El Dorado, AR
While a hub for arts and music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Southern state of Arkansas, the town of El Dorado — a historic oil boomtown — is changing perceptions.
El Dorado has called upon top entertainment execs from the likes of House of Blues and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with chart-topping artists such as Brad Paisley, Train, X Ambassadors, Smokey Robinson, ZZ Top, and what many are calling "The Beatles of this generation," Migos, to celebrate the inaugural weekend of MAD! (Murphy Arts District) on Sept. 27. Hoping to join the ranks of Nashville and Woodstock, NY, MAD! has set its sights high with the star-studded launch of the district's renaissance and the new music-lover's haven. Stay at the charming Union Square Guest Quarters in the heart of downtown El Dorado. Try a "spudnut," the quintessential doughnut made from potato flour. Have dinner at Fayrays and try the shrimp po boy. Fayrays is a Southern Arkansas gem known for its fresh seafood and twist on fine dining.