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A whole lot of music has emanated from the little brick building located at 519 W. Dickson Street over the years. A lot of sweat has dripped down from guitars and onto that stage, and a whole lot of dancing feet have shuffled, strutted, and slid across the concrete floor in front of it. A lot of unforgettable nights have happened there. A lot of joyous nights, some of them wild. The building has been home to George’s Majestic Lounge since 1927, and the music has come from a host of genres, from folk, to funk, to rock, to blues, to red dirt and EDM played by artists from all over.
As of recently, a brand new mural located on the east side of the stage house pays homage to some of that rich musical history.
Photo: Fayetteville Flyer
The new mural, commissioned by George’s Majestic Lounge and paid for from funds made available by local arts organization CACHE with some help from the Fayetteville A&P, was painted by local artist Brandon Bullette.
George’s co-owner Brian Crowne said he has wanted to find an artist to create a piece that paid homage to the history of live music in Fayetteville, and in particular, at George’s since the new and improved stage house was erected about seven years ago.
“Really for seven years I’ve wanted to do something, and when the pandemic hit, I wanted to do it even more,” he said.
An opportunity for funding came from Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange, or CACHE, a relatively new arts organization established through the Northwest Arkansas Council along with funds from the Fayetteville A&P, and the project began to grow some legs.
Photo: Fayetteville Flyer
Through a few chalk art projects at the Walmart AMP, Crowne was aware of Bullette’s talent, and that had already led to more collaboration. A painting by Bullette is also located inside George’s green room, where artists performing at the venue hang out before a show, and when it came time for the mural project, Crowne said he knew just who to call.
The concept for the mural, including the train, and some notable musicians that have graced George’s stages over the years, were Crowne’s, but it was Bullette who was able to bring it to life.
“I knew I wanted something with the train, and I knew what musicians I wanted to feature on there,” he said.
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