The second annual Big Grass Bluegrass Festival planned for Paragould

The second annual Big Grass Bluegrass Festival will take place July 21-23 in downtown Paragould. The event is presented by the Collins Theater Foundation with support from KASU, as well as the Paragould Advertising and Promotion Commission, MOR Media, Hedge’s Roto-Rooter and First National Bank.

The center of festival activities will be the Collins Theatre. It was opened in 1925 and has hosted numerous concerts, community theater productions, theater screenings and community events over its history.

Since 2010, the Collins Theater has hosted KASU-FM’s monthly Bluegrass Monday concert series. The continued success of this concert series led the Collins Theater board to plan its first-ever bluegrass festival for 2020, which was later postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. This first festival featured Rhonda Vincent, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, High Fidelity, Breaking Grass and other nationally acclaimed bands.

The Collins Theater was awarded Venue of the Year at the 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards. The Big Grass Bluegrass Festival is a non-profit event, and proceeds will go to the theater’s foundation, ensuring many other events can continue to stand in this important place.

The Festival will open with an evening of “bluegrass meet rock-and-roll”. The Hillbenders, an acoustic band based in southwestern Missouri, will perform their WhoGrass show, which features bluegrass-inspired arrangements of songs by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Who. That same night, the Cleverlys will perform their unique and hilarious show which mixes comedy with bluegrass versions of pop, rock, hip-hop and rap songs.

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 2022 Artist of the Year, The Kody Norris Show, will perform on July 22, alongside two other artists nominated for the honor this year, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. and the Grascals.

Two shows will be presented at the theater on July 23, each featuring three well-known, chart-topping and award-winning artists: The Daryl Mosley Band, Nothin’ Fancy and the Lonesome River Band.

Local vendors and food trucks will be present as well as activities for children.

On July 23, in nearby Centennial Park, many local and regional bluegrass and country artists will perform for free in front of crowds. The 2022 Arkansas Country Music Award winner for Young Artist of the Year, Sylamore Special, will perform at this park alongside The Voice Season 17 contestant Cory Jackson, bands Magnolia Wind and Sand Creek and singer-songwriter Chad Garrett.

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