69th Annual Ozark Folk Festival

 

The country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 69th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 13th through 15th.

It will include the Barefoot Bash, Singer/Songwriter Contest, free music, arts and crafts demonstrations,  and this year’s headline show features Irish American folk rock band, The Elders.

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Still on the Hill

The festival kicks off with a free performance on Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m. at The Auditorium.    Still on the Hill presents their Still a River concert, with story-songs about the people and history of the Buffalo River while it poignantly reminds us of what we cherish about our nation’s first historic national river.  The show is free and the first 100 people will receive a free CD.

Folk Art vendors will be set up in Basin Spring Park on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. featuring hand crafted wares from around the region.

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Down Hill Strugglers

An afternoon of free music in Basin Spring Park starts at 2 p.m. on Friday.  The day kicks off with HuDost followed by Down Hill Strugglers at 3 p.m.  and then Connie Dover and Kelly Werts will finish off the day at 4 p.m.

 

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HuDost

Friday night , the Hedgehoppers will appear in The Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.  The Barefoot Basin Bash  kicks off in  Basin Spring Park  at 7 p.m.   Kick up your heels with music from surprise guests–one of Eureka’s favorite Rockabilly bands.

The following day in Basin Park at 12 p.m. is the annual Singer/Songwriters’ Contest with 5 finalists that have 15 minutes to perform his or her compositions for our judges.    More free music follows with another performance by HuDost at 3p.m. and the Down Hill Strugglers at 4 p.m.

 

The headline show takes place on eldersSaturday night at The Auditorium with The Elders.   The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock.

From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base.

The Vogt Sisters, last year’s singer/songwriter contest winners, will open up the show  at 7 p.m.     Tickets to the show are $25 and available at www.theaud.org or at the door.

For more information,  visit www.ozarkfolkfestival.com.