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Friday, August 19, 2011

Saturday To-Do: Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Blackberry Winter headlines this years Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend Saturday night at Basin Spring Park.
  • Blackberry Winter headlines this year's Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend Saturday night at Basin Spring Park.

7 p.m. Basin Spring Park. Free.

Good news for anybody who was bummed out about the cancellation of the Blackberry Winter's Little Rock show a couple months ago: The band is headlining this here bluegrass festival.

You might remember Blackberry Winter from its hauntingly beautiful folk songs, which were featured extensively on the "Winter's Bone" soundtrack. Singer and bandleader Marideth Sisco's voice is incredible, buoyed and propelled by fiddle, guitar, mandolin and all manner of plucked strings. The group has been getting some well-deserved attention and playing the sort of clubs that usually host indie rock acts, including such houses of ill repute as The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., or The Earl in Atlanta.

Sisco has been blogging about the band's awesomely titled "The Amazing Geriatric Hillbilly U.S. World Tour." Sample observation: "Boston was another surprise, another indie rock place painted all black and with a bare green room, no amenities and with the bathrooms clear over on the other side of the facility. Don't know what the rest did, but I changed clothes and cleaned up in the handicap stall on the women's side. Not a good start."

I don't know that Basin Spring Park has a green room but nonetheless, it will be a great venue to see Blackberry Winter, as well as the dozen or so other bluegrass bands that will play this rain-or-shine jamboree, which kicks off Friday night and goes through Sunday.

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