Bluegrass Quartet Yonder Mountain Hosts 6th Annual Harvest Music Festival.
Summer is winding to a close, school is starting back up, and the worst of the heat (fingers crossed!) has passed! While one of the best things about summertime is live music and the fact that we can count on our favorite artists to be on tour, there are also plenty of music events packed into the Fall season as well (and cooler weather to boot!). One such event to look forward to is the 6th Annual Harvest Music Festival hosted this year by the bluegrass quartet Yonder Mountain String Band at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th. The Harvest Music Festival is a family friendly event with a four day line-up of live music in addition to other events and access to hiking, biking, fishing, river-rafting and disc golf.
The confirmed musical line-up features many other notable acts in addition to Yonder Mountain String Band including:
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
7 Walkers featuring Papa Mali & Bill Kreuztmann
Corey Smith, Cornmeal
Split Lip Rayfield
The Travelin’ McCoury’s
Peter Rowan, The Wilders
Trampled By Turtles
Great American Taxi
Steep Canyon Rangers
Matthew and the Atlas
That 1 Guy
Adam Aijala and Larry Keel
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The David Mayfield Parade
Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings
Deep Fried Pickle Project
PKB – Pete Kartsounes Band
The Alaska String Band
Gleny Rae Virus & Her Tamworth Playboys
Dead Winter Carpenters
Mountain of Venus
The Blackberry Bushes String Band
Festival attendees will also have the pleasure of either participating in or just viewing the “First Annual Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest” which will be judged by celebrity musicians (who have yet to be announced). The contest will include four instrument categories: Mandolin, Banjo, Flat Picking Guitar, and Fiddle, and contests will be held on October 13, 14, and 15. Those interested can submit their name up to 15 minutes before the competition. You can click here to sign up!
Besides the full list of musical performances and the fiddlin’ and pickin’ contest the festival will include a couple of socially-conscious initiatives as well. Conscious Alliance (a Boulder, CO-based national non-profit organization committed to the distribution of much-needed food to impoverished communities across the United States) will be spear-heading the “Art That Feeds” Food Drive which will benefit the River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith, AR, and all donations will be distributed to those displaced in the region by the devastating tornadoes in Spring 2011.
Also, Rock The Earth will be combining forces with with river-rafting experts Turner Bend and the Shimon Presents Work Exchange Team to lead a “River & Road Cleanup” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) in the vicinity of Mulberry Mountain.
For more details on what promises to be an exciting and family friendly event click here.