Eureka Springs will be crawling with music fans during the popular four-day Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, which opens next Thursday and runs through June 6. For times go to www.eurekaspringsblues.com. Here’s what’s on tap.
Thursday, June 3
The Auditorium: John Hammond and Bob Margolin; Basin Spring Park: Arkansas Red; Chelsea’s: The American; Pied Piper: Patrick Sweany; Rockin’ Pig: Harry “O”; Squid & Whale: Penelope & The Unusual Suspects.
Friday, June 4
The Auditorium: Charlie Musselwhite & The Tablerockers, Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt, Kelley Hunt; Basin Park Hotel: Marquise Knox, Albert Castiglia, OBS winner Isayah’s AllStars; Basin Spring Park: Rich Berry, Doghouse Daddies, Penelope & The Unusual Suspects, Chelsea’s: Eef & The Groovy Blues Express, Patrick Sweany; Henri’s: Adventure Land Blues Band; Pied Piper: Rich Berry, Dorrian Cross, Chris Lager Band, Delta Highway; Rockin’ Pig: Mark Montgomery Duo; Rowdy Beaver: Rowdy Beaver Band; Squid & Whale: Levee Town Penelope & The Unusual Suspects.
Saturday, June 5
The Auditorium: Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Shaun Murphy, Otis Taylor, IBC wInner Grady Champion and OBS Solo winner Buddy Shute; Basin Park Hotel: Fast Johnny Ricker, Super Chikan & The Fighting Cocks; Basin Spring Park: Marquise Knox, Darryl Gleason; Chelsea’s: The Jug Band, Lil’ Slim & The Tablerockers, Earl & Them, Patrick Sweany; Henri’s: Adventure Land Blues Band; Pied Piper: Doghouse Daddies, Rich Berry, Chris Lager Band, Dorrian Cross, Furious George, Delta Highway; Rockin’ Pig: Oyster’s Rockefeller; Rowdy Beaver: Tas Cru, Rowdy Beaver Band; Shawbee’s: Dave Watson, Full Moon Band; Squid & Whale: Daryl Brooks & Taken, Penelope & The Unusual Suspects; Levee Town.
Sunday, June 6
Basin Spring Park: Gospel Brunch, John Walter Morrison; Chelsea’s: Patrick Sweany; Pied Piper Pub & Cathouse Lounge: Dorrian Cross; Squid & Whale: Jones Brothers, Lil’ Slim & The Tablerockers, RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Band.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds to play two free shows
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, best known for their top hits “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up” and “Powerful Stuff,” will play free shows at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla. The band
was founded in 1974 by singer Kim Wilson and guitarist Jimmie Vaughn. Vaughn left the band to record with his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Wilson is still with the band, which now includes Jay Moeller on drums, Mike
Keller and Johnny Moeller on guitar and Randy Bermudes on bass. Opening on Friday night will be Scott Keaton and on Saturday night will be Tablerockers. Both opening shows begin at 7 p.m.
Downstream Casino near Joplin, Mo., is bringing in Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman for a show on Sunday night. Gregg and his brother Duane founded the Allman Brothers Band, one of the biggest Southern rock bands of all time.
The Allman Brothers were the darlings of ’70s rock. Gregg, who is best known for his vocals, wrote many of the bands’ signature hits, including “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “Dreams.” In early ’70s, at the height of their fame, Duane and bassist Berry Oakley both died. Despite the loss, Gregg dedicated himself to keeping The Allman Brothers tradition alive.
He released his second gold album, “I’m No Angel” in 1987. He currently tours with his band Gregg Allman and Friends. The concert will be at the casino’s outdoor stage “The Venue.” Tickets are $15-$50 at Protix.com or by calling 918-919-6000. Show at 8 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Rock … Rocklahoma
Rocklahoma kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Okla., about an hour and a half from Fayetteville.
Three stages will feature 39 rockers including ZZ Top, Godsmack, Tesla, Three Days Grace, Cinderella, Chevelle, Buckcherry, Theory of a Deadman, Saliva, Saving Abel, and Fuel with Brett Scallions. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festival runs through the wee hours of Monday morning.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock festival, this year event organizers are adding a bigger mix of music, branching out to include classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.
Retrospect Records and Axis Entertainment will be throwing the official Rocklahoma pre-party at 6 p.m. today. You must have a weekend ticket to attend the pre-party.
Full weekend tickets are $150 at the gate. VIP tickets are $350 at the gate. Single day tickets range from $40-$50 plus service fees. Camping is available.
The lineup is below. For more information, go to www.rocklahoma.com.
Retrospect Records Rocklahoma Pre-Party
Gates open at 5 p.m. all performances are at The Retrospect Records Stage. Performing will be Bad Things, Hector Backwoods, Sam & The Stylees, Firstryke, Black Tora, Wildstreet, The Glitter Boys, Dressed to Kill
Saving Abel, Godsmack, Buckcherry, Three Days Grace, Adelitas Way, Chuk Cooley and the Demon Hammers, Black Tora, New Medicine, Janus, The Veer Union, Rich Nix, New Cool World, Mad Max, Odette, Firstryke, Krank, Bad Things.
ZZ Top, Cinderella, Saliva, Fuel, Burn Halo, Taking Dawn, Nigel Dupree Band, Brookroyal, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, Gypsi Pistaleros, Bad Things, Krank, O’Dette, Wildstreet, The Glitter Boys, Problem Child, The Last Vegas.
Tesla, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Sevendust, Aranda, Within Reason, Hail the Villiam, Year Long Disaster, Taddy Porter, Lacuna Coil, New Cool World, Mad Max, Firststryke, The Glitter Boyss, Problem Child, Wildstreet, Bad Things.