Arkansauce / Photo: Phil Clarkin
A new music festival will make its debut in Fayetteville this spring.
The event, called Music on the Mountain, is set for Sunday, April 5 at Mount Sequoyah Center, located at 150 N Skyline Dr in Fayetteville.
The festival will include performances by locals Arkansauce, Go On Git, and Rochelle Bradshaw and Hypnotion.
Executive chef Justus Moll, who has also been involved in the music scene in bands like The Poggs, helped for the lineup for the new event.
“Mount Sequoyah is the perfect spot for a small music festival,” Moll said. “I hope to give the people of Fayetteville and beyond the opportunity to see what the mountain has to offer other than the overlook. We are headed in a great and different direction. I want people to see that. I want Mount Sequoyah to be a destination spot in NWA.”
Executive director Emily Gentry said the new event is one of several ways Mount Sequoyah is working to attract more people to its campus.
“We want people to feel welcome on our campus, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with an outdoor concert,” Gentry said. “It is our hope that this concert will jump start an entire series of music centered events and programs – from songwriting workshops to a variety of concerts and events.”
Arkansauce has been touring extensively recently in support of their 2019 release Maybe Someday. Banjo player Adams Collins said the band is excited to be back in Fayetteville.
“We are excited to be a part of the fest because nothing beats playing our hometown” Collins said. “We have the longest and deepest connection with this community and it fills our hearts to be able to celebrate with our friends and family. Mount Sequoyah is especially exciting because of its history and we like the idea of participating in creating new memories in such an aesthetic location.”
The event is family friendly, and kids 12 and under get in for free. A kids area with games and activities will also be available during the event.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and concession swill be available from Tyler’s Craft BBQ, Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Wicked Wood Fired Pizza, and Ozark Beer Co. Area nonprofits will also be on hand with information about their services.
Music will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will continue until around 6:30 p.m.
Parking is limited on the mountain, but free shuttles departing and arriving frequently from UAMS Northwest on the corner of North Street and College Ave. will be available.
Tickets to the festival are $30 in advance, or $40 at the gate. To purchase, visit mountsequoyah.org.