A Musical Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
This weekend, if you love music, you need to make plans to head to the Arkansas Delta! These two festivals focus on great live music!

Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Arkansas Delta in Osceola! The Osceola Musicfest kicks off Friday night with performances by Timeless; Julius Gibson and the Outcast Band; Ronnie Presley and Straight Shooter; and Dr. Zarr and his Amazing Funkmonster. The performances begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Scheduled to take the stage are the Rhythm Rockets; the Eric Hughes Band; Shotgun Billies; Ashton Shepherd; The Tom, Dick and Harry Band; and Rocksugar. The event also includes a variety of vendors, great festival food, and activities for the entire family. Contact Main Street Osceola at 870-563-6177 for more information.

The Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena hosts the 12th annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival on Saturday, May 19.  This year’s festival features performances by national, regional and local groups, including the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Point of Grace, the Soul Stirrers, and many others. The event takes place on the Cherry Street Pavilion in historic downtown Helena beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 800-358-0972 or visit their website at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.

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