BB King Entertainer of the Year Headlines Blues Weekend ‘17

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(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Victor Wainright and WildRoots


return to the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend as the BB KING Entertainer of the Year. Wainwright, backed up by the Band of the Year, WildRoots will headline the late-night stages in Downtown Eureka Springs, performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 16, for two shows at 8 and 10 o’clock. Price of admission also admits patrons to the “After-Party” in the hotel’s Lucky7 Rooftop Billiards Bar for a “meet-n-greet” with the evening’s entertainers.

Blues Weekend 2017, features music throughout Eureka Springs with a festival stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and late-night stages in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs Thursday through Saturday.

Highlights of Blues Weekend ’17 include late-night, downtown performances at Chelsea’s with Scott Ellison on Thursday, Josh Hoyer on Friday, and Patrick Sweany on Saturday. Scheduled for a Friday sundown performance in downtown’s Basin Spring City Park is Eric Gales.

Festival Stage headliners include Toronzo Cannon and Fiona Boyes plus a full slate of performers at TCWR, all playing during daylight hours.

“A multi-day blues festival in Eureka Springs is a true tradition of fun times that has a proud history,” said Jack Moyer, General Manager of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, “and this year’s kick off with Eric Gales in the park and high-energy Victor Wainwright and WildRoots in the hotel ballroom, will make this year’s Weekend as much fun as ever.”


Wainwright is a Georgia-native but now a Memphis (TN) resident. His capturing the coveted Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer of the Year was no surprise since he is considered one of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today. He is known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances. American Blues News put it this way, “He is always entertaining and madly talented. You will never see Victor play a room and not have it go over with the crowd in a big way.VictorW

“Wainwright is backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest, smokin’ bands around!”

Tickets to the Wainwright performances are limited and may be purchased in advance online at Ticket prices are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

The Eric Hales performance in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell is free and open to the public. Ticket information is on with a full schedule for Blues Weekend ’17 performances at

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.


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