Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu20) Celebrates Seventh Year: January 16-19, 2020

Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu20) Celebrates

 Seventh Year: January 16-19, 2020  



(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2020 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMo

Mu20, will return January 16-20 to Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  This five-day/four-night winter festival is best known for its upbeat and infectious Americana Roots music and laid-back vibe. OzMoMu20 will again be held inside the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, often spilling out of the hotel into the Eureka Springs Entertainment District. Nightly headliners for this year’s event include Arkansauce on Thursday, Wood & Wire on Friday, and both The HillBenders and Dirtfoot on Saturday.



Here is synopsis of the OzMoMu20 schedule:

Thursday January 16

The “Thursday Kickoff Show” starts at 8:00 p.m. with Brian Martin and continues at 10:00 p.m. with Arkansauce, a headliner very familiar to the surrounding five-state area.  Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four-piece string band from Northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following in “The Natural State” and all along their tour routes, the band is proud to step into a hard-driving sound unique to this Arkansas quartet.  An Arkansauce show is riddled with improvisational guitar, banjo, and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies and heart-felt songwriting, all held together by deep foot-stompin’ bass grooves.

Friday January 17

Friday music begins at 6:00 p.m. with the likes of Brad Fielder and Red Oak Ruse, with the most anticipated act of this year’s festival, Wood & Wire, taking the Stage at 10:00 p.m.

Wood & Wire lives the mantra “This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection, it’s a land made for hard work.”  Wood & Wire, from Austin, Texas, shows respect for honest labor by honing a central theme as recorded in their 2018 “Best Bluegrass” GRAMMY-nominated album, North of Despair.  The album features songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting.  It is, however, the melding of this hard-country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound.

Saturday January 18

After a raucus Friday night, there is no recovery time at OzMoMu20 as the music kicks up again at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and continues throughout the night.  With afternoon acts such as Chucky Waggs, Damn Neighbors, and The Haymakers, the stage will be set for the Saturday night headliners beginning at 8 o’clock.   OzMoMu20 nighttime festival goers should prepare for the energy of The HillBenders, followed by a dose of “gypsy punk country grumble boogie” from Dirtfoot.

The HillBenders were formed in April of 2008, and are still touring with the original lineup that is  widely touted as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene.  Of late, The HillBenders have shifted their focus back onto their original songs and have released their fourth studio album, appropriately and eponymously titled The HillBenders.

Dirtfoot has been spreading their infectious grooves and their unique sound for the past 10 years. Crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves.  Led by Matt & J, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities.  The popular group features instruments ranging from guitar, banjo, trombone, upright bass, drums, percussion and more, producing a truly unique yet familiar sound. One writer states, “Dirtfoot’s sound is like a blue ribbon gumbo.  You have some growling vocals, heavy bass and percussion that makes a good, dark-n-dirty Louisiana roux.  Mix heartily with some meaty rhythms. Combine liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden.  Top with the hot-n-sexy spice of trombone and lead guitar.  Finally, throw in a little something magical and indescribable and you have Dirtfoot: a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake your ass.”

The full schedule, with times and performers, is as follows:

Thursday, January 16th

8 p.m.-Brian Martin- Central, AR

10 p.m.-Arkansauce- Fayetteville, AR

Friday, January 17th

6 p.m.-Brad Fielder -Norman, OK

8 p.m.-Red Oak Ruse- Eureka Springs, AR

10 p.m.-Wood & Wire –Austin, TX

Saturday, January 18th

1 p.m.-Folk Fest Singer Song Writer Contest Winner

2 p.m.-Chucky Waggs- Eureka Springs, AR

4 p.m.-The Damn Neighbors- Fayetteville, AR

6 p.m.-The Haymakers- Lawrence, KS

8 p.m.-The Hillbenders- Springfield, MO

10 p.m.-Dirtfoot- Laffeyette, LA

Sunday, January 19th

12 noon-Brick Fields- Fayetteville


“With no backstage area, festival attendees and band performers are all together in the same, intimate space.  It is this hanging out with the bands that makes OzMoMu so unique,” stated Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and OzMoMu20 will live up to that rep.”

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


For more information, contact:

Ms. Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

(479) 363-6327




7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January


7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January

  • Winter’s only outdoor festival held indoors
  • Where the attendees and the bands party together; there’s no backstage
  • Foot-stompin’, energizing, sing right along with Ben Miller
  • Take over the whole hotel… friends on every floor
  • Roll to Chelsea’s after hours… then roll back to rest up for next day
  • Kick-a** Galaxy Grass with the Kitchen Dwellers
  • Bloody Mary Show Finale on Sunday to say “G’bye… till OzMoMu ‘20”\

(As photos show, OzMoMu is wild, raucous, fun and colorful.  It all takes place in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel [center image])

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, celebrates its sixth year in 2019, January 17-20th in Downtown Eureka Springs.  This popular event features an Americana Roots style which is an Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, Urban and Americana Roots sounds.  This winter festival is held inside at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and is known for its “unique vibe of an outdoor music festival on indoor stages.” Headlining this year’s festival is Hog Slop String Band from Nashville, TN; and The Kitchen Dwellers from Bozeman, MT.

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee. Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands.

Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass. The group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.  2017 saw the band release their second studio album, “Ghost In The Bottle” while continuing to push the boundaries of their genre.

Other bands confirmed so far for OzMoMu19 include:

>Ben Miller Band an American band that was formed in 2005 in Joplin, Missouri. The band’s lineup currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Miller, bassist (playing a homemade one-string washtub bass), drummer, and back-up vocalist, Scott Leeper, lead/back-up vocalist, violinist/cellist, guitarist, and electric-cactus player, Rachel Ammons, and guitarist/bassist/percussionist, Bob Lewis.  The Ben Miller Band combines elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country into their music.  Originally, The Ben Miller Band’s sound had been self-described by the band as “Ozark Stomp” but in reference to their label, is now referred to as “Mudstomp”.

>Whiskey for the Lady is famous for its intense stage performance that continues to bend genres and melt minds. From festival set to porch session, the band’s unique roots sound and determination delivers a refreshing energy to the Kansas City folk scene and an unforgettable live experience that you don’t want to miss.

>The Mighty Pines are a soul-inspired roots rock band influenced by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. With soaring vocals and thoughtful composition, the two principle songwriters shift the band’s sound from catchy rock ‘n’ roll to earthy instrumentals.

>Jacob Tovar is a man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles.

Performances kickoff with the return of the high energy Ben Miller Band on Thursday night and continue for four days on multiple stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  The Festival located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District includes popular Late-Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights to be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

“With no backstage area the attendees and bands are all together in the same space.  Hanging out with the bands is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


For more information, contact:

                  Ms. Mary Howze, Festival Coordinator

                  Ozark Mountain Music Festival

                  (479) 363-6327


You Are Engaged To Be Married, Now What? Eight Timely Tips…



There it is, that ring you have always dreamed about sitting on the third finger of your left hand.  It was placed there by the man you also have dreamed about.  And after your announcement photo has run in your local paper, it is now time to begin planning your next dream: your wedding day.  Here are a few tips for your planning journal:

  • Think about the when> talk to your family, and to your fiancé with input from his family as to when a general time (season) would be most advantageous for you and those who might attend your wedding. Does it need to be a weekend event?  HINT: Most reception venues offer healthy discounts on winter dates, days other than Saturday, etc. so you might take this into consideration.
  • Establish a rough budget> This step is not so much on possible costs but establishing how much money you and/or your family can comfortably set aside for the ceremony/reception, the gown etc. Some weddings save dollars by no host bar, casual attire for wedding party, and securing a group discount for guest rooms.  HINTMany forget to include honeymoon expense as well.
  • Ceremony / Reception site selection> Vows being exchanged on the Waikiki Beach may sound ultra-romantic but will your family and friends be able to join you? Exotic sites may eliminate attendance by those closest to you due to cost.  Brides sold on a destination wedding site may find a unique place in their home area thereby allowing friends and family to be brought together for a full weekend of memories.  Make sure, however, that your destination is one that has the credentials of producing successful, custom weddings.  It makes it accessible and affordable.  HINT: Most destination sites can help you find vendors with a list of proven vendors such as ministers, florists, photographers, musicians, etc.
  • Buy your gown> This is probably the most difficult step. Not only does your gown -that you will wear only once- meet your beautiful expectations but what is the cost.  How does it fit into your general budget?    HINT: Wedding pictures create an album full of lifetime memories to be enjoyed by generations to come while a wedding dress is worn only once.
  • Fine tune your budget> Some brides will spend up to 50 percent of their budget on the ceremony/reception with the honeymoon expense and the gown following close behind.  Then single digit percentage amounts for such things as the photographer, wedding attire for attendants, rings, flowers, music, invitations, etc. based on your personal prioritization.  HINT: Find a budget template example at <http://www.elegantelight.com/fine-tuning-the-wedding-budget-part-1-the-big-categories/>
  • Merge and refine invitation lists> You have friends and relatives you want to invite as does your fiancé; both families will have added people that “just have to be invited”. Once these lists have been merged with duplicates eliminated, see how the total number of possible guests times the “per person reception cost” fits into your budget.  If it fits comfortably, no problem.  If not, you will need to calmly begin the delicate chore of refining and reducing names from the list.  Then send out your invitations.  HINT: If you would not have a certain invitee “over for dinner”, you might consider not sending that person an invitation.
  • Plan for your wedding-day beauty> Most well-known ceremony/reception venues will have ideas as to where you, your attendants, moms, etc. can receive professional hair styling and makeup services near the venue. Make sure the salon is near your wedding site and be sure to make your salon reservations and include these times in the in the photo timeline you create.  Oftentimes when you do your site visit to a ceremony/reception venue, a visit to suggested stylists and makeup artists will help put your mind at ease.  HINT: Consider a bride and groom photo shoot before the ceremony.
  • Work your plan… and relax> Nothing allows you to enjoy the leadup to your wedding than having an established budget and timetable calendar in your planning journal. Following both will better help you to put a check mark in all the necessary boxes in a comfortable, anxiety-free fashion… for a relaxed bride is a happy bride.  HINT: Surround yourself with relaxing fragrances.  Proper aromas have been proven to take the edge off of stressful situations.


Blues Blast Award Winner Headlines Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ‘18

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018 Headliner – Joe Nemeth

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – “Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move.”  That’s the opening line of John Németh’s bio on his website, JohnNemeth.com.  And one of the places his “move” will find him is on the Barefoot Ballroom stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Friday, June 15 when he brings two big performances headlining the 2018 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.  This year’s “weekend” runs from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17.

Németh, a native of Boise, Idaho, and winner of two Blues Blast awards, has already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers.  Influenced by his relocation to San Francisco, he fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre, a sound that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, he creates music that is personal as well as universal.

It is said that Németh’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city backed up by his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar.

Now residing in Memphis, Németh continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, taking the world by storm.  That storm thunders onto the top-floor stage of the Basin Park Hotel at 7 and 9 o’clock on Friday night, June 15.

General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.







John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers Band – Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2018

(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Blues Weekend returns to Historic Downtown Eureka Springs for 2018 starting on Thursday, June 14.  This year’s headliner acts will be on Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and Saturday at The Aud (Eureka Springs City Auditorium).  Performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 15 for two big shows at 7 and 9 o’clock is John Németh, backed up by the Blue Dreamers.  On Saturday its John Mayall with special guest Carolyn Wonderland at 7:30 p.m. in The Aud.

John Németh’s music has been on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and he has been nominated for a Blues Music Award an amazing fourteen times.  Németh has won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award.  General admission ticket prices for each performance are $15 per person or a $20 ticket allows attendance at both performances.  Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $30 each. All tickets may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com/attractions/johnnemeth.

For more than 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.”  Mayall’s special guest is Texas guitarist extraordinaire Carolyn Wonderland.  Wonderland will open the evening with her band, then join Mayall and his band the Bluesbreakers.  For tickets, go to theaud.org/tickets.

On the side stages, a full weekend of music begins on Thursday, June 14 at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar with Shelley King.  Blues at Chelsea’s continues Friday, June 15 with Sister Lucille, and Saturday, June 16 with Earl and Them.  Chelsea’s regular, Patrick Sweaney, will also entertain throughout the weekend ending with a Sunday, June 17 matinee at 2 o’clock.

Other downtown Blues Weekend ’18 events include Coyote Claw, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, both in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Selwyn Birchwood, Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell; Mark Shields & Good Company, Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Blew Reed & The Flatheads, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Brick Fields Band, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell;; and Scott Garner & The Speedshift Band, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den followed at 9:00 p.m. by Los Roscoes on that same stage.

Rounding out the festival on Sunday is the annual Father’s Day Sunday Blues Picnic beginning at 12 noon at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge which located 7 miles south of downtown on State Highway 23.  Artists include Tom Baker, Tony Redman, and Fast Johnny Ricker Band.  An all-star jam will be the grand finale at 4:30 p.m.

Performances in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell are free and open to the public.  Tickets for other Blues Weekend ’18 performances can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com/blues-weekend.


Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days

Ozark Mountain Music Festival returns to Eureka Springs Arkansas on January 18, 2018 and runs thru the 21st with 12 big bands.  http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/

Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days



(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2018 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, has just added 10 bands to its two headliners to fill out the lineup for its January 18-21 event.  This popular event features what is called Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana Roots music.  Headlining this year’s “outdoor music festival held indoors” is Tall Tall Trees from Asheville, NC; and Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy from Lawrence, KS.

Mike Savino, the Tall Tall Trees banjo-wielding bard, has reshaped the landscape of what is possible with his instrument featuring its basic iteration and the banjo’s drum roots.  Audiences become wildly mesmerized with his mastery of electronic effects, loops, toy ray guns, and heaps of spontaneous creativity.

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy is a high-energy ‘Brass ‘n’ Grass’ sextet whose sound has been described as ‘a stagecoach in overdrive’.  Their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and Dixieland has energized audiences all across America and in five other countries.

The trending bands to round out OzMoMu during its fifth successful four-day weekend of music includes:

>DimeTrip – Five guys out of Eureka Springs, AR that have decided to work towards a common goal of creating and playing original music with diverse sounds for as many people as this life allows.

>Alaina Blake & Dylan Hawf – A pair of expert musicians from Fayetteville, AR who have teamed up to prove that when it comes to music, style and performance skill one plus one does equal three much to the wild enjoyment of their fans, and audience members who quickly become fans.

>Urban Pioneers – Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears known as the Urban Pioneers. This string band hammers out a variety of original songs that encompass old time hillbilly music, western swing, rockabilly, and even a few gypsy type songs for good measure.

>High-Fi Hillbillies – A trio of “knuckle-heads” from Tulsa, OK, who have way too much fun playing music! They came together through a comedy of errors and are riding this musical train to see where it goes. They play great songs by artists like Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and Creedence Clearwater Revival!

>The Creek Rocks – This duo, part of the former group Big Smith, from Springfield, MO delves into the ups and downs of the deep Ozarks sound with a special focus on old-time music that soars above the hills and hollers.

>American Lions – From Conway, AR comes this band formed in early 2012 and today features a new style of music from Blues-driven ballads to rowdy Indie rock, all connected with the influences of Southern roots.

>Grassfed – A quick pickin’ string band out of KC/MO that pivots on the foundation of traditional bluegrass entwined with an eclectic array of influences. Forged by songwriters and driven by instrumental conversation, this band brings a punching sound all its own.

>Miles Over Mountains – a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL.  Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style.

>Camptown Ladies – Two ladies, Gina Gallina and Melissa Carper, from Eureka Springs, AR who serve up hillbilly swing like it was a banquet of sound.  This duo, plus some surprise guests, is dynamic, to say the least.

All performances all four days will be on stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District.  The popular Late Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights will be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


Submitted by Bill Ott / billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com


i am a teacher



(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — As teachers prepare for the start of the new school year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel are showing their appreciation to these hard working and dedicated instructors by making it possible for each to have another couple days or evenings of enjoyment before heading back into the classroom.  These two Eureka Springs historic hotels are extending a special discount to all area teachers, administrators, and school workers for all these two historic hotels have to offer.

“From August 1 thru August 6, any person showing proper school-affiliated identification from an area school, college or other institute of learning will receive a twenty-five percent discount on hotel lodging, food in our restaurants, services in our spas, and tickets to our tours,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both hotels.  “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to this group of dedicated educators and school workers.”

The discount may be used for overnight rooms at both hotels; food in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, SkyBar Pizza, Crescent Confections, and the Balcony Restaurant; any and all services at both the New Moon Spa & Salon and Spa 1905; tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour, Flickering Tales, Not Really A Door production, and the Spirits of The Basin tour; plus hotel souvenirs.  Teachers are reminded that reservations are suggested at some of these venues and that this special, limited-time teacher discount may not be combined with any other discount or promotional offer.

Moyer concluded, “We feel that in addition to this being one last chance for the folks employed by our area schools to enjoy summer, it will also give each of them a chance to recharge their internal batteries before plugging into the new school year.”

For more information, teachers may go to CrescentHotel.com or BasinPark.com.


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 ReserveEureka.com. 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 ReserveEureka.com with a full schedule for Blues Weekend ’17 performances at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.


(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Eureka Springs, the “Extraordinary Escape” located in the Arkansas Ozarks, is alive and welcoming the year ‘round, but in spring it becomes ever so bold.  Why?  Because in spring this historic village begins to strut its stuff.  And in 2017, that includes new stuff at great attractions such as The Great Passion Play, Intrigue Theater, America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Phunkberry, May Festival of the Arts, as well as Main Street Eureka Springs.

  • The Great Passion Play will begin its fiftieth season, on Friday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. but with nuances for the 2017 season.  Added to the entranceway of the Holy Land Tour is a Biblical marketplace featuring carpenters, potterers, and other artisans making hand-crafted items.  Also new is Noah’s Ark Park, a petting zoo with camels; llama; an assortment of miniature goats, donkeys and horses; plus, a pharaoh hound.   The play itself boasts of more than 170 actors, dozens of birds and animals, all assembled to portray the last days of Christ on a set that is three stories tall and 550 feet across and meticulous replicates Jerusalem of 2000 years ago.  The play will have evening performances on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of the opening month with two added performances on Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28 for the Memorial Day weekend.  Surrounding the amphitheater are The Christ of the Ozarks, the New Holy Land, Sacred Arts Center, the Bible Museum, hiking trails, and more.  www.greatpassionplay.org/
  • Intrigue Theater has already begun its seventh season and continues to completely mystify each and every audience that witnesses their extensive journey into the art of magic and illusion.  Illusionist Sean-Paul and ghost whisperer Juliana Fay have drawn from their decades of performing around the world to transform the 1910 Gavioli Chapel into a performance venue that vibrantly enhances their innovative and brilliant homage to the Golden Age of Magic and the Ghostly Spiritualist movement of the early 1900s.  A new stage with augmented audience sight lines, a proscenium, crystal chandeliers, period stage lighting and historic props has now transformed this Victorian, limestone chapel into a showplace of mind-boggling magic, mysticism and journeys to “the other side.  The new Intrigue Theater dynamically adds to the ambiance of a town known for the unknown.  intriguetheater.com/
  • America’s Most Haunted Hotel further solidifies Eureka Springs as a town known for the unknown.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s nightly ghost tour has for 2017 added a new history room at the tour’s origination point.  This “Faculty Lounge” honors the Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women (circa 1908-1934).  Here patrons can look at images of the “living” co-eds prior to touring, prior to perhaps bumping into one those ladies who never left or returned to the building following graduation.  Another off-beat, recovered treasure displayed in the room is an original calliaphone invented and manufactured by the infamous Norman Baker.  It is the morgue of his Cancer Curing Hospital (circa 1937-1939) that is the pièce de résistance of the tour.  Said to be the most paranormally active area in the hotel, it culminates the tour which winds down from the fourth floor to the basement with numerous stops and stories of ghostly encounters along the way, stories that oftentimes make even the most brave feel faint.  www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com/
  • Phunkberry is Eureka Springs’ newest music festival.  This second three-day event, May 4-6, has an all new line up with the newest of now sounds focusing on the top national and regional funk and jazz bands.  Featured for 2017 is The Motet, an American funk, Afrobeat and jazz influenced group from Denver CO; The Werks, a psychedelic dance, jam, funk, rock group from Dayton 0H; and from Chicago IL comes Maniac Focus, and electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCartin.  All 16 groups will take the stage in front of thousands at “The Farm”, 160 panoramic acres atop the Ozark Mountains. phunkberry.com/
  • May Festival of the Arts honors a community that has, for more than a decade, been anchored on the “Top 25 Cities for Art” in the small cities category in such publications as American Style Magazine.  And, since Eureka Springs boasts of more than 350 working artists in a town of 2,000 where cutting-edge is a way of life, the hot and exciting nuance in this month-long fête is “The Eurekan Spectacle”, an augmented reality based experiential app that allows users to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. The Eurekan Spectacle goes live May 1.  Download instructions and a walking tour map can be found at www.eurekanspectacle.com.  Eureka’s May Festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists: The White Street Walk.  www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/
  • Main Street Eureka Springs is blessed each year with shop owners and downtown entrepreneurs who keep a watchful eye on the latest trends and products and 2017 is no exception.  A swarm of new shops and new inventories at established shops await Eureka’s nearly one million visitors starting in May.  Just as new as the merchandise downtown is the “Downtown N Underground” tour.  Its 2017 reboot features an extended route that takes strollers along the same exact sidewalks and sidetrails used by the outlaws and zealots, the famous and infamous back when Eureka Springs was considered the wild west.  The tour also includes an exclusive visit to three underground locations, private and off limits to the general public with one final stop as “guests take the stage” at the city’s historic auditorium.  eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

“If you ever wanted to see a town strut, travel this spring to the crown jewel of Northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs,” said Bill Ott, former chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and once you get here you will be strutting right along with us with no desire ever to return home.”


Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

Spring Break Excursion Starts In Oklahoma City

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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — Every Spring Break, hundreds of families from the Oklahoma City area travel to the Arkansas Ozarks and the nationally recognized destination of Eureka Springs.  As much fun as there is to experience once the family arrives, the journey to this Victorian village can provide a whole host of lifetime memories with exceptional points of interest (POI) along the way.

So with the kids and the family dog (yes, many Eureka Springs’ properties are pet friendly) securely and safely buckled in, here are a few POI to check out as the family heads east.  Let the excursion begin.

POI #1: Rock Café, Stroud OK (approx. 67 miles from Oklahoma City)… The Rock Café, named for its local sandstone construction, opened in 1939 and has remained a Route 66 landmark ever since.  Despite a devastating fire in 2008, the structure’s four rock walls and Betsy, the original stainless steel grill that has turned out more than 5 million burgers, survived and is back serving customers.  It is also worth noting that the café’s owner Dawn Welch provided the inspiration for ‘Sally Carrera’ in the Pixar film, “Cars”.  rockcafert66.com/

POI #2: Rock Creek Bridge, Sapulpa OK (approx. 37 miles from POI #1)… Built in 1921 to serve the Ozark Trail, ‘Bridge No. 18 at Rock Creek’ became part of Route 66 in 1926 and remained busy until 1952 when the highway was realigned to the south. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 120 feet-long steel truss design and is particularly notable for the brick decking.  Although it closed as an auto traversable bridge in 2013, the bridge remains open to pedestrians.  nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/bridge18_Rock_Creek_Sapulpa.html

POI #3: Blue Whale, Catoosa OK (approx. 28 miles from POI #2)… The Blue Whale in Catoosa may be one of the most famous landmarks along this well-preserved section of Route 66 that runs through Oklahoma.  Built in 1972 by one Hugh S. Davis thousands of families stop by to explore the whale and pose for this one-of-a-kind family photo opportunity, perfect for sharing on social media.  Even though the pond has closed, adjacent picnic tables are still available.  travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.653

POI #4: Totem Pole Park, Foyil OK (approx. 22 miles from POI #3)… Located just 3.5 miles off Route 66, the extraordinary, eccentric collection of totem poles is the work of Oklahoma folk artist Ed Galloway. The centerpiece is a spectacular 90-ft tall construction – making it the World’s Largest Concrete Totem Pole – and features brightly colored animals as well as portraits of Native Americans. travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.13179

POI #5: Wal-Mart Visitor Center, Bentonville AR (approx. 116 miles from POI #4)… Although officially called the Wal-Mart Visitor Center, this quaint facility is a tribute to the main street entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches struggle that launched it all.  Facing the town square, this site of Sam Walton’s original “5 & 10” store still maintains its down-home facade on the outside and even its down-home feel on the inside.  Most of the facility houses a museum chronicling Walton’s extraordinary life and career, plus features his beloved 1979 red Ford pickup. corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history/the-walmart-museum

POI #6: Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield AR (approx. 17 miles from POI #5)… The Battle of Pea Ridge was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.  The National Park Service describes the park as “the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States”, which includes the legendary Elkhorn Tavern.  nps.gov/peri/learn/index.htm

POI #7: Beaver Bridge, Beaver AR (approx. 16 miles from POI #6)… This historic wooden suspension bridge, built in 1949 and known as the “Little Golden Gate of Arkansas”, is a hidden delight.  A single-lane, wooden construction bridge that is 554 feet long and only 11 feet wide that spans the White River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  exploresouthernhistory.com/beaverbridge

POI #8: City of Eureka Springs AR (approx. 7 miles from POI #7)…  This quaint village grew to prominence in the late 19th century because of the healing powers of the water -back then- from the 65 springs near the downtown area.  Now this resort community, which is entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers days and nights worth of family fun, activities and attractions including Beaver Lake; Kings and White Rivers; state’s longest and highest zip line; Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge; plus America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. eurekaspringsonline.com.

The only question that rings out is “When do we leave?”  (Remember, the kids and dog are waiting.)


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