In 2017, Opal Agafia coined the term Ozark Mountain Soul to describe her unique style of music. Agafia embodies the sound of the Ozark Mountains: a little soul, a little roots, a little rock-and-roll, a little old-timey swing and lot of heart. Drawing from many genres, Opal blends the best elements of soul, blues, country, jazz, gospel, swing, and traditional mountain music into a sound that captures the past and boldy pushes ahead.
Ozark Mountain Soul, the festival's namesake genre, is a harmonious fusion that draws inspiration from the rolling hills and deep-rooted traditions of the Ozarks. It is a genre where the authenticity of Americana meets the raw emotion of soulful storytelling, resulting in a sound that is both timeless and contemporary. This genre is the spirit of the Ozarks, honoring the beauty of its landscapes and the resilience of its people.
Kristal Kuykendall published this about Opal in The West Plains Daily Quill. "Agafia began calling her sound “Ozark Mountain soul” not long after she first performed publicly in 2015 and someone asked her to describe it. The broad influence of genres evident in her music, combined with the life-in-a-small-mountain-town storytelling of Agafia’s lyrics, brought her to the new self-prescribed genre label, Agafia says."
This year, the Ozark Mountain Soul Festival will take place from April 4 - 8, 2024 and while the plan is to deliver a variety of genres, the main focus is going to be placed on Americana-Roots music. TIP: The highly anticipated "great North American eclipse" is also scheduled to happen during the festival on April 8, 2024. (eclipse information here.)
It wouldn't be right to have a soul-fest in the Ozarks and not deliver a view. Since Opal is about "all things Ozarks" it's no surprise that the 2nd Annual Ozark Mountain Soul Festival is taking place, once again, at The Farm, which is known in these here hills for delivering a musical experience with a view!
Named Music Venue of the Year by the Arkansas Country Music Awards, The Farm is a campground & concert/event powerhouse perfectly situated in the hills of the Ozarks near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Positioned on 160 acres that backs up to Mark Twain National Forest, The Farm offers year-round camping with electric and water hook-ups. There is general store as well as a shower/bathroom house onsite.
Also on the property is a 3-mile mountain bike course that covers some beautiful, rocky terrain and Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River are all within 5-miles of The Farm. The White River offers the region’s best Trout Fishing and Beaver Lake is well known for its big Striped & Largemouth Bass. Canoeing is also popular on the White River. The blue-ribbon Kings River, which is a world class Smallmouth Bass fishery is only 12-miles away.
Just 9-miles away is the center of downtown, historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which gives visitors more to do and experience because of Eureka's wide variety of shopping, dining and nightlife entertainment.
With 360-degree panoramic views, a music festival experience at The Farm is simply like no other and Opal delivers the right stuff to soothe the soul right here where her roots run deep.