Ozark Folk Center State Park to host fall music and art festival
(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark.) – Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Stringband Music and Arts Festival takes place on October 15-16, 2021. The family festival will be a weekend-long celebration of music lively string and craft arts featuring Ozark’s finest craftsmen, musical prodigies, and live performances from some of the best touring groups that play old-fashioned mountain music, also known as music Ozark folklore.
The festival’s star performers include early music troubadours from the Ohio River Valley, The Tillers Friday Night and underground thrills from Nashville, Tennessee, the Hogslop String Band, which will perform two sets on Saturday.
Tickets include the cost of entry to the park’s 20 craft shops, gardens and musical performances at the park’s historic 1,000-seat concert hall, the Ozark Highlands Theater. Outdoor acoustic music performances, programs and craftsman demonstrations will take place in the Craft Village from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and feature concerts will be held at the Musical Theater from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and again from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines from the Arkansas Department of Health, ticket sales for musical performances will be limited to one-third of the theater’s seating capacity. Tickets cost $ 25 for Friday, $ 35 for Saturday, and $ 50 for both days. To book tickets or learn more, visit OzarkFolkCenter.Ticketleap.com. To book a modern, updated cabin for the weekend, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com.
The Skillet Restaurant, also located in the National Park, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets throughout the Friday and Saturday festivities. The hilltop restaurant in the park, known for its Southern hospitality and home cooking, will offer its famous Ozark Settlers buffet for dinner on both nights. The buffet includes chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, fried potatoes, pinto beans, turnip greens, black-eyed peas, fried okra, cornbread, rolls and a sea bass salad bowl filled with fresh local produce. The cost of The Skillet’s all-you-can-eat buffet is $ 10 for breakfast, $ 11 for lunch, and $ 12 for dinner.
âIt’s so refreshing to have live music at the park after such a long hiatus,â said Daren Dortin, music director for Ozark Folk Center State Park. âIt was great to see so many smiling faces in the musical theater at our bluegrass festival in August and we look forward to welcoming string music fans back to this new festival. We have an extremely talented group of local and nationally touring bands performing on October 15th and 16th.
About the musicians
The Hogslop String Band was formed in 2009. Since then, the group has won every major stringband competition in the South and even made the Guinness Book of Records for hosting the world’s largest square dance in 2015. Their Their last appearance at the Ozark Folk Center in 2016 earned them a fiery following of local musicians, dancers and old-school music fans after impromptu dances erupted in musical theater. Although he had to cancel his last show at the Ozark Folk Center due to COVID-19, the young and energetic quartet of violin, bass, guitar and banjo will return to the Folk Center stage for two shows on Saturday. October 16, for one of the most anticipated concerts of the season at the park.
The Tillers have been beating their own distinctive sound of string orchestra-style folk music for a decade, traveling across the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live recording have earned them accolades as modern folk storytellers of the landscape. national sound. This quartet of passionate American singers and string musicians from the Ohio River Valley will have you singing and clapping with every note.
Keith Symanowitz, performer and jig dancer for Ozark Folk Center State Park, said, âIf you’re into high-energy mountain music like me, you won’t want to miss the Hogslop String Band on Saturday and The Tillers on Friday. You will also want to bring your dancing shoes!
The festival lineup also includes some of Ozark’s most popular string groups, as well as young musical prodigies, older statesmen, and rising stars of the old-world music scene in Mountain View. Bands include Taller Than You, The Creek Rocks, Grace Stormont, Eden & Lukas Pool and Whoa Mule.
Taller Than You is a promising 5 piece thong based in Mountain View. Since winning the Group of the Year award at the Ozark Folk Center in 2019, this group of young stars have performed their original arrangements of catchy violin tunes and timeless folk songs across Missouri and Arkansas. . Taller Than You with Gresham McMillion on double bass (commonly known as “bass violin” in Mountain View), Chandler Spickes on guitar, National Champion Hammered Dulcimer Ben Haguewood, Arkansas Violin Champion Kailee Spickes and Banjo Champion of State Grace Stormont. perform on Friday and Saturday during the festival.
The Creek Rocks are known for their impeccable harmony vocals, original compositions and interpretations of classic country, bluegrass and forgotten Ozark folk songs. The group, which recently made the cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, includes Mark Bilyeu, singer and guitarist of the hugely popular Springfield folk group Big Smith, and Cindy Woolf of Little Rock, a talented three-finger banjo shooter. and singer. The Creek Rocks will be joined by friends and special guests to perform on Friday and Saturday.
Grace Stormont is an accomplished banjo player, singer, multi-instrumentalist and rising star from the Mountain View area. Despite her young age, Stormont, 20, performs with the skill and maturity that most seasoned musicians aspire to: skills she has honed over the past five years playing regularly at the Ozark Folk Center. In 2021, Stormont won two awards at the Arkansas Country Music Awards, including Acoustic Act of the Year and the coveted Songwriter of the Year award. Stormont’s performances include turn-of-the-century acoustic jazz, American folk songs, century-old ballads and upbeat old-fashioned banjo tunes. Grace will perform on Friday and Saturday of the Stringband Festival solo and with the group Taller Than You.
Eden & Lukas Pool met while studying violin and banjo at the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. This young husband and wife duo have developed their own unique style of playing and arranging old-world tunes with a beauty and precision that surpasses many of the best touring groups in the country. When not spending time on their farm in Mountain View with their horses, chickens, and two-year-old daughter, Lukas and Eden teach and perform at early music festivals across the country. Their performance on Friday October 15 will be their first live performance since February 2020.
Whoa Mule is one of Mountain View’s oldest old-time music groups. This endearing group of brother musicians (from different mothers) is full of humorous Ozark tales, timeless stories and songs inspired by folk, country and bluegrass. If you love authentic mountain music, you won’t want to miss these former Ozark music statesmen on Saturday, October 16.
About Ozark Folk Center State Park
The Ozark Folk Center State Park, located in Mountain View, Arkansas, is open seasonally for you to explore the culture of this beautiful region. The mission is to “perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable way.” The Craft Village has over 20 artisan craftspeople demonstrating and teaching their arts and is home to the nationally recognized heritage herb garden. The park celebrates its folk music roots through Ozark Highlands Radio, a nationwide radio show, live music in the Craft Village, special music events and concerts. Relax and enjoy your stay in one of our 53 woodland cabins and award-winning Southern cuisine at Skillet Restaurant. A conference center and meeting space for groups of all sizes are also available on site. To learn more about upcoming events, sign up for craft classes, or book a cabin for your next retreat, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com.
About Arkansas State Parks
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