By Susan Smith Kline
The spring Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival is held every May in Missouri’s beautiful Arcadia Valley.
Admission is free for these great family events. All activities will center around the historic Iron County Courthouse Square on Main Street in Ironton.
If you are looking for Missouri bluegrass festivals and old-time mountain and Americana music, this is the place for you. You will find a variety of music everywhere you turn.
You will enjoy vendors, crafters, and activities for the kids. There will also be an area set up for pickers, so be sure to bring your instruments.
This year’s line-up:
Friday, May 19th:
5PM – 6:15PM: Pickers at the Gazebo
6:30PM – 7:45PM: BTR
Saturday, May 20th:
11AM – 12:45PM: The Punches
1PM – 2:45PM: The Rising Son
3PM – 4:45PM: Logan Creek Band
5PM – 6:45PM: Dave Black Band
The Spring Mountain Music Festival will also kick off Pickin’ on the Square. Amateur musicians join professionals to perform everything from bluegrass to gospel to Cajun. Bring your guitar, fiddle, or banjo and join in.
Clapping, dancing, singing along – crowds gather to enjoy the tunes of musicians at Pickin’ on the Square on the Courthouse lawn every Friday night throughout the summer. (Pickin’ starts with the Spring Mountain Music Festival and ends with the Fall Mountain Music Festival October 20-21.)
On banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass, fiddle, and guitar, musicians from as far as sixty miles away gather to perform rockabilly, country ballads, gospel, and original compositions.
Anyone is welcome to come up to the microphone and sing. Some Fridays have guest appearances by experienced vocalists or by a very young one who wants to make their professional debut.
Expect to see “regulars” at Pickin’ on the Square: Tony Harbison, Jimmy Randolph, Kevin Province, Kevin Pewitt, Eric Thompson, Wayne Taylor, Mark Browers, Frank Hinson, Kenny Albert, Calvin Jones, Steve Cox, Terry Terrell, and many, many others.
Come on out and join in, and as always this is a free event.
By Susan Smith Kline