A band that stands halfway between Honky Tonk USA and "Sex and the City" and one of the most acclaimed guitarists in all of music are set to conjure fun-filled times in Fort Smith.
Comprised mostly of females, Mustang Sally Band will bring its assertive country style to area fans when they play at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden, 817 Garrison Ave., while Monte Montgomery will plug in his hollow-body Alvarez guitar for a big batch of original music at the same venue.
Bill Neumeier, the venue’s owner, said both country and rock-pop fans will be "delighted" by Mustang Sally Band’s distinct sounds, while Montgomery’s fret-board theatrics and strong songwriting also will please audience members.
"Mustang Sally Band is one of the best country party bands in the country," he said. "They’re going to fit nicely into the Beer Garden’s ‘Party Weekend’ schedule, and we’ll be serving Ribs ‘N ’Que all weekend."
Labeled "one of the tightest bands on the planet" by Country Weekly Magazine’s Larry Holden, Mustang Sally Band plays more than 200 concerts each year, ranging from venues in California and the Northeast to Europe, Switzerland and the South Pacific.
"They take the spotlight at honky tonks, bike rallies, casinos, fairs and festivals," he said. "No matter where they are, Mustang Sally Band speaks to audiences of all shapes and all sizes, and they do so in all places."
Almost always performed in a rock-trio format, Montgomery’s music also finds its way into the hearts, iPods and CD collections of many fans, Neumeier said. The singer-songwriter is expected to perform music from his new CD, "Tethered," as well as other selections from a catalog that dates back to 1998, he said.
"It’s always exciting when he comes to the Beer Garden," Neumeier said of Montgomery, who makes his acoustic guitar sound like a hard-rock, electric guitar. "He’s been playing here since 1998 and to this day, he still leaves expressions of awe throughout the faces in the audience."
Fort Smith band Warewolves and the Fayetteville-based Little Chief will open for Montgomery.
"These shows will make for some awesome live music," Neumeier said. "It’s going to be great, diverse entertainment for everyone."