The Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a Watermelon Social in Basin Spring Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. presented by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network. This event is an open jam and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in. Free watermelon and water will be provided.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be free music in the Basin Spring Park bandshell from noon-6 p.m.
The line-up is as follows:
12 p.m. Davanzo Family
1 p.m. Clark Family
2 p.m. Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band
3 p.m. Donny Catron
4 p.m. Dragonmasters
5 p.m. Clancey Ferguson
12 p.m. Clark Family
1 p.m. Buffalo City Ramblers
2 p.m. Al Brumley & Friends
3 p.m. Mountain View Friends & Family
4 p.m. Dragonmasters
5 p.m. Davanzo Family
This year, there will be two nights of shows beginning at 7 p.m. at The Auditorium at 32 S. Main Street. Friday night’s performers include The Davanzo Family, Mountain View Friends & Family, Clancey Ferguson, Buffalo City Ramblers with Donny Catron, Dragonmasters, and headline act Melvin Goins with Retro & Smiling.
Melvin Goins began his musical career in the mid-1950s when he joined the legendary Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Since then, he has worked with a number of notable bluegrass musicians, including Paul Williams, Bobby Osborne and The Stanley Brothers. His greatest contribution to the bluegrass scene came from his stint with his younger brother Ray as The Goin Brothers. Today, the iconic performer continues to delight audiences with his exciting performances.
Saturday night’s performers includes Al Brumley Jr. & Friends, Clark Family with Bill Nesbitt, Tim Crouch & Friends, Pam Setser & Mountain View Friends featuring Clancey Ferguson, Buffalo City Ramblers featuring Donny Catron, Retro & Smiling, and headline act Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show.
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show deliver authentic bluegrass and classic country music in a highly entertaining and exciting way. Officially established in 1993, the band started out slowly and didn’t gain national recognition until they signed with a record label in 1999. The Texas-based group gained instant recognition with the song “Where the smoke goes up (and the money goes down).” Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show have a unique sound unlike any other and always deliver a great show.
Tickets to The Auditorium shows are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 16 and under. Buy tickets for both nights for $35 for adults and $20 for children. Also on Saturday, August 16 at the Rodeway Inn Chalet at 2015 East Van Buren, Melvin Goins tells stories from his life on the road at 9 a.m. Admission is free.
For more information about the Annual Bluegrass Festival, visit www.eurekasprings.org.