EL DORADO, Ark. (KTHV) - The town of El Dorado was once the home of some of the highest per-capita income in the state thanks to an oil boom back in the 1920's. After pollution plagued the area and the oil ran dry, the city began to see a decline.
This weekend, El Dorado will show off the fruits of its $50 million labor. It's hoping music fans across several genres will put the town back on the map.
Since June, Arkansans have heard about Musicfest and the grand opening of the new Murphy Arts District. Among the acts to play, hip hop trio Migos and country star Brad Paisley are just a few of the names set to make the small town sing for the weekend.
Musicfest has always been a draw for the city. The festival is in its 30th year, but this weekend is going to be different from previous years.
After a huge investment from Murphy USA, the oil company that calls El Dorado home, and a community-wide effort to turn things around, the community wants you to remember them for everything the town has to offer.
“I truly believe this is a one of a kind event,” said Paul Choate, President of Main Street El Dorado.
He said he doesn’t think any other city has unveiled such a project all at the same time.
“Everything in the restaurant is coming within a 300-mile radius,” said Zack Jackson, Manager of the new Griffin restaurant, El Dorado’s first farm-to-table restaurant, that opened alongside the district. “Being that El Dorado has such a thick, rich heritage with the Murphy's and with the timber company, we wanted to do something that gives back to them, and to help the local economy.”
The events started on Wednesday and will take place until Sunday, October 1. ZZ Top and Ludacris are set to perform Friday night and Smokey Robinson will join the South Arkansas Symphony on the final night.
“Come on down to El Dorado. We are all going mad,” said life-long resident Jenny Williams.
For ticket information, visit https://www.eldomad.com/