Deadhead Productions, the events group that hosts three major annual festivals at The Farm near Eureka Springs, will use its inaugural Bikes, Bluegrass and BBQ music and camping festival to raise money for the Holiday Island Rotary Club to fund charitable efforts for underprivileged adults and children in Carroll County.
The family-friendly Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ festival will take place September 22-23, the final two days of the regionwide Bikes, Blues & BBQ event centered in Fayetteville that is now in its 18th year. Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ organizers invite motorcycle enthusiasts and bluegrass fans to join them for the weekend, offering outstanding regional bluegrass and roots-based bands, local arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, expert BBQ vendors (there’ll be lots of other options, too).
Organizers recently announced the music schedule for Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ. Friday will feature local folk string duo Woody & Sunshine at 7 p.m.; reggae-blues-roots standouts from St. Louis Aaron Kamm & the One Drops at 9 p.m.; and nationally touring, high-energy bluegrass act Arkansauce of Fayetteville. Saturday will feature Kansas flat-picking champion and America’s Got Talent 2016 alum Julian Davis at 7 p.m.; the amazing genre-hopping roots-and-jazz duo Handmade Moments at 9 p.m.; and closing out the festival, the powerful Ozarks-folk-soul sounds of Eureka Springs’ explosive Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ also is being called the “official pre-party” for the October 2017 Hillberry – The Harvest Moon Festival at the same location, the fourth installment of what has grown into one of the country’s premier intimate bluegrass weekends.
But Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ will fill more needs than simply having fun and spending time outdoors: in addition to donating a portion of the event profits to the Holiday Island Rotary Club’s charitable programs (details below), the low-cost festival offers attendees of the regional motorcycle festival a new, affordable accommodation option during a week when the region’s hotels and campgrounds are booked up months in advance. The Farm also offers a secure, affordable place for visiting motorcycle enthusiasts to “camp” their bike trailers while they’re motoring around the area’s beautiful hills and highways.
The Farm is conveniently located along the official Eureka Springs Bikes, Blues, and BBQ route, at 1 Blue Heron Lane, just of Highway 187 South a few miles down the road from the infamous Beaver Bridge and Table Rock Lake. It sits amid rolling mountaintops on a largely wooded, privately owned, 160-acre property, 10 miles from downtown Eureka Springs, 26 miles from Rogers and 50 miles from Fayetteville.
Tickets for Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ are only $40 for full-event passes, which includes attendance and camping Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, unlimited access to the large shower house, and top-notch live music from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets for Friday night only are $25; and also are $25 for Saturday only. Veterans presenting military ID at the gate will get a discount of $5 off their ticket price.
For those needing accommodations prior to the bluegrass festival’s Friday morning opening time of 8 a.m., The Farm campground will be open for campers in the week leading up to the blues event, and camping costs just $12.50 per person per night Monday through Thursday.
RVs and motorcylce trailers are welcome, organizers say, and there are no additional fees for these. Reservations are not being taken; camping will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees will be able to choose their own spot (including shaded spots) and set up their camps right by their vehicles. There are no hook-ups available for RVs.
The Farm has an on-site general store stocked with snacks and light groceries, beverages, ice, and various sundries; the property also boasts a brand-new, 3-mile mountain bike trail for cycling and hiking and an 18-hole disc golf course available for use at no extra charge. Additionally, canoeing/kayaking opportunities abound with the White River and Kings River each just a few miles away with multiple river outfitters in the area. Table Rock Lake is less than 5 miles away, and boat rentals are available at the nearby Holiday Island Marina.
ABOUT THE CHARITABLE DONATIONS & BENEFICIARIES
The Holiday Island Rotary Club – the nearest charitable organization to The Farm, which is just a few miles from Holiday Island – raises funds that are then fully invested in a number of local charitable programs, including college scholarships for Eureka Springs High School seniors, Imagination Library, dictionaries for young Eureka Springs students, Meals on Wheels, substance abuse recovery programs for women, teen leadership programs, and more.
ABOUT DEADHEAD PRODUCTIONS
Deadhead Productions formed out of a collaboration of musicians and event planners originally called Friends of the Phamily Productions. Deadhead Productions has organized and hosted more than a dozen music and camping festivals, including several jamband-heavy Byrdfests 7 & 8 held at Byrd’s Adventure Center near Ozark, Arkansas; eight multi-genre Highberry Music Festivals held first in Rogers, then at Byrd’s twice, then, as it grew, at Mulberry Mountain (home of the now-defunct Wakarusa), and now at The Farm, as of this year; two Phunkberry Music Festivals held at The Farm, featuring, you guessed it, national and regional funk bands; and the ever-growing, bluegrass-focused Hillberry Festival, which is headlined and co-hosted by international award-winning progressive bluegrass/folk-rock band Railroad Earth.
Deadhead Productions also has organized and hosted dozens of live music events at venues around the region such as Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge, the Northwest Arkansas live music staple now in its 90th year, and Eureka Springs’ infamous Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.