Sunday 9/22. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. $20-$35. North Shore Riverwalk Park.
The inaugural Yadaloo Music and Arts Festival will open its gates at the North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. The festival’s title is the product of the organizers’ search for a unique, “catchy, country and quirky” name with similarities to other Southern linguistic staples — the reliable, endlessly useful “y’all,” or the delightful, wandering vowel sounds of yodeling — thus resulting in Yadaloo, which is admittedly satisfying to say aloud. Texas country artist Stoney LaRue headlines the festival, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and William Clark Green will perform, and Arkansas musicians Bree Ogden, Ashtyn Barbaree, Joey Barrett, Cliff & Susan, Matt Sammons and Pamela Hopkins round out the lineup. Attendees will also be able to participate in “interactive art installations,” including a “splatter paint bar,” and vendors will be selling a variety of artwork, crafts and jewelry. Food trucks, beer, a mechanical bull, a dog park, chainsaw artists, a rodeo clown and hot air balloon rides will also be available at the festival, along with a “Kid Zone,” which will feature “sensory bins,” face painting, a balloon artist, a dog house painting and decorating station, and a “gaming station” that will allow children to “build their own character and play with friends.” General admission tickets are $27.50 in advance at yadaloo.com and $35 on the day of the festival. $20 tickets are also available for purchase from Willy D’s in the River Market.