Rock legends Grand Funk Railroad will play a free concert in Hot Springs on Friday, March 16, 2018, the night before the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“This will be the first time we have ever done a free concert the night before the parade,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the founders of the annual parade. “But since the 15th anniversary of the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Saturday night we thought a Friday night free concert would be a good addition.”

“It will be a great entertainment weekend for Hot Springs,” he said, “with live Thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn both Friday and Saturday and the Grand Funk Railroad concert Friday night after the races. Oaklawn will have The Rebel Stakes Saturday, March 17, followed by the parade that night.”

The Grand Funk Railroad concert will start at 8 p.m. on March 16. There will be several opening acts that will be announced later. The concert is free. No chairs or umbrellas will be allowed. The band will perform from the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade stage at the foot of Bridge Street in the Broadway Entertainment District. Food and beverages will be on sale.

Known as “The American Band," Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million-selling hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder." They are joined in the band’s current incarnation by singer Max Carl (a veteran from 38 Special); lead guitarist Bruce Kulick (12 years with KISS); and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band).

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. It had mega-hits with “We’re An American Band,” “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home,” “Locomotion,” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful.” Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, eight Top 40 hits and two No. 1 singles (“We’re An American Band” and  “Locomotion”).

Adam Faucett, who was named Songwriter of the Year by the Central Arkansas Music Awards, will grace the stage as well. The concert begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Broadway Entertainment District stage.

St. Patrick's Day Schedule 

Friday, March 16

  • 5:00 PM - OKelley's Pop Up Pub opens with a performance by the Akeem Kemp Blues Band (corner of Malvern & Convention) Free!

  • 7:00 PM - Adam Faucett performs - Bridge Street Stage

  • 8:00 PM - Grand Funk Railroad performs. - Bridge Street Stage

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.