Hot Springs Blues Festival!

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Photo of the 2012 Hot Springs Blues Festival. Photo by Z. Clift

The blues are one of the most influential forms of American music. Arkansas has deep ties to this music art form, and blues legends like Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are from here.

Hot Springs showcases the genre during the Hot Springs Blues Festival.The family friendly event is held each Labor Day Weekend in Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs.

If you have never been before, the atmosphere is laid back with lawn chairs scattered about, kids dancing to the music and blues lovers enjoying some down time.

Spa City Blues Society was founded in 1997 and has put on the Hot Springs Blues Festival every year since. The festival takes places in various venues. For those interested in the history of the blues in Arkansas, be sure to check out the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena sometime. The city is also home to the popular King Biscuit Blues Festival each October.