The night’s roster will feature a pair of Little Rock bands in rockers DeFrance, and rock-n-soul duo Dazz & Brie, Fayetteville’s heavy blues rockers Foggy Bobcat and Americana/indie rockers Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo. Dallas psych rockers Atlantis Aquarius will round out the bill. Fayetteville’s very own country star Dylan Earl will serve as the night’s emcee.
Main Stage Performers
DeFrance, billed as the hardest working band in Arkansas and offer a modern take on classic rock, will begin the festivities on the main stage at 9 p.m. The band has a raw, powerful sound with a refined stage presence that has led them to supporting opportunities for top touring acts like ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, Shooter Jennings, among others.
The mighty Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo will perform next at around 10:20 p.m. The Hullabaloo, led by powerhouse vocalist Jamie Lou Connolly, have a style that combines elements of classic acts like Fleetwood Mac, and modern rock artists like Wilco. Those styles, combined with soulful blues, country and folk rock and their electric, frenetic live performances, make Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo one of the area’s most exciting acts to see live.
Rock-n-soul duo Dazz & Brie will serve as headliners on the main stage. Touring in support of their 2017 sophomore record “Can’t Chase Girls and Your Money Too,” Dazz & Brie are a force to be reckoned with. The duo and their band combine heavy rock instrumentation with soulful harmonies that transcend genres, making them one of the most unique, refreshing acts to come out of the state in quite some time. They’re scheduled to being their performance around midnight.
Lounge Stage Performers
In the front room, Atlantis Aquarius will bring their energetic, psychedelic-infused R&B to the George’s crowd. This band offers a unique approach to songwriting and their upbeat, thrilling live sets are unrivaled.
Finally, Foggy Bobcat will wrap up the night in the lounge. This four-piece offers a diverse set of original music ranging from bluesy riff-rock to heavy bangers.
What They’re Saying
The Fayetteville crowd is in for a real treat here. The night’s organizer, deFrance front man Drew DeFrance said he wanted to bring the show to George’s to have a chance to play with some of his favorite acts.
“I’ve always loved George’s and couldn’t think of a better venue for this show,” he said.
Earl, the night’s emcee, added that this could be one of the area’s most anticipated night of music in some time.
“This show is gonna slap! Personally, it’s the most highly anticipated emceeing event of my career,” Dylan Earl said. “I can’t wait to get wavey on Dickson with the friends and family. This is an Arkansas all-star gut-slamming cast not to be missed.”
Dazz, of Dazz & Brie, agree, and said the band was excited for the night.
“The night is going to be full of intertwined genres, fun and dancing,” she said. Brie added that “the only way this night could get any better is if we added tacos to the lineup.”
The Arkansas Summer Shakedown take place immediately following the Cate Brothers Happy Hour show at George’s. Tickets are on sale now at stubs.net.