This traditional art form is an American expression of musical roots from the British Isles. Performers usually combine acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies.
Thursday evening, the festival begins with the annual watermelon extravaganza at Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs. This event is free and open to the public, and nothing says summertime like watermelon and outdoor music.
Anyone with an instrument can sit in with other musicians, beginning at 7 p.m. In 2007, more than 60 musicians took part in this free event.
On Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 11 a.m., pickers will perform at Basin Spring Park and elsewhere around the downtown area.
A show at the City Auditorium begins at 2 p.m., with the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band, The Williams Family, Ozark Alliance, Radford Ellis "The E-factor/E-grass" at its best, and Arkansas Red & His Friends on the front porch.
A 7:30 show at The Aud will combine the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band with other performers including the Spoon Man & His Family, Mark Jones, The Larry Nelson Family, Mr. Bass Himself Irl Hees, Pam Kirby & All Her Mountain View Music Friends, Old School and Buffalo City Ramblers.
A jam session at the Rodeway Inn--Swiss Holiday Resort on U.S. Highway 62E will follow the show, and anyone can join in and play.
On Saturday, the 2 p.m. show at The Aud features the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band and Ozark Alliance, a true local tradition. Don't miss Radford Ellis "The E-factor/E-grass" at its best. This show also includes The Larry Nelson Family and Mr. Bass himself, Irl Hees.
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Aud, listen to the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band with other performers including the Spoon Man & His Family, Mark Jones, The Williams Family, and Pam Kirby & All Her Mountain View Music Friends. Irl Hees will entertain with his bass fiddle, and Old School and the great Buffalo City will contribute with their traditional bluegrass sound.
After the evening show until late, late night hours, everyone is welcome to come pick with the musicians poolside at the Swiss Holiday Resort-Rodeway Inn.
The weekend wraps up with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday at The Aud. The bluegrass gospel lineup includes The Williams Family, Ozark Alliance, Irl Hees, The Larry Nelson Family and Mill Creek, the great sounds from Mountain View.