Downtown Fort Smith has an annual music pageant held on the Riverfront Amphitheater, a membership venue for dwell concert events and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
The three venues — Peacemaker Competition, SŌL Studios and The Majestic — are sometimes used individually by artists who’re both invited to carry out outdoor in entrance of 1000’s, want to report an EP or are on tour. However a brand new program seems to harness the strengths of all three to present artists a personalised expertise whereas additional cultivating the town’s rising music scene.
The efficiency, recording and pageant induction of singer-songwriter Tanner Usrey has kicked off a heightened partnership that permits artists to report new tracks at SŌL and carry out dwell at each the summer season music pageant and The Majestic venue, 817 Garrison Ave. in downtown Fort Smith. Each dwell performances are filmed, too.
“I hope that we are able to type of set the bar by way of placing on an expertise for artists, for bands, that they will’t get anyplace else,” mentioned SŌL Studios proprietor Grant Thomas.
The partnership was solid between Thomas, Majestic Common Supervisor Robert Busiek and Peacemaker President Trent Goins after discussing how the three teams may collaborate greater than that they had already. The artists in this system are chosen from Majestic’s lineup earlier than they head three blocks east to report at SŌL after which return to the town to carry out at its subsequent Peacemaker, which is normally held close to the top of July.
Usrey and his band had been the primary to participate in this system after acting at The Majestic below COVID-19 protocols in November. After their present, they had been proven SŌL, which boasts Augspurger audio system and custom-made acoustics, in addition to Indian tapestries and Turkish lighting fixtures for ambiance.
Thomas mentioned Usrey, a Texas-based musician, and his band are recording a whole EP on the studio.
“It’s simply one of many coolest studios we’ve ever been in — truly, the good studio we’ve ever been in,” Usrey mentioned.
“There’s a real collaborative effort,” Usrey’s bassist Kirk Richardson mentioned. “Everyone’s bought enter as for what amp to make use of, what sound you wish to go for. You wish to get excellent sound for a music.”
On Saturday night time, the band performed at The Majestic, performing authentic songs in addition to covers like Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” Like in November, the present was hosted below COVID-19 pointers that exceeded Arkansas’ necessities for a venue its measurement.
Past the protection protocols, Usrey mentioned Fort Smith is one in every of his favourite locations to play. His band agreed — Richardson mentioned The Majestic contrasts with different venues the place they’re “an afterthought.”
“It conjures up you to placed on a greater present if you really feel appreciated,” he mentioned. “We definitely do.”
In July, Usrey’s band will return to Fort Smith for Peacemaker Festival, which yearly attracts 1000’s to the amphitheater for the nationally acclaimed nation, Americana, people, and blues acts. In recent times, the pageant has drawn crowd members from everywhere in the nation and raised much more for native charities. It was held under COVID-19 protocols in July 2020.
The partnership will hopefully additional Peacemaker’s mission of turning Fort Smith right into a music vacation spot, mentioned pageant board member Meagan Piroutek.
“Now we have individuals who are available from everywhere in the nation, so as soon as we are able to construct up this program… it builds to an increasing number of pleasure,” she mentioned.
Going ahead, The Majestic supervisor hopes the partnership makes artists conscious of the totally different sources Fort Smith has to supply them. He identified how the town sits simply south of I-40, which many artists use to journey west from Nashville once they tour.
“(Artists) don’t even know concerning the sources on this city or the important thing gamers on this city that wish to see the music scene develop, see the town and the area develop,” Busiek mentioned. “That’s a number of the top objective of this, is to generate intrigue to the place Tanner and band take this finish challenge and put it on the market, and that’s 5 extra those who come right here subsequent time that every have 5 individuals who come after that, simply to get it on the market that Fort Smith is a music city.”
However for now, Thomas is proud of how they handled Usrey’s band.
“This weekend, we created an expertise that may be created for a lot of artists down the road,” he mentioned.