Missouri Spring Music Festival 2016 - The Arcadia Valley
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May 19, 20 & 21, 2017! Missouri
Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival
A Weekend Getaway of Fun
near St. Louis for the Whole Family!
Music Festival with vendors & crafters galore! Come for a Missouri Spring Vacation!
In addition to great music, hear the ping, ping of hammer on iron over an open fire as a blacksmith shapes tools in a craft thousands of years old. Watch a weaver toss her shuttle back and forth thru the weft to create a blanket, thread by thread. See chips fly as logs are hewn into benches and cabin walls with a foot adz. These are just some of the old-time crafts demonstrated at the Mountain Music Festival.
2017 Festival Schedule coming soon! To vend in 2017, please click here!
Here's what happened in 2016! 9th Annual Run/Walk in conjunction with the Festival!
Friday at 6pm
Friday night kicks off the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival with PICKIN ON THE SQUARE. Amateur musicians join professionals to perform everything from bluegrass to gospel to cajun. Bring your guitar or ukulele and join in.
Banjo, bass, mandolin, guitar and 3 part harmony mark the style of this band from just down the road in Salem, Mo. They’re known for their sweet sounds in songs like "Old Home Place’ and "Til I Get Home." Check out their Youtube videos or hear their CD: Beyond the Rain. Randy and Angie Haage Hubbs play guitar and bass, with Robbie Bryant on banjo, Donny Condren on mandolin, and Jaron Bryant on fiddle.
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.
Jimmy Allison & The Ozark Rounders
Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders are rooted in traditional bluegrass music. After 20 years with Midnight Flight, Jimmie started his own group in 2002. Jimmie says, "Band members change from time to time so you're never sure who you will see. The one sure constant is Bill Cross on banjo. Others may vary, but the sound and quality will always be the same."
The Mickey Boles Show
Mickey Boles .. Singer, musician, entertainer, says he was "raised up on gospel music", then was taught everything he knows about bluegrass by his stepdad, Bo Collier. They started their own bluegrass band when Mickey was a 16-year old, and by age 21, he'd been with 3 bands and worked on a recording contract.
Now his MICKEY BOLES SHOW, is "a very simple name for a very simple man with drive to put on a show." He's played with the Gary Waldrep Band, Phillip Ryan & Full Steam Ahead, Texas Winds, Dave Peterson & the 1946 Band, Penny Roark & Union Hill Band, Young Grass and Karl Shiflett. Boles says, "I now have my own 'Show' using whatever pickers will help me." The Mickey Boles Show hails from Smyrna, TN.
PERFORMING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME―
Award-Winning Country Recording Artists
Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Stuart Duncan,
Dennis Crouch & Gary Rounds- Legends Together!
Tim Crouch ..on fiddle and mandolin tells us: "I live in Strawberry Arkansas. Been playing fiddle and mandolin since i was 7... Grew up playing Bluegrass and Country Music... Played fiddle contest with My Dad, Fred, and My Brother, Dennis, winning the Arkansas State Fiddlers Championship 5 times, and the National Championship 2 times, along with other contests... Got a gig with Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys at the Grand Ole Opry at age 19 and played there for 3 years for Jim and Jesse, and The Whites.. Went on to record, and perform with many country and bluegrass artists from recording studios, to Carnegie Hall, to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry such as, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Billy Bob Thornton, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Charlie Pride, and many others.
Randy Kohrs .. is a country artist, producer, and session musician working on 14 albums right now. He's backed Dolly Parton, appeared on Rachel Raye's talk show, and won a grammy for his contribution to Jim Lauderdale's album "The Bluegrass Diaries."From the age of 8, when he picked up the acoustic guitar, he's immersed himself in music. From dobro, lap and pedal steel mandolin, upright bass, banjo, to electric guitar--Kohrs is a gifted player of all. He has backed up many well-known artists, including Patty Loveless on a taping of PBS' Austin City Limits, He's made TV appearances with Tom T. Hall, Holly Dunn, and Hal Ketchum, and has done session work with Hank Thompson, Walter Hyatt, and Hank Williams III (Kohrs has being nominated two times for Dobro Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association). Kohrs' solo debut recording, A Crack in My Armour, on the Junction label debuted in 2001.
Stuart Duncan .. plays not only fiddle, but mandolin, guitar, and banjo, as well as singing and writing his own songs. Named IBMA Fiddler of the Year eight times, Duncan has performed on an estimated 900 recordings including George Strait's Pure Country (1992) which sold six million copies.
His self-titled solo debut was released on Rounder records in 1992
and featured appearances by Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and fellow Nashville Bluegrass Band members Roland White and Pat Enright.
Stuart Duncan has played with Amy Grant, Clint Black, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt,
Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and many others.
Even with his distinctive, identifiable style, no two pieces Stuart creates ever sound alike.
After over 40 years in the recording studio and on tour, his popularity continues to grow as does his cache of music industry awards. Duncan’s playing can also be heard on some film soundtracks, including the highly regarded O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Cold Mountain (2003).
Dennis Crouch .. is about the most in-demand upright bass player in Nashville. He plays Western Swing the way it ought to be played. He learned while listening to bass players of the Big Band Era, and by playing backup for fiddle contests.
He got pushed to move to Nashville in 1996 by his pal Sean Camp where he "could do pretty good" working recording sessions. "I’ve been fortunate to have gotten to do all that stuff"--playing a session with Pig Robbins, Lloyd Green and Buddy Harmon, and with the Opry staff band--"So the way I look at it, from here on in it's all free." Dennis Crouch is one of the co-founders of the Time Jumpers, a Nashville-based Western swing band.
A native of Missouri, he grew up in Strawberry, AR. playing bass with his musical family.Crouch has played or recorded with a long list of artists that includes Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Tim O'Brien, Steve Earle, and Marty Stuart, among others.
Gary Rounds .. is known for his incredibly smooth and soulful vocal styling. A gifted musician from Arkansas,
Rounds plays music ranging from pop hits to folk songs to bluegrass standards.
He is a past performer on the syndicated radio program, "At Home In The Country" and has recorded at least one CD.
Fans say he can sing songs the way they were meant to be sung, in a way that sends chills down the spine.
Bo Riddle Band Bo Riddle, Eric Thompson & Mark Browers
Bo Riddle ..on fiddle, guitar, vocals--Known in Arcadia Valley as the voice, fiddle, and driving force of Arcadia Valley's weekly Pickin' on the Square. Riddle is known also for his musical work in Nashville's recording studios and as master boot-maker to the stars.. In between, he writes songs and even co-owns an independent label, Las Vegas-based Dream Cat Music. "I feel I'm as good a songwriter as I am a bootmaker," he said. "In the not-too-distant future I should have some big cuts."
Eric Thompson .. on harmonica--The galloping, speeding notes of "The Lone Ranger Theme" are no challenge for harmonica player Eric Thompson. As he reaches the final crescendo, the crowd yells, "Hi, Ho, Silver!"
Thompson produces from his harmonica the growl of blues, the soul of southern gospel, and the speed of bluegrass. Considered a rising star in the harmonica world, Thompson, an Arcadia Valley resident and high school coach, plays with at least three other bands in several honky tonks; The Black Diamond Trio, Jive Turkeys, and Saxy Jazz. He perfoms at the Antique Archaeology (American Picker's) Store in Nashville, at The Wheel on the Broadway strip, and at Honky Tonks Legend Corner.
Mark Browers .. born in Ironton in 1961. Started playing guitar at age 14. He has been influenced by a broad range of artists such as John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot to rock groups such as the Eagles and Marshall Tucker. He has enjoyed the opportunity to play music with many accomplished artists in the area since 1990.
Sunday starting at noon!
Don't miss the Chicken and Dumplins Dinner followed by more
fun & fabulous entertainment by these wonderful artists!
MORE TO COME!
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And throughout the season every Friday!
"Pickin' on the Square"begins at 6:00
Attention pickers! Clapping, dancing, singing along―crowds gather to enjoy the musicians at Pickin’ on the Square on the courthouse lawn every Friday, starting with the Spring Mountain Music Festival and ending with the Fall Mountain Music Festival, Oct. 14-16. On banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass, fiddle, and guitar, musicians from as far as 60 miles away gather to perform Rocka-billy, Country ballads, Gospel, and original compositions.
Bo Riddle rounds up fellow musicians, then volunteers his time and sound system each Friday evening. Stools, mics, and warm welcome are always ready for well-established and new musicians alike. Anyone is welcome to come up to the microphone and sing. Some Fridays have guest appearances by experienced vocalists, or by a 4-year-old who sings with her pa-pa Bo, who accompanies her on his guitar.
For more information, give Bo Riddle a call at 417-425-2322 or email us if you want to participate in this year's pickin'.