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Spa City Blues Society Announces the 23rd Hot Springs Blues Festival

Published: 6/21/2019

Saturday, August 31st marks the date the for the 23rd Hot Springs Blues Festival at Hill Wheatley Plaza, in historic downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. 

Founded in 1997, Spa City Blues Society (SCBS) is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. The mission of Spa City Blues Society is to promote and perpetuate the American art form known as blues music. 

Spa City Blues Society’s flagship event, the Hot Springs Blues Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 31st at Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs. This year, the festival will again focus on “getting back to their roots” by featuring talent from Arkansas.  

Festival gates open at noon with the first performance beginning at 1:00 pm. The lineup is:

1:00pm - Mike Tripp
1:50pm - Spa City Youngbloods
3:10pm - Greg “Big Papa” Binns
4:00pm - Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner
5:00pm - Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain
6:30pm - Grant Garland Band
8:15pm - Steve Hester Band

Based in Garland County, Arkansas, Mike Tripp is a wonderfully engaging solo act. Watching him perform is like having a friend in your living room who sings and tells stories to get his message across.   Be sure to to arrive in time to catch Mike, and plan to stay the whole day. Lots of great acts to follow.

Hailing from Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Spa City Youngbloods are a group of students enrolled in the Blues in the Schools (BITS) program which is supported by Spa City Blues Society. Local musicians provide music lessons while like minded community members donate instruments on which the students learn to play. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good these kids have become in just a few short months.

Also from Hot Springs, the festival presents Greg “Big Papa” Binns. With a blend of both clean and gritty delta style blues and blistering vocals, this one-man band is a “must see” performance.

Straight out of Little Rock, the next performer you’ll enjoy is Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner.  Swamp Donkey has frequently hosted open music jams at The Big Chill, a popular venue in Hot Springs.  Also a solo act with different style of delta blues. Don’t miss this guy! 

Next up is Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, also from Little Rock, Arkansas. This band will bring some old favorites, and some original tunes as well. If angels could sing the blues, they might sound like Charlotte. She also has quite the band backing her vocal adventures. They’re gonna deliver a great show. 

Originally from northeast Arkansas, but now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Grant Garland is an awesomely talented guitarist and vocalist. He can throw down some awesome blues, but has also been known to deliver some complex jazz, and some heartfelt soul music as well. Definitely a “must see” performance.

The headliner for this festival is also originally from northeast Arkansas, but is now based in central Arkansas. The Steve Hester Band is a powerhouse group that skillfully blends blues and southern rock into a show that will certainly get you off your feet and into the feeling. Don’t be surprised if you see a crowd of audience members in front of the stage holding Bic lighters in the air. 

So there’s the lineup for the 23rd Hot Springs Blues Festival. Join Spa City Blues Society in supporting Arkansas talent, live music in downtown Hot Springs, and keeping the blues alive. 

New and renewing members of Spa City Blues Society get FREE passes to the Hot Springs Blues Festival, FREE member t-shirts, and a discounted price on festival t-shirts when you join or renew your membership today! Place your order now, at  

Also, as a fundraising event, Spa City Blues Society will have a live auction for two custom guitars from local builders at the Hot Springs Blues Festival.  Proceeds will help to support our Blues in the Schools program and the Spa City Youngbloods. 

This is a family friendly, rain or shine event, so bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. Food and beverages available on site! No outside food or drinks, please.

Be sure to like the Facebook event page at for frequent updates and other information.

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