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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pop-up Bar in Helena, Arkansas with music from the Reba Russell Trio on August 9

On Saturday August 9 there will be a pop-up bar--named "Bar None"--featuring craft beer, southern liquor, and live music on Helena, Arkansas' Biscuit Row, an area being revitalized in this Delta town’s historic downtown district. The event will feature Cathead Vodka, Four Roses Bourbon, and craft beer by Ozark Beer Company and Stones Throw Brewery.

The bar will open at 5:00pm with a suggested $10 donation at the door. The event is headed up by the Helena Advertising & Promotion in partnership with the King Biscuit Blues Festival (KBBF). All proceeds will benefit the festival, which is going on its 29th year.

Cathead Vodka is Mississippi’s first legal still, opening in 2010. Kentucky based Four Roses Bourbon, has won numerous accolades over the past years including Distiller of the Year three years in a row from Whisky Magazine. Ozark Beer Company, based in Rogers, AR, and Stones Throw Brewery, located in Little Rock, are both relatively new breweries, opening in 2013.

Several food trucks will be parked out front including Little Rock based Waffle Wagon and The Southern Catfish. The Waffle Wagon is one of only a few chicken & waffles trucks in the region, earning a “WOW” from Arkansas Times food writer, Michael Roberts.

The Reba Russell Trio will provide live music throughout the night. Reba Russell, a blues artist and local favorite, has been described by Memphissound.com as “somewhere between the full throated, gospel charged firepower of Bonnie Bramlett and the gentle, seductive soul of early Rita Coolidge.”

“With Bar None, we’re testing out another business model. We tried out a more upscale restaurant with our first pop-up endeavor with Ben E. Keith, which went very well, so now we’re trying out a bar.” said Helena A&P Commissioner Lynn Chadwick.

“We’re very excited about this event,” said KBBF Director, Linda Broome. “The goal is to help support our community in multiple ways: promote restaurant and retail investment while also keeping our blues traditions alive by helping support our festival. Also, good drinks, good music and good food – what’s not to love?!”

For more information about the event, the festival and Helena, visit www.VisitHelenaAR.com or www.KingBiscuitBluesFestival.com or call the King Biscuit office at 870-572-5223.

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