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Riverfront Blues Festival

The Riverfront Blues Festival, LTD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to preserve and promote the blues.

Bluesfest 2015



To redeem your advance purchase passes at entry you must present

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Pre-sales for tickets is now closed.

3 day passes will be available at the door tonight at Warren’s Rec Room for the same $25 minus the freebies.

$10 single day tickets will be available at the festival gates.


Thank you for your support!







2015 Festival Lineup

Thursday June 25th – Warren’s Rec Room, 1437 Newberry Road, Alma

  • The Nick Schnebelen Band with special guest Oreo Blue

Doors open at 5:00, show starts at 7:00 pm – $25 3 day passes will be available at the door


Friday June 26th

Main Stage – Riverfront Amphitheater, 100 Riverfront Drive, Fort Smith

  • Matt Dodd
  • Wanda Watson Band
  • Hadden Sayers
  • The Chris Cameron Band

Gates open at 5:00 pm – Show starts at 6:00 pm


Saturday June 27th

The Riverfront Pavilion, North A and Riverfront Drive, Fort Smith (between 21 West End and Miss Laura’s)

  • Workshop and musical performance by Ben Prestage with special guest Laura Pierson


Ross Pendergraft Park – Garrison Avenue

  • Car show
  • Musical performances by Rocking Horse Rebellion and Sultans of Schwing

Times and details to be announced soon!


Main Stage – Riverfront Amphitheater, 100 Riverfront Drive, Fort Smith

  • Eric Mathews Band
  • Earl and Them
  • Levee Town
  • Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers
  • Larry McCray

Gates open at 4:00 pm – Show starts at 5:00 pm



General Festival Information

The Riverfront Blues Festival venue is Harry E. Kelley Park, located at the corner of Clayton Expressway and North A, Fort Smith, AR  72903.  Click here for directions.

  • Admission is $10 per day. Kids 12 and under get in FREE with an adult.
  • FREE paved bike parking located near the entrance gate, first come first serve basis.
  • For your comfort bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • Your driver’s license is required to buy alcoholic beverages.
  • No camping, coolers, no camcorders or recording devices.
  • No pets please.
  • Absolutely no swimming or wading in the Arkansas River.
  • No access to the festival by boat.

In case of inclement weather, the show will continue on stage with the exception of severely heavy rains, dangerous conditions, high winds or lightning. The show may pause and resume due to weather conditions. No alternate location will be used and no rescheduling of the festival will occur.


About the Riverfront Blues Society

The Riverfront Blues Society offers a wide variety of ways you or your organization can get involved and help out.  Everything from vendor opportunities at the Annual Riverfront Blues Festival to volunteering your time as a member, making a charitable financial donation toward the Barry Ratliff Scholarship Award, or sponsoring our Blues in the Schools program.  Join the cause.  Become a member.  Become a vendor.  Or, become a sponsor and help the Blues Society continue to improve and enrich our communities via the Blues.

Do you own a business and want to become a vendor at the upcoming Riverfront Blues Festival?

If so, click here and complete the Vendor Application Form or view the Vendor Contract.

Would you like to become a sponsor for our Blues in the Schools program or the annual Riverfront Blues Festival?

If so, click here and complete review the various levels of Riverfront Blues Sponsorship that are available.

You can earn everything from Blues Bucks to Backstage Passes – and there’s more!  Stage acknowledgement as well as television and print advertisement opportunities are also available for our prestigious King Cotton-level sponsors.

Are you interested in donating your time or money in order to help move the mission along?

Don’t hesitate to get started.  Our members are actively working to promote the Blues in our schools and communities! Just tell us you’re interested, and we’ll give you all the details!

If you are simply wanting to contact the Riverfront Blues Society to discuss becoming a vendor, sponsor or member, feel free to complete our Contact Form.  We’re ready and waiting!



Thanks to our Sponsors!

KUAF Radio

KUAF Radio

The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation

Kirkham Systems

Kirkham Systems

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank



American Bus Association

American Bus Association

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