Artosphere in Northwest Arkansas

Artosphere’s signature event, Trail Mix Concert Tour is back!

Artosphere - Trail Concerts - Northwest Arkansas

Walton Arts Center announces the return of the Artosphere Festival’s signature event, the Trail Mix Concert Tour on Sunday, June 1. Tail Mix combines music, hiking and biking for a one-of-a-kind, free outdoor experience which starts along the beautifully sculpted Art Trail near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (1-3pm) and continues along the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville (5-7pm). Rocky Grove Sun Company will provide solar-power for energy-efficient music for Trail Mix. No tickets or registration are required; this event is free and open to the public.

The fifth annual Artosphere spans May and June and features free and low-cost kids and family events, live music, visual arts and more throughout the region. Artosphere’s mission is to celebrate artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

Trail Mix Concert routes:

Crystal Bridges Trails: Artists/musicians will be located at the following stops from 1-3pm:

  • Artosphere Percussion near the Compton Gardens
  • Carter Sampson at James Turrell’s The Way of Color
  • Candy Lee & the Sweets at Dan Ostermiller’s Shore Lunch
  • Artosphere Mixed Ensemble at the Twin Bridges area
  • Artosphere Brass at the Tulip Tree Shelter off of the Tulip Tree Trail
  • Street Drums Corps near the Champion Eastern White Pine
  • Martha Redbone Trio at the Museum Store plaza
  • Cry You One at Walker Landing
  • Smokey & the Mirror at Celeste Roberge’s Chaise Gaibon
  • Artosphere Strings at the Rock Ledge Shelter


In collaboration with Artosphere and Trail Mix, Family Sunday at Crystal Bridges will include hands-on fun in the museum, a trail scavenger hunt until 5pm and a family concert at3pm in the Great Hall featuring Time for Three.

Frisco Trail: Artists/musicians will be located at the following stops from 5-7pm:

  • Artosphere Brass at Prairie Street
  • Artosphere Mixed Ensemble between Prairie Street and Mountain Street
  • Candy Lee & the Sweets between Center Street and Mountain Street
  • Carter Sampson at Meadow Street
  • Street Drum Corps on Maser’s art installation, Under the Stars at Nadine Baum Studios
  • Artosphere Strings near Powerhouse
  • Martha Redbone Trio at Arsaga’s at the Depot
  • Smokey & the Mirror at Maple Street
  • Cry You One between W. Prospect and  W. Douglas
  • Artosphere Percussion at W. Prospect and N. Frisco

In collaboration with Artosphere and Trail Mix, UpStream Art will be leading a walking tour of the storm drain murals in the downtown area from 3-5pm, beginning at the Fayetteville Underground.


About the featured performers:

Candy Lee is an award-winning singer/songwriter who combines folk, jazz and indie music to create her own unique style. She, along with her band, Candy Lee & The Sweets, create a funky sound and beautiful, three-part female vocal harmonies.

Cry You One comes from the southeast Louisiana river delta, and their musical stylings are a blend of vocals and fiddle tunes. The band’s music is inspired by the crisis of coastal land loss that is currently taking place in Louisiana.

Fayetteville resident Carter Sampson has gained acclaim across the country, both opening for artists such as Patrice Pike and Christine Kane as well as headlining her own shows at the songwriter’s Mecca, The Blue Door. She was the 2012 winner of the “Best Female Singer-Songwriter” award at the NW Arkansas Music Awards and has three studio albums.

Smokey & The Mirror is a band comprised of Bernice and Bryan Hembree—two former members of the local folk trio, 3 Penny Acre. The duo has been touring for close to a year and performs at venues and events throughout Northwest Arkansas, including the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

Martha Redbone is an indie soul pioneer and a woman noted for her rhythm & blues feel. Her style is an award-winning blend of Native American elements with fund and soul and her deep roots in Appalachian folk.

Three-piece, high-energy percussion groupStreet Drum Corps, takes ordinary objects and turns them into an interactive music performance for all ages to enjoy. The group formed in Los Angeles and was named Drum Ensemble of the Year by Drum Magazine in 2012.

In case of rain, a change in location for will be announced closer to the date of the event. For more information about these performance or others, visit


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