After years of complaints about the lack of parking near The Auditorium and Basin Spring Park, the producers of Turpentine Creek have moved the main shows to the refuge where there is plenty of free parking adjacent to the festival grounds. There is also limited onsite RV spaces available for camping, as well as several lodging units for those who want to stay at the Refuge for the weekend. Also, Turpentine Creek will have lots of arts & crafts, food, drinks and fun activities for children of all ages. The music ends each night around sundown, giving blues lovers a chance to go to the many partner venues in Eureka Springs that wil be featuring great blues bands.
Some of the acts appearing are Grammy Award winner Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, Blues Music Award winner Hadden Sayers, Damon Fowler (now on tour with Butch Trucks), International Blues Challenge winner The Delgado Brothers, The Ghost Town Blues Band, BSONWA Blues Challenge Solo winner Jimmy Wayne Garret, BSONWA Blues Challenge Band winner Divas On Fire, The Cate Brothers, IBC Finalists Trey and Jason, The John Calvin Brewer Band, Isayah's All-Stars, George Hunt's Blues For Kids workshop, Brick Fields Gospel Sunday Brunch and many, many more acts appearing at our partner venues all around town. From headliner shows to dance bands in dive bars, Blues Weekend will feature every shade of The Blues!
A limited number of VIP and Weekend Passes are on sale at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor! Alvin has won a Grammy for "Beautiful Dreamer- The Songs of Stephen Foster", and his 2003 album "Down in the Alley" was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Song.
Alvin also won the18th Annual Blues Music Award for Best New Blues Artists. Alvin has been nominated for BMAs another 14 times, including nominations for Acoustic Blues Artist (7X), Acoustic Blues Album (3X), Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Traditional Blues Male Artist (2X), and Traditional Blues Album.
Larry Brick and Rachel Fields are not only husband and wife, but an amazing duo that brings their Gospel Brunch every year to our Father's Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek.
Guitarist and vocalist for Butch Trucks (of Allman Brothers fame...) and the Freight Train, Damon Fowler is bringing his Blues trio based out of Tampa, Florida. Damon also tours the world as part of Southern Hospitality, which features two more Blues Weekend favorites, JP Soars and Victor Wainwright.
Divas On Fire
Divas on Fire represented the Ozarks Blues Society at the 2016 International Blues Challenge. Six lead vocalist backed by a hot band, Divas on Fire are Rachel "Brick" Fields, Dawn Cate, Leah Spears, Liz Lottmann, Ocie Fisher and Tori Rudolph, backed by guitarist Jody Andrews, drummer Diane Rudolph, bassist Alma Blecher, and honorary “Div-O” guitarist Matt Perrine.
George Hunt's Blues For Kids Harmonica Blowout
Kids of all ages can learn how to play a Blues song from award-winning Blues in the Schools instructor George Hunt. We'll give Hohner harmonicas to the first 50 kids who join us on Saturday afternoon!
Ghost Town Blues Band
Not your grandpa’s blues band, Ghost Town's live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with everything from a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their hip-hop trombone player. The grooves go from funky to "funk-nasty" as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit.
While attending Texas A&M, Hadden Sayers immersed himself into the Blues. He jammed with the likes of Gatemouth Brown, Omar Dykes, Joe Ely and other luminaries of the Texas blues scene, and went on to play with "Silent Partners" (the legendary BB King rhythm section), Lucky Peterson and Ruthie Foster, whose duet with Hadden on his "Back to the Blues" earned them a Song of the Year nomination!
Isayah's All Stars
Isayah Warford and his All-Stars feature some of NWA's best blues players, fronted by virtuoso guitarist Isayah Warford. Isayah has performed with Mountain of Venus, Bee Spears from the Willie Nelson Band, and Hadden Sayers. Some of the 50 or so bluesmen who have joined the All-Stars over the years include Earl Cate, Darren Ray, Stingray, Dave Gesualdo, Darren Novatny, Wes Bowlin, Nathan Macleod and Kory Montgomery.
Jimmy Wayne Garrett
We're proud to present the 2015 Ozark Blues Challenge solo winner Jimmy Wayne Garrett, who represented our area at the 2016 Interntaional Blues Challenge in Memphis. Jimmy is an Arkansas born singer/songwriter and blues guitar player whose passion for blues music spans the American art form from its beginning to its current evolutionary status. Garrett believes in remaining true to one's genuine self and living through artistic expressions to make the world a better place.
John Calvin Brewer Band
John Calvin Brewer and his band represented the Spa City Blues Society at the 2016 International Blues Challenge, and performs regionally at clubs and festivals. Their music is a custom blend of gritty Blues with influences spanning from nostalgic blues of the 30’s & 40’s on through the vintage 60’s, 70’s to present day rockin' Blues.
The Cate Brothers
The Cate Brothers are a true Arkansas institution. Known best for their hit "Union Man", Ernie and Earl recorded with Steve Cropper, toured with Bob Dylan and were inducted into the Arkansas Music Hall of Fame! But what makes the Cates a perennial favorite is their music, a blend of blues and "blue-eyed" soul.
The Delagdo Brothers
Winners of this year's International Blues Challenge, The Delagdo Brothers are one mighty fine funky West Coast blues band! They represented the Ventura County Blues Society, and bested over 100 other great Blues bands from all around the world. For over 30 years they have been playing the Blues, and their songs have been covered by John Mayall, who made the brothers honorary BluesBreakers after playing on Mayall's "Along for the Ride".
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon were finalists in the 2016 International Blues Challenge, where they represented the Arkansas River Blues Society. Trey sings and plays guitar and Jason plays harmonica, and both entertain the audience with humor and some might fine Blues!
Even More Blues In Town!
In addition to these great acts, Blues Weekend's partner venues will have music all around historic Eureka Springs. Their partner venues are Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar, New Delhi, Pied Piper & Cathouse Lounge, Rockin' Pig Saloon, Rowdy Beaver & The Beaver Den.
They will feature music by Blew Reed, Bourbon Highway, Buddy Shute, Earl & Them, JD & The MudHounds, Kesse Dean & Left of Center, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Keith Nicholson Trio, Kirk Brown Band, Mark Albertson Trio, Norman Jackson Band, Ocie Fisher, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Patrick Sweany and Whiskey Mendez.
For a complete schedule, visit EurekaSpringsBlues.com.
"Nightflying down Hamburger Alley..."