by Robert Bell
HOT SPRINGS BLUES FESTIVAL
Various times and venues. $10 per day or $15 for full pass.
Blues fans, y'all probably will want to head down to The Spa City this weekend for the 17th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival. Things kick off with Samantha Fish at The Ohio Club. Friday will see performances from The Ghost Town Blues Band at Big Chill; Little G Weevil at the Ohio Club; Bart Walker Band at Fat Jack's, and Youngblood Blues Jam (all-ages) at Classics Bar & Grill in the Clarion hotel.
Saturday has workshops at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs from noon-3 p.m. (including one from Bluesboy Jag on how to build your own cigar-box guitar — it's $40). Gates open at 2:30 p.m. at Hill Wheatley Plaza and the headliners are Shakura S'aida and Zac Harmon. After-parties kick off at 9 p.m.
There are more workshops Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., after which the gates open up again, with music kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Headliners are Bart Walker Band and Southern Hospitality, and after-parties start up again at 9 p.m. Should be a great time for blues lovers and at $15 for a full pass, it's a helluva deal.