The music festival, which takes place every summer along the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, announced over the weekend that it had entered into an agreement with the nation’s third largest cable and communications company.
“Cox is thrilled to partner with the Peacemaker Festival,” Whitney Yoder, a spokesperson for Cox said in a news release. “Over the past three years, its founders have laid the groundwork for a new local music tradition. Cox looks for opportunities to enrich the social infrastructure of our community, and this event allows us to support a locally grown event and give back to the Fort Smith community in a meaningful way.”
From country and Americana, to bluegrass, rock, gospel and blues, the musical talent the festival has attracted since its inception in 2015 has been diverse. Acts such as four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell, alt-rock troubadours Cold War Kids, party rockers Andy Frasco & the U.N., jam legends Gov’t Mule and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and outlaw country crooners like Jamey Johnson and Hayes Carll have graced the stage at Harry E. Kelley Riverfront Park. Check out Shindigmusic’s coverage of last year’s festival here.
“It’s incredibly fun and rewarding work to bring quality music acts to Arkansas,” Trent Goins, president of the festival’s board of directors said in the release. “I’m honored to collaborate with a board who values bringing a diversity of music to downtown Fort Smith.”
The Peacemaker Festival is a registered 501(c)(3) organization with an executive committee comprised of Goins, Ex Officio President Jeff Gosey, Vice President Picky Beauchamp, Treasurer Cole Thornton, Secretary Sloane Harper, and Talent Director Bill Neumeier. In previous years, the event’s profits have gone to groups such as Girls Inc., First Tee of Fort Smith, the Children’s Emergency Shelter and Developmental Wings. This year, the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club will be granted a portion of the festival’s proceeds.
This year’s festival will take place July 27-28. Event organizers said a lineup is scheduled to be released this week. Stay tuned to this space when that information is announced. Tickets for this year’s event will be made available following the lineup announcement.
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