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Newell Lodge, October 2015

These pictures were taken at the Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival in October 8-10 2015 which was presented by the Carter family and Ernie and Debi Evans. The partnership between the Evans and the Carter family is new, but the festival has been an ongoing event for several years.There was a well-attended fish fry/potluck on Wednesday evening.

We hope you enjoy or photos from the festival which are posted here.

IBMA World of Bluegrass

The International Bluegrass Music Association held its annual Business Conference, Awards Show, Bluegrass Ramble, and Fan Fest September 29 through October 3, 2015. This large event draws many attendees from all facets of the Bluegrass industry.

This year’s outdoor activities had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather. It was amazing to see how the convention center was transformed overnight to accommodate the planned streetfest and ticketed events.

This is a huge event and our photos reflect a small portion of the activities for the week. The photos we took at the business conference Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday with the Awards show included, and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Friday and Saturday are posted in our gallery.

Nothin’ Fancy Festival, 2015

We once again attended the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Buena Vista, VA. The event was held September 24,25 and 26 at Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista, Virginia. The festival features a huge potluck and open stage which was held on Wednesday evening, September 23. A large covered venue keeps everyone dry no matter the weather. There was a lot of rain during the weekend, but it did not dampen any spirits.

The Wednesday night open stage photos are at the beginning of the gallery. Appearing were: Flatt Lonesome, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, the Larry Stephenson Band, the Spinney Brothers, Nothin’ Fancy, the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Volume Five, Goldwing Express, the Grascals, the Virginia Ramblers, Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, and Rhonda Vincent. All the photos are in one large gallery on our site.

Dailey & Vincent Landfest 2015

Dailey  & Vincent presented Landfest on September 17, 18, and 19, 2015, at Denton FarmPark near Denton, North Carolina. The venue features a large covered performance area, 400 campsites with electric and water hookups, several dump stations and shower houses. There are walking trails through the partially restored plantation. More information about Denton FarmPark can be found on their website.

Appearing on Thursday were: The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, Heather and Tony Mabe, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Isaacs.

Friday featured The Church Sisters, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway and Dailey & Vincent. Saturday brought Mountain Faith, The Cleverlies, Dailey & Vincent, the Grascals and The Gatlin Brothers. In addition, there was a band contest in the morning.

Photos for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are in the gallery.

Milan Bluegrass Festival, 2015

This year’s Milan Festival included a “Wine and Paint” event on Tuesday evening, and some photos of that are included. There was a Potluck & Jam sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association on Wednesday evening, followed by an open stage event on the campground’s new stage. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to play on the stage! The acts which appeared were: Mountain Faith, Feller & Hill, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Spinney Brothers, Nothin’ Fancy, Sugar Creek Bluegrass, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Dailey & Vincent, Volume Five, Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, and Detour.

Our photos are here.


The Marshall Bluegrass Festival

The Marshall Bluegrass Festival was held at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Michigan the week of July 20. The campground was filled for the entire week while attendees enjoyed all the activities presented by Jeremie Cole and his team. As is usually the case, many people were in attendance at the band scramble run by Jan Green on Saturday morning. Everyone enjoyed a week of picking and visiting. The stage show included: Sideline, The Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Blankenship Brothers, Turning Ground, Moron Brothers, Blue Mafia, Harboutown, New Outlook, Out of Mind and Out of the Blue.

Our photos from the week are here.

The 2015 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

Wes Pettinger and his team presented the 2015 version of the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival on June 18-20, 2015. The number of campers seemed larger than in the past few years, and everyone had a great time. Appearing on stage were: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Lonesome River Band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Adkins & Loudermilk, the Wildwood Valley Boys, The Bluegrass Brothers, Donna Ulisse, Harbourtown and Audie Blaylock. Also included in the photos are some from the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Association Jam on Wednesday evening.

The pictures are here.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, March 2015

Joe Mullins and his family presented the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival on March 27 and 28 at the Roberts Centre, Wilmington Ohio. This well run and well attended was fun for everyone. The groups that appeared were Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Feller Hill, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Issacs, the Wildwood Valley Boys, The Spinney Brothers, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and the Grascals.The Fall Southern Ohio Festival we be held on November 13 and 14 this year, more info here.

Our photos from March, 2015 are here.

Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival March, 2015

The March,  Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival was well attended. As usual, there was plenty of jamming and lots of good food. Artists who appeared were: Amanda Cook, Blue Road, Mountain Faith, Gary Waldrep, the Lonesome River Band, Big Cypress Bluegrass, the King Family.

Our photos have been posted here.

Palatka Bluegrass Festival, February, 2015

It was chilly at Palatka during the February Festival, but a large crowd enjoyed every minute of the show. Appearing were: Allen Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers, the Spinney Brothers, Russell More & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the VW Boys, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Boxcars, Jimmy Fortune, Jimmy Fortune with Dailey & Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, Breaking Grass, The Little Roy & Lizzy
Show, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, the Gibson Brothers and the Grascals.

Our photos are now posted in the Gallery.