The 17th annual Depot Days music festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 on historic Front Street in downtown Newport, Arkansas.  The festival is a showcase of local, regional, and national talent paying tribute to the early history of Rock and Roll.  Old U.S. Highway 67, which runs through the heart of Newport and Jackson County, was the home for dozens of roadhouses and nightclubs which hosted early shows by rock pioneers in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Music legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Sonny Burgess all frequented the venues along the highway when Rock music was in its infancy. Festival goers from Europe, Australia, and all over the U.S. make annual pilgrimages to Front Street to catch a glimpse of living legends from the 50’s as well as younger generations of musicians who were inspired by the elders.

The festival also offers food vendors, crafts, children’s activities, a BBQ contest, and free prizes given away from the stage all day! Coolers are welcome.  Admission is FREE!  For more information see our Depot Days Facebook page, our website at or contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at or call 870-523-3618.

10:00 a.m.              Lion’s Club Auction

12:45 p.m.              Opening Ceremonies –

Presentation of the Colors – NHS ROTC

National Anthem –  Brenda Wilson

1:00-1:45             The Jimmy Dunham Family (Rockin’ Gospel)

2:00-2:45             Zyndall Raney Band (Bluesy Country Rock)

3:00-3:45             J.R. Rogers & The Allstars  (Smokin’ Piano Rock)

4:00-4:45             Ace Cannon (Sax in the City!)

5:00-5:45             Sonny Burgess & The Pacers (Rock’n’ Roll Pioneers)

6:00-7:00            John McEuen (Banjo Master & Original member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

7:15-8:15             Matte Gray Band (Nashville’s Hottest Young Bar Band)

8:45-10:00          Exile      TEN #1 Country Hits