Hot Springs, Ark. (Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015) – Oaklawn will host one of the biggest non-racing events in its history as well as one of its richest promotions during the month of September. The two-day Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser, will bring together national Blues acts and the region’s best BBQ Sept. 19 and 20 in the Infield. And, kicking off the month will be the $250,000 Secret Agent Showdown Sept. 6.

Headlining the Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser and hosted jointly by Oaklawn and the Spa City Blues Society, are Shemekia Copeland and Los Lonely Boys Sept. 19 and Keb’ Mo’ Sept. 20. The musical entertainment starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for the weekend, including both headline acts, if purchased by Sept. 6. They will be $30 if purchased after Sept. 6. Tickets are currently available online at http://hsbluesbbq.com/. There will be an additional charge to sample the BBQ.
Guests have been earning entries into the $250,000 Secret Agent Showdown since late June and can keep earning them right up to Sunday, Sept. 6. There will be three separate sessions and cash prize winners will be called every 10 minutes during each session. At the end of each session at 3, 7 and 11 p.m. four names will be called and these guests will have an opportunity to play for the $250,000 Grand Prize.   
Oaklawn will be the headquarters for everything football starting this season. Guests can watch all their favorite college teams Saturdays with ESPN Game Plan and professional teams with NFL Sunday Ticket while enjoying $2 drafts from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. anywhere in the game room all weekend long. Fans can enjoy the Monday night game with $2 drafts and free tacos from 6 p.m. to halftime in Pop’s Lounge. The popular Gridiron Challenge will be offered Sundays and Mondays.  

Every Thursday in September, guests will have a chance to play the $15,000 Espionage Explosion from 6 – 10 p.m. with winners every 15 minutes. All players who have earned at least 10 points the previous Thursday – Wednesday can participate.
Fans of reel tournaments have two options during the week. They can play in the $1,500 2 Minute Drill Tournament Sundays starting at 2 p.m. and can come back Tuesday nights for the $2,000 Mad Money Tournament every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.
Lagniappes restaurant offers a Barbeque special where guests can choose from either chicken or brisket every Wednesday from 5 – 10 p.m. Every Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. it’s Steak Night where guests can enjoy a steak voted one of the best in Hot Springs or if they prefer, the catch of the day.

Follow Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on Facebook for up-to-date news and reminders for what’s happening. For more information or a complete list of promotions, visit oaklawn.com or call (501) 623-4411.

Special Dates

Sept. 6:        $250,000 Secret Agent Showdown

Sept. 19 & 20:        Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival presented by Budweiser

Schedule of Events

Sundays:     2 Minute Drill Reel Tournament starting at 2 p.m.
                  Fan Zone
                  Gridiron Challenge
        
Mondays:    Monday Night Tacos (Pop’s Lounge Only)
                 Gridiron Challenge

Tuesdays:    Mad Money Reel Tournament starting at 7 p.m.
                  Triple Points
    
Wednesdays:     Barbeque Night (Chicken or Brisket) – 5 – 10 p.m.
                        Humpday Karaoke – 7 – 11 p.m.
        
Thursdays:    $15,000 Espionage Explosion 6-10 p.m.
        
Fridays:     Steak Night
                Live Entertainment in Pop’s 5-8 p.m. & Silks 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (See below for schedule)
        
Saturdays:    Live Entertainment in Pop’s 5-8 p.m. & Silks 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (See below for schedule)    
            
Pop’s Lounge Schedule:

Sept. 4 & 5:    Larry Womack (Fri.)/David Ball (Sat.) (5-8 p.m. Pop’s Lounge)
Moxie (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Silks)

Sept. 11 & 12:    John Calvin acoustic (Fri.)/Fire and Brimstone Due (Sat.) (5-8 p.m. Pop’s Lounge)
Shari Bales Band (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Silks)

Sept. 18 & 19:    Underground Famous (Fri)/Christine DeMeo (Sat.) (5-8 p.m. Pop’s Lounge)
Ghost Town Blues Band (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Silks)

Sept. 25 & 26:    Susan Erwin (Fri.)/R & R (Sat.) (5-8 p.m. Pop’s Lounge)
John Calvin Brewer Band (10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Silks)



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