Enjoy Songs and Seafood at the Summer Solstice Blues and Crab Festival 

Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24

Concert ticket budget taking a recessionary hit? If an out-of-town, music-laden weekend is what you seek, the Solstice Blues and Crab Fest may be just the pick-me-up you and your wallet have been looking for.

"We wanted to keep it within a price range so people could actually go," said Carl Scheider, vice president of administration at Gruntwerks Event Planning. "With the way ticket prices are for concerts today, you pretty much have to pick and choose."

Keeping the low price in mind, festival organizers combed the country for affordable blues acts that provided a quality variety of music, including Too Slim and the Taildraggers, E.C. Scott, Jason Elmore and a slew of local bands. The Deadliest Catch's Capt. Harry Lewis is hosting a crab dinner for what will be Oasis Event Center's kickoff weekend. Located just west of Mountain Home, the 3,000-capacity venue features a campground, festival stage and space for food vendors and beer gardens.

"It's relaxed. You're away from the city, but it's an easy drive from town," said Scheider. "There are no camping concert facilities in this valley."

Tickets are $33.50 in advance online, or $40 at the gate, and include admission to all three days, as well as a spot in the campground. Single-day tickets are available as well and do not include a camping space.

Scheider says he wants to make the Summer Solstice Blues and Crab Fest a getaway for the whole family.

"We're trying to keep an idiot-free festival, basically," he said. "I mean, well, that's probably too harsh, but we're making it as extremely family friendly as we possibly can."

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