2017 Murphy USA Summer Concert Series
Music Highway Leads Straight to El Dorado with the Murphy USA Summer Concert Series
EL DORADO, ARK.,— Celebrated vocalists, award-winning performers, and prolific songwriters from the Memphis and Nashville music scenes will be making their way to El Dorado for the 2017 Murphy USA Summer Concert Series, presented by Main Street El Dorado and El Dorado Festivals & Events. Beth Brumley, executive director of Main Street El Dorado, announced the lineup for this summer’s free outdoor concerts, held in the heart of downtown El Dorado.
The Murphy USA Summer Concert Series will follow El Dorado’s legendary Showdown at Sunset performances on the fourth Saturday of June, July and August. The rollicking reenactment of the Tucker-Parnell feud will be performed on the steps of the Union County Courthouse beginning at 6 p.m. For the Summer Concert Series, the Showtime Stage will have a new location at the intersection of Cedar and Jefferson Streets, with the soon-to-be-unveiled Murphy Arts District serving as a backdrop. Opening acts begin at 7 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at 8 p.m.
“Main Street El Dorado has been entertaining crowds with Showdown at Sunset for many years, joining that successful event with the Summer Concert Series six years ago. We’re very excited to team up with El Dorado Festivals and Events for this year’s Murphy USA Summer Concert Series,” said Brumley. “We’re bringing a huge lineup of Grammy-nominated stars to the Showtime Stage for three free, outdoor concerts, and we can’t wait to share them with the whole region.”
For the final concert of the summer, on August 26, Grammy-nominated country hit-maker David Lee Murphy will perform a wide range of songs from his own records and those he’s written for other big-name Nashville stars, making his concert a veritable “greatest hits” performance. Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” spent two weeks at number-one, and “Party Crowd” was the most played song on country radio in 1995. Recently, he’s concentrated on his songwriting and producing skills, writing instant classics like Kenny Chesney’s “Live a Little,” Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor,” and Thompson Square’s number-one single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” which was nominated for two Grammy Awards and six American Country Music Awards.
Concertgoers are encouraged to spend the weekend in downtown El Dorado, exploring all that’s available within walking distance of the music venue. Restaurants and boutiques line Union Square, many offering specials for Showdown weekend, and there will be plenty of additional festivities during each event. For more information, check out www.mainstreeteldorado.org.