EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KY3) – The Basin Park Hotel in downtown Eureka Springs is set to host the Ozark Mountain Music Festival over the weekend of Jan. 20-23.
The event features several local American Roots and Bluegrass artists from northwest Arkansas.
Eureka Springs is known for its music festivals, although they aren’t as common this time of year. Most locals will tell you that Christmas through early March is the city’s “shoulder season.” So the idea of an indoor music festival made sense to the folks at Basin Park.
Enter the Ozark Mountain Music Festival.
“A music festival during the quieter months in Eureka Springs to help fill hotels, restaurants and stores with festival-goers the third week of January,” said Mary Howz, Basin Park Hotel’s operations manager. “But it’s always been this concept, American Roots and Bluegrass music. It’s been eight years. »
Fayetteville resident Corey Lamb is a big fan of music festivals. Frequently attends the Ozark Mountain Music Festival in Eureka Springs.
“I’ve been to quite a few music festivals over the past few years. They’ve all been in different formats,” Lamb said. “Do drive-in festivals, social distance festivals.”
But last year, Lamb was unable to attend. In fact, no one could because the event was canceled due to COVID-19 issues. Back, the festival will look a little different this year due to COVID-19 protocols.
“The biggest difference is that the first thing is a checkup right away so we can look at them right away,” Howz said. “This health test is more or less proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.”
The festival also limits capacity and recommends masks in smaller venues. Several participants also appreciate the changes.
“This is the first I’ve seen where I’ve been outside of a mandatory vaccine or proof of vaccination,” Lamb said. “So that made me feel a lot safer coming to this event, because I haven’t been inside much to share entertainment spaces with people.”
The festival lasts until Sunday. CLICK HERE for more event and ticket information.
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