Austin Barrow, President and COO of El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District, Arkansas Life
YOU MAY NOT think of El Dorado as a hotbed for the performing arts. But you’d be wrong. This is largely due to the efforts of visionary Austin Barrow, a native son who returned home to help create what we now know as the Murphy Arts District, which opened to much fanfare this September. Read More
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El Dorado, AR
The 12 Best US Cities to Visit If You Love Music, Pop Sugar
While a hub for arts and music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Southern state of Arkansas, the town of El Dorado — a historic oil boomtown — is changing perceptions. Read More
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In an Arkansas Town, Music Is Key to a Comeback, New York Times
The city of El Dorado, Ark., a two-hour drive south of Little Rock, probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind as an up-and-coming tourist destination, but if Terry Stewart, 71, the former chief executive officer and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has his way, this perception may soon change. Read More
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Migos, ZZ Top, Ludacris and Train will headline the weirdest music festival this year, Mashable
El Dorado, Arkansas: home of over 18,000 people, the heart of the 1920s oil boom, and now: The weirdest music festival ever. Come this September, Train, ZZ Top, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and Migos—yes, Migos—will be performing in a five-day festival literally unlike anything else meant to celebrate kick off the new Murphy Arts District (MAD) in El Dorado.  Read More
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Brad Paisley, X Ambassadors & Migos To Kick Off $100 Million Music Initiative in Arkansas, Billboard Magazine
When it comes to music and cultural epicenters in the United States, El Dorado, Arkansas isn’t typically at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The area in the south central part of the state, after all, has long been in decline since its 1920’s heyday as an oil boomtown and it doesn't have the music history of its regional neighbors like Memphis, New Orleans or even Muscle Shoals. Read More