It is with heavy hearts that we announce all concerts and events at the Roots HQ effective March 11 through April 1stare cancelled or postponed. As independent musicians we know just how devastating this decision is for the independent musicians impacted by our decision. We have watched first-hand as record and merch sales have drastically declined over the last ten years, leaving concert ticket revenue as the sole source of income for musicians. We are working to support the musicians impacted by this decision and anticipate a larger conversation on how the music community will band together to support each other through this difficult time.
Over the past 48 hours we have been in contact with the musicians impacted, our colleagues at other venues, and Arkansas health officials. It is with the utmost caution and care for the health of our community that we make this decision.
Roots HQ Ticket holders will receive an email with the option for a refund, a raincheck/credit for the rescheduled concert, or the option to donate the revenue from their ticket directly to the band.
Thank you to the entire Roots community. We love you all. We look forward to resuming concerts at the Roots HQ in the near future. Until then, we wish you good health.
Bryan and Bernice Hembree
Smokey & The Mirror & Co-Founders of Fayetteville Roots
Cancelled/Postponed shows include:
The Accidentals, Friday, March 13th
NWA Contra Dance, Saturday, March 21st
Mary Gauthier, Tuesday, March 24th
Nature & Madness with Matt Magerkurth, Saturday, March 28th
Open Mic lead by Anthony Lytle, Sunday, March 29th
Listening Concerts at the Roots HQ on the Fayetteville Square.
The Roots HQ is in a beautiful 1880’s building that was once home to Guisinger Music House (1925 to 1981).
Guisinger Music House was a full-service music store serving Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas for decades. Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks bought strings from Guisinger. Earl Cate (The Cate Brothers) bought a Fender Music Master guitar and Fender Harvard amp in 1959 and later traded them in at Guisinger for a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster and 1963 Fender Concert Amp. Claudia Burson (UA Music Jazz Piano Professor) took piano lessons at Guisinger. It was the musical hub of the community. Roots is thrilled to return a musical purpose to the building.