The Who's Who of the Blues

Our lineups have been described by Blues Festival Guide as "The Who's Who of the Blues...". We have featured local, regional, national and Grammy®-award-winning Blues acts from all over America and around the world! We have featured Blues Music Award winners and nominees, and several Blues Hall of Fame members. But we are proudest to have helped introduce some of the best new Blues acts like Sean Carney, Trampled Under Foot, Lionel Young and Selwyn Birchwood, all winners of the International Blues Challenge who have gone on to play all around the world.

Our 2016 Lineup

This year we moved our Blues Weekend featured act and headliner shows to Turpentine Creek Wildelife Refuge's Front Stage. We also had arts and craft and food vendors. It was a real festival with great music, great food and lots of fun things to do. And plenty of FREE PARKING.

Then as the sun went down, we ended the music at Turpentine Creek so everyone could go into town and enjoy even more great Blues music at our partner venues all around historic Eureka Springs! All venues have a seperate aadmissions, some for free!

Just 7 miles south of Eureka Springs, Turpentine Creek gives refuge to over 100 lions, tigers, bears and all sorts of "OH MY!" animals like cougars and other exotic animals, all rescued and given lifetime homes in natural habitats. For more info, click here!

See you next year!

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
Friday, June 17 - TCWR

      

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 one 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.

Blew Reed & The Flatheads
Friday, June 17 - Rowdy Beaver
Saturday, June 18 - New Delhi

       

Blew Reed & The Flatheads was formed in 2010. Blew Reed is the lead singer & harmonica player, and is backed by Ken "Big Daddy" Cover on lead guitar & vocals, Jason Freeman on bass and Chongo "Manchild" Bailey on the drums.

Bourbon Highway
Friday, June 17 - New Delhi

   

Bourbon Highway is JJ Taylor on lead vocals and guitar, Jon "Wookie" Buckhorn on bass and Tristan Taylor on drums.

Bramhall Brothers
Saturday, June 18 - Pied Piper

   

The Bramhall Brothers, cousins to Doyle Bramhall II, have made the family proud. Josh, on lead guitar, cooks it up and brother Zach on bass and vocals adds the seasonings.

Josh and Zach have studied all genres of the blues, from the legends such as Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, The Neville Brothers, and so on. Their Dad Dale and Uncle Doyle Sr, Uncle Ronnie, cousin Doyle and countless other family musicians helped the brothers formulate their own sound and here it is for the world to hear.

Brick Fields
Sunday, June 19 - TCWR

       

Larry Brick and Rachel Fields are not only husband and wife, but an amazing duo that has performed their Gospel Brunch every year for our Father's Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek. Rachel is blessed with vocals filled with soul and emotion that have entertained Blues Lovers as far away as Israel!

Buddy Shute
Saturday, June 18 - Rowdy Beaver

   

The real blues, with an Ozarks twist! Buddy Shute's original compositions and blues classics will get your toe tapping and your hips swaying.

The Cate Brothers
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

      

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.

CeDell Davis and Brethern
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

      

CeDell Davis was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1927. Despite being struck with both yellow fever and polio as a child, CeDell had just started playing guitar when the polio struck, but he learned, through his own ingenuity and sheer grit, how to use a butter knife to fret the strings in place of his gnarled hands. In doing so, he pioneered the butter knife technique that many slide players imitate today. Starting his professional career playing with Robert Nighthawk, CeDell eventually began a solo career that has included a recording debut with the fabled Blues label Fat Possum Records that was attended by Mick Jagger and Yoko Ono, festival appearances around the world and two sold-out European tours.

CeDell is backed by Brethern- Greg Binns on guitar, Zakk Binns on guitar, Johnny Stephens on harmonica, Tim Green on bass and Barrett Martin on drums & percussion.

Chris Duarte
Thursday, June 16 - Barefoot Ballroom
Friday, June 17 - Barefoot Ballroom

      

Duarte was born in San Antonio, Texas, and was first inspired by music at age 8 after seeing Fiddler On The Roof on television. Duarte first began playing on his brother's guitar and then obtained his own electric guitar at the age of 14. In 1979, Duarte moved to Austin, Texas, and purchased a 1963 Fender Stratocaster guitar for $500 and began exploring various genres including the jazz music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. This guitar, a 1963 Fender Stratocaster on which he primarily learned to play, was stolen in 1993. Duarte was inspired by blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, and credits John Coltrane as his number-one musical idol.

Damon Fowler
Thursday, June 16 - TCWR

      

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.

The Delgado Brothers
Sunday, June 19 - TCWR

      

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".

Divas On Fire
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

      

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.

Earl and Them
Thursday, June 16 - Chelsea's
Friday, June 17 - Chelsea's

   

Earl and Them consists of Earl Cate, Jason Davis, Terry Cagle and John Davies, four of Northwest Arkansas's best musicians.

Ethan Kuntz
Sunday, June 19 - TCWR

      

Ethan Kuntz, 15 year old native of Nashville, Arkansas made the cut and went to Hollywood to sing the Blues on American Idol. He's already jamming on Beale Street in Memphis, playing at festivals and learning the ropes of being a Bluesman!

George Hunt's Blues For Kids
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

   

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
Friday, June 17 - TCWR

       

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.

Hadden Sayers
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

      

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
Friday, June 17 - TCWR

      

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.

JD & The Mudhounds
Saturday, June 18 - Pied Piper

   

Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds.... A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It's The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it's an experience.

Jesse Dean & Left of Center
Saturday, June 18 - Rowdy Beaver Den
Saturday, June 18 - Rowdy Beaver

   

Old soul Rock n Roll with a heavy Blues influence... "Left of Center" is Jesse Dean on guitar and vocals, Vince Turner on bass and vocals, and Kevin Bonner on drums and vocals.

Jimmy Wayne Garrett
Friday, June 17 - TCWR

      

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.

Jimmy Wayne Garrett & The Liberty Bell Rhythm Band
Friday, June 17 - Pied Piper

      

Jimmy Wayne Garrett, who represented our area at the 2016 Interntaional Blues Challenge in Memphis as a solo act, is bringing his band to the Pied Piper after his performance at Turpentine Creek.

John Calvin Brewer Band
Friday, June 17 - TCWR

      

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.

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Thursday, June 16 - Pied Piper
Friday, June 17 - Pied Piper

      

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.

The magic of their live show caught the attention of producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), who joined with the band to record their third full-length album at Nashville's historic Sound Emporium. The album is set for release on April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records, and will be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

"If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer." - No Depression

Katy Guillen and the Girls
Friday, June 17 - Pied Piper

      

Katy Guillen and The Girls may have deep roots in the blues, thanks to leader Guillen's considerable skills and long history as a blues guitarist, but this trio - Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums) - brings a wide range of talents and tastes to the band's sound. Guillen's searing and lively licks, William's heavy, driving drums, and Adams's rock-solid bass create a dense sonic background for Guillen's honest and powerful lyrics, delivered with soul and verve and complemented by Adams's intense harmonies.

Kirk Brown Band
Friday, June 17 - Rowdy Beaver
Sunday, June 18 - Rowdy Beaver Den

Kirk Brown and his band are based out of Greenfield, MO and tour the midwest playing rockin' blues. Kirk Brown got the guitar bug at age 12 in Detroit MI., inspired by an uncle with a six-string. He developed an appreciation of music from his father's well-rounded record collection, and in the '70s was inspired by blues guitar greats, including Freddie King. Brown is a powerful singer, but not a man of many words, he would rather let the music do the talking . Despite his formative influences, Kirk's guitar style is not easy to categorize or compare to any one other guitarist. Really, it's Kirk Brown, which is as it should be... the blues is self-expression.

Kirk played for many years with harmonica great, Little Hatch and the Houserockers in all the Kansas City blues clubs. They eventually became the "House" band at The Grand Emporium. While playing with Little Hatch, Kirk and the band made it to the finals at the International Blues Competition in Memphis. A few years later, Kirk and his band represented the Springfield, MO area blues society at the IBCs, making it to the semi-finals.

Kory Montgomery
Friday, June 17 - Barefoot Ballroom

   

Based out of Fayetteville, AR, the members of The Kory Montgomery Band (KMB) have been spreading their name and reputation across the country now 7 years, and continue to gain new popularity with their solid grooves, intense solos, and demanding lyrics.

Steeped in blues, funk, and soul, KMB has played numerous festivals and events throughout the world including the opportunities to open and/or perform for BB King, on multiple occasions, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul Schaffer, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Robert Randolph, Hubert Sumlin, The North Mississippi All Stars, JJ Grey & Mofro, Slightly Stoopid, and many other international artists.

Mark Albertson Trio
Friday, June 17 - Rockin' Pig
Saturday, June 18 - Rockin' Pig

   

Born in 1964 and raised in the Fort Smith Arkansas are, Mark was blessed with diverse musical surroundings. He was international finalist in the GIT scholarship competition sponsored by Fender Musical Instruments. He has opened for greats such as the legendary B. B. King, Phoebe Snow, and harmonica great Billy Blanks.

Mark has worked other regional greats like Arkansas' own Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes and Oklahoma's Wanda Watson as her lead guitarist and backing vocalist. Mark's skill's have been utilized as staff guitarist for Ben Jack Recording Studio's. Mark has long been considered to be a well rounded, soulful player adding a distinct sound with his guitar to any band he plays with, especially his own Mark Albertson Trio. His rich, southern, soulful blues vocals obviously pull from deep within his heart..

Norman Jackson Band
Friday, June 17 - Pied Piper

   

Norman Jackson and his band took third place at this year's International Blues Challenge. Norman was born in Canton Ohio and grew up in Detroit and Chicago singing alongside Ben E King, Sam Cooke, P Funk, and many of the fathers of Soul & Blues music. It's not often that you find a genuine voice like Norman's. He is an absolute virtuoso as a guitarist. At one moment he'll sear you with a blazing solo and the next he'll soothe you with the smoothest of licks.

Ocie Fisher
Saturday, June 18 - Chelsea's

   

"Fayetteville's First Lady of the Blues" - Ocie Fisher was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. She joined her church choir at a very young age and blossomed quickly with vocal talent.

Ocie is in the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards Hall of Fame, and is a 4-Time Female Vocalist of the Year.

Today, Ocie enjoys singing her favorite artists' tunes with an original twist provided by a backing band of well seasoned musicians.

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings
Friday, June 17 - Pied Piper
Saturday, June 18 - Pied Piper

   

Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings is an up and coming Americana Roots/Folk band from the hills of Arkansas. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Opal Agafia, entered the music scene in January of 2015. Shortly after playing in local joints with various musicians, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings developed into a full string band--fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and upright bass. Together this band puts on a high energetic show while focusing on the words and instrumental combo. Over the year, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings have played a variety of music venues and festivals. In Spring 2016 the group will release the first album, "One Down, Forever To Go."

Patrick Sweany
Friday, June 17 - Chelsea's
Saturday, June 18 - Chelsea's
Sunday, June 19 - Chelsea's

   

Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own...

Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon
Saturday, June 18 - TCWR

      

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 mighty fine Blues!

Whiskey Mendez
Sunday, June 19 - New Delhi

   

Bio coming soon!

All acts, times and venues are subject to change.

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