As Season Closes, AMP in Search of New Home
It’s been a place where big name artists have performed for thousands in Northwest Arkansas. While the Arkansas Music Pavilion wraps up its season this week, it will begin a search for a new permanent location.
The AMP only has one year left on its lease at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.
“We are looking at several different options, several mayors and property owners all over Northwest Arkansas have approached us, right now we are really focused on finding that perfect spot,” said Beth Bobbitt with the Walton Arts Center.
Executive director of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission Marilyn Heifner says she hopes its stays in Fayetteville.
“We feel like we’ve got the crowd that will draw for the AMP as well as we got the workers that are out there,” she said. “Fayetteville has long been a supporter of the AMP so we think they kind of ought to dance with the one that brings you.”
Last year the Walton Arts Center bought the AMP and moved it from the Northwest Arkansas Mall to the fairground. The venue has seen double the amount of people from previous years.
“It’s great to have the flexibility to reconfigure stage space depending on the size of the band and of course the grassy lawn, the ample parking, the proximity to 540, those are all great things that we would look for in a permanent location,” Bobbitt said.
The AMP has brought in some big name artists, such as Gavin Degraw, Luke Bryan, and Hank Williams, Jr., that drew in people from across the region.
“Of course, that’s good for us because as you get larger venues then you get larger numbers of people that are coming that are coming from farther away stay in our hotels and eat in our restaurants,” Bobbitt said.
The AMP has headlining shows for the past six years and is one of the top 100 amphitheaters in the nation.