River Valley Folk Fest
to hold new Pub Crawl event
are invited to greet
them during overnight stay
(April 2011) Americana music will be the theme
for a Pub Crawl to kick off the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival music
events for 2011. The festival is May 20-22 on the Madison, Ind., riverfront.
The Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 4
p.m. in downtown Madison.
The Ohio River Valley Folk Festival is more than
just a once-a-year event, said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer.
We see our mission as more of a partnership in a larger, long-term
plan to help develop Madison into a cultural destination. The festival
organizers do this by hosting several events throughout the year, not
only as fundraisers to support the actual festival, but also to keep
the festivals profile high and in the forefront of peoples
attention as one of the primary reasons to come and explore all that
Madison has to offer.
The Folk Festival Pub Crawl features a variety of musical styles performed
at four different locations in Madison. The Pub Crawl audience will
not need to drive between locations because the Madison Trolley will
chauffeur them between performances. Many of the musicians entertaining
for the Pub Crawl are also scheduled to perform at the Ohio River Valley
Folk Festival scheduled for the following month.
Mickey Clark will lead off the event at the Riverboat Inn. Participants
will then ride the trolley to JoeyGs Restaurant for a 6 p.m. performance
by the Slick River Rockets. Dinner will be available for purchase at
that performance site.
The third stop will be a performance by BlueGrazz Junction at the Thomas
Family Winery. Band leader Bill Lancton is recognized as one of the
top guitarists in the Midwest and was inducted into the Indianapolis
Jazz Hall of Fame for his guitar work.
The final Pub Crawl stop will be at the Historic Broadway Hotel and
Tavern for a performance by singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis, who was named
Premier Male Vocalist five times by the Memphis Chapter
of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Ohio River Valley Folk festival Committee is selling Pub Crawl wristbands
for $20. The cost includes all four performances, plus the trolley shuttle.
But there is a better deal available for lovers of Americana music.
Anyone wanting to become a member of the Ohio River Valley Folk Music
Society would receive a Folk Festival wristband in addition to the Pub
Crawl wristband. Anyone becoming a member of the Folk Music Society
before the Pub Crawl would receive free admission to the Pub Crawl and
Memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for businesses and include
the right to display a banner at the festival.
Besides the Pub Crawl Fundraiser, Ziesemer said, we
also hold a Half-way to Folk Fest celebration in November
each year as a thank you to all our sponsors and members
who have supported the festival for that year. At this event we offer
them opportunities to make that commitment for the next year, as well
as recruiting new sponsors and members to help build the festival into
the best it can be.
To become a member or for more information,
email Greg Ziesemer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership
forms also are available at the Madison Area Convention and Visitors
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