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Re: “Fayetteville mulls corporate welfare for TV show. Worth it?

Hey Max, not weighing in on the merits of the issue, but nearly all of "Ozark" was filmed in Georgia, which has an incentive program.

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Posted by Barvul on 10/03/2017 at 3:20 PM

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Posted by Barvul on 05/11/2011 at 8:15 AM

Re: “More show announcements from Fayetteville

I agree there's certainly enough demand for great shows in Fayetteville to justify them, but there isn't a promoter I know of who's willing and has the money to ball-up and consistently try to book the types of acts Fayetteville routinely got from the mid '90s to the mid '00s.
I think Selby and the JR's guys finally just got tired of making good money on one or two shows every few months, but losing their asses on nearly everything else. Outside of some obvious examples, it's tough to predict what people in Fayetteville will show up for. There were many times I was mystified at the turnout, or lack thereof, for a show.

APF -- spot-on. Though most of the bands that played there weren't really my bag, Chester's Place was one of the best venues in any town anywhere. What a loss. And the fact that it was replaced by a mega-douchey martini bar just rubbed salt in the wound.

Posted by Barvul on 04/21/2011 at 3:13 PM

Re: “More show announcements from Fayetteville

First off, I wouldn't describe Fayetteville as a large university town. At 20,000 students, give or take, it's nothing to sneeze at. But I wouldn't say it's large.
The quality of Fayetteville's live music scene ebbs and flows. When Chris Selby was running Clunk Music Hall or booking at other venues (1996-2005 or so) was a good stretch, when he and the JRs folks brought in a ton of bands of all stripes: Built to Spill, Modest Mouse (twice), Bardo Pond, Wesley Willis, Trans Am, the Makeup, Royal Trux, the Shins, Black Heart Procession, Lightning Bolt, Moldy Peaches, At the Drive-In, Mars Volta, Les Savy Fav, TV on the Radio, Mountain Goats, Ted Leo, Richard Buckner, the White Stripes, ...Trail of Dead, Wolf Parade, Of Montreal, Dismemberment Plan, !!!, Pinback, Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel, plus a ton more I'm forgetting and not one of them a jam band or washed up rocker.
One of the problems in Fayetteville is a lack of good venues. Clunk Music Hall and JR's Lightbulb club are both sadly gone. Another problem is that Fayetteville is surrounded by much bigger cities that aren't too far away: Kansas City, Tulsa/OKC, Dallas, Little Rock/Memphis and St. Louis. I'm sure those bigger, relatively nearby cities make Fayetteville less appealing to someone booking a tour.

Posted by Barvul on 04/21/2011 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Tuesday To-Do: Hayes Carll

Huh. I hadn't seen this clip. My earlier comment referred to a KUT event that took place at the Austin City Limits studio. It's good to know that finally, there's someone out there mounting the Sisyphean effort of "raising the profile of Arkansas music."
What an unfunny putz this guy is.

Posted by Barvul on 02/08/2011 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Hayes Carll on Leno tonight

You're right, I suppose, and I shouldn't expect a Texan to not act like one. I just hate to see all these Arkansas folks to roll out the red carpet for some guy who's just going to take a dump on it when they're not looking.

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Posted by Barvul on 01/22/2011 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Hayes Carll on Leno tonight

Ugh. Hayes Carll. Let me tell you, few things I've experienced in this life have filled me with the sort of stupefying rage I felt one night as I sat in the Austin City Limits studio listening to this warbling charlatan shit-talk Arkansas to a room full of his fellow smug, chortling Texans.
It might have been excusable if he hadn't titled his album "Little Rock" or if he'd been funny, but it was just more of the same tired-ass digs about how, yeah, they actually do have colleges in Arkansas, a-ha-ha, imagine that. Oh, yeah, they just don't have a lot going on, those poor suckers, I don't even think you can buy premium gasoline up there, a-ha-ha. Nice little bit of Texas oil-industry humor right there. Ha-ha.

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Posted by Barvul on 01/21/2011 at 5:21 PM

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