The Music Scene

In addition to some great local venues to enjoy bands and performers, Hot Springs has a number of non-profit arts organizations that produce multiple music events each year.  So, whether you enjoy classical or folk, opera or blues, there’s something for you.  

Arkansas Highlands Folk Project

The Arkansas Highlands Folk Project (AHFP) is a collaboration between the Garland County Library and HSACA with the mission of “Preserving the rural culture and heritage of the Ouachita’s and Arkansas through Education, Entertainment and Preservation. Since 2017 programs have been presented at schools, festivals, Garland County Library Programs, concerts and private gatherings. Funding comes from AHFP presentations, Arkansas Arts Council Grants via HSACA, the Garland County Library and private contributions. To find out more email ArkHighlandsFolkProject@Gmail.com or search www.Youtube.com for “Arkansas Highlands Folk Project”.

Upcoming Arkansas Highlands Folk Project Event:
2nd Annual Arkansas Heritage Festival in HSV on October 8, 2022.

Big Steam Music Festival

The blues is back in Hot Springs. A new organization has been formed with plans for a music festival called “The Big Steam” music festival this fall. The event featured a weekend filled with blues and R&B music be held September 23-34, 2022 in Hill Wheatley Plaza in beautiful downtown Hot Springs. For more information visit www.BigSteamMusicFestival.com.

Hot Springs Jazz Society

The Hot Springs Jazz Society was founded in 1991 by a group of local jazz fans  to Promote, Perpetuate and Preserve a truly original American art form – Jazz.   Free monthly concerts at the Garland County Library, block party mini concerts in neighborhoods throughout the county and scholarships to Arkansas music students are just a few of the programs the Jazz Society produces each year along with the annual Hot Springs JazzFest’s free day-long outdoor concert “Jazz in the Streets”, the pinnacle of the organizations annual calendar.

Hot Springs Music Festival

Every June the festival brings together over 100 international musicians in the historic spa town of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. For 24+ years, the Hot Springs Music Festival has paired world-class mentor musicians with talented student apprentices – all of whom receive full instructional scholarships. The two groups play side by side, performing a wide variety of orchestral and chamber repertoire. For two weeks, these musicians present over 20 concerts in the unique town of Hot Springs, AR.

 Serious in focus but casual in atmosphere, festival events take place in a variety of non-traditional venues including historic buildings, art galleries, hotel ballrooms, churches, and open-air spaces. Before and after concerts, tourists, local community members, and musicians mingle in Hot Springs’ eclectic restaurants and cafes, hike the National Park’s trails, and relax in the hot mineral water baths that gave the city its name.​

Low Key Arts

Low Key Arts (LKA) was established in 2005 for the purpose of bringing underground, international music to Hot Springs and has since founded 2 annual music festivals, a filmmaking program, and a short film festival. Low Key Arts connects people and inspires creativity by providing tools, education, and opportunities to experience musical, cinematic, and artistic innovators from around the world. LKA’s site is lowkeyarts.org.