See Arkansas First: A Weekend of Arkansas Delta blues artists
From violin strings to blues guitar, this region rings with the sounds of Arkansas Delta blues artists and other performers. Spend a weekend soaking up the music of The Natural State’s heritage.
On the way:
Edwardian Inn, Helena-West Helena
Heading east to the Delta, stop off in Pine Bluff to see the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. Displays chronicle the careers of Arkansas stars including Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Tracy Lawrence, Al Green, Billy Bob Thornton, Ronnie Dunn and others.
Where to stay:
Helena-West Helena boasts a lovely historic bed-and-breakfast inn. The 1904 Colonial Revival mansion Edwardian Inn is listed on the National Register. William Short, who was in the cotton business, built the home, which has been a boarding house, apartment building and other businesses. It was restored to its original beauty in 1983.
What to do:
The Warfield Concert Series is free of charge through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his will the means for setting up the concerts named in his honor. From September to April, music lovers pack the Phillips Community College Fine Arts Center for these events.
King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena-West Helena
The King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation’s foremost showcases of blues music. Held annually for three days in October, tens of thousands of blues enthusiasts and Delta blues artists converge on historic downtown Helena-West Helena to hear stirring and uplifting performances of an American art form on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena interprets the natural and human history of Arkansas’s Delta region. Included are interactive audio and video exhibits chronicling the rise of gospel and Delta blues artists and their music. The legendary King Biscuit Time show, the longest running daily radio program in the U.S., is broadcast live from the center daily.
The Delta Symphony Orchestra is the only professional symphony in the northeast Arkansas Delta region. The symphony performs three concerts annually in the Fowler Center on Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro. The Delta Symphony has been entertaining, educating and enriching the community for more than 30 years.
At the Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway 67 Museum in Newport, travelers can enjoy vintage photos and memorabilia from former clubs on U.S. 67 -- the Silver Moon and Porky's Roof Top. In the 1950s, clubs along this stretch of road from Newport to Pocahontas played host to Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley and many other legendary entertainers.
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