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 2018 Lineup

We have Grammy Award winners, Blues Hall of Famers, Blues Music Award winners, as well as up-and-coming bands coming to entertain you at venues all around Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

Partner Venues

There will be music at partner venues all around historic Eureka Springs.

We'll be adding them to the lineup as we get info from the clubs, so check back often for more great blues acts!

 

Coyote Claw
Thursday, June 14 - 7:00 PM @ Rowdy Beaver Den (Downtown)

      

Join us for the Blues Weekend pre-party at the Rowdy Beaver Den in downtown Eureka Springs!

Coyote Claw consists of Richard Burnett on Guitar Dobro and Vocals and Chuck Brouillette, Harmonica. Playing everything from High Energy Blues, Outlaw Country and Originals. Might call it Americana Blues. Richard and Chuck played together in a band called The Shackrats from 2007-2010. They recently rejoined together to form The High Energy Duo called Coyote Claw.

Selwyn Birchwood
Friday, June 15 - 5:00 PM @ Basin Spring Park - FREE MUSIC!!!

       

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s debut album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band—saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney “Big Love” Girlie—takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.

John Nemeth
Friday, June 15 - 7:00 & 9:00 PM Shows @ 1905 Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom

      

John Nemeth's music has been on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and he has been nominated for Blues Music Award an amazing fourteen times. John has won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award – voted on by nearly 11,000 blues fans.

Mark Shields & Good Company
Friday, June 15 - 9:00 PM @ Rowdy Beaver Den (Downtown)

   

After forming in 2010 and several line-up changes, "GOOD COMPANY" is regarded as one of the most entertaining and exciting bands performing traditional and contemporary music in Northwest Arkansas. Their blending of western swing, blues and surf delivers a rockabilly bopping sound that is raved about. Being one of the top bands on the scene today they are truly a rarity. Lead by Mark Shields (guitar/lead vocals) and joined by band members Lee Christenson (drums) and Frankie Cadillac (upright bass/vocals), Good Company uses their undeniable musical chemistry to create a unique and captivating sound full of cultural influences and catchy memorable melodies.

Coyote Claw
Saturday, June 16 - Noon @ Rowdy Beaver Tavern

      

Coyote Claw consists of Richard Burnett on Guitar Dobro and Vocals and Chuck Brouillette, Harmonica. Playing everything from High Energy Blues, Outlaw Country and Originals. Might call it Americana Blues. Richard and Chuck played together in a band called The Shackrats from 2007-2010. They recently rejoined together to form The High Energy Duo called Coyote Claw.

Blew Reed & the Flatheads
Saturday, June 16 - 1:00 PM @ Rowdy Beaver Den

 "Blew Reed and The Flatheads" was formed in 2010. Blew Reed is the lead singer and harmonica player, Chester P is the lead guitar & back-up vocals, the rhythm section consists of Jason Freeman on Bass and back-up vocals and Chongo Bailey on the Drums.

Brick Fields Band
Saturday, June 16 - 3:00 PM @ Basin Spring Park Bandshell

      

Brick Fields is an Arkansas original musical group fronted by the ambrosial voice of Rachel Fields bring you their ‘Roots’ music using a Folk, Gospel and Blues platform as with an Americana Soul feel on their new album “Blues Habit”. The Brick Fields foundation is married couple Rachel Fields and Larry Brick. Rachel cut her musical teeth first in the Arkansas river valley, by way of her Uncle Mike "Burger" Scoggins, then in the jam band circuit touring in the late 90's east and west coast festivals opening for acts like Government Mule and later singing on a tour with JGB. Larry has spent over 40 years in the music business as a guitar player, songwriter and also as a worship leader during the California Calvary movement of the 1970’s.

 

Coco Montoya with Special Guest Carolyn Wonderland
Saturday, June 16 - 8:00 PM @ The Auditorium (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

                  

John Mayall is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, and will not be able to perform as scheduled during the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. John’s former BluesBreaker mate and guitarist Coco Montoya, now a blues star in his own right, has graciously agreed to perform in John’s absence. Carolyn Wonderland, who has been touring with Mayall told us that John’s prognosis is good, and she looks forward to returning to Eureka Springs to open for Montoya. Please send all thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery John’s way!

While we truly hate that John’s illness has forced this change, Montoya’s 2011 performance during Blues Weekend was truly one of the highlights of our 11 years of producing the event. Coco was joined by Earl Cate of The Cate Brothers for an “encore” that lasted almost as long as the originally scheduled performance! Their jam was described as “Magic” by fan after fan... And rumor has it that Earl will be joining Coco again this year, A JAM YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!!

Opening for Montoya is Texas guitarist extraordinaire Carolyn Wonderland and her band. Carolyn recently joined Mayall's band as his newest "Bluesbreaker", following in the footsteps of fellow Blues guitar greats Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout and of course, Coco Montoya.

Scott Garner & the Speedshift Band
Saturday, June 16 - 8:00 PM @ Rowdy Beaver Tavern

If you like your Blues "a little bit country", you'll love Scott Garner & the Speedshift Band!

Los Roscoes
Saturday, June 16 - 9:00 PM @ Rowdy Beaver Den

Northwest Arkansas' premiere Blues band based in the unique town of Eureka Springs, AR. David Blankenship is on Lead Guitar, Adam Moraga with Vocals and Bass & Brian Martin is on Drums. One of Eureka’s most demanded Blues bands, you’re sure to have a great time!

Father's Day Sunday Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek
Sunday, June 17 - Gates Open @ Noon

      

Join us for our annual Father's Day Sunday Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildife Refuge. Located 7 miles south of Eureka Springs on Highway 23, TCWR is America's premiere exotic animal refuge. TCWR gives lifetime homes in natural habitats to lions, tigers, bears and other exotic wildlife. Bring your shade tents, folding chairs, umbrellas, sun screen and we'll supply hot blues! Vendors will also have food, ice cold beverages, arts and crafts and more to show and sell, and the artists will all have CDs available to sign!

Tom Baker's Blues Harmonica For Kids of All Ages
Sunday, June 17 - 1:00 PM @ Turpentine Creek

      

Free Hohner harmonicas for the first 50 kids, plus a quick lesson on how to play a blues song from Kansas City blues historian and harmonica master Tom Baker! Baker has fronted The Blues Notions for almost four decades, making them one of Kansas City's longest running bands.

Tony Redman
Sunday, June 17 - 2:20 PM @ Turpentine Creek

      

Tony Redman is a roots guitar player, and singer, specializing in old blues, country, and rock n roll. In his spare time, Tony handcrafts one-of-a-kind steel body slide guitars in his home workshop.

Fast Johnny Ricker Band
Sunday, June 17 - 3:30 PM @ Turpentine Creek

      

Fast Johnny Ricker and his band are returning to Eureka Springs to play an "unplugged" set of blistering blues, showcasing one of the finest slide guitarists in America in an acoustic set. Johnny will be joined by his long-time drummer Gary Miller on drums and his son Davis Ricker on acoustic bass. Johnny and the band will then host a jam featuring some of the incredible musicians who have played during Blues Weekend.

All-Star Jam
Sunday, June 17 - 4:30 PM @ Turpentine Creek

We've invited all the artists from the various venues to join us for an All-Star jam to end Blues Weekend! You never know who might just join in...

All acts, times and venues are subject to change.

Top Ten Most Beautiful Blues Festivals in the World!

We were honored by American Blues Scene as one of the top ten most beautiful blues festivals in the world in 2015. Other festivals included were the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Blues From the Top and the Waterfront Blues Festival.

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