AMP Fest is Arkansas' premier beer, tech and music festival with proceeds going towards a cause worth celebrating- arts education and outreach!
This year, AMP Fest is showcasing local and regional musicians who bring heart to their music. Three stages will feature a variety of local and regional acts.
"We are excited about being able to feature local musicians," said Taylor Speegle, director or corporate relations at Walton Arts Center. "We are seeing a boom in the local music scene of Northwest Arkansas. There is a ton of talent right here at home and many great organizations that are working to make that scene ever stronger. We want AMP Fest to be a big part of promoting the great artists who are coming from our state. In addition to our main stage artists, we are partnering with Bike Rack Records to program the back stage with Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo, Will Gunselman, Kevin Keihn, and The Silver Linings. And then Fayetteville Roots Festival will be programing our acoustic stage."
Check out the main stage musicians bios and videos below...
DAZZ & BRIE
A self-proclaimed “girl gang,” Dazz & Brie have entertained audiences at Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands in Brooklyn, SXSW and on stages in their home base in Little Rock. Combining heavy rock instrumentation with soulful harmonies, their music transcends all ages.
Drummer-guitarist-pianist Dazz, grew up admiring the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff drumline and performing in school and church bands. Vocalist and pianist-guitarist, Brie grew up a fan of opera and theatrics, having been raised in a musical family. When their sounds mesh, it creates what they like to call “rock ‘n’ soul,” a sound that wins the hearts of crowds everywhere.
Dazz & Brie have been named:
- Arkansas Times’ 2017 Musicians Showcase Winners
- 2018 Kit-Kat Jingle Winners
- ML Magazine’s Uprising Idol
Fayetteville-based Goose is a two-man band with an original category of music- "Americana Party-Folk." Bringing banjos and harmonicas to the indie pop scene, Goose draws influence from Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Coldplay with rich lyrics and upbeat tempos.
Singer-songwriter, Austin Jewell and co-frontman Kevin Jones play a unique R&B style - Rhythm & Banjo - that entertains audiences by mixing storytelling lyrics with spontaneous dance party beats.
With three albums under their belt, Goose is doing their own thing in the music industry and having fun everywhere they go.
The music of the '90's was great from the start, so The Mixtapes bring the songs (and the nostalgia) to life faithfully. This is a high energy stage show--and you won't be able to stop yourself from danging and singing along!
Each member of this five piece outfit sings, enabling them to convincingly recreate a HUGE range of music spanning...
No Doubt, The Cranberries, Beastie Boys, TLC, Radiohead, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Third Eye Blind, Britney Spears, Nine Inch Nails, The Cranberries, Blink 182, Ricky Martin, Spice Girls, Nirvana... well, if you loved it from the '90’s there’s a good chance you’ll hear it!
Come relive some '90’s nostalgia with The Mixtapes!
Music isn't the only thing at AMP Fest... you’ll find fun tech activations and games and beer samples from over 20 breweries…. All included in the ticket price!
Participating breweries include:
Bike Rack • Flyway • Lost 40 • Yuengling • Sam Adams • Shiner Bock • Founders • Springfield • White Claw • Bentonville Brewing • Core • Black Apple Crossing • Rendezvous Junction Brewing • Lagunitas • Karbach Brewing • Independence Brewing • Crisis Brewing Co. • JBGB • Ozark Beer • More to come!
AMP Fest is one of the annual fundraising events organized by Walton Arts Center’s Corporate Leadership Council, comprised of local business leaders who actively support the nonprofit organization’s education and outreach programs. In 2017, AMP Fest raised approximately $83,000 that was used to improve classroom learning through arts integration and inspire more than 37,000 students, teachers and families in the region by connecting them to free or low cost performing and visual arts programs through Walton Arts Center.
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 4-9 pm
Featuring Beer Sampling, Tech Activations & Live Music
Supported By Samsung and VML