Blues in the Natural State set for April 5-6 in Fayetteville

John Lee Hooker Jr.

Photo: Frank Vigil

Over 25 performances by local, regional, and national blues acts are set for this weekend as part of Ozark Blues Society’s Blues in the Natural State.

The festival is entering it’s 11th year in 2013, and has grown by leaps and bounds since members of Ozark Blues Society founded the event in 2003. In fact, the number of bands at this year’s event is double the size of last year’s lineup.

Shows are scheduled at Smoke & Barrel Tavern, Kingfish, George’s, Walton Arts Center, and Rogue throughout the weekend.

The full schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 5, 2013

6:00 p.m. – North Texas Allstars featuring Michael Burks Band Drummer Popcorn
8:00 p.m. – Mark ‘Muleman’ Massey

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
6:15 p.m. – Ed Bowman and the Cruize Brothers
7:30 p.m. – Joe Pitts Band
9:00 p.m. – Leah & the Mojo Doctors

George’s (Lounge)
8:30 p.m. – The Chris Cameron Band

George’s (Garden)
9:00 p.m. – Sonny Moorman Band
10:30 p.m. – James ‘Super Chikan’ Johnson and the Fighting Cocks

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theater
1:30 p.m. – Lucious Spiller
2:45 p.m. – RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Band
4:00 p.m. – Ray Bonneville

3:15 p.m. – Brick Fields Duo
4:30 p.m. – Buddy Shute
5:45 p.m. – David Kimbrough Jr.

2:30 p.m. – Jeff Carey Life Celebration
6:00 p.m. – The Got Blues Band

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
3:30 p.m. – The Sarah Hughes Band
4:45 p.m. – Earl & Them
7:00 p.m. – Mississippi Fever

George’s (Lounge)
4:30 p.m. – Jigsaw Mud featuring Lectric Liz
5:45 p.m. – Ocie & the Heartstrings
7:00 p.m. – Lucious Spiller

George’s (Garden)
6:15 p.m. – Oreo Blue
8:15 p.m. – Earnest ‘Guitar’ Roy
10:00 p.m. -John Lee Hooker Jr.