The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington will be a hotbed of award-winning bluegrass talent for two full days when The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 8. This biannual acoustic music event that occurs each March and November is a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and music fans gathering to celebrate a truly American style of music. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) held their annual awards show on September 26 in Raleigh, N.C. and we’re happy to announce that some of the 2013 award winners will be gracing the stage.
Festival doors open Friday at 10 A.M. with performances by Balsam Range (2013 IBMA Album of the Year Award for their release Papertown), the Spinney Brothers (2013 IBMA Award nominees), Paul Williams & The Victory Trio (IBMA Hall of Fame member), the bluegrass stylist Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers (2004 and 2005 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award winner), and host band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (2012 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award winners).
The award-winning talent continues on Saturday with performances by Marty Raybon & Full Circle (2013 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance winner for the recording “Beulah Land”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (IBMA Hall of Fame member and IBMA Vocal Group of the Year 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007), J.D. Crowe (IBMA Hall of Fame member and IBMA Banjo Player of the Year 1994 and 2004), and more. Hall of Famers Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, and Paul Williams will collaborate for a very special “Old Friends Get Together” performance on Saturday night.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and their official supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, will be working together at the November 8 and 9 event to benefit the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s (IBMM) Capital Fundraising Campaign. The IBMM, the only full-scale bluegrass music museum in the world, located in Owensboro, Kentucky, is working to raise $10,000,000 in order to move into a new state-of-the-art bluegrass center along the Ohio River. The new facility will include additional exhibit space, a 1,000-seat concert hall, an outdoor concert area for 2,000, a restaurant, an expansive gift shop, an international hall, a research library, teaching rooms, and more. “We owe it to the terrific bluegrass musicians, now living or gone on, to preserve their great legacy in the manner and style that is befitting their talent and creativity,” states IBMM Executive Director, Gabrielle Gray.
Janet Davis Acoustic Music has donated a Martin guitar valued at over $1,800 to be given away in an effort to raise funds for the IBMM. For a $5 donation, festival attendees will receive a raffle ticket, with all proceeds going to the IBMM Capital Campaign. The International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, housed in the International Bluegrass Music Museum, is an institution devoted to the recognition of noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to bluegrass music; the bluegrass music industry's tribute to the pioneers of the music and the people who have made it great. “2013 marks our tenth anniversary of producing this festival and we are grateful to have International Bluegrass Hall of Fame members Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, and Paul Williams performing at our fall event. Working on a project to benefit the IBMM is a natural fit. The support from the bluegrass community and from our supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, will have lasting benefits as we assist the IBMM in meeting their fundraising goals so that we can continue to honor and preserve the rich history of the music we love,” states festival producer and musician, Joe Mullins.
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is an excellent entertainment value. In addition to two full days of award-winning music, there will be a Jam Session Central area for pickers and everyone will have an opportunity enter to win door prizes as well as wonderful raffle prizes including a Deering Goodtime banjo, commemorative quilt, and concert tickets. Saturday morning, guests can enjoy a Special Songwriting Workshop. Songwriters Mark Brinkman and Mike Evans will facilitate the workshop entitled The Stories Behind the Album God Didn't Choose Sides: True Stories About Real People in the Civil War. Brinkman and Evans will talk about the stories behind the songs on this great Civil War CD project from Rural Rhythm Records, sing many of the songs from the album in their basic form as they were written, and answer questions about the songs and project.
An instrument check, food, and various vendors offer value-added extras to all attendees in a smoke and alcohol free environment. The Roberts Centre also includes a Holiday Inn hotel, Max and Erma’s Restaurant, and RV parking adding to the comfort and convenience of the attendees. The Roberts Centre, located twelve miles south of Xenia, five miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of US 68 and I-71, exit 50, is convenient to fans from all over Ohio and neighboring states. This accessible location is less than an hour drive from Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus.
Media sponsorship is provided by Classic Country Radio, WBZI AM 1500 and FM100.3, WKFI AM 1090 and WEDI AM 1130, with additional sponsorship support provided by Cohen Brothers Scrap Processors, Jeff Wyler Springfield Auto Mall, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, Deering Banjos, and GHS Strings. For additional festival information, ticket purchases, hotel rooms and directions visit www.somusicfest.com.
Tickets will be available at the door for reserved and general admission seating with prices ranging from $35 to $65.
General admission tickets for children 16 and under are free with an adult purchase. Call 937-372-5804 or see www.somusicfest.com for complete ticket details.