The 42nd Annual Lum and Abner Festival featured an assortment of talented musicians on Saturday June 8th.
Midnight Wagon opened the live entertainment at noon. The band consists of three members: Torrey Voisin (drummer), Trevor Speight (bassist), and Ian Garrett (guitarist and vocalist), though an additional member, Nick Holman, joined the band on guitar for this performance.
The band was formed in April of 2016 with just two members, Voisin and Speight. Garrett joined later that year, after being formerly introduced to Speight, having formerly known Voisin. The band specializes in “indie punk”, meaning 1970’s inspired rock music. Their first album, “Deep Ye
llow” released January 4 of this year. Their sophomore album name and release date will be announced soon. Midnight Wagon is a local band, formed and based in Mena.
Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings followed later in the evening. The band is based in Eureka Springs and have established tour routes through the West, Midwest, and South.
Agafia labels her music as “Ozark Mountain Soul Roots n’ Roll”, drawing inspiration from the sounds if soul, roots, rock-and-roll, and old timey swing. Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings first album, “One Down, Forever To Go”, released spring of 2016, and their second album, “Share What You Own” followed in 2018. Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings’ next know performance will be June 15th at Basin Park, Eureka Springs.
Arkansauce closed the night. Arkansauce is a four piece string band based out of Fayetteville. Arkansauce blends bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk to create their unique sound.
The band tours through Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri.
The band was founded by Ethan Bush, Zac Archuleta, and Stephen Jolly in 2011. Their first album, “Hambone,” was produced a few years later. Tom Anderson and Adams Collins joined that band later.
The five-piece group produced the band’s next album, “All Day Long”.
After losing a member, Arkansauce produced their third album, “If I Were You”, in April of 2017.
Arkansauce’s next known performance is scheduled for Saturday June 15th at the Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Other performances at this year’s festival included Jessie Dean & Co., The Crumbs, Highcountry Boys, Marissa Dawn, Logan Lind, Chaz O’Neill, and the New Curmudgeon Country Ramblers.