Eureka Springs Blues Festival – June 13-16


The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, presented by The 1905 Basin Park Hotel, will be June 13 through 16, 2013, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Blues Weekend features local, regional, national and international blues acts, and is held in The Auditorium, Basin Spring Park, The Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom, Turpentine Creek and venues all around Eureka Springs.

Our beautiful Cliff Cottage Inn is located just 17 steps from Main Street and the center of all the wonderful music of Blues Festival Weekend. Enjoy all the local color from the porch or deck of your  romantic Jaccuzzi suite or hot tub cottage.Savor a glass of white wine or Champagne, chilled and awaiting your arrival in your suite. Wake up to an award-winning gourmet breakfast served on a silver tray right to the door of your suite. And be close to all the action and fun as famous blues performers once again take our charming village by storm with the music that America invented and perfected as its very own!

Our headliners are The Chicago Blues Revue featuring John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith, Billy Flynn and BarrelHouse Chuck, The Nighthawks, and EG Kight. Featured acts include Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, The Cedric Burnside Project, JP Soars & The Red Hots, Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots, Leah & The Mojo Doctors and Buddy Shute. Also appearing will be the International Blues Challenge’s winning band, chosen from 125 bands from all around the world in February in Memphis, Tennessee.

In total, our acts have been honored with three Grammy Awards, five Grammy nominations , 47 Blues Music Award nominations, seven Blues Music Awards and 21 Living Blues Awards. 

Grammy Winning Blues Legends
Chicago Blues Revue
Featuring John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith, Billy Flynn & BarrelHouse Chuck, the Chicago Blues Revue was assembled to headline this year’s Lucerne (Switzerland) Blues Festival, and was originally intended to be a once in a lifetime performance. However, after seeing their set at Lucerne, we immediately made an offer for them to perform in Eureka Springs. Collectively, the Chicago Blues Revue has three Grammy Awards, five Grammy nominations, 24 Blues Music Award nominations, and four Blues Music Award wins!

Multiple BMA Nominee
EG Kight
A veteran of the road, EG Kight has headlined at clubs, theaters and festivals, bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans in cities across America and Europe.Her nickname is the Georgia Songbird, and for good reason. One of America’s greatest singers, EG has opened shows for B.B. King, performed on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, wrote hit songs for Koko Taylor, produced a hit album for Lisa Biales and performed across American and in Europe, Japan and Mexico. Her nickname is the Georgia Songbird, and for good reason.

40 Years of Great Blues!
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. In 2009 they were honored with a Blues Music Award for Last Train To Bluesville, and their new album Damn Good Time is getting rave reviews and airplay around the world.

Multiple BMA Winner
Cedric Burnside Project
Cedric Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside. He is the winner of the Blues Music Awards “Best New Artist Debut” for the record: ‘The Two Man Wrecking Crew’ in 2009 and “Drummer of the Year” in 2010. Cedric is nominated for the 2013 BMA for Drummer of the Year. After years of touring the world with Lightnin’ Malcolm as ‘the Juke Joint Duo’, Cedric has started a new band: The Cedric Burnside Project. His first debut album ‘The Way I Am’ is coming soon, and he is touring the country bringing you new original foot-stomping hill-country blues music.

Multiple BMA Nominee
Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges
Eugene is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, and every year this is from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between. Born in 1963, son of the blues guitarist Hideaway Slim, Eugene’s mother was from the Bullock family (the same as Anna Mae Bullock better known as Tina Turner). Eugene claims he got his guitar skills from the Bridges side and his voice from the Bullocks. At five he was already playing with his father around Louisiana. At thirteen Eugene was entering R&B talent shows and has been playing ever since.  Blues, Soul, Jump, Funk, Gospel, Rock and Beach music all made Eugene the seasoned and versatile performer we have today.

Multiple Blues Music Award Nominee
Victor Wainwright
& The WildRoots
Victor Wainwright, singer, pianist, “hepcat” from Memphis, Tennessee by way of the Savannah, Georgia; is a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. After earning what he calls a “double major in Boogie, a Ph.D. in Swing and a master’s in Rhythm,” the “Piana’ from Savannah” is making a name for himself in a big way. Victor is nominated for the 2013 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Blues Music Award, his second such nomination.

BMA Nominee & 2009 IBC Winner
JP Soars & The Red Hots
JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. ” I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer.” Soars 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!

Ozarks Blues Challenge Winning Band
Leah & The Mojo Doctors
Leah and the Mojo Doctors will represent the Ozarks Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in February.  They have been playing Rock & Roll since 2001. The band has received numerous nominations and awards. Leah was awarded the Ozark Music Awards Best Female Vocalist in 2004. In 2008, she won the NAMA for Best Female Vocalist. Leah & the Mojo Doctors were awarded the 2009 and 2010 NAMA for Best Blues/R&B Band. In 2011 the band won the NAMA for Best Cover Band. The band can now add NAMA Hall of Fame to it’s list. Leah & the Mojo Doctors were recently honored with the title of the 2012 NAMA Hall of Fame Multi-Category Winner and Leah is the current 2012 NAMA Female Vocalist.   

Ozarks Blues Challenge Solo Winner
Buddy Shute
Buddy Shute will represent the Ozarks Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in February. Buddy was born in Memphis and began playing bars when he was 16. He drifted down to New Orleans and played with everybody…. he opened for Professor Longhair for his Birthday Bash at Tipatinas….  he played piano in a burlesque house…played with a cajun band on a riverboat…He’s been in the Fayetteville area for the last 5 years playing locally with “Kathy Cole & 4 Guys Named Moe”.

Also appearing in Basin Spring Park and in venues around Eureka Springs will be great blues acts from across the country. All of the clubs haven’t released their schedule yet, but some of the acts already confirmed are Brandon Santini, Brick Fields, The Doghouse Daddies, The Eureka Jug Band, Isayah’s AllStars, Jones van Jones, The Eureka Jug Band, Patrick Sweany, Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt, and Steve Jones. 
In conjunction with the Ozarks Blues Society and the Blues Society of the Ozarks, we will present our third annual “Blues for Kids” Harmonica Blowout Saturday afternoon in Basin Spring Park. Harmonicas will be given to the first fifty kids to join the fun.  We’re going to wind down Blues Weekend with a Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek on Sunday afternoon. The winning band from the International Blues Challenge will be invited to 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!
Blues Weekend is a fundraiser for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Eureka Springs. Turpentine Creek gives lifetime refuge to abused, neglected or abandoned wildlife, and is constantly building new habitats as funding permits. The Refuge is in the midst of their largest rescue ever, so every dollar raised goes towards saving even more tigers and cougars. For more information, please visit their web site at
Sponsors include The 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Al’s Happy Hens, Alpine Liquor, Best Western Eureka Inn, Casa Colina, Community First Bank, DeVito’s, Dr. Bobs Blues Show, Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission, Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Grand Central Hotel, Grand Taverne, KABF, KASU, KCUR, KKFI, KSPQ, KUAF, KUAR, New Orleans Hotel, Nightflying, Pig Trail Harley-Davidson, Rapid Roberts, The Current and Vacation Rentals.
Blues Weekend venues include The Auditorium, The 1905 Basin Park Hotel, Chelsea’s, Jack’s Place & Center Stage, New Delhi, Pied Piper & Cat House Lounge, Rockin’ Pig Saloon, Rowdy Beaver & The Beaver Den, Squid & Whale, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge & Voulez-Vous Lounge.
Ultimate and VIP Passes go on sale at on New Year’s Day. Hotel and ticket packages are also available at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and Grand Central Hotel. 
Weekend Passes go on sale on February 1. Individual show tickets go on sale March 1, or when Weekend Passes sell out.
For passes, a complete schedule, to volunteer, to become a sponsor or for more information, please visit

All acts and times are subject to change.

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