Roaring crowds in rocking amphitheaters can thrill and inspire, yet nothing beats the intimacy of a small, traditional music venue. The Lariat is a local icon. Built in 1885, the brick Main Street location is completely remodeled, taking its theme from the Steam Punk era that was prominent in the Arkansas River Valley. The space is packed during the day with locals and tourists dining on a unique, locally sourced menu and sipping libations from our 100-year-old bar.
At night, the 20-by-12-foot elevated stage comes to life! The uproarious blues, jazz, rock and funk music inside the venue makes The Lariat hard to walk by and not check out.
Musicians repeatedly tells us we are their favorite venue to play. Bands can expect a warm and hospitable welcome and a lively crowd. Locals will tell you that The Lariat is THE place for live music in the Valley.
The Lariat Sound Engineer
Robert Bangert has extensive live sound and stage work spanning over 30 years including live and studio engineering, live sound tech, lighting design and stage tech and recording engineer. Live concert production includes work with Kansas, Kenny Loggins, Jefferson Starship, Santana, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, Great White and Otis Taylor to name just a few.
- RCF PA, including two VMAX V45 Mains (dual 15” transducers and 4” voice coils), V218-S Subwoofer (dual 18” woofers), four NX-SMA 700 W active monitors.
- Midas Venice 24-channel console with four monitor mixes
- Full array of vocal and instrument mics, including Telefunken, Helle, Sennheiser, Shure, AKG and Audio-Technica.
- Two Yorkville AP4K power amplifiers with 2x 1800w per channel
- ART XL231 Dual 31-Band EQ, Dual DBX 215s EQ, two Lexicon MX200 processors, DBX 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter
- Sonor Special Edition five piece drum kit
- Guitar/Keyboard Amplifiers: ’65 Fender Super; ’64 1/2 Vibroverb; ’70’s Marshall Super Lead with 4/12 cabinet; Mesa Boogey Dual Rectifier; ’69 Ampeg SVT with 4/10 – 1/15 cabinet; Fender Super Bassman with 4/10; Roland KC-500.
- Chauvet Obey 70 Light Board with 14 reversible fades and an assignable joystick, up to twelve 32 channel fixtures – stores up to 6 sets of chases containing 240 scenes
- Fog and strobe controls as well as MIDI compatibility
- Multiple outlets on stage allow for easy cord control
Musicians enjoy the use of two modern loft apartments above the venue. With 12-foot ceilings and 7-foot-high windows overlooking historic Main Street, each 400-square-foot unit with efficient furnishings provides ample space to relax before a show, and to comfortably spend the night.
The first apartment can comfortably accommodate four, while the second with its queen bed and convertible sofa bed is suitable for two or three. Both apartments have large three-piece bathrooms and are appointed with fridges and a microwave for convenience.