A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Five things to anticipate in 2009
1. Girl Talk. All the kids get down for dance floor populist and sonic collagist Greg Gillis, AKA the DJ of the millennium. If you haven't heard “Feed the Animals,” his latest ADD pastiche (he builds songs out of dozens of brief samples from the last 60 years of pop music), look for it anchoring a New Year's Eve party near you. Better get tickets early for his Feb. 12 show at Revolution.
2. Wakarusa. The 5-year old music and camping festival is relocating from Lawrence, Kan., to Mulberry Mountain, near Ozark, in 2009. If last year's bill, which featured the likes of Built to Spill, Emmylou Harris and the Flaming Lips, is any indication, thousands will flock. The lineup for the June 4-7 event will be announced in early January.
3. Video flyering. A lot of folks are already making commercials to promote shows, but as video manipulation continues to become easier and cheaper, I'm hoping that short, inventive video flyers will replace the ubiquitous photoshopped e-flyers. It's time to start thinking about video in new ways, y'all. Times contributor Derek Jenkins is on the right path with a short to promote an Art Amiss New Year's Eve party in Fayetteville. See it on Rock Candy at www.arktimes.com.
4. New bars. Because we can always use some new ones. Early next year, Norman Jones, who owns Backstreet and Discovery, is taking over Easy Street and opening up a martini bar at 610 Center. We've got high hopes for both.
5. New music. I don't know when any of this is coming out, but I'm hearing buzz about new ones from Kevin Kerby and Battery, Chris Michaels (Boondogs) and the Big Cats. Maybe Suga City will drop its long-long-gestating album, too.