(Photo Caption: Evan Alvarado of the The Irie Lions.)
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Fayetteville-based reggae band the Irie Lions will provide the music Thursday (June 17) for the third in a series of free public concerts in the new Bridge Street entertainment District in downtown Hot Springs.
The Bridge Street LIVE! concert even will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. People of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the free music and entertainment, but alcoholic beverages will be limited to those 21 or older. Dogs must be on a leash. There will be food vendors in the district.
People are invited to bring their folding chairs and enjoy the free music and fun.
The opening act at 5 p.m. will be steel drum artist Darril Harp Edwards. The Irie Lions will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday’s event will be the third of four Bridge Street LIVE! free concerts and entertainment events sponsored by Visit Hot Springs each Thursday in June to inaugurate the newly expanded entertainment district. The city Board of Directors voted to expand the entertainment district in 2019 but the global pandemic prevented events from being held there in 2020.
The Irie Lions are reggae band based in Fayetteville. The band ranges from nine to 10 members, with a full horn section. They feature smooth vocals, bodacious hooks, catchy melodies and funky grooves.
Darril Harp Edwards was born in the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and has a strong passion for the islands’ national instrument, the steel drums.
"Harp" has developed an international following as a steel drum percussionist.
The newly established Entertainment District guidelines allow patrons over 21 to freely walk the district with beer, wine or spirits as long as those beverages are in a special Bridge Street LIVE! Entertainment District cup. The Bridge Street LIVE! events will be confined to an area immediately surrounding Bridge Street that does not include the west side of Central Avenue.
The establishment of the entertainment district allows for more relaxed rules governing activities, food and beverages within the district during special events.
The Board of Directors retains control over activities in the district.
The final Bridge Street LIVE! Event on Thursday, June 24, will feature Funkytown playing Memphis funk.
For more information call Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.