2016, 22nd year, asleep at the wheel, awards, “The Flame of Love”, bluegrass and hill music, Bucket Brigade, Civic Center Arena, Colin Elmore, downtown West Plains, East Lawn, free admission, full schedule, headliners, indoors, Jesse and Jim McReynolds, Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, June 17-18, kids’ activities, lineup, main stage, mule jumps, old time music, Ozark Heritage Festival, Ray Benson, Second Stage, West Plains Civic Center, West Plains MO, western swing, www.oldtimemusic.org, youth talent competition
Admission to the two concerts is free of charge. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. at the West Plains Civic Center. The concerts, and all Main Stage performances, take place indoors in the West Plains Civic Center Arena.
The two bands are known for their old time musical prowess.
Asleep at the Wheel stars Ray Benson, who has added some new members to his western swing band. They are Katie Shore, fiddle and vocals, Dennis Ludiker, fiddle and mandolin, and Cannon Forsyth, piano keyboard and vocals.
Asleep at the Wheel follows in the footsteps of the late Bob Wills, performing tribute albums in his honor. The group has won nine Grammy awards.
Long time blue grass and authentic hill music group Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys were a longtime brother act, Jesse and Jim. Jim died in 2002, and Jesse has carried on with the traditional music they brought to light back in the early ’50’s. One of their early hits was “The Flame of Love,” and the two enjoyed a career that spanned 55 years and brought them a place in the “Walkway to the Stars” and Bill Monroe’s Hall of Fame. They were also given the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performances Friday on the Main Stage start with the Roe Family Singers at noon, followed by Possum Juice, Sweet Journey, Linda Stoffel and Brixey Creek, Ozark Highballers, Deep Fried Squirrel and Last Stage to Matador.
Performances Saturday on the Main Stage start with the Colbert Brothers at noon, followed by Stringfield, a jig dance competition, Possum Juice, Duane Porterfield, Ozark Highballers, Dennis Stoughmatt et l’Esprit Creole and Colin Elmore.
The Second Stage is on the East Lawn of the Civic Center and Friday will feature a Youth Musical Talent Competition from noon until 3 p.m. and three additional acts until 6 p.m. six acts will be featured from noon util 6 p.m. Saturday.
Other features of the festival include Bucket Brigade and kids’ activities Friday and Saturday, and Mule Jumps Saturday. Indoor activities in the Civic Center include quilt shows Friday and Saturday and a Fiddlers’ Frolic and Old Time Square Dancing Friday night in the Civic Center Theater.
A variety of vendors will be on hand between the Civic Enter and the downtown square.
For a full schedule (subject to change) last updated June 15, click HERE.
Otherwise, check out www.oldtimemusic.org.
The Old Time Music and Ozark Heritage Festival will celebrate its 22nd year this spring and brings a wealth of Ozark tradition to downtown West Plains.