The Ozark Folklife Festival!!

FolkLife Festival Poster

The Ozark Folklife Festival is Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM till 8 PM at the Tyler Bend Campground, Buffalo National River, near St. Joe.  It’s a heritage event reflecting life 100 or more years ago in the Ozark Mountains of Searcy County in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday!  Food, crafts, and music!  Demonstrators include: Storytelling, History of Searcy County, Spinner, Felter, Hymn Sings/Shaped Note Class, Trapper, Flint Knapper, Native American Flute Player, Corn Husk Dolls, Old Time Children’s Games, Lye Soap, Quilt Tying, Burial Customs, Dutch Oven Cooking, Firearm display, Folk Dancers/Storytelling, Blacksmith, Tomahawk Throwing, Pre-Civil War Encampment (1840s or prior time period) Early Arkansas Reenactors Association, Quilt Display, Dairy Goat Milking and possibly more.

Still on Hill

Still on the Hill

We have a great lineup of music!  The Michael and Jennifer McLain Band from Tennessee, Still on the Hill from Fayetteville, The Rackensack Folklore Society of Pulaski County, Mark Jones of Mountain View, Buddy Case of Enola, Possum Juice of Leslie & Mountain View, Jeff Stansbery & Breez of Leslie, The Burlesons of Lead Hill, Nathan Eaton of Marshall, and Skymeadow Fine Arts of Yellville.

Possum

Possum Juice

Rackensack

The Rakensack Folklore Society

Buddy Case

Buddy Case

 

We also have a great lineup of food!

Pinto beans, ham, cornbread:

BBQ, cole slaw, Biscuit : Ruby’s Diner James Elliott ( Food Truck)

Fried Catfish, hush puppies: Larry Davenport

Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Rolls, Skylark-Joy

Hand Dipped Ice Cream- LobLolly Creamery (truck)

 

Special donations of money to help pay food vouchers for the musicians by: Sweepin’ Home Cleaning Service and Palms & Oil Massage Therapy of Tilly, the Marshall Mountain Wave, Witt Springs Community Voices, Gayla Feist, Director of North Central Adult Education of Leslie & Clinton, Starlight Cabin, LLC of Cozahome, Friends of the Searcy County Library, Ozark Byways, The Committee of Marshall, Ozark Opportunities, and Simmons Bank of Marshall.

 

Red Curtain Theater Comes to Leslie with 3 New Shows

The Red Curtain Theater of Conway is bringing three great shows this year to Leslie and the Ozark Heritage Arts Center! First off, the Leslie Area Merchants Association and the Red Curtain Theater present the children’s musical “Alice & Wonderland Jr.” on Saturday night, 27 February at 7 pm! Tickets will be $10 for Adults and $5 Children (12 & under). If you enjoyed their production of “Seussical Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”, you’ll love this! Don’t miss it! The Music Man musical is coming Saturday night, 23 July and as part of the 2016 8th Annual Sugarplum Festival in Leslie, the children’s musical “Elf Jr.” will be held on Saturday night, 3 December! For more information, please call 870-448-2557.

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29th Annual Hillbilly Daze – Witts Springs, Arkansas

Everyone come out to the 29th Annual Hillbilly Daze in Witts Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, May 23th, 2015.

Hillbilly Daze is always on Memorial Day weekend at Witts Springs, Arkansas.

Hillbilly Daze  started as the weekend of Decoration of the local grave sites of the people that have lived in these hills for generations.  The locals started a parade with other festivities in 1988 and it has bloomed into a wonderful festival that takes place every year.

The Kids Parade begins at 10:00 A.M. and the Main Parade starts at 11:00 A.M.  Lunch will be served immediately after the parade.

After lunch there will be Horse Shoes, Turtle Races, A Stick Horse Rodeo, and Sack Races,  behind the Pavilion. (All kids have to provide their own turtles.)

Doyle and Sandra Weaver are the Grand Marshalls this year.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the Parade….there are CASH Prizes and all old cars, ATV’s, Horses, Floats, Bikes, Wagons, and Marching Groups are all WELCOME!!

COME BACK TO NATURE AND ENJOY HILLBILLY DAZE AT WITTS SPRINGS, ARKANSAS!!       This is our 29th Year!!


Map of  Witts Springs Location

 

2014 Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest in Leslie on Saturday May 10

 

Event Poster

On Saturday, May 10th, some of the best musicians around will be converging on the small town of Leslie in North Central Arkansas. Leslie, a town of about 480 people, is located halfway between Harrison and Conway on Hwy 65 and home to the Buffalo River Blues Society. 

This is our 2nd year of bringing awesome acts to the area! Last year, there were over 400 in attendance with 14 bands in 5 venues!

This year, the event is raising money to support both our Blues In The Schools programs in Area Schools and North Central Career Center Adult Education.  

There will be music in only 2 venues this year, on the Outdoor Stage in the City Park and in “the VIP Room” (The Drop Zone), with 12 Bands,  playing 12 hours of music!!! So bring your lawn chairs and your family! Come early as there is also a city-wide yard sale on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon in the town of Leslie! 

Part of Leslie will be blocked off as there will be Arts & Crafts vendors  as well! Everything from 3-legged stools, massage therapy, handmade jewelry, and so much more! Also, some of the best BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon Line! 

TICKETS: Get Tickets here for the Music Festival on Saturday! Regular AdmissionTickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate. VIP Passes are $30!

COME ON! IT’S GOING TO BE FUN!!!!

Click here for more information on Blues In the Schools from the Blues Foundation.

Click here for more information on North Central Career Center Adult Education program, supporting Van Buren & Searcy Counties!

BANDS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014:

Groove Injectors

The Groove Injectors – This great local band has been around a long time. You name it, they can play it! If you want to groove, they can do it. This band will rock your socks off! 

JD and Mudhounds

JD & The Mudhounds– Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds…. A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It’s The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it’s an experience.

Gill Franklin

The Gil Franklin Band – Gil Franklin has been a fixture in the Arkansas music scene for over three decades. He has played in too many bands to mention,( Notably The Blues Patrol)and has done too many things to talk about. Oddly enough,this band is the first to perform almost all original material. Fan response have been great. While his songs are uniquely his, they remain the blues.

Zakk and Big Papa

Zakk & Big Papa Binns – Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid.  

This kicka** duo won the Solo/Duo Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014.

Low Society

Low Society – You’d be forgiven if, in stumbling upon the first notes of a Low Society song, you thought you’d found a forgotten classic. But a few bars in and you know this is not your grandpa’s blues. 

This awesome band won the Band Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014. This band is one to be reckoned with..

Ben Rice

Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice – Coming to you from the Portland, Oregon area, they’re coming to Arkansas on their Double Strength Tour, making a special stop in Leslie, Arkansas. 

Northwest Blues artist, Lucy Hammond, has been “livin’ the blues” for over 30 years. As a songwriter, Lucy delivers a writing style that ranges from New Orleans Jazz ,to Memphis Soul,to sultry Blues Rock. When Lucy sings, you best be sitting down,or better yet dancing ! Lucy never disappoints, never holds back,& she leaves it all onstage,every performance! Her ability to connect with the audience can’t be missed ! She gives voice to the emotion we all feel,& expresses it with soul! 

Ben Rice, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era. Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. 

Brick Fields

Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones – Larry Brick and Rachel Fields-Brick, both Arkansas natives, come together with their natural approach to their own genre of music which has recently been called Ozark Gospel Blues.  Larry, on guitar and background vocals along with Rachel using her ambrosial voice while playing guitar and flute, bring together a stormy performance each and every time.  Brick Fields, the multi-award winning musical team are definitive blues artists and they are no strangers to being surrounded by great music. Rachel has toured with, opened for and recorded with acts and players from  such groups as JGB,Government Mule, the Temptations, Widespread Panic, Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company and many others. The Nashville Blues Society has called Brick Fields Music an “Unleashed cleansing of the soul!” and New Music Of Tomorrow says, “Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I have heard in years!”

Jason Vivone

.Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Jason Vivone has been called the Orson Welles of Roots and Blues music. “It’s a helluva compliment. And it makes me drop and do 100 crunches immediately,” says Vivone. Maybe it’s because of his girth. Or maybe it’s because there lies a cinematic approach to the tunes of the Billy Bats. If you close your eyes, it is easy to make little mind movies of the family reunion of EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE or the domestic drama of MEAN.They came high-stepping out of Kansas City in 2013, blind siding the public with Lather. Rinse. Repeat of joyously twisted, stomping blues. In 2011 singer, songwriter and string master Jason Vivone released his solo album, My Roaring Twenties. Now, Vivone and his band of merry musical pranksters return with the equally mind-bending Eddie Ate Dynamite

Tas Cru

Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls – It is not for nothing Tas Cru has been called “the master of the triple entendre.”  His songs are blues poetry – telltale life lessons crafted with rare verbal flair and delivered with a power and passion the heights of which only the seasoned concert entertainer can reach. Rawcuss, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today!

Honors and recognition include Cru Awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – 2013 as a Master Blues Artist,  and in 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.

TWO HEADLINERS!!! THE JEFF JENSEN BAND AND THE ORI NAFTALY BAND!!!

Jeff Jensen

The Jeff Jensen Band – was formed May of 2004. Since then, the band has performed hundreds of gigs. Some of the most impressive have been with Deborah Coleman, Paul Oscher, and blues legend BB KING as part of his 80th birthday tour. The band has competed in the International Blues Challenge in 2005 representing the Santa Clarita Blues Society, 2006 representing the Pinetop Perkins Blues Society, once again in the 2007 IBC representing Santa Clarita Blues Society. Now the band is touring 200+ shows a year around the West-Coast and surrounding states.

Ori Naftaly

The Ori Naftaly Band – In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the international blues community and by an extended fan base, located in the USA, Holland, India, Germany and other countries all over the world.

Within the course of two years The Ori Naftaly Band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. They have released two live studio albums and are currently working on their third new album

SCHEDULE

(All Times Approximate and subject to change so check back often for updates)

Festival Grounds Entrance

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Groove Injectors

Ticket booth opens at 10:30 am

Main Stage

11:00-12:00 The Gil Franklin Band

12:15-1:15 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

1:30-3:00 Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones

3:30-5:00 Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

5:30-7:00 Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

7:30-9:00 Jeff Jensen Band

9:30-11:00 The Ori Naftaly Band

towards the end of Ori’s set all the ladies will be invited back on stage to do a couple of “diva” songs

VIP Stage (The Drop Zone)

1:00-2:30 JD & The Mudhounds

2:45-3:45 Zakk & Big Papa Binns

4:45-5:45 The Gil Franklin Band

6:45-7:45 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

8:45-9:45 Low Society

Oak Street Station — The Drop Zone

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce and thank our newest member,  Oak Street Station and “The Drop Zone” from Leslie, Arkansas.

Oak Street Station contains something for everyone. We are an arts/crafts/collectibles mini-mall, a consignment shop, an antique shop, and an herbal store.

We are an arts/crafts mini-mall, offering spaces for rent to local craftspeople. We also have spaces containing fine collectibles.

We are a consignment shop, offering to consign any arts/crafts item, antique, or collectible.

We also sell and refinish antiques. 

We also have a medicinal herbalist on-hand, Marcy Watts, RN, BSN, who sells her own label, Ozark Natural Herbals, containing her own medicinal herbal formulas, bulk herbs, and also, cooking spices.

Call Us Today!

If you, or anyone you know, does arts or crafts or have fine collectibles to sell, call us at 870-447-6184.

 

Check out Oak Street Station on their website or Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another part of Oak Street Station is “The Drop Zone”.

The Drop Zone is located inside of Oak Street Station, toward the back.   The Drop zone features a stage, 2 700-watt speakers, mikes, sound mixer, and a concession stand. The concession has cold drinks and snacks but we do not serve alcohol. We are a non-alcoholic, non-smoking family place. Home of the new Buffalo River Blues Society!  They also have  Karaoke & Live Music.  Open on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 till 11:30 PM

Check out the Drop Zone’s Facebook page for music times and dates!!!

And be sure and tell them you found them on the Chamber’s Website!!

 

 

 

 

New Music Events at OHAC – Killebrew Theater

It’s going to be a busy Spring at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie.  Several music events are planned.  Check out the listing and times below and come out and help the Ozark Heritage Arts Center.

February 10, 2012  —  Sweet Heart Dance and Pie Auction    — Sponsored by the Searcy County Humane Society, Inc Shelter Fund      See more information here

February 11, 2012   — 2nd Saturday  — John Taylor Band

February 18, 2012  —  Red Hat Diva’s   — Gospel Group from Hot Springs

February 24, 2012 —  Marshall Rotary  — Music to be announced

February 25, 2012 —  Killebrew Theater Presents……  The Barren Hollow Boys    You don’t want to miss this performance!!!!!

March 3, 2012  — Clarence Treat  who played with the “New Christy Minstrels”

March 10, 2012 —  2nd Saturday  — “In Cahoots”

March 25, 2012  —   U.S. Army Military Band in Concert

 

 

 

Overcoming Affliction-Killebrew Theater

The Group Overcoming Affliction will be playing at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center – Killebrew Theater on Friday June 24th at 7:30 PM.   According to their website at www.overcomingaffliction.com ,  Overcoming Affliction is a band that uses music to further God’s kingdom.  We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is essential to life.  Our music is geared toward spreading God’s word, as well as healing and mending the hearts and lives of people who are hurting.  All of our music on the site is original, and all are homemade recordings.  We hope that you enjoy our music.  Everything we do as a band is for God, and unto Him be all the glory.

Overcoming Affliction will have CD’s for sale at the event.   Tickets will be available at the door and will be $5.00 Each.  Mark your calendars for this event on the 24th of June and help support the Ozark Heritage Arts Center and these great local young men.

Live Music at the Killebrew Theater

Live Music at the Killebrew Theatre

Special Music Night

Saturday, February 26th, 7:30 PM

John Taylor Show

Country and Western Dance Music

Monthly on the 2nd Saturday at 7:30 PM

Next Event on Saturday March 12th

“In Cahoots” Featured House Band

Everyone come out and support the Theatre