River Valley Folk Festival
annual event to expand
to three days in 2010
year's festival to include
a new Sunday jam session
(April 2010) With the future goal of making
the annual Ohio River Valley Folk Festival a major national event, organizers
have expanded the festival to include a third day of music, storytelling
The fifth annual Ohio River Valley Folk Festival will be held May 21-23
on the banks of the Ohio River in historic Madison, Ind. The three-day
event will feature a variety of local, regional and national folk musicians,
traditional folk art and storytelling with plenty of food and beverages.
The musicians will perform on the stage at Madison Bicentennial Park.
This years sponsors include Gaylor Inc., Cruisin
Auto, Morgan Foods, Riverboat Inn, O.C. Bear Guitars, Joeygs,
Rivertown Chiropractic, River Valley Financial Bank, Rivers Institute
of Hanover College, Thornton Terrace, Madison Precision Products, WFPK
91.9 FM, and WNKU 89.7 FM.
Since the festival began, weve been talking about making
this a major event like Telluride or Newport, said John Walburn,
festival chairperson. Telluride, Colo., and Newport, R.I., are home
to two of the largest and most popular festivals in the nation.
Weve had several good years in a row, and musicians and
agents are now starting to come to us to be included in our event.
In addition to the expanded musical lineup, the Folk Art Village has
doubled in size, and this year will feature demonstrators of traditional
crafts. Also, new to the festival, Rivers Institute of Hanover College
will have an interactive river exhibit featuring a 2,200-gallon fresh
water aquarium with two large viewing areas. The display, from ORSANCO,
is designed to demonstrate the diversity of life sustained by the Ohio
River and the improvements that have been made in water quality.
There will also be more food vendors and a second beer tent,
said Walburn. All of the V.I.P. tents are already taken, and this
year weve also included fire pits for them because it can get
a little chilly late in the night. I think this is going to be the best
event weve ever had.
In the past, festival organizers have included a diverse mix of folk
musicians that would appeal to a wide variety of fans. This year is
no different. We have sounds from the traditional or rootsy folk
music to the modern, eclectic style, said Walburn. From
the laid back to the lively, we think we have something for everyone.
Friday nights headliner, Asylum Street Spankers, is a seven-member
string band that features high energy music with a bit of humor thrown
in. They take the stage at 10 p.m. Their fun and excellent musicianship
is infectious, said Walburn. They will leave everyone wanting
Saturdays headliner is the Subdudes, a group that will take center
stage at at 10 p.m. The group, with its Louisiana bluesy sound, has
been around for more than 20 years.
Their high energy, swamp boogie-woogie sound is going to be a
fan favorite, said Walburn. Ive been a fan of theirs
since the early 90s, and their acoustic set is going to be something
Sundays lineup will feature many local and regional acts in a
jam session type of atmosphere. The musicians have
plans to work together, so we are expecting lots of changes, surprises
and spontaneity, said Walburn.
Membership in the Ohio River Valley Folk Music Society is still available.
All members receive raffle tickets depending on the level they pledge.
Raffled items this year include an original oil painting by Jane Devito,
an O.C. Bear original guitar and a complete set of CDs from all the
Wristbands for the event are $20 in advance.
For more information about the event, visit: www.OhioRiverValleyFolkFestival.com.
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