Artist Include: Cassadee Pope, Run River North, Parmalee, Song Suffragettes, Preston Pohl and Kate Bowen 

Nightly Live Music Schedule

Coca-Cola Sound Stage at the Meteor

Tickets ONLY available at the door

Capacity is limited

During festival week, Bentonville Film Festival is hosting nightly concerts packed with talented artists who are sure to put on a fantastic show. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, tickets for Coca Cola Sound Stage at the Meteor are $40 and will be available at the door the night of the show. Availability is limited. For a full line-up, go to or check the BFF app for updates. Artists include: Cassadee Pope, Song Suffragettes, Parmalee, Run River North, Preston Pohl and Kate Bowen. BFF is thrilled to welcome these artists to the festival.

Line-up for Thursday, May 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. – Tickets Only $20

Preston Pohl, who gained national attention as a contestant on the fifth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” opens the night. Right when you hear Preston Pohl, you know it’s him. There’s no hesitation. He’s got an incomparable delivery and expansive range, tinged with a signature smoky rasp and recognizable spark. He can get soulful and seductive when he needs to, but he can also belt out a Texas-size hook. Preston has come a long way in a very short time. He went from playing guitar in rock sensation StorySide: B, who released two full-length albums on Gotee Records and toured the country multiple times, to becoming a notable solo artist. However, his moment has truly arrived now.

Run River North is a Los Angeles-based, indie outfit whose sophomore album “Drinking From A Salt Pond” led by lead single “Run Or Hide,” landed at No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers’ chart and No. 3 on the Alternative New Artist Albums’ chart.  The band performed the single for NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” MTV’s “Wonderland” and lands Top 30 on the Alternative Radio chart.  The band’s self-titled debut album landed at No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band has also performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” VH-1 “Big Morning Buzz,” CMT “Concrete Country,” “Last Call With Carson Daly,” and Emmy-winning PBS series “Artbound”. Watch the video for “Run Or Hide” here.

Parmalee, a Southern country-rock band and 2016 ACM nominee for “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” will is one of country music’s most successful new acts, comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (guitar). Their debut country album, “Feels Like Carolina,” has earned the group three top ten hits including their multi-week #1 smash hit “Carolina.” Critical praise of the debut album was received from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. Since their debut at country radio, Parmalee has earned over 330 million Pandora streams, 55 million plays on Spotify, over 31 million YouTube/ VEVO views, and 1.4 million Shazam subscribers. Heralded as “Country Music’s Breakout Stars” by MSN Entertainment, Parmalee has supported Brad Paisley and Jake Owen on national tours while finding time to perform on NBC’s TODAY show, The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, FOX & Friends, MLB Central’s Studio 21, The Queen Latifah Show and more. For more information, visit:


Line-up for Friday, May 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. – Tickets $40

Kate Bowen is a powerful new voice in the world of country music. Her version of “Holding Out for a Hero” appeared on the “Footloose” soundtrack, with the music video pulling in over 3.5 million views on YouTube.

Song Suffragettes is a weekly showcase of country music’s newest and brightest female singer-songwriters. BFF is delighted to have this talented group of women coming to play on the Meteor stage. Kalie Shorr is a Nashville singer-songwriter who first gained recognition through her single “Fight Like A Girl,” was the second highest selling debut female of 2016. Lena Stone earned a name for herself penning breakthrough songs for other up-and-coming country females and is making her own splash onto the country music scene with her debut single “Nervous.” Lacy Cavalier has mastered the art of staying true to her roots while following her dreams. In the fall of 2016, she spent time on the road, opening for Chase Rice. Savannah Keys has been writing songs in Nashville since she was 13 after appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She is currently working on her first record in Nashville. Mignon is a spokesperson for the organization Keep The Music Playing. She performed with country superstar Brad Paisley during the 2011 CMA Awards Show and with singer Chris Young at the 2012 CMA All Stars concert.


Line-up for Saturday, May 6. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. – Tickets $40

With soaring vocals and impressive accolades Cassadee Pope takes the stage Saturday night. After a moving performance at the Special Olympics in summer of 2016, Billboard touted Cassadee’s single “I Am Invincible,” a self-empowerment anthem.

Since winning season three of NBC’s The Voice, Pope has toured with Superstars Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts and has performed at major racing events such as Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. From her chart–topping album FRAME BY FRAME came the breakout hit “Wasting All These Tears,” which sold over 1 million downloads and solidified Cassadee as part of a distinct group of solo female Country artists to score PLATINUM certification of a debut single. It also led to awards like CMT’s Next Women of Country, and the 2014 CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year. The combination of her talent and “I Am Invincible’ s” message help audiences universally connect with her as the powerful and impactful artist she is.

Meteor Guitar Gallery, located at 121 West Central in Bentonville, is an iconic movie theater built in 1907 that has been restored to one of the coolest live music venues in Northwest Arkansas.
Bentonville Film Festival is taking place through May 7 in Bentonville with multi-event passes and single event tickets on sale now at The box office is located in the Art Yard at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Bentonville. Tickets for music events at the Coca-Cola Sound Stage at the Meteor are $40 and will go on sale at the door the night of event.

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Dan Sawyer



About Bentonville Film FestivalCo-founded in 2015 by Academy Award Winner® Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Trevor Drinkwater, President and CEO of ARC Entertainment, the Bentonville Film Festival is a commercially focused, research based platform with a mission to champion women and diverse voices in media and proactively supports content creation that inspires young minds to do great things. BFF is the only film competition in the world to award guaranteed theatrical, international, digital, retail home entertainment distribution for its winners with support from AMC, Walmart and American International Cinema. The festival takes place during the first week of May in Bentonville, Ark.

About BFF Foundation: Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting women and diverse voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. The primary partner of the Foundation is the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. To learn how you can support the BFF Foundation go to our website or contact Grace Chong at

About Geena Davis and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, breaking ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s College, the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance by reducing stereotyping and creating a diverse and inclusive range of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.




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