Jun 15, 2021 - Things to Do

The Momentary to host twice-a-week concerts this summer

A woman stands on stage playing guitar and singing into a microphone

Nikki Morgan sings at The Momentary on June 11. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Grab your folding chairs, coolers and blankets. Live music will be offered twice a week at The Momentary in Bentonville all summer long, director Lieven Bertels tells Axios.

  • Beginning June 27, live acts will perform at the Momentary Green on Fridays and the Arvest Bank Courtyard on Sundays.

Why it matters: Following a year of quarantining, canceled activities and working from home, people are hungry for social interaction and things to do.

  • The Momentary first opened just before the pandemic and only hosted two small live music events in the past year. These new concerts will serve as a way to continue introducing people to the space.

What they're saying:

"We are serious about making The Momentary a 'Living Room for the Community' and music is the key that unlocks that door. Done right, music can be more accessible, bring together all sides of the political spectrum and simply be less intimidating than a traditional 'museum space.'"
ā€” The Momentary chairwoman Olivia Walton in an email to Axios

What's happening: The updated outdoor music programing is expected to run through the end of September, Bertels said.

  • Food and drink are already available at The Momentary but additional food trucks will be invited to some of the concerts.
  • A full lineup isn't yet available. Sign up for The Momentary's newsletter or follow its social media for updates.

Details: "The focus for our Sunday series is on local talent in a diverse range of styles and genres, whereas our Friday night concerts on the Green are a great way to discover new talent and visiting bands," Bertels says.

  • Both will provide a "chill vibe," he promises.

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