2014 2nd Stage Performers
A second venue at the 20th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is giving up-and-coming musicians in the area an opportunity to put their spin on the old-time music that serves as the basis of this annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo.
Organizers said the 2nd Stage on Court Square is designed to bridge the gap between the generations of musicians in an effort to keep the traditional music of the area alive and well through the interpretations of the new performers.
“The idea of the 2nd Stage is that music is always revolving and evolving,” said 2nd Stage coordinator Joe Brown. “I’m pretty sure the reason we have bands like Mumford & Sons around is because they got into their parents old records. They took what they learned from those records and had fun with it. We want young performers from the area to do their own versions of the old-time music and some newer stuff in the old-time style – just have fun with it!”
Several area performers have accepted the challenge and will be taking the stage at the 2nd Stage during the festival.
List of performers include:
Brook’s Road – Friday at noon and Saturday at 1 p.m.
The three member band, composed of Elliott Brooks on guitar, Jon Waggoner play percussion, and Joe Brown playing whatever he can get his hands on and singing, try to preserve the Old Time Music style with a twist. The style being “Many old time musicians played with whatever instruments they had and that’s what we do.”
Clean Cut Vagabonds – Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
Originally from West Plains, this Springfield-based duo is a straight acoustic band that loves playing music that’s real and loves telling stories through lyrics and guitar. Members include Cort Gamblin and Jake Brown.
Austin Hart – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Austin Hart is a Springfield-based musician known for his talented guitar playing and phenomenal singing. He is the perfect example of folk music today.
Brownwaggon – Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
An Ozark/folk sound captured with the use of Kelcee and Kourtney Waggoner harmonizing with the buzzing of Joe Brown’s guitar strings and the heartbeat of Jon Waggoner’s drum box. All of the members were born and raised in West Plains.
West Plains Music & HOBA Friday Night Jammers – Saturday at noon
The performance includes three young violin students from West Plains: Kaylee Hatley, 13, and Kaycee Hatley, 10, are daughters of John and Rhonda Hatley, and attend Fairview Elementary School. Emma Grace Rhodes, 9, is daughter of Heath and Kelly Rhodes, and is part of the same family as The River Girls of the Rhodes Family. She attends the Beyond Books Home School Co-op.
These young fiddlers will open, and the “Jammers” will complete the set demonstrating what the Friday night jam is all about. Expected participants include Dennis Crider, Randall Romans, Ben Eldringhoff, Teresa Romans, Glenn Goss and who knows? It is a jam, after all.
Chainsaw the Musical – Friday at 2 p.m.
Dakota Cordell – Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Hunter Dodson – Friday at 1 p.m.
This West Plains native will provide acoustic folk music.
The Trapeze Swingers/Taylor Hall – Saturday at 7 p.m.
Here’s a gallery of photos of some of our 2013 2nd Stage performers:
Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains is a sponsor of 2nd Stage, organizers said, adding they would like to thank hospital officials for their support.