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Eureka Springs Blues Weekend is June 13-16

Put on your dancing shoes! It’s time for the Eureka Spring Blues Weekend on June 13-16. This annual event features local, regional, national and even international blues acts at various venues throughout Eureka Springs, including The Auditorium, Basin Spring Park, The Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Tickets are on sale now, although the music kicks off on Thursday, June 13 with free performances in Basin spring Park from noon until 6 p.m. You can catch free music in the park, which is located downtown on Spring Street, from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday too.

Ticketed shows start Thursday evening at 9 in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom with multiple Blues Music Awards 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.

ESBluesEugene_Hideaway_BridgesEugene “Hideaway” Bridges plays Friday night at The Auditorium followed by BMA Winner, The Nighthawks. They have opened for Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and have headlined festivals all over the world.

The Basin Park Ballroom heats up Friday night with multiple BMA Winner The Cedric Burnside Project. Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside and the winner of the BMA “Best New Artist Debut.” After years of touring the world with Lightnin’ Malcolm as ‘the Juke Joint Duo’, Burnside 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.

ESBluesLeahMojoDocsSaturday afternoon at The Auditorium features Ozarks Blues Challenge Winning Solo Artist  Buddy Shute; Ozarks Blues Challenge Winning Band  Leah & The Mojo Doctors; BMA Winner ED Kight; and, Grammy winning Blues legends, The Chicago Blues Revue.

Taking the stage Saturday night in the Basin Park Ballroom is JP Soars and the Red Hots. Others performing throughout Blues Weekend include 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 wraps up with a Father’s Day Blues Picnic on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located on Ark. 23 South. In addition to great music, including an all-star jam consisting of several bands, there will be food, refreshments, activities for kids, and kite flying with Kaliedokites.

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Crystal Bridges’ June Programming Includes Angels & Tomboys Exhibit and Summer Camps for Kids


June programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville brings summer camps for kids, a solstice celebration of art and music, an outdoor children’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and the opening of the new exhibit, Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art

Opening June 29, Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art is a traveling exhibition organized by the Newark Museum. It includes approximately 70 masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs that illustrate the changing attitudes toward young girls in the late 19th century, and features works by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and others. Tickets to Angels & Tomboys are $5 for adults and free for youth and members. You can purchase tickets the day of your visit at Guest Services, or guarantee a viewing time by purchasing tickets in advance.

Also opening June 29 is the exhibit Surveying George Washington, which features an assortment of documents written by Washington himself, or by contemporaries who knew him, on loan from the Harlan Crow Library, located in Dallas. The aim is to provide a look at Washington that offers insight into his life as a real person, not just a historical figure. No special tickets are required, and there is no admission fee to view Surveying George Washington, but space is limited in the exhibition area, and admission is first-come, first-served.

During June adults can also drop in for a free, information drawing session, enjoy Friday Night Flights where you sample special wines not offered on Eleven’s permanent wine list, enjoy our rich Hispanic-American culture with a live salsa concert by The Calle Soul Band outdoors near Luis Jiménez’s sculpture Vaquero, focus on movement and meditation guided by a Yoga Story instructor, celebrate super heroines, make artistic sun prints outdoors, and more.

Youth programming includes taking part in Paper Arts, a Land Art workshop, and weekly summer camp session held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and much more.

There’s tons more to do and experience at Crystal Bridges. A full listing of June programs is below. Information and registration are also available on the calendar of events on Crystal Bridges’ website:

About Crystal Bridges

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape.

Situated on 120 wooded acres in Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum’s board of directors. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on 11-11-11. Crystal Bridges’ growing collection spans five centuries of American masterworks from the Colonial era to the current day. The permanent collection is enhanced by a variety of temporary exhibitions.

Crystal Bridges offers year-round programming for all ages, including lectures, art-making workshops, films, gallery talks, and special events. An award-winning app available free from iTunes features audio tours of current and past temporary exhibitions, and many of the Museum’s lectures and gallery talks are included in Crystal Bridges’ iTunes U site, which also features interviews with curators, artists, and conservators. In addition, Crystal Bridges offers professional development for teachers and educational programming for K-12 school groups designed to fit with Common Core standards.