Music Festivals | Missouri Fall
Missouri Bluegrass, Americana, Country & Old Time Music Festival ~ Fall of 2014!
Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival & Arcadia
Valley Fall Festivals in Missouri For the best Fall Getaways and Fall Vacations in Missouri!
Visit our beautiful Missouri Region -
"The Outdoor Recreation
Capital of Missouri!"
more information, or if you are interested in vending,contact us!
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for the Fall Festival click here!
about the Arcadia Valley
& Black River Recreation Area
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Taum Sauk Mountain
The Ozark Trail
Historic Towns & Landmarks
Civil War Site & Museum
Float Trips on Black River Wonderful Lodging Facilities
Only 80 miles southwest
of St. Louis in the beautiful Ozark Mountains
Mountain Music Festival will be held the same
weekend as the annual Arcadia Valley Missouri Fall
Festival. Come to experience the best fall
color in Missouri and enjoy Music, Music, Music everywhere!
is the month for Fall Festivals and autumn celebrations
in our region, only
80 miles from St. Louis. Planning
and preparations begin weeks in advance for the community
Fall Festivals and parades. The parade in Arcadia
Valley is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri.
. . . 86 years and counting! The incredible floats
are built by parents and students in a heavy competition
which starts early in the school year as students and their
parents work feverishly on fund raisers to earn money for
the floats and talent competition. Then, the float building
takes place. Investments in float materials runs into
the thousands of dollars.
Following the parade a float viewing event is held at the
historic Iron County Courthouse, along with a Mountain Music Festival. The Fall Festival
is a gathering of many delightful artisans, crafters
and cuisine vendors. It's
an old fashioned
"homegrown" celebration rarely found these days.
Join in the"Pickin' on the Square" Attention pickers!
Every Friday (throughout the summer leading up to the Fall Festival) between 6 & 8pm, those
of you who pick and grin come show off your talents at the Courthouse Gazebo. Bring your instruments
and have some fun! Come to pick and grin! For more information, give Bobby Powell a call
at 573-546-1441 or 573-705-0028 or email us.
National Open Fiddle Champion!
George Portz & "The Friends of Bluegrass" are the most versatile performing group in the area as they blend their fiery Bluegrass roots with some fine traditional Irish
and Louisiana Cajun music. Their "Cajun Set" has won rave reviews from crowds throughout the midwest. The group’s enthusiasm, top-notch musical ability, wit and humor always "Leaves ‘em wanting more…and they always do!" George Portz is the group’s leader and founder. He is an Illinois State Fair Fiddle Champion,
Western Illinois State Fiddle Champion and his fiddling highlights include over 130 First Place
He has performed for two Presidents; President Nixon in 1973 at the White House and
with his group, "The Friends of Bluegrass" at the Illinois State Fair in 1986 for President Reagan.
He has also performed at the Grand Ole Opry. George toured with the legendary "Goins Brothers"
of Eastern Kentucky in the 1970’s. His dynamic fiddle style ranges from fiery Bluegrass to zesty Cajun.
There’s not a fiddle player in the Midwest that can entertain an audience like George.
David Dalton is the group’s lead singer. David is considered to be one of the finest
Bluegrass singers around and can easily make a transition from Bluegrass to some
fine Hank Williams old time country and has won numerous awards for both.
Dave Montgomery is the lead guitar player for the group. He has won Illinois and Missouri State Fair Flat-Pick Guitar Championships and sings a dynamite bluegrass
country song. His singing ranges from Lester Flatt to Johnny Cash. John King is the group’s banjo player. John won the Illinois State Fair 5-String Banjo Contest five consecutive years. John is also versatile on the dobro and is considered one of the finest 5-string
banjo players in the Midwest.
Kathie Champlin is the bass player for the group. She has won awards for Best Rhythm Musician
at the Midwest Regional Championships. Kathie also performs on the Irish Whistle and Cajun Accordion
when the group performs their Irish and Cajun music. She sings harmony vocals for the group.
George Portz & "The Friends of Bluegrass" are the leading acoustic music group now performing
in the St. Louis area and their shows are enjoyed by all ages. Visit the George Portz website.
Mountain Faith Bluegrass & Gospel
Hailing from Sylva, North Carolina, the Mountain Music Festival welcomes Mountain Faith. They present sincere Christian music in the best of acoustic formats. Their dedication to presenting a positive message comes through with every performance, bringing joy to their listeners through their youthful approach and skilled technique.
They are continuing the valued tradition of family harmony and enthusiastic acoustic instrumental acumen with a southern appalachian vitality worthy of praise.
Visit their website for music, videos & much more!
RhuBarbarella Folk Rock
RhuBarbarella is a folk rock band from Southeast Missouri. It consists of a group of awkward girls who stumbled upon each other and bonded over Bob Dylan, glam rock, and macaroni and cheese. The girls became dedicated to the notion of adding to the folk world while maintaining a standard of tight harmonies, unique songs, meaningful lyrics, and all-around tomfoolery.You can visit their website www.rhubarbarellaband.com
Book Of Ruth Gospel
Book of Ruth was born in 2013 when Colleen Mitchell, Lindsey Currie, Kelly Elders and Stormy Bennett realized they all shared a love of the older gospel hymns and songs. Their first performance was at Esther Methodist Church in Park Hills, Missouri. Since then, they have performed for numerous churches of varied denominations and worthwhile functions around the Parkland. The name for the group sprung from the book of Ruth in the old testaments. Ruth’s bloodline ran all the way to Jesus himself.
I would like to introduce you to the members of Book of Ruth: Colleen Mitchell-
Colleen is a teacher. She divides her time between teaching, performing and running a bed and board for dogs in her home.
In addition to Book of Ruth, Colleen also performs with the nostalgia show band “GTO” and in the annual “Baby Boomers” concert sponsored by Mineral Area College and held at the Centene Center in Farmington, Missouri the first weekend of August each year. Lindsey Currie-
Lindsey is a registered nurse who until just recently applied her training to in-home health care. Lindsey is also a member of GTO. Kelly Elders-
Kelly is a fourth grade teacher who divides her time between teaching and performing with Book of Ruth as well as GTO. Stormy Bennett-
Stormy is a soon-to-be retired Detective with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office. He also is a member of GTO, as well as a cast member of the Baby Boomer concerts.
The Mississippi Sawyers
The Mississippi Sawyers are bluegrass band hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. As a band, they are fairly new to the scene, originally forming in early 2008. However, its individual members are anything but new when it comes to keeping the tradition alive, energizing their listeners, and captivating each audience with their own trademark bluegrass sound. Each member has their own unique playing and singing style, and continues to find new ways to reach this genre’s ever broadening audience. Whether you want that high-lonesome feel of the traditional with tight vocal harmonies, those ear grabbin’ guitar and mandolin licks, or the steady rhythm of the 5-string banjo, you’ll be sure to find your toe tappin’ all the way home from a live show! The Mississippi Sawyers have only just begun their journey, but already possess a well polished sound that guarantees you will soon be hearing great things about this band!
The Mississippi Sawyers feature Jeff Griffy on guitar, Dave Mueller on mandolin, Nate Free on banjo and Candice Hale on upright bass.You can count on them pleasing any audience with their abilities to perform those long-lost traditional bluegrass and country songs – the sounds that first captivated listeners in the early years. The Mississippi Sawyers are able to blend that tradition with their own musical style to create a unique sound that we’re sure you won’t find with any other band.
Watch them below and visit their website to listen to much more!
Ozark Spirit Cloggers and the
Country Fire Cloggerswill be performing
Country Fire is a traditional clogging team from the Ellsinore and Piedmont, Mo. area with dancers of all ages. The team has been in existence for about 10 years and is under the direction of Jessica Price.
Country Fire team members enjoy exhibitions but enjoy the competitive side of clogging. They have won numerous awards over the years at both regional and national competitions. Most recently they received the amateur Traditional Team award at the Challenge of Champions held in Branson in June of 2010. Some of the grandest awards have been at the Junior Olympics having director Jessica Price bringing home a silver medal in Flat foot Solo and in 2009 five team members were named to the National NCHC all Star Traditional Team.
The team members take great pride in preserving traditional Appalachian Clogging and enjoy dancing to a variety of music. They choreograph most of their material and are available for performances at fairs, festivals and other local events.
The Ozark Spirit Cloggers is a group made up of folks who desire to dance and promote the fun and fellowship of clogging. Clogging is fun, great exercise, and a lot of entertainment! While most of the dancing is for fun and exercise, we love to perform. The Ozark Spirit Cloggers, which number just under 20 members, are drawn from throughout the Rolla, Missouri area.