Music Festivals in June

Summer arrives and so, too, festivals of all sorts. This selection is mostly arbitrary, because there are so many festivals occuring on any summer weekend. If the festival you want to attend is here, call for complete information and last minute schedulings changes, then go and have fun.

e The Portland Family Reunion Festival happens on Saturday, June 7 from 1 - 10 pm. In addition to the normal arts, crafts, rides, etc., there will be live musical entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bands scheduled to perform include the Yard Dogs, the Rustics and Rare Breed.

e Kentucky Sampler, Louisville, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, June 7 & 8. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. In addition to arts and crafts, traditional Kentucky food, displays Of horse breeds, children's activities, there will be live music and, of course, thoroughbred racing.

Information: (502) 636-4400


e MERF's Blues and Barbeque Festival. at , Phoenix Hill Tavern, June 22.

e W. C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Fest, Henderson runs June 7-14. Performers include Charlie Musselwhite, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Jimmy Thackery, John Hammond and Duke Robillard. Also, there will be barbecue, contests and family events. (Check the LMN calendar for daily schedules.)

For information, contact: (502) 826-3128

e The 14th Annual Chicago Blues Festival will take place Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8. Presented by the City of Chicago and Best Buy, the event will be held in Grant Park along Chicago's lakefront. Five stages of musical entertainment will be featured daily from noon to 9:00 p.m.

There will be special tributes honoring the memory of Memphis Minnie's, Blind Lemon Jefferson's and Sam Chatman's centennials by artists Rory Block and Debbie Davies, sets featuring many different styles of guitar players and Howard Armstrong's string band.

The expanded Chicago Blues Festival will showcase Grammy Award winner and blues legend Buddy Guy. Guy is scheduled to perform at this year's festival on Thursday evening at the Petrillo Music Shell.

For information, call the Mayor's Office of Special Events at (312) 744-3315


e The 24th Annual Rosine Spring Festival, will be held June 12-14 at the Community Park in Rosine, KY. Times: Thursday, 7-10 P.M.; Friday, 6:30-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Events include arts and crafts fair, Great Rosine Terrapin Run, horseshoe latching, square-dancing and clogging. Music will be by the Rosine Area Community Choir, Friends, the Kentucky Bluegrass Band and Boys From Kentucky.

Information: (502) 274-7631

e The 2nd Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival is set for June 19-21 in Jackson County, Ky. The lineup this year includes Jim & Jesse and the Viriginia Boys, LeRoy Troy, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Sparksand the Lonesome Ramblers, the Goins Brothers, Mac Wiseman and others. The event is held in honor of Stringbean and features many different activities in addition to music. For more information, call Phillip Akemon at 606-287-0600 or write P.O. Box 359, Gray Hawk, KY 40434.

e The Festival Of The Bluegrass is set to run June 12-15, 1997, at the Horse Park Campground, Lexington, KY. Scheduled to play are Ricky Skaggs. Seldom Scene, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dry Branch Fire Squad, IIIrd Tyme Out, The Lewis Family, Kentucky Blue, Blue Highway, New Coon Creek Girls, White Sands Panhandle and others.

Primitive camping sites are available, as well as hookups.

Information: 606-846-4995

e Bluegrass Festival, Bardstown, June 19-21 at White Acres Campground. Performers include Carl Story's Rambling Mountaineers, Jim McCall and the Walker Mountain Boys, Wendell Cornett, Danny Jones and Friends.

Information: (502) 239-8004

Dulcimerh Festivals

From the Louisville Dulcimer Society Newsletter

e The Great Plains Festival is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL. It will be held June 6-8 and will feature such notables as Janita Baker, Rob Brerton, Tull Glazener, Maddie MacNeil, Ester Kreek and Sweetwater. Call 847 251-6618 for details.

e The Dulcimer Camp in the Mountains will be June 8-13 at Moorhead Also teaching there will be Rob Brerton, Lois Hombostel, Londa Jones and others. Call 606 783-2077 for info.

e The Lotus Dickey Festival set for June 12-14, on the courthouse square in Paoli, IN. Performances on Saturday and Sunday begin at 10 AM and continues until 4 PM Sunday. The event is free.

The mother of all dulcimer camps, The Dulcimer Playing Workshop, held at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, begins Sunday, June 29 and continues through Friday, July 4. It is the 20th anniversary for this camp and features many of the top names of the dulcimer world including Ralph Lee Smith, Maddie MacNeil, Jerry Rockwell, Bill Taylor, Mike Casey, Robert Mize, Susan Trump, Neal Walters, and Louisville's Mollie Freibert. Call 704-262-3045 for more information.

e The Shady Grove Appalachian Dulcimer Camp, will be held July 6-11, at West Milton, OH. Organized by the members of Sweetwater, teachers include Louise Ziegler, Tull Glazener, Shelly Stevens, Shari Wolf and Cindy Funk. Call 937-473-5176 for more info.