So far, October has been a wonderful month for country music lovers in Arkansas. First it was a concert by Toby Keith, tonight it’s Taylor Swift, and this coming Saturday, it’s Big Smith and Cindy Woolf.
The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom are hosting the performers as a release party for Big Smith’s latest CD. The 8 p.m. concert is going to be in the Dreamland Ballroom, located in historic Taborian Hall, now home to Arkansas Flag and Banner. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and available on the ballroom website; $14 at the door.
Big Smith is from Springfield, Missouri, known for raucous acoustic music that captured the spirit of their native Ozarks, equipped only with an acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass fiddle and washboard. Woolf, an Arkansas native who now lives in southwest Missouri, is steeped in Ozark folk music tradition. She recently received some well-deserved attention, being named finalist in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and honorable mention in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Contest.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the ongoing restoration efforts of the historic ballroom. A renovation just completed is the original stage lights are now working again.