Phil Vassar to Headline 45th Hope Watermelon Festival on August 7


Country music recording artist, Phil Vassar will headline the 2021 Hope Watermelon Festival in Hope, Arkansas on Saturday, August 7 inside Hope’s Fairpark. Get your tickets now. Remember, general admission means bring your own chair.

With ten #1 hit songs, and an ACM Top Male Artist award, not to mention the dozens of songs he’s written for others, this will be a show to remember.

Vassar has written dozens of songs for others, including Alan Jackson, Collin Raye, Tim McGraw, and more. Above his songwriting abilities, there is his amazing talent at the piano. A keyboard powerhouse they say, but more than power is a real art to his skills.

Tickets are available online, PHIL VASSAR TICKETS, or at the Hope Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce at 870-777-3640.

Media Release:

Country music hit maker and piano-pounding powerhouse Phil Vassar will headline the concert at the 45th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 7, at 8:30 p.m. The show will be held on the CMC Stage inside Hope Fair Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Vassar’s reign of signature songs includes 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocal

His songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can.

Advanced general admission tickets for the concert will be $15 for adults; day of show tickets will be $20. Children’s tickets will be $6 on the day of the show. All reserved tickets are $40. Tickets may be purchased onlne at

Gates open at 6:00 pm, opeing with The Jake Gill Band at 7:30 pm and the Watermelon Idol winner at 8:25 pm

For more information about the concert, contact the Hope Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce at 870-777-3640 or the UAHT Foundation at 870-722-8516.


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