Officials with The Momentary, a performance venue and satellite campus of  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, announced Feb. 29 a series of concerts as part of its 2024 Live on the Green series.


The lineup includes Jon Batiste on April 23; Portugal. The Man on July 6; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on July 14; Lake Street Dive on July 17; deadmau5 on August 24; Kaskade on September 27, and a special solo performance from 12-time Grammy winner John Legend on June 1 that has already nearly sold out.


More acts will be announced in the coming weeks, as the Momentary expects to double the number of Live on the Green shows this year.


“Music lies at the heart of the Momentary,” said Jill Wagar, director of the Momentary, in a press release. “Northwest Arkansas has garnered acclaim for its remarkable visual arts scene, and with the Momentary emerging as a leading concert venue, we’re poised to earn a reputation for outstanding music as well. Our efforts are significantly shaping the region, and our annual Live on the Green concert series plays a key role in this transformation.”


The series gets its name from The Momentary’s sprawling green lawn and will kick off with multi-Grammy and Oscar winner Jon Batiste, who served as the bandleader and musical director of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. An alumnus of the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York City, Batiste also composed and performed music for the Disney/Pixar film “Soul,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.


Much like Batiste, many Live on the Green artists are visiting Bentonville as a stop on their national tours, including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who is embarking on a farewell tour after nearly six decades of entertaining audiences with their multiplatinum country and Americana hits. Kaskade, who will take the stage on September 27, recently became the first-ever in-game DJ at the Super Bowl – this year’s game was watched by more than 123 million viewers. Kaskade is also credited with being the first DJ to secure an exclusive Las Vegas residency back in 2010.


The 2024 series continues Live on the Green’s reputation for variety of musical genres and notable artists. Past performers have included hip-hop pioneers The Roots, country performers Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, indie pop sensation Japanese Breakfast, Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, and influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.


Another music event, FreshGrass|Bentonville, will play in May. The indoor music series will feature performances by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Trampled by Turtles, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Valerie June and more.


Tickets for all Live on the Green shows can be purchased at the Momentary website, which also has the most up to date information on future concert announcements. Members of the Momentary and students receive special prices for select shows. For more information click here. 


Photo provided by The Momentary.


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