by Robert Bell
EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND
Various times and venues. $20-$35.
Blues fans, set your coordinates for Carroll County, because there's going to be a stout lineup at this year's Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.
At the top of the bill is The Chicago Blues Revue (Saturday night at The Auditorium), which includes John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Billy Flynn and BarrelHouse Chuck, all of whom have performed alongside such legendary figures as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins and many others. Among them all, they've earned a Grammy nod and multiple Blues Music Awards nominations and wins. Opening for the revue is E.G. Kight, a veteran player out of Georgia, who has shared stages with greats like B.B. King and Koko Taylor. She's nicknamed the Georgia Songbird.
The Nighthawks (Friday night at The Auditorium) have been playing since the early '70s, turning out, solid, straightforward blues rock. Opening that show will be Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, a stylistically diverse guitarist who tours constantly. Times readers will no doubt be familiar with Mississippi's Cedric Burnside, who'll perform Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel's Barefoot Ballroom (Burnside plays at White Water Tavern Saturday night).
There are many more performances all weekend. Check out the full schedule.