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Jam Tent, Folk Village,
also part of RiverRoots

Area musicians are invited to join in the jam sessions

(May 2017) – The Folk Arts Village is part of the annual RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival held each May on the Ohio River shoreline in Madison, Ind. The Village has several cultural, educational and musical areas offering a variety of activities for all ages.
The Village purpose is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the folk arts by engaging visitors, both adults and children, in hands-on experiences.
A major function of the Folk Art Village is educational outreach to area school system. Through a partnership with the Ohio River Valley Folk Society, the festival is able to bring skilled professional musicians into the schools for music workshops. The society is a 501c3 that accepts donations for this project.
It is building up to be another great year in the RiverRoots Folk Village Jam Tent.

Photos courtesy of Katie Stuart

These re-enactors have some fun at last year’s RiverRoots Festival.

This year, the Jam Tent plans to return to its original core mission “to provide as much jam time as possible for all the musicians coming to the festival to sharpen their music skills by playing with other musicians,” organizers said.
There are several workshops scheduled with main stage performers, but the workshops will also focus on jam time. Maria Carrelli will be in the Jam Tent on Friday at 8:15 p.m.
On Saturday, John Craigie will play at 6 p.m., and Scott Risner of Buffalo Wabs will follow at 8 p.m.
Several other main stage performers have expressed interest in joining the jam. They include Blair Crimmins and Darrell Scott.
The talented Papa Joe will return, as well as bluegrass buddies from Ohio – Sagebrush Reunion. There will be jam sessions led by them, and Larry Wayt will lead his popular Jamming 101 class, which teaches Jamming etiquette.
New this year will be a few hours set aside on Saturday as open mic time for performers wanting to have their first stage experience.
Miriam Stenson will lead a rhythm bones workshop. Local music teacher Nancy Hart will lead a workshop titled “The vocal instrument, solo and harmony.”
The Jam Tent is not the only interactive art opportunity at RiverRoots. It is possible to take a step back in time in the Historic Village. Just a short walk from the main stage, visitors will be able to watch a gathering of craftsmen demonstrating the traditional, hands-on skills from the 1800s.
“By showing the dying craft skills that are often replaced by machines, we hope our demonstrations will spark an interest in some of the visitors to take up some of these hand crafts and continue the tradition of their ancestors,” said Historic Village Coordinator Walt Dubbeld. “Artisans include bowl carving, natural dye, blacksmith arts, fiddle making, muzzle loader rifles and others.”

Also in the Folk Village is an Arts N Action area containing demonstrators featuring beads, stained glass, polymer clay, painting, drawing, traditional tools, weaving, beading, juggling, pottery wheel sand castles and other hands on activities. This is a very popular area for children.

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