Missouri Spring Music Festival 2017 - The Arcadia Valley
Mountain Music Festival
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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.
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.
Spring Musician Lineup
Ozark Mountain Harmony - (formerly Southern Grass) Bluegrass and Gospel
"We organized into our current group in 2015. Our members all live in or around the Ironton and Fredericktown, Missouri areas. When we originally started singing, we went by the name of Southern Grass. Recently, we decided to update our group name to Ozark Mountain Harmony because we felt it better represents our beautiful home surroundings which we are proud to represent no matter where the road may take us. Our variety of members allows us to play music that appeals to just about everyone at every show. We're always looking to meet new people to share good times and good music together."
The Ross Family - Bluegrass and Gospel
"My name is Danita Ross and my husband is Jeff. Never would I have dreamed what God had in store for our life. In October of 1997 We both surrendered our life to the Lord. God has amazed me time after time with His grace and mercy. God has blessed us with 4 children which we love spending time with. Our youngest two love playing music and they have encouraged us to join in. We have enjoyed singing for the Lord. Also we want to welcome Alex Clayton to the band. He is a blessing!"
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.
Highway 36 Bluegrass
Highway 36 is a bluegrass band that was reformed in 2015 and is located around the central AR area. Featuring Butch on guitar, Eddie on mandolin, Connie on bass and Randall on banjo.
Award-Winning Recording Artists
Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess,
Irl Hees & Dustin Frame- 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.
Irl Hees .. If you've been around bluegrass at all over the past 25 years you have probably met Irl Hees. Irl began playing professionally in 1995 when he joined Rhonda Vincent's country band. In 1996, he was part of the original RAJ'E band, which later became Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Irl then joined Chris Jones and the Night Drivers appearing on the "Just A Town" album. Then in 2002 Irl took a job with the Lonesome River Band and held down the bass duties there for several years, recording "Window of Time" during his tenure there. Over the years you may have seen him on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Music City Roots, or Larry's Country Diner just to name a few. He will occasionally work with actress Mare Winningham, was Miles Cleverly of the Cleverly Trio, was the bassist for Roy Rogers Jr. In short, he had done about everything at one time or another.
Clay Hess .. is from Athens, Ohio and is the leader of The Clay Hess Band. Clay's first introduction to many was as the lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, winning a Grammy Award during his tenure there. After departing Skaggs, Hess toured and recorded with several of the top bands in the genre. With the help of long time friend and musical comrade Randy Kohrs, Clay recorded his critically acclaimed solo CD "Rain" with the title track going to #1 on the Bluegrasstoday chart. The success of the project directly led to the formation of The Clay Hess Band in 2012. "Growing up in a musical family, it wasn't hard to find an instrument laying around to plunk on". Pair that with having a desire to learn, a passion for music, and a wealth of people to learn from and you get a musician.
Dustin Frame ..Clay Hess of the Clay Hess Band states; "When a band member leaves it is always a chore finding a replacement to fill the hole left in the band. When Dustin Frame came to try out I expected him to be a pretty good fit. What I didn't expect was for a 23 year old kid from Gassaway, WV to come in, and tear down the house with it. Dustin plays with a passion and enthusiasm that is contagious. With a playing style all his own and a range of influences that spans 70 years, it's no wonder that he plays well beyond where his age says he should."
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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'.