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WARREN'S REC ROOM: LIVE MUSIC VENUE
Article by Michael Francis
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Want to hear some great live music in an intimate setting? Look no further than Warren's Rec Room! Just North of Alma, Warren's offers a live music venue like no other, featuring great food, great music, and a relaxed atmosphere that is fun and entertaining.

So exactly how did the Rec Room come to be? In 2009 Warren dissolved his family owned oilfield construction business. After renting the building to a local company for several years, Warren decided to open a small oilfield equipment repair company. A good friend, who happens to play in the Frog Bayou Boys Bluegrass band, would often stop by and talk to Warren while he worked on chemical pumps and other equipment. During one of their many conversations, his friend suggested turning the building into a live music venue. This had always been a dream for Warren and with very little prodding, the business and all of Warren's toys were moved out of the building, leaving an empty canvas to paint on and create a great venue. In 2011 construction began on a stage and on June 1st Warren's hosted their first event, a wedding rehearsal dinner. From that day forward it's been non-stop entertainment with private parties and live music. Warren's Rec Room has hosted performers such as the Chris Cameron Band, the Eric Matthews Band, the Gold Country Band, Flat, Broke and Lonesome, and the Frog Bayou Boys, just to name a few. Warren often has jam sessions as well. You never know who's going to show up.

August 3, 2013 brought about a first for Warren's and the State of Arkansas. An International Blues Music Day event was held at the Rec Room. This was the inaugural event at Warren's and was the only event registered in the State of Arkansas. The Eric Matthews band opened the set and later in the evening, the Chris Cameron band performed for about 150 fans who celebrated the history of blues music. At a certain time, all registered events stopped their music and held a toast to the blues all over the world. This will be an annual event at Warren's Rec Room.

Warren and his wife Christie are gracious hosts and their events are top notch. There's not a bad seat in the house, the food is always outstanding, and the handmade tables add additional flair to the rustic interior. The building can be rented for all types of private parties, and although spaces are filling up quickly, there are still some available dates for private Christmas parties. A cash bar is now available for private parties and live music events. However, it is not open all the time and only for certain events. Most live music events are limited to 150-200 tickets so if it's a band you really want to see, Warren recommends getting tickets early. Some upcoming events at Warrens Rec Room include a benefit concert event on November 9th, The Meadors Project, and a gospel weekend on November 15-16th.

The November 9th benefit concert is for the Daniel Martinez Scholarship fund. Daniel Martinez was a Fort Smith Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty. There will be a car show and two bands playing, the FAD Project and the Sonic Cats, during the day. Admission to the car show and all day events are free. The Chris Cameron band will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the evening concert is limited to 150 and are on sale for $15.00 each. 100% of the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund.

November 14th is a concert you won't want to miss! The Meadors Project is a group of musicians who once played at the old Meadors Motor Court in Van Buren back in the 1980's. Many of the musicians in this group went on to play professionally with famous artists including such big names as Waylon Jennings. This group has recently decided to begin playing together again and what better name to perform under than that of where it all began.

November 15-16 is Gospel weekend at the Rec Room. On November 15th, the New Creation Gospel Band will play a free concert at 7:00 p.m. and on November 16th, the Frog Bayou Boys along with three other bands, will play gospel music.

To purchase tickets to any of the events at Warren's Rec Room, you can call Warren or Christie at 479-459-8012. Warren's Rec Room is located at 1437 W Newberry Rd in Alma. You can also reach them via email at warrensrecroom@yahoo.com and you can find them on Facebook.

"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
~ Frank Zappa


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