MAD Announces Grand Opening Numbers
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Murphy Arts District a success says the public


EL DORADO, AR. (October 3, 2017) – Murphy Arts District (MAD) has announced attendance for its four-day grand opening. With acts such as Train, X Ambassadors, ZZ Top, Ludacris, Migos, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, MIGOS, Smokey Robinson, Chase Bryant and more, MAD attracted more than 20,000 visitors for the opening of the three new venues in downtown El Dorado.


“We had people from around the state, around the region, around the country, and even London come to El Dorado to check out this authentic Southern town and MAD,” said CEO Terry Stewart. “We’ve been having people tell us they’re amazed, that there’s nothing like this, and they are blown away. Our social feeds are blowing up.”

Several shows were sold out (Train with Natasha Bedingfield, and MIGOS) and the others were nearly so. “We would have loved to sell out every show,” said President Austin Barrow, “and we knew that as a new destination we’d have to prove ourselves.”


From the comments in social media it appears that the public is now full of believers in the new entertainment district, consisting of the 7,500-person MAD amphitheater, the 2,000-person Griffin Music Hall, and the 250-seat Griffin Restaurant with cabaret stage. Completing Phase 1 of this $65 million project will be the outdoor Playscape, Arkansas’s and the region’s largest outdoor children’s playground destination.

MAD now employs 65 full time positions and hired more than 250-part time positions in concessions, security, merchandising and more for the grand opening.


More Programming


MAD has a variety of performances booked throughout the Fall, including performances by the Beach Boys, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, Legends of Funk featuring ZAPP, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks, the El Dorado Film Festival, the Acrobats of China, and Phil Vassar with Kellie Pickler. Christian music favorites Selah with Jason Crabb will perform this Thursday, October 5th. These and more can be found on


About El Dorado, Ark. & Murphy Arts District


MAD, a production of El Dorado Festivals & Events, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create and sustain an arts and entertainment destination that acts as a catalyst for cultural and educational change for the region. It relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the community and region.


El Dorado, Ark., also known as “the City of Gold” is a former oil boom town and a rising arts destination. Home to a 1920s oil rush that brought a flurry of industry to “Arkansas’ Original Boomtown.” The city also has had significant investments in economic development, education and corporate community sponsorship with forthcoming investments, including the notable El Dorado Promise, a unique college scholarship program established by Murphy Oil Corporation providing local El Dorado High School graduates tuition at any accredited two-and four-year educational institution in the U.S.



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