A second venue at the 23rd 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.
Included on the 2nd Stage will be the third annual Youth Musical Talent Competition, sponsored West Plains Music, and West Plains Council on the Arts, with additional support from Breathe, Flo Fitness, and South Central Missouri Jeeps. The competition will be conducted on the 2nd Stage, located on the east lawn of the Civic Center. The Festival committee and sponsors created this event to help efforts to preserve and pass along the old-time traditions which are the focus of the Festival.
2nd Stage Schedule
Artists and Performance Times:
Country Connection – Saturday, 4-5 p.m.
Keith Bradshaw and the Country Connection is a four-member band hailing from West Plains and Mountain View, Missouri. They’ve been performing together for more than 10 years. Members include Keith Bradshaw, Gary Graham, Kenny Bradshaw and Tom Bowers.
Creek Stink hail from the hollers of Ozark County, MO. The band consists of guitarist/drummer/vocalist/songwriter/harmonica player Eric Bogwalker and bassist Amelia LaMair, who are sometimes joined by banjo/accordion/mandolin player Carlos Ferrer, fiddle player Petey Wesley, and occasionally guitarist Brian Haenke. Creek Stink play mainly original tunes, and perform their energetic take on the American folk tradition in the bars, streets, and forests of the Missouri Ozarks.
Curb Appeal is a new group focused on the traditions of old school bluegrass to new grass and folk from the West Plains/Willow Springs area. Sharing a foundation for God, country, and bluegrass they pack a punch and are appealing from the stage to the curb. They have something for everyone.
Band members include Lowell Stewart, banjo and harmony; Sharry Lovan, bassist and lead singer; Rod Cash, rhythm, lead guitar and harmony; and Vinny Ray, fiddle.
Folk Arts Program (TAAP) Artists – Friday, 5-6 p.m.
Marideth Sisco and Pat Hight – Storytelling
Master Storyteller Marideth Sisco is a veteran journalist, folksinger and host of public radio’s “These Ozarks Hills.” She was music consultant and featured singer in the Oscar-nominated film “Winter’s Bone,” and the follow-up award-winning documentary “Stray Dog: The Movie.” She is lead singer in the band Blackberry Winter, (www.blackberrywinterband.com. She lives in rural southern Missouri, writes books and music and grows vegetables. Her books and CDs can be found on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby and her web site at www.maridethsisco.com. You can also read selections from her works at <yarnspinnerpress.wordpress.com> Sisco is currently working as a musical consultant on a new Debra Granik film now in production.
Storytelling apprentice Patricia Hight is a well known area potter and fine artist. Her works reside in many area homes. A lifelong resident of the Ozarks, she delights in telling stories of her Ozarks youth, particularly tales from her childhood experiences participating in family fishing trips, which provided the seeds of a lifelong love of the outdoor Ozarks.
Here I Am – Saturday, 3-4 p.m.
This up-and-coming band from West Plains consists of friends who love doing anything musical. Their goals are not only to reach out and witness to anyone who will listen, but also to form a ministry by pursuing their dreams as musicians and followers of Jesus Christ. The band’s name was inspired by the verse Isaiah 6:8, symbolizing their willingness to go wherever God’s will allows and whenever He calls them to do so. Members include Joe Brown, Jon Waggoner, Kourtney Waggoner, and Kelsey Bales. https://www.facebook.com/HIAmusic
Youth Musical Talent Competition – Friday, 3-4 p.m.
Returning to the 2nd Stage will be the 3rd Annual Youth Musical Talent Competition. Last year’s event saw sixteen competitors. The Festival committee and sponsors created this event to help with their efforts to preserve and pass along the old-time traditions which are the focus of the Festival, and it’s thrilling to see so many young people participating.
Competitions will be Friday, June 2, beginning at 3 p.m. for youth aged six through ten, followed by competition for ages eleven through eighteen. Music style will be limited to old-time or other traditional music, or newer music in an old-time style. For singers, live accompaniment is preferred.
This event is sponsored by West Plains Music and West Plains Council on the Arts, with additional support from Breathe, Flo Fitness, and South Central Missouri Jeeps.