Oaklawn News


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, June 16, 2016) – Up and coming bands Hillbilly Vegas and Blackwater Trio complete the music lineup on the main stage topped by country music star Joe Diffie at this year’s Spa Blast presented by Budweiser July 1 in Oaklawn’s Infield. The gates will open at 4 p.m. with the music starting soon after and continuing throughout the evening before culminating with one of the region’s best fireworks displays.

Based in Fort Smith, AR, the journey of Hillbilly Vegas to Southern rock success began in their hometown of Monroe, OK. In fact, the band named their debut album Ringo Manor, the place where the group wrote and recorded their first demos. Among their best known songs are “Helluva a Night,” “Oklahoma 3.2,” and “Little Miss Rough and Tumble,” which spent 26 weeks on the country charts in late 2012, early 2013. Most recently, they beat out nearly 1,700 other bands in the LiftMaster Garage Band Contest, which earned them the chance to perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of the Memorial Day weekend Nascar Sprint Cup Series race, the Coca-Cola 600.

The Blackwater Trio plays rock, folk and country music hits as well as their own original music. Based in Clarksdale, MS, the group is made up of Seth Stroud and Walt Busby on guitar and vocals and Alice Hasen on violin and vocals.

There will also be several acts performing in the Gazebo, including local musicians Jeff Hartzell and Jacob Flores. In addition, this free, family-friendly event will feature a petting zoo, gigantic Kids Zone and Middleton Misting Tent. Lawn chairs are welcome, but no coolers will be allowed.

Spa Blast Entertainment

4-4:30 p.m.:                 Hot Springs Dance Group/Main Stage

4:30-5 p.m.:                 Jeff Hartzell/Gazebo Stage

5-5:45 p.m.:                 Blackwater Trio/Main Stage

5:45-6:15 p.m.:            Jacob Flores/Gazebo

6:15-7:15 p.m.:            Hillbilly Vegas/Main Stage

7:15-7:45 p.m.:            R&R/Gazebo

7:45-8 p.m.:                 Color Guard/Miss Arkansas/Main Stage

8-9:30 p.m.:                 Joe Diffie