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The Northwest Arkansas Music Scene May Have Brian Crowne to Thank For The Growth of Music Venues Like The Walmart AMP

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In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with musician and live music expert, Brian Crowne to discuss the growth of the Music venue scene here in Northwest Arkansas. Brian and his family have owned George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson St for more than two decades. And, if that wasn’t enough he purchased the AMP in the early 2000s and proceeded to help make Northwest Arkansas a regular stop for music acts both big and small.

Brian’s goal all along with the purchase of the AMP was to create, 

“ A small town vibe with world-class amenities!”

It looks like he has done just that, attracting a lot of big names to the Northwest Corner of the State. So many great acts have performed at the Walmart AMP, including Primus, The B52s, The Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr., Earth Wind & Fire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, Steely Dan, Santana, Dave Mathews Band, Toby Mac, and several comedians including Kevin Hart, and recently Jim Gaffigan

Brian shares the thinking and process of running a music venue here in Northwest Arkansas. It’s not an easy job dealing with performance artists, but Brian has had a lot of practice taking good care of his employees and the talent that comes to the area.  

Learn about the origins of the AMP. 

For instance, the original location was the parking lot of the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville before it moved up to its current space in Rogers just off I-49, and more importantly, how Brian teamed up with one of the largest companies in the world, Walmart to expand and improve the venue.

All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. 

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George’s Majestic Lounge

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