River Valley Folk Festival
energy, varied styles
to shape Folk Fest lineup
schedule to include
jam session atmosphere
(May 2010) Mix together pure musical talent,
raw energy, genre diversity and a touch of humor and that just begins
to describe the entertainment in store for guests at the fifth annual
Ohio River Valley Folk Festival in Madison, Ind.
On May 21-23, crowds will gather along the banks of the Ohio River in
Madison to enjoy 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.
Tillers will perform
at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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 festival coordinator
John 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
The Asylum Street Spankers were formed in 1994 during a raucous party
at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. Within a year, the group, founded
by Wammo and Christina Marrs, had gained a massive following in Austin,
Texas, and eventually transitioned their ever-evolving sound from country
blues revivalism to original works, new ideas for the stage and even
a bit of sociopolitical commentary.
In 1999, Marrs and Wammo founded Spanks-a-Lot Records to release their
own music. Not only did that allow the group to have complete creative
control, but it helped them with the timing of their releases and gave
them a larger share of the profits.
Prior to Asylum Street Spankers, opening the festival at 6 p.m. Friday
will be Uncle Monk. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tommy Ramone is part
of this duo. They have a nice blend of Americana, roots and mountain
music, said Walburn. Ramone has always been a fantastic
musician and shows a wonderful side of his talent in Uncle Monk.
Festival Music Schedule
5 p.m.: Gates & Folk Art Village Open
6 p.m.: Uncle Monk
8 p.m.: Eilen Jewell
10 p.m.: The Asylum Street Spankers
Saturday, May 22
Noon: Workshop & Jam Session
2 p.m.: The Tillers
4 p.m.: Krista Detor
6 p.m.: The Carolina Chocolate Drops
8 p.m.: Loudon Wainwright III
10 p.m.: Subdudes
Sunday, May 23
11 a.m.: Gates & Folk Art Village Open
Noon: Bomar and Ritter
12:30 p.m.: Lyrics Alive
1 p.m.: Dave Dwyer
1:30 p.m.: Jimmy Mundane
2 p.m.: Matt and Katie
2:30 p.m.: Emily Ann Thompson
3 p.m.: Jill Knight
4 p.m.: Rusty Bladen
5 p.m.: Mickey Clark
At 8 p.m., Eilen Jewell will take the stage. Boise, Idaho-born
and Boston-based Jewell has distinguished herself as one of the rising
stars of a new generation of roots music. She has one of the best
CDs Ive heard in years, said Walburn.
Saturdays headliner is the Subdudes, a group that will take center
stage 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 to hear.
In 1987, four musicians, got together for what they thought would be
a one-time performance in New Orleans; however, for the next 10 years
and five albums, the group charmed crowds with their blend of blues,
gospel, funk, and harmonic vocals. Then they called it quits.
In February 2002, three of the four originals got back together, added
two more musicians and have been pleasing the crowds since. Current
members of the Subdudes include, Tommy Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedee,
Tim Cook and Jimmy Messa.
They are always crowd pleasers and sustained their popularity
even when they broke up, said Walburn. Their sound is distinctive
from other groups because of its substitution of a tambourine player
for a drummer.
Prior to the Subdudes will be Loudon Wainwright III, who takes the stage
at 8 p.m. Wainwright is a contemporary folk musician who writes much
of his own music. He brings the audience a great sense of humor
and makes people think, said Walburn.
The Caroline Chocolate Drops, with its traditional Piedmont string band
music sound, takes the stage at 6 p.m. This is a hot sounding
group from North Carolina and is a fan favorite on several national
radio stations, said Walburn.
At 2 p.m., the Tillers open the music schedule on Saturday, while Krista
Detor entertains at 4 p.m. At noon a workshop and jam session will be
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.
Closing the festival on Sunday at 5 p.m. will be legendary singer-songwriter
Mickey Clark. He has played with everybody in the business, and
he is a treasure to have, said Walburn.
Friday evening story telling will feature Bob Sander, while Saturday
will feature Sharon Clifton.
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