Eureka Springs Blues Weekend


 (Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Blues Weekend returns to Historic Downtown Eureka Springs for 2018 starting on Thursday, June 14.  This year’s headliner acts will be on Friday night at the Basin park Hotel and Saturday at “The Aud”.  Performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 15, for two big show is John Nemeth, backed up by the Blue Dreamers.  On Saturday its John Mayhall with special guest Carolyn Wonderland, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in The City Auditorium

John Nemeth‘s music has been on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and he has been nominated for a Blues Music Award an amazing fourteen times.  Nemeth has won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award.  Tickets to the John Nemeth performances ($15 / $20/ $30) are limited and may be purchased in advance online at

For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.”  Mayall’s special guest is Texas guitarist extraordinaire Carolyn Wonderland. Wonderland will open the evening with her band, then join Mayall and his band as his newest “Bluesbreaker”.

On the side stages a full weekend of music at Chelseas begins Thursday with Shelley King, continuing Friday with Sister Lucille and Saturday with Earl and them and running through Sunday.  Chelseas regular Patrick Sweaney will entertain throughout the weekend.  Other downtown Blues Weekend ’18 events include Coyote Claw, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, both in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Selwyn Birchwood, Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell; Mark Shields & Good Company, Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Blew Reed & The Flatheads, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den; Brick Fields Band, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell;; and Scott Garner & The Speedshift Band, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Rowdy Beaver Den followed at 9:00 p.m. by Los Roscoes on that same stage.

Rounding out the festival on Sunday, June 17 is the annual Fathers Day Sunday Blues Picnic beginning at 12 noon at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located 7 miles south of downtown on State Highway 23.

Performances in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell are free and open to the public.  Ticket information for other Blues Weekend ’18 performances can be found at