Walmart AMP Grand Opening!

We’ve watched construction from I-49, kept up with news reports documenting the progress, marked our calendars each time a new concert has been announced and waited for the big day. That day has finally arrived as Saturday, June 7 marks the grand opening of the Walmart AMP! With an impressive line-up of inaugural shows and the largest outdoor amphitheater in the region, the Walmart AMP is guaranteed to be your destination for the best live music in all of Northwest Arkansas.

Though we have a brand new amphitheater, this year marks the Arkansas Music Pavilion’s tenth season. From the parking lot of the Northwest Arkansas Mall to the Washington County Fairgrounds, the AMP has been Northwest Arkansas’ home to a variety of incredible music experiences, including The Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend, Luke Bryan and many more. The AMP was purchased by Walton Arts Center in February 2011 and has since experienced tremendous growth and exciting developments.

The new amphitheater – at its permanent location: 5079 W. Northgate Rd. in Rogers, AR – will have strong technical capabilities, improved access, great sightlines, air-conditioned restrooms and the largest stage house in the state. The 2014 season of the Walmart AMP will carry on its tradition of headlining concerts from the best of every genre with another outstanding roster of nationally touring shows, holding true to its reputation as one of the top 100 amphitheaters in the nation.

On Wednesday, June 4, the Walmart AMP held a preview event for sponsors and supporters, including a tour of the facility and a presentation of all the new amphitheater has to offer. Check out the photos below – courtesy of Hitt Photography – for a look at the completed Walmart AMP, and get your boots shined and ready for Saturday’s grand opening concert with Blake Shelton and special guest Hunter Hayes!

Peter Lane, President & CEO Walton Arts Center speaks to sponsors during the Sneak Peek preview event.

Jenni Taylor Swain, VP Programs Walton Arts Center with Founding Benefactor, Johnelle Hunt

The Walmart AMP grand opening concert will be one to remember with Blake Shelton. Shelton earned superstar status with a slew of No. 1 singles, including “Home,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” and “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.” Many know Shelton as the breakout star of NBC’s “The Voice,” a show that gave this Oklahoman the spotlight his fans knew he deserved all along. With special guest Hunter Hayes, this concert will kick off an amazing season at the Walmart AMP. Gates open at 6:00pm and music will begin at 7:30pm.

In addition to Shelton, the outstanding lineup of inaugural shows includes Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station, Miranda Lambert, Steely Dan, Pepe Aguilar, Cheech & Chong, Foreigner and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

We couldn’t be more excited for the grand opening of the Walmart AMP, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this wonderful expansion for the arts of Northwest Arkansas. For tickets and more information on how you can become an AMP Insider and an AMP Rocker visit or call 479-443-5600. Every summer needs a soundtrack; let the Walmart AMP be yours.