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While much of the focus this week will be on the Bentonville Film Festival arriving to Downtown Bentonville, we aren't over a festival that just departed. The Power of Music Festival just wrapped up Saturday after putting on eighty shows in just three days.
The new Bike Rack Brewing building on 8th St served as one of the 8 stages for the festival (Photo credit: POM Festival)
As it goes with Bentonville, they put their own twist on the music festival genre. They didn't bring in the artists that sing your favorite songs you hear on the radio, they brought in the people who actually wrote them. Giving festival goers a unique insight into the meaning and inspiration behind some of the most popular songs from the past and today. Over fifty songwriters made their way to Northwest Arkansas to participate. The impressive lineup featured six Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members, the Billboard 2017 "Band to Watch", as well as alums from The Voice and America's Got Talent.
The Power of Music Festival brought in over 50 songwriters from across the country. (Photo credit: POM Festival)
The amount of artists these songsmiths have written for is impressive and varied. Some of these artists include: Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, & Garth Brooks. Brooks even Gave his time to help promote the event urging people in Northwest Arkansas to get out and take part in all the festivities.
Garth Brooks promotes the Power of Musical Festival and his movie The Last Songwriter
- The best part of the whole event? It is a non-profit supporting the I'll Fly Away Foundation whose goal is to support music in local communities and improve lives through music. All said and done, the Power of Music Festival was a hit and we see it continuing to be a big success with Downtown Bentonville as its backdrop.
Make sure and visit the I'll Fly Away Foundation on their website: www.illflyawayfoundation.org