EL DORADO, AR - MusicFest, the seven-time Arkansas Festival of the Year winner, will
celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with three days jam-packed with more attractions, food
and the biggest musical lineup to date.
Three stages in Downtown El Dorado will feature more than 30 musical acts, headlined by ZZ
Top, X-Ambassadors, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Smokey Robinson with the South
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Chase Bryant, and Ashley
Rounding out the musical roster will be local and regional acts Alchemy, Moonshine
Mafia, Dash Rip Rock, Brie and Dazz, Dave Almond, Monty Russell, The Eskimo Brothers, and
more - all offering a sundry mix of rock, blues, R&B, and contemporary Christian.
Presented by Main Street El Dorado and title sponsor Murphy USA, MusicFest XXX is set for
Friday, Sept. 29; Saturday, Sept. 30; and Sunday, Oct. 1.
Concerts in the amphitheater will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29 with Robert Randolph and the Family Band and at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 with Chase Bryant. Those shows will be ticketed. Ticket prices are $35, plus sales tax, and tickets may be purchased in the MAD box office at 113 S. Washington Ave. in El Dorado, online at eldoMAD.com, or by calling 877-940-3334.
MusicFest was launched as a one-day event in 1988 to draw more people to Downtown El Dorado. The event was named Arkansas Festival of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013,
2014, and 2015.
The pearl anniversary of South Arkansas' largest outdoor music event will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Murphy Arts District, two blocks south of Union Square.
Admission will be free for other MusicFest concerts and attractions on Union Square. There will be a cost for food, beverages, crafts and some activities. "There will still be a festival atmosphere and fun. It's just that the headliners will be in a great new venue two blocks from the square," Brumley said. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of MusicFest and to keep pace with changing times, the event was expanded to more days with added attractions, new ideas and some ideas from the past.
For the first time since the early 1990s, MusicFest will be expanded to three days. Brumley said adding another day of activities on Sunday, Oct. 1, will complement the closing ceremonies of the MAD celebration.
A worship service from the stage with Calvary Trail Cowboy Church will start the day at 11 a.m. Other activities and entertainment will follow at noon, leading up to a free concert at 4 p.m. by legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, accompanied by the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the MAD amphitheater.
The Miss MusicFest Pageant will make a return following a three-year hiatus. The pageant will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St.
New this year will be the MusicFest XXX - Mac's Fresh Market Steak Cook-Off. $2,900 in cash and prizes will be awarded, and the overall winner will qualify for the World Championship Steak Cook-Off.
Acrodunk, a team that combines gravity-defying trampoline acrobatics and basketball slamdunking, is scheduled for several performances on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The team holds two Guinness World Records and has appeared on the TV talent competition, "America's Got Talent.”
Paid MusicFest activities will include a zip-line, bungee jump, laser tag, and mobile video game station. The cost is $5 each or a $30 wristband for unlimited use on Saturday, Sept. 30. Magicians, stilt-walkers, hula-hoopers, a comedy percussion team, face-painting, and inflatables are some of the free activities that will be available in Kids World, sponsored byLanxess. A paid childcare service will also be available for MusicFest weekend.
For tickets and more information about MusicFest, call: Beth Brumley, Executive Director of Main Street El Dorado (870)862-4747 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, visit www.musicfesteldorado.com.
For MusicFest press inquiries contact, email@example.com
For MAD press inquiries contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Location: MusicFest 30, September 29 - October 1, 2017 101 West Main Street, Downtown El Dorado, AR. 71730