New Arts District Comes To El Dorado

The planned $100 million entertainment district in El Dorado has been titled the Murphy Arts District and is gearing up for a grand opening later this year.  

Named after the El Dorado-based companies Murphy USA, Murphy Oil Corp. and Deltic Timber Corp, the entertainment districts first phase is a music hall, amphitheater, restaurant and children's play area. A second phase is also in the works with a $32 million renovation of the 1920s Rialto Theater plus the creation of a new art gallery and exhibition hall.              . 

The El Dorado News-Times reports that the five-day, grand opening event in September will feature concerts from Migos, Brad Paisley, Train, ZZ Top, Ludacris, Smokey Robinson and The Robert Randolph Band.


Below is a full list of the line-up:


Wednesday, September 27 

• 8:30 p.m.– An Evening with Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen & John Hiatt (Griffin Restaurant) 


Thursday, September 28 

•8 p.m.– Natasha Bedingfield (Griffin Music Hall) 

•9 p.m. – Train (Griffin Music Hall) 


Friday, September 29 

•6 p.m.– Robert Randolph Band (Amphitheater) 

•7:30 p.m.– X-Ambassadors (Amphitheater) 

•9 p.m. – ZZ Top (Amphitheater) 

•11:30 p.m.– Ludacris (Griffin Music Hall) 


Saturday, September 30 

•6 p.m.– Chase Bryant (Amphitheater)

•9 p.m. – Brad Paisley (Amphitheater) 

•11:30 – Migos (Griffin Music Hall) 


Sunday October 1 

• 4p.m. – Smokey Robinson with the South Arkansas Symphony (Amphitheater; free concert)

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