Monday, September 03, 2007

Fall Festivals

I trust y’all had a good Labour/Labor Day weekend. If there is one thing I take away from each Labor Day, it is that working for a living sucks.

We spent most of the weekend in the mountains of Virginia. Our youngest child, and only daughter, is beginning her senior year in high school today. She had arranged for visits to several colleges this past weekend and we made a family trip out of it. Of course, no trip through the Shenandoah Valley would be complete without several side trips to pick apples and peaches. We brought a couple bushels of each home with us. I’m looking forward to pies, cobblers, and fritters in the coming weeks. It’s not quite cider season yet, so we’ll have to make another trip up Carter Mountain in a few weeks.

To enjoy our Labor day we paddled the upper James River. Cool, clear water and a swift current helped wash away any thoughts of the looming return to work. My wife has six classrooms of new students and I will return to the noise, heat, and stench of the plant. The peace of the mountains and rivers will be treasured memories until our next chance to escape.

The temperatures are starting to cool off a bit, a sure sign that the second round of festivals is about to begin. It has become a tradition on the Bus to list some of the upcoming festivals around the U.S. and Canada twice a year. Thanks to rider Katie for reminding me to get the fall festival listing posted. As always, if I missed your favorite festival, leave a comment and tell us about it, especially our Canadian friends. I could not find much happening in Canada this season.

To help get you through the return to work or school, here is the Fall Festival list. Mark your calendars and get out to see some live music.

Here are a few classic bluegrass gems to get things rolling as you plan your trips.

The McCormick Brothers - The Mad Banjo.mp3

Buzz Busby - Talking Banjo.mp3

Sonny Osborne - Sunny Mountain Chimes.mp3

Upcoming Festivals
(Links open in new window.)

Wheatland Music Festival
Remus, Michigan
September 7-9

Clarksville Riverfest Celebration
Clarksville, Tennessee
September 7–9

Walnut Valley Festival
Winfield, Kansas
September 12-16

Laurel Lakes Fall Bluegrass Festival
Salemburg, North Carolina
September 13-15

Berkley Old Time Music Convention
Berkley, California
September 13-16

Strawberry Park Folk Music & Dance Festival
Preston, Connecticut
September 13-16

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Kodak, Tennessee
September 13-15

Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Bristol, Virginia
September 14-16

The FOOTMAD (Friends of Old Time Music and Dance) Fall Festival
Beckwith, West Virginia,
September 14-16

Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Days
Bean Blossom, Indiana
September 19-22

The Big Spring Jam
Huntsville, Alabama
September 28-30

Arkansas State Fiddle Championship
The Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, Arkansas
September 28–29

IBMA Bluegrass Fan Fest
Nashville, TN
October 1-7

Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival
Campobello, South Carolina
October 5-6

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Athens, Alabama
October 5-6

Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Music Festival
Prescott, Arizona
October 6-7

The John Stuart Harvest Jam
Collinsville Alabama
October 12-14

Riverbend Bluegrass Festival
Ocilla, Georgia
October 12-14

69th Annual National Folk Festival
Richmond, Virginia
October 12-14


Blogger Gustavo said...


I would like to be there..



September 04, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Joel @ Postmodern Sounds said...

After living in Kansas for ten years, I'm finally going to make it to Walnut Valley this year. I've always wanted to go, but something always came up.

September 04, 2007 7:27 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

"... working for a living sucks."

in a younger edition of myself, i took an anthropology class in which the professor said that the average hunter/gatherer got all he needed to do to live finished in about 3 hours a day. the rest was spent "communing with god." that statement [overly romantic as it is] has always stuck with me ....

for some people i know, that 3 hours about covers their daily commute. i'm lucky. i live fairly close to the office... :)

September 04, 2007 7:55 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Have a great time at Winfield! I, too, have always wanted to go but never made the journey.

I hope you'll post your thoughts at Postmodern Sounds when you return.

September 04, 2007 8:39 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

" all he needed to do to live finished in about 3 hours a day."

I have read something along those lines, myself. Of course, he didn't have two boys in college and a daughter joining them in the next year!

September 04, 2007 8:42 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I've always thought that the auntumn festival season was a richer season than the spring.

If you don't have a fall festival season in Spain, you are welcome to join us on the Bus for a virtual festival of sorts.

September 04, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What a delight to see the Berkeley Old Time Music Festival listed along with these others! We don't always get to many of the events that are part of it, as they're scattered between different venues all over town. But my daughter and I never miss the Saturday string band contest, which is free in a park downtown that also has an organic farmer's market. So you run into a lot of friends, you don't even have to pack a picnic, and it has definitely fostered my little fiddler's feeling of being absolutely at home with this music.

Thank you again for the joy, love of music, and connection to the land and its history that weave through your blog.

Cheers, Lisa H.

September 06, 2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

wonderful! thank you!

September 06, 2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Saturday in the park with your daughter, old time string bands, and fresh organic groceries...
sounds like a perfect day.

September 06, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I hope I listed at least one festival that you can make it to.

Thanks for the reminder.

September 06, 2007 6:43 PM  
Blogger Jim H. said...

I recall visiting a distant relative in Romulus, Michigan when I was a little boy. I did not know there was a Remus, MI, but I suppose that should be no surprise.

Thanks for the list.

I went to college in Bloomington, IN and visited Bean Blossom. I would caution your readers to avoid nearby Nashville, IN, as it is mostly full of junk passing as art and is choked with traffic every weekend.

September 06, 2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Although I have never been able to attend, I hear that the Wheatland Festival in Remus is a superb event.

Thanks for the heads-up on Nashville, IN.

September 07, 2007 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Bruce Gardner said...

2nd Annual Austin String Band Festival; October 19-21 @ Camp Ben McCulloch

AFTM (Austin Friends of Traditional Music) 2nd year of an incredible festival that is presented for the String Band and Bluegrass purist. More info at:

September 10, 2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the info, Bruce. Austin has such an incredible music scene.

I'll add this info and link to a new post, this postand string of comments are due to drop off the front page tonight.

September 10, 2007 6:39 PM  

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