• Sonny Kay

Updated: Jun 21

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce the rescheduled 17th annual VALLEY OF THE VAPORS INDEPENDENT MUSIC FESTIVAL taking place Friday and Saturday October 1-2, 2021 at Cedar Glades Park in Hot Springs, AR.

VOV was canceled in March 2020, and again in March 2021 due to coronavirus. Low Key Arts was also forced to cancel the Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival in 2020 for the same reason.

“As things began re-opening this year,” explains Low Key Arts executive director, Sonny Kay, “our board of directors and I made the decision to forego our annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival this fall, in favor of producing a reimagined version of VOV that would really feel like something special. Almost a hybrid of the two events, but musically very much VOV. Taking the festival outdoors this year just feels right. Cedar Glades has so many incredible things to offer. We want to create an unforgettable music festival experience that takes advantage of Hot Springs' scenic surroundings and that builds on something people know and love."

For the first time in its history, the festival will include camping, as well as movies screened under the stars, hiking, disc golf, rock wall climbing, vendors, Northwoods Trails scavenger hunt, art installations, kids activites, and more! It is open to all ages. Confirmed performers include PSYCHIC GRAVEYARD (Providence, RI), HOLY WAVE (Austin, TX), DEEPER (Chicago, IL), OHMME (Chicago, IL), ESME PATTERSON (Denver, CO), DENDRONS (Chicago), WE ARE THE ASTEROID (Austin, TX), VARIOUS BLONDE (Kansas City, MO), ESTEREOMANCE (Juarez, MX/El Paso, TX), and CRUSH DIAMOND (Houma, LA).

Tickets will go on sale in July. Details will be announced soon.

Festival website:

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  • Sonny Kay

Updated: Apr 13

Low Key Arts in cooperation with National Park Service, Visit Hot Springs and Northwoods Trails presents Notes in Nature Ranger-Guided Trail Concert Series, a new program of free outdoor performances beginning summer 2021. Featuring intimate music coupled with invigorating hikes and a wealth of forest facts presented by a genuine National Park ranger, it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of beautiful Hot Springs National Park. Hikes are approximately one hour in length, with performances running between 60 and 90 minutes. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to take part.

Notes in Nature Ranger-Guided Trail Concert Series kicks off Sunday, May 16, 2021 with a performance by longtime Hot Springs favorite, Brian Martin, who passes through town often both solo and as a member of the band, Sad Daddy. The 1.3 mile ranger-guided hike begins at 1:00 PM at Pullman Trailhead. Plenty of free parking is available near the trailhead.

Brian Martin will perform an acoustic set live at 2:00 PM at Bethel Lake. The hike to Bethel Lake from Pullman Trailhead is optional and can be avoided by simply driving to Bethel Lake and parking at the Northwoods Trail lot here.

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  • Sonny Kay

Truth is stranger than fiction—and often more interesting!

In partnership with Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Low Key Arts' Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program will host its first ever documentary boot camp where participants will direct, produce and edit their own short documentary film. The course will explore the process from story development, production and post production with the intention of completing 1 film ranging in length from 3 to 7 minutes that will be showcased at the 30th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival October 8-16, 2021.

Mondays from 6:00-9:00PM May 10-July 30 (Classes hosted mostly on zoom) $300/person or scholarship application

For more info or to register please go to

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