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Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival July 31-Aug. 2

Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival July 31-Aug. 2

Fort Smith, a city with a love for live music, has supported one concert tradition that turned 25 this summer – its enduring Riverfront Blues Festival. Now a cadre of some of the founders and fans of that successful festival are creating a new, late summer event named the Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest. It’s dedicated to no one style. It will be a kaleidoscopic selection of artists who may play roots, Americana, country punk, folk, soul/rock synthesis with genre-defying originality. 

The bands are from Memphis, from Ohio, from Sweden by way of New Orleans, from Austin and from Arkansas, in the case of our own Cate Brothers; and from right here, such as Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Luke Pruitt. None of them perfectly fit in any part of the recording industry’s rigid commercial slots and none of them want to. 

The Peacemaker’s unique roster had input from long-time festival-goer Jeff Gosey and long-time music promoter Bill Neumeier along with more music lovers and willing backers who intend to present the kind of festival they’d enjoy attending, while donating some proceeds locally. Their vision was to bring a rich cultural experience to their hometown and showcase artistic diversity in music and the arts. Many artists will surround the park with vendor tents exhibiting a wide variety of original works. Food trucks have been invited to add new flavor and surprising cuisine. As of press time for this magazine, attractions were still being added. 

The Peacemaker planners have made attendance affordable, as well, with options of one-day tickets from about $10- $15 to three-day passes at $25-$30. Full ticket options are found online at peacemakermusicfest.com.

July 31 - Gates open at 4 p.m.

5 p.m. Tyrannosaurus Chicken

5:50 p.m. The Paul Benjaman Band with Jesse Aycock

7 p.m. The Cate Brothers Band

8:20 p.m. Lucero

10 p.m. Jason Isbell


Aug. 1 - Gates open at 2 p.m. 

3 p.m. Luke Pruitt

3:50 Isayah’s Allstars “Help On the Way”

5 p.m. Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

6:10 p.m. Red Wanting Blue

7:20 p.m. Anders Osborne

8:30 Corey Smith

10 p.m. Chris Robinson Brotherhood


Aug. 2 Gates open at 11 a.m. 

Noon Shadygruve

1:10 p.m. The Boxcars

2:30 p.m Sleepy Man


Fort Smith Riverfront Park, North A and Riverfront Drive, Fort Smith. Lawn chairs encouraged. No coolers. Food and beverages vendors will be available on site. Daily info at Facebook/Peacemaker Music Festival.

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