Chris Duarte Returns to Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

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CHRIS DUARTE RETURNS TO EUREKA

SPRINGS TO OPEN 2016 BLUES WEEKEND

 When Chris Duarte left the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on March 7, 2008 he wondered if his 10-year successful run of “Chris Duarte Weekends” ???????????????????????????here in the Eureka Springs’ downtown hotel had come to an end. The wondering is over and the answer is no.  The self-proclaimed “Rockin’ Blues Man” returns “home” to Eureka Springs’ most popular historic blues venue to open the 2016 Blues Weekend on Thursday, June 16.

This homecoming to the stage of the Barefoot Ballroom will mark eight years and seven albums since Chris Duarte’ last Eureka Springs’ appearance.  Both his Thursday evening kickoff performance and his Friday night exclusive concert at his favorite downtown Basin Park Hotel location begin at nine o’clock.

“This is an exciting time for us,” stated Jack Moyer, hotel general manager.  “Having Chris back on stage in our hotel brings back many great memories from those performances booked by the unforgettable promoter Roger ‘Mr. Music’ Jones to the unforgettable ‘snow show’ when the hotel fell victim to a power outage but Chris played on… acoustically.   With that said, Chris’ music was always so well received that his audiences became loyal hotel guests and have become part of the fabric that makes up our long-term lodging and entertainment success.”

Duarte is a savant, a sorcerer of tone, a master at channeling the spirits and sounds of great musicians of our past, while remaining completely recognizable in his own sound.  He has shared his stage with many of the greatest musicians of our time as well as the multitude of “young lions” and local musicians he meets on the road.  From his many years as a sideman in Austin, he easily changes roles from front to side, graciously allowing all to share in the convergence of the jam.

Chris Duarte’s music is also ever changing.  In many interviews, he has said, “Music must evolve to stay fresh and relevant.”  His own early offerings often become magical journeys into changing tempo and jazzy interludes before returning to their core.  With such a vast catalog of recordings, there are no two shows alike.  Every set list is different, and each song may be offered distinctly, based on the feel of a show and the audience.  For those reasons, loyal fans often return to a Chris Duarte show again and again, night after night and always walk away awed and satisfied to have witnessed such a legendary, but humble, guitarist.

The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the music scene out of Austin, Texas in the early ‘90s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference.  In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a National reputation as a young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist.  One music critic wrote, “Chris’ style is that of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.  It is best experienced live and in your face!  The Chris Duarte Group shows are unique each night; never the same show twice.”

Opening for the Chris Duarte Group on Friday will be The Kory Montgomery Band.  Based out of Fayetteville, AR, this three-man ensemble of talented musicians –an electric bass, drums, and vocals- has been spreading their name and reputation across the country for six years.  They continue to gain new popularity with their solid grooves, intense solos, and demanding lyrics.  The KMB will take the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Duarte shows are available on ReserveEureka.com and range from in price from $15 to $25.

The 2016 Eureka Springs’ Blues Weekend runs through the expanded dates of Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19 and is a fundraiser for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR).  With this year’s new non-profit partner, the 2016 “big stage” relocates from The Aud in Eureka Springs’ downtown, to the Turpentine Festival Stage, located on the grounds of TCWR just south of Eureka Springs on State Highway 23.  A full list of performers and performance times can be found at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.

For more information regarding lodging and ticket packages, one should call 800-643-4972.  A glimpse of a historic Chris Duarte Eureka Springs Jam from 2006 can be found here.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

June 13th-21st

Headliners: Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs is proud to announce that Blues Weekend has extended the event to a full week of great Blues, bringing in more mid-week visitors after adding feature shows to the event on Sunday three years ago to encourage even longer stays. Our headliners are Chris Thomas King and Jimmy D. Lane.

 

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Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King helped expose millions of movie-goers to the Blues as Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, the blockbuster hit starring George Clooney. The movie featured several songs performed by King, including a rendition of “Hard Time Killing Floor” that was recorded live during filming. King also starred as Ray Charles’s bandleader Lowell Chris Thomas KingFulson in the movie Ray, as Blind Willie Johnson in Soul of a Man and has appeared in the HBO series Treme.Born in Baton Rouge, King is the son of the late Swamp Blues musician and club owner Tabby Thomas. Chris played with his father, and helped run Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall, where he was exposed to and played with literally hundreds of blues acts over the years. King’s latest recording is “D2D” or “Direct to Disc”. As the title suggests, it was recorded direct to a master vinyl disc at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It is as close as possible today to recreate the “sing into the can” recording experience depicted in “Oh Brother”, where the music is taken directly from the microphone to the master record which is then used to create the pressing plates.  As King wrote about the experience “Only my J-45 Gibson guitar, vocal, and the ethereal reverb from hallowed church walls, is etched into the 200-gram vinyl disc. “

 

Jimmy D. Lane is a Chicago bluesman, son of the legendary Jimmy Rogers. Like his father, Lane has traveled the world playing the Blues. His father was a singer, guitarist Jimmy D. Laneand harmonica player best known for his work with Muddy Waters, and then as a solo artist who recorded the hits “That’s All Right” and “Walking By Myself”. Lane has recorded and performed with a list of musicians too long to list here, but it includes his father Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jeff Healy, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Lowell Fulson, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Jimmy performed on The Conan O’Brien Show and in dozens of countries around the world. He also performed for President Clinton and the First Lady in 1998. Jimmy was also the Music Director at Blue Heaven Studios from 1999 through 2005, where he helped establish the studio as one of the premiere analog studios in world. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News, CNN News and NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered”.

 

Other headliner and featured acts include The Bel-Airs, Earl & Them, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops, Kelley Hunt, Jimmy D. Lane, The Nace Brothers and The Noah Wotherspoon Band. Noah was this year’s Albert King Award winner at the International Blues Challenge, and will host fellow Albert King award winners Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot and Jonn Del Toro Richardson of Blue Mercy in a Tribute to Albert King.

 

We’ll also feature Free Music in Basin Spring Park with performances by Brick Fields, Doghouse Daddies, Isayah Warford & Friends, The Jones Brothers and Lucious Spiller. It begins on Saturday, June 13th at 5pm and Saturday, June 20th starting at Noon.  Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
We’ll also feature the winners of this year’s Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Blues Challenge Buddy Shute and Amanda Rey & West Street Blues. And at noon on Saturday, June 20, we’ll give away 100 Hohner harmonicas to kids of all ages during our Blues For Kids Harmonica Workshop with George Hunt. Plus there will be blues music in all of our partner clubs featuring great local, regional and national acts. They include the Shari Bales Band, Brody Buster, Shannon Hope, Jeff HortonNorman Jackson, Akeem Kemp, RJ Mischo, Patrick Sweany, Pete & Dave, Tightrope and many more great acts.In addition to the music, workshops will include “Basics of Blues Guitar”, “How To Build And Play A Diddly-Bow”, “Performance Photography”,  and “Writing The Perfect Blues Song”.

The weekend ends with a Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek, on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. The afternoon starts with Brick Fields’s Gospel Blues Brunch. Turpentine Creek Following will be Luscious Spiller & the Noah Wotherspoon Band.   To top off the day, musicians who performed during Blues Weekend will take the stage for a legendary Blues jam.  There will be food and drinks, arts and crafts, and fun activities for the kids.   Admission is only $5 per person at the gate.  Kids under six get in free.

Blues Weekend Lodging Deal:

Enjoy Blues Weekend Festival in Eureka Springs 2

1 night stay in a Premium Room at the Downtown Basin Park Hotel
2 Tickets to Shawn Holt & The Teardrops concert at the Basin Hotel, 6th floor Ballroom on 6/18.
$25 Food Voucher for the Balcony Restaurant

$139 plus tax. Valid on 6/18.  Check Availability.

 

For a complete schedule, tickets, lodging info and more, please visit www.EurekaSpringsBlues.com.