EL DORADO, Ark. (Press Release) - Celebrated vocalists, award-winning performers, and prolific songwriters from the Memphis and Nashville music scenes will be making their way to El Dorado for the 2017 Murphy USA Summer Concert Series, presented by Main Street El Dorado and El Dorado Festivals & Events. Beth Brumley, executive director of Main Street El Dorado, announced the lineup for this summer’s free outdoor concerts, held in the heart of downtown El Dorado.
The Murphy USA Summer Concert Series will follow El Dorado’s legendary Showdown at Sunset performances on the fourth Saturday of June, July and August. The rollicking reenactment of the Tucker-Parnell feud will be performed on the steps of the Union County Courthouse beginning at 6 p.m. For the Summer Concert Series, the Showtime Stage will have a new location at the intersection of Cedar and Jefferson Streets, with the soon-to-be-unveiled Murphy Arts District serving as a backdrop. Opening acts begin at 7 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at 8 p.m.
“Main Street El Dorado has been entertaining crowds with Showdown at Sunset for many years, joining that successful event with the Summer Concert Series six years ago. We’re very excited to team up with El Dorado Festivals and Events for this year’s Murphy USA Summer Concert Series,” said Brumley. “We’re bringing a huge lineup of Grammy-nominated stars to the Showtime Stage for three free, outdoor concerts, and we can’t wait to share them with the whole region.”
To kick off the summer on June 24, “Memphis Music Night” will feature local son and legendary Sun Records star Jason D. Williams. Known for his high-energy shows and love of live performance, Williams brings rock and roll back to its boogie woogie roots. His wild piano playing will bring to mind great performers like Jerry Lee Lewis and Al Jolson, while his personality remains 100-percent original. There’s no such thing as a bad show for this seasoned performer, who tours more than 160 shows a year.
“It’s always an event when Jason D. comes to town,” said Brumley. “He’s an amazing performer, and when you get that hometown energy going, there’s nothing like it.”
The Side Street Steppers and The Burners will perform as opening acts, and Main Street will also host a barbecue food truck, as well as the Budweiser beer tent, so concertgoers can make a full evening of the event.
On July 22, Grammy-nominated country music legend Lee Roy Parnell will take the stage with his inimitable mix of searing electric slide guitar, distinctive vocals, and songwriting prowess. Parnell, who grew up steeped in Texas roots music, has worked with some of the greats on the Nashville scene, creating a string of top-ten and top-five hits. In 1995, his album We All Get Lucky Sometimes produced the number-one single “A Little Bit of You” and the Grammy-nominated “Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight.”
Black Strap and The Burners will both open for the July concert.
For the final concert of the summer, on August 26, Grammy-nominated country hit-maker David Lee Murphy will perform a wide range of songs from his own records and those he’s written for other big-name Nashville stars, making his concert a veritable “greatest hits” performance. Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” spent two weeks at number-one, and “Party Crowd” was the most played song on country radio in 1995. Recently, he’s concentrated on his songwriting and producing skills, writing instant classics like Kenny Chesney’s “Live a Little,” Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor,” and Thompson Square’s number-one single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” which was nominated for two Grammy Awards and six American Country Music Awards.
Concertgoers are encouraged to spend the weekend in downtown El Dorado, exploring all that’s available within walking distance of the music venue. Restaurants and boutiques line Union Square, many offering specials for Showdown weekend, and there will be plenty of additional festivities during each event. For more information, check out www.mainstreeteldorado.org.