At the Summer Concert Series of the William Carl Garner Visitor Center their entertainer was Jeff Jenkins who bio says he is a Mountain dulcimer player, originally from Ohio, a small southern town along the river called Ironton.

Heber Springs was full of music this weekend, from Jeff Jenkins playing the Mountain Dulcimer to Ron Radford playing the Flamenco Guitar to the Country Rock sound of the Zac Dunlap Band, there was something everyone could like.

At the Summer Concert Series of the William Carl Garner Visitor Center their entertainer was Jeff Jenkins who bio says he is a Mountain dulcimer player, originally from Ohio, a small southern town along the river called Ironton.

According to Jenkins, “I started out liking the Beatles and rock and roll. In 1970 I joined the Air Force and was stationed in North Carolina. I was asked to play bass in a jug band, but found I needed to play a washtub bass. In this band they had a dulcimer player, I became fascinated with the dulcimer, I didn’t get one til long after I was out of the Air Force, around 1988.”

In 1992 Jenkins came to Arkansas for railroad work. He attended Mountain Views workshops for dulcimer and found out there that many things could be played on the dulcimer. He practiced and soon was playing the southern regional’s, competitions. He played those contests until 2004.

Jeff’s style is strum/pick Jeff plays old timey country (old Fiddle tunes) old time country, and celtic tunes.

Jenkins will be back on August 12 at the Visitor’s Center, so if you missed him this time add it to your calendar for next time.

Ronald Radford not only performed his Flamenco guitar for the performing arts center audience Saturday night, but also shared with them a little of the history of the Flamenco guitar. Flamenco is the traditional folk art of Southern Spain, where singing, dancing and guitar are a way of life. Over centuries of cultural influences from the religious chants if the Moslems and Jews to the songs and dance rhythms of the Spanish Gypsies whose ancestral home was Northern India.


Radford said, “Their culture lives with the idea that every moment in their life is the best.”

When studying in Southern Spain he would find himself at a park late at night, practicing his guitar and talking with gypsies. The Flamenco is spontaneous and the guitarist actually follows the flamenco dancer, not the other way around, as some would believe.

Radford said while studying in Southern Spain, one of his influences, a man named Diego said there are three things you must know. One, you must love the music. Two, you must love the audience. Three, the audience must listen with love. Radford said many times people do not really listen, they are either thinking up their response or thinking of something else.

“We must learn to listen with our hearts.” He said.

Radford came to Heber Springs on May 10 for two performances, one at the middle school and one at the high school. At each performance he gave away a guitar to a student. Radford also visited with children at the Library on Saturday morning. He was scheduled to be at Southridge Rehabilitation and Nursing center on Sunday morning.

Finally on Saturday night at Dam Site Marina, the Zac Dunlap Band kicked off the “Rock on the Dock” series at the Dam Site Marina. On a floating dock surrounded by boats and an audience on the surrounding docks, Dunlap and his band entertained for about two and a half hours, playing original songs, covers of country music and Matchbox 20 songs, Dunlap kept the audience singing along with him, his wife Hannah and lead singer Faith Cody. The women were joined at one time by Heber resident, Heather Martone for Y.M.C.A., made famous by the Village People.

At one point Hannah Dunlap called attention to her husband’s attire for the night. She told the audience she pretty much dared Zac to wear bright pink with yellow bananas shorts while performing, and he did it. Even he laughed telling the audience, “This is the first time I have ever performed in concert wearing pink shorts with yellow bananas on them! Normally I wear pants. But this is Lake Life.”

Bassist Zac Cheesman rocked the house on several numbers. Amazing since the East End native is only 15 years old. Drummer Scott Gibson is a Cabot resident. Matt Cody, husband of Faith, plays lead guitar and showed off his skills several times. Dunlaps sound man is his cousin, Kenny Moneagle, who did a pretty good impression of Singer Eric Church. So good, that a couple of bikini clad young ladies wanted to meet him after the show.

The Zac Dunlap Band will be performing back in this area on July 29 for Bearden’s Chuckwagon Races