(Photo Caption: Arkansauce.)
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Arkansauce, a genre-hopping string band from Northwest Arkansas that was named Monday night as Bluegrass Artist of the Year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards,
and Little Rock’s Adam Faucett will provide the music Thursday (June 10) for the second Bridge Street LIVE! event in the Bridge Street Entertainment District in downtown Hot Springs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
It’s the second of four Bridge Street LIVE! free concerts and entertainment events sponsored by Visit Hot Springs each Thursday in June to inaugurate the newly expanded entertainment district. The city Board of Directors voted to expand the entertainment district in 2019 but the global pandemic prevented events from being held there in 2020.
Adam Faucett will open the concert at 5 p.m. and Arkansauce plays at 7 p.m.
Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four-piece string band from Northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues and funk.
The band performs at music festivals and venues in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico and Missouri.
The Arkansauce show features improvisational guitar, banjo and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies held together by deep foot-stompin' bass grooves.
Adam Faucett has been called one of the most thoughtful lyricists Arkansas has to offer. His concerts are described as part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler.
All ages are invited to come enjoy the Bridge Street LIVE! Events, but alcoholic beverages will be restricted to adults 21 or older. Dogs must be on a leash.
The newly established Entertainment District guidelines allow patrons over 21 to freely walk the district with beer, wine or spirits as long as those beverages are in a special Bridge Street LIVE! Entertainment District cup. The Bridge Street LIVE! Events will be confined to an area immediately surrounding Bridge Street that does not include the west side of Central Avenue.
The establishment of the entertainment district allows for more relaxed rules governing activities, food and beverages within the district during special events.
The ordinance adopted by the Board of Directors expanded the boundaries of the former Broadway Entertainment District, moving them north to include the Hill Wheatley Plaza parking lot, south down Malvern Avenue to Church Street and Broadway to Market Street and east up Convention Boulevard to Opera Street.
The old boundaries were from Spring Street to Broadway.
For the Bridge Street LIVE! concerts the Hill Wheatley Plaza portion of the district will not be used nor will the area of Malvern Avenue from Convention Boulevard to Church Street.
The Board of Directors retains control over activities in the district.
The entertainment lineup:
• Thursday, June 10 — Arkansauce, a bluegrass band
• Thursday, June 17 — The Irie Lions playing reggae
• Thursday, June 24 — Funkytown playing Memphis funk
For more information call Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.