Eureka Springs Blues Weekend Scheduled for June 13-16

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Eureka Springs Blues Weekend to feature Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, The Nighthawks, The Cedric Burnside Project, The Chicago Blues Revue and other national and local Blues acts.

The 2013 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend will be held June 13-16. Every year, Blues Weekend features local, regional, national and even international Blues acts held in The Auditorium, Basin Spring Park, The Basin Park Hotel's Barefoot Ballroom, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and venues all around Eureka Springs.

Music kicks off on Thursday, June 13 with free performances in Basin Spring Park on Spring Street beginning at Noon until 6 p.m. More free music continues in the park on Friday and Saturday from Noon until 6 p.m. as well.

Thursday evening’s show features multiple BMA Award winners Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots. A singer and pianist, Wainwright is known as a raucous, high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. Music starts at 9 p.m. in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom at 12 Spring Street.

Friday night’s show at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street features Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, followed by BMA Winner, The Nighthawks. The Nighthawks have been playing the Blues to audiences all over the world for over 40 years and their music keeps getting better with each passing year. They have opened for everyone from Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn and have headlined festivals all over the world.

Also Friday night, multiple BMA winner The Cedric Burnside Project, heats up the Basin Park Ballroom at 10 p.m.; doors open at 9 p.m. Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside and the winner of the Blues Music Awards "Best New Artist Debut." After years of touring the world with Lightnin' Malcolm as 'the Juke Joint Duo', Burnside has started a new band: The Cedric Burnside Project.

In conjunction with the Ozarks Blues Society and the Blues Society of the Ozarks, George Hunt will present the third annual "Blues for Kids" Harmonica Blowout Saturday at Noon in Basin Spring Park. Harmonicas will be given to the first 50 kids to join the fun.    

The Saturday afternoon show at The Auditorium features Ozarks Blues Challenge Winning Solo Artist Buddy Shute and Ozarks Blues Challenge Winning Band Leah & The Mojo Doctors. Following is multiple BMA winner ED Kight, and Grammy winning Blues legends, The Chicago Blues Revue. Show time is 3 p.m. and the doors open at 2 p.m.

Wrapping up the stage events on Saturday night, JP Soars and the Red Hots perform at 10 p.m. in the Basin Park Ballroom. Soars has toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues. It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.

Also appearing in Basin Spring Park and in venues around Eureka Springs will be great Blues acts from across the country, including The Ariels, Baby Jason, Blew Reed & The Flatheads, Blue Krewe, Brandon Santini, Brick Fields, Brody Buster, Brother Bagman, Chad Emmert, Cutty Rye, The Doghouse Daddies, Earl Cate & Them, Gone Was Here, Isayah's AllStars, The Jones Brothers, Jones van Jones, Justin Cauble, Laurie Morvan, Levee Town, Nathan A, Randy Beach, RJ Mischo, Shawn "Lil' Slim" Holt, Steve Jones, Terry Evans, Terry Quiett Band, Tony Trahan and more.

The weekend ends with a Father's Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek, located on Highway 23 South, on Sunday afternoon from 1-6 p.m. Brick Fields will start the afternoon off with their gospel blues brunch. Selwyn Birchwood and his band (the winning band from the 2013 International Blues Challenge) will perform next and then host an all-star jam, with several bands from Blues Weekend staying over to join the fun. Along with great blues music, there will be plenty of food and refreshments available. There will also be lots of activities for the kids, including kite flying with Kaliedokites.

Proceeds for the festival go to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit organization that provides lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “big cats”—primarily tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars—and other animals.

For more information about Blues Weekend visit To schedule interviews with artists or staff, contact Charles Ragsdell at 479-253-7377, or email: info(at)EurekaSpringsBlues(dot)com.

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