FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND & 3RD

TWO DAYS • OVER THIRTY ACTS IN DOWNTOWN EL DORADO, ARKANSAS

MusicFest El Dorado returns October 2nd & 3rd to the heart of Union Square in downtown El Dorado. enjoy the best in live music along with food, drinks, family entertainment, arts & crafts, kidz world & more at the largest music festival in South Arkansas.

Musicfest 28 will feature over 30 acts on four stages including performances by multi-platinum selling artists 3 Doors Down, country music legend Dwight Yoakam, hip-hop duo Kid N Play, the world's greatest piano player Jason D. Williams & much, much more.

3 DOORS DOWN

Over 20 million records sold • Six #1 singles • Multiple gold & platinum recording artist • Rock and Roll Superstars!

If rock 'n' roll had fairy tales, the 3 Doors Down story would be one of the most popular. This small Mississippi town band made their mark signing with Republic Records and went multiple platinum selling 6 million copies of their debut album and hitting the #3 top song in the country with "Kryptonite" that latter went to #1 for 6 straight weeks and was named song of the year and secured a Grammy nomination for the band.

3 Doors Down was represented twice in the top 25 on Billboard's Top 100 Pop Songs, 1992-2012 with the their smash hits "Here Without You" and "Kryptonite" and listed on the Top 40 radio airplay charts. While "Kryptonite" led the way, "Loser" and "Duck and Run" became international hits: "Loser" topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart for 21 weeks and "Duck and Run" followed it with a three-week run at No. 1 on that chart.

In 2002, BMI presented 3 Doors Down, the award for songwriter of the year. Their next album, "Away From the Sun" immediately went gold, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, and would eventually go four times platinum. The biggest of its four hits was "When I'm Gone," which hit No. 1 at Top 40 and Mainstream Rock and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their 3rd album, "Seventeen Days," debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and the single "Let Me Go" landed in the top 10.

Their fourth album, "3 Doors Down" debuted at No. 1 hitting gold within a month. "It's Not My Time," topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for three weeks. The fifth album, "Time of My Life," debuted at No. 3 when it was released in July 2011.

DWIGHT YOAKAM

Over 25 million records sold worldwide • 3 Grammy Awards • 18 Grammy nominations • Country Music Icon

A Grammy Award-winning artist, worldwide music icon and the 2013 Americana Artist of the Year, Dwight Yoakam has recorded 12 Gold albums in addition to nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum "This Time". Five of those albums have topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with another 14 hitting the Top-10. More than 30 singles have made the charts with over 22 landing in the Top-20. These incomparable hits include "Honky Tonk Man", "Please Please Baby", "Little Ways", "I Sang Dixie", "It Only Hurts When I Cry", "Fast as You", and "Thousand Miles from Nowhere". Dwight Yoakam has won 2 Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations while selling over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from his many accolades in the performing arts, Yoakam is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of the Tonight Show.

Over the past 15 years, Yoakam has also carved a niche as one of the top character actors on film having appeared in Academy Award-winner Sling Blade as well as Panic Room, Wedding Crashers, The Newton Boys and more.

KID N PLAY

Multiple # 1 singles • Starred in  House Party 1, 2 & 3 • Hip Hop Duo & Gold Recording artist

Kid 'n Play are hip-hop Legends made popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin become mega star musicians and successful actors. Over the past 15 years they have recorded 3 albums and have played sold out arenas, auditoriums and now 80's themed sellout events all over the world.

Known for their pop hits and positive lyrics from such smash hits as 2 Hype (1988), Kid 'n Play's Funhouse (1990), and Face the Nation (1991), Kid N Play may best remembered for their funky dance moves, hair and fashion style and hit acting careers in the movie series "House Party". Their notable dance move "the Funky Charleston" became a huge party favorite and Kid's visual trademark, his 10' hi-top fade haircut, made them symbols of the 80 and 90s hip-hop scene.

In addition to their music, Kid 'N Play starred together in four feature films, all of them based around hip hop. Kid N Play also shared the stage and mic with other early 90's mega hit stars like TLC and comedy mogul Martin Lawrence.

Kid N Plays unique fashion sense and comedic personalities kept them in the spot light into the 90s with their own Saturday morning cartoon series, numerous motion picture and televisions cameos and a Marvel Comic book based on the duo.

Kid N Play now tour playing to their thousands of fans who still connect with their hits from an almost 30 year career.

JASON D WILLIAMS

The past and future of rock & roll • The world's greatest piano player • El Dorado's Own

Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Post, MTV, CMT & VHI, Singer/Songwriter/Musician Jason D. Williams has spent a lifetime behind the piano connecting with country and rock 'n' roll greats while creating a persona that's 100 percent original. He is a recording artist for RCA and Sun Records and has been since the early 80s. At the age of 16, Williams left his hometown of El Dorado, to perform and live in Memphis and begin his solo career. After several years, he released his first album, "Tore Up," and has been on the road ever since.

Williams is also no stranger to motion pictures, performing in multiple music themed motion pictures and numerous television appearances and various shows on MTV, VH1 and CMT. A wild man onstage, Jason accredits influences like Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, Memphis Slim and Al Jolson, for helping to develop his vast repertoire and seemingly endless energy. "I've always welcomed the comparisons; my influences were some of the greatest entertainers ever to be seen." Jason continues to tour more than 160 shows a year.

WILL HOGE

Toured with ZZ Top, Shinedown • CMA/ACM & Grammy nominated singer/songwriter • Currently touring Nationwide • Heartland rock-and-roller

For nearly 15 years, Will Hoge has been recoding and writing music that has earned every bit of success through his own blood, sweat and tears. An extremely prolific songwriter with ten albums under his belt and countless songs written for others (including a Grammy nomination for Eli Young Band's number-one hit, "Even If Breaks Your Heart"), Hoge saw his fan base growing and people taking notice of his unique style and took advantage of it with his breakout career and album "Small Town Dreams" released to critical acclaim.

With featured artist joining in to his recordings like Vince Gill on guitar, it didn't take the corporate world to notice him and his hit "Strong" was chosen for Chevrolet's new advertising campaign, making his music a household brand with plenty of recognition. This next phase of his journey has given him an opportunity to explore even deeper into both his country and rock & roll roots. Never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved him – but it's safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community than ever, particularly as a storyteller. 

SLEEPY LABEEF

Born and raised in Smackover, AR • Producing rock-and-roll records for six decades • High-octane country rocker

For half a century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road. He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the sixties and as recently as the year 2000. Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history: Elvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, has numbered in his band over five hundred people (including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin), and has been an admitted influence to such a variety of people as Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

As significant as his recording career has been, it is the live Sleepy LaBeef that is important. Today, at 76, Sleepy still performs two hundred shows a year and plays with such energy that people a third of his age are annihilated when they attempt to keep up with him.

Sleepy LaBeef's live sets are truly indescribable. One must see them to understand that he is doing nothing less than giving up his body to the spirit of the music and testifying. In this day of studio effects and ever-changing technology, many record buyers wonder why a live show even matters. Sleepy LaBeef is the answer.

WHISKEY MYERS

Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine • Currently touring across the South • New country rockers

Whiskey Myers has attracted a devoted army of outspoken fans who pack venues, sing the band's praises online, and continue to make Whiskey Myers a growing word-of-mouth sensation. Their most recent full-length album, Firewater, is enjoying a remarkable run on the Texas Music Charts that culminated with its third single "Anna Marie" reaching #1. All over their home state they are commanding sell out venues with ease and delivering stadium-sized. Their sound is hard-driving steeped in the rich legacy of southern rock. The kind of music that inspired Whiskey Myers—artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, and Hank Williams, Jr. as they draw from country, R&B, psychedelic rock, and string band traditions. Listeners can pick up traces of everything from grunge to rockabilly in the course of a set, united by Cannon's soulfully heartfelt singing and Brown and Hogg's solid, supple foundation. In Whiskey Myers' world, nothing is off-limits.

NEW CUPID

Performed world-wide • Guiness World Record holder • Creator of the global phenomenon "The Cupid Shuffle" • Double Platinum recording artist

In 2007, Bryson "Cupid" Bernard shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempo party song "Cupid Shuffle," which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name. From appearances on nationally syndicated TV and radio talk shows such as Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner to breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for the largest line dance assembled with over 17k people, Cupid has virtually reshaped dance music and created an entirely new genre.

When the Lafayette, LA native composed "Cupid Shuffle" he had no idea that the song or he would turn into a global entertainment phenomenon taking his talents to distant lands like Dubai and Germany. "It still amazes me that my music has resonated with so many different kinds of people," says Cupid. "Music is truly a universal language because it unites individuals of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs with a single purpose of having a good time, at least that's my goal. I want to lifts spirits and change the way people feel when they hear a Cupid record." Given the culturally rich melting pot environment Cupid was raised in, his sound is Blues-influenced, Rock-influenced, Soul-influenced, Gospel-influenced and Hip-Hop-influenced. It's no wonder his brand is able to effortlessly transcend racial and generational boundaries.

BARRETT BABER

CBS / Microsoft Surface Grammy Gig of a Lifetime 2014 Winner • Song of Arkansas Contest Winner

CBS / Microsoft Surface Grammy Gig of a Lifetime 2014 Winner, Song of Arkansas Contest Winner, writer/performer of the "Razorback Game Day" Theme Song and 2 Million Facebook views of "Razorback Game Day" Video, Barrett Baber is an Arkansas native, who grew up singing in church at a young age in East Arkansas near some of the most soulful and fertile grounds for musicians in the country. His inspiration for singing and creating music happened from frequent visits to Memphis TN, only a few miles from his hometown in Marion, Arkansas.

Beale Street and the corners of downtown Memphis were his first exposure to the street performers and artists steeped in Blues, R&B, Country and Rock.

These real life experiences gave Barrett the influences and inspiration that shines through his music today with his unique, soulful style of singing. His country/soul slant on songwriting gives Barrett a recognizable sound and an authentic, home grown identity. Barrett is performing to growing audiences and bigger stages, and continues to reach new fans nationwide.