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Taum Sauk Mountain
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Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals
Music Festival in Missouri and Fall Festival & Parade
to be held again October 19, 20 & 21, 2018
Ironton, Missouri in the beautiful Arcadia Valley only 80 miles
from St. Louis!
On the Historic Iron County Courthouse Square . . .
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Mountain Music Festival will be held the same
weekend as the annual Arcadia Valley Missouri Fall
Festival Parade. Come to experience the best fall
color in Missouri and enjoy Music, Music, Music everywhere!
is the month for Fall Festivals and autumn celebrations
in our region, only
80 miles from St. Louis. Planning
and preparations begin weeks in advance for the community
Fall Festivals and parades. The parade in Arcadia
Valley is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri.
. . . 86 years and counting! The incredible floats
are built by parents and students in a heavy competition
which starts early in the school year as students and their
parents work feverishly on fund raisers to earn money for
the floats and talent competition. Then, the float building
takes place. Investments in float materials runs into
the thousands of dollars.
Following the parade a float viewing event is held at the
historic Iron County Courthouse, along with a Mountain Music Festival. The Fall Festival
is a gathering of many delightful artisans, crafters
and cuisine vendors. It's
an old fashioned
"homegrown" celebration rarely found these days.
| Enter the Fiddlers Contest to win cash and trophies in 2018!
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Join in the "Pickin' on the Square on Friday night!"
|Check out the performers!
George Portz & The Friends of Bluegrass
Mound City Slickers
George Portz & The Friends of Bluegrass, founded in 1978, blends its fiery Bluegrass roots with traditional Irish and Louisiana Cajun music. The band is based in southern Illinois and includes members from Illinois and Missouri. The band performs dozens of shows a year throughout southwest Illinois and eastern Missouri. A typical set contains bluegrass, traditional country, bayou/Cajun, and gospel music that entertains audiences of all ages. In addition, the band hosts various fiddle contests each year and will be hosting a fiddle and banjo contest in the Arcadia Valley on Saturday morning, October 21, 2017.
Band members are George Portz, fiddle player; David Dalton, the lead singer; Ranger Dave Montgomery, lead guitar player; Kathie Pohlman, bass player for the group and also performs on the Irish Whistle and Cajun Accordion, and Zach Hardesty the banjo player. The group also has a special guest singer, Brenda Cook.
The Claddagh Irish Dancers
The Mount City Slickers are one of St. Louis’ finest and best loved stringbands and are made up of veterans of other St. Louis stringbands. Playing old-time contra and square dance tunes are band members Bill Stewart (fiddle), Lindell Blackford (fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin), Bob Clark (banjo), Rich Hibbs (guitar and banjo), Sean Ruprecht-Belt (banjo ukulele, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle and guitar), and Rich Egan (piano).
|The Claddagh Irish Dance School opened in 2014, and provides traditional Irish dance instruction to boys and girls age 5 and up. They teach soft and hard shoe dances, with a focus on Ceili (group) dances. The dancers perform at public and private functions, and love to share this ancient and beautiful part of Irish culture with audiences throughout Southeast Missouri.
|We all used to or still do live within a few stone throws of the Whitewater River and so it just made sense to be the Whitewater Bluegrass Band of Missouri. We came together because we love playing music, but now we come together because we are all friends. We enjoy playing music for people and for each other. Members of our band are Shawn Asmus on bass, George Dickerson on the banjo, Rodney Eftink on the mandolin, Kevin Sigman, guitar and Dan Reno on guitar.
Back Roads Bluegrass
Rising son was formed in 2016 when five good friends from Southeast Missouri decided to use the talent God gave them to spread his word through music. They have a well blended combination of Bluegrass and Gospel music. They are blessed with five lead singers, which gives them a broad spectrum of sound.
Members of the group are Junior Harmon, guitar; Mark Hopkins, banjo; Don Goff, dobro; Rusty Hamilton, mandolin and Freddie Wilferth, bass.
|This local Bluegrass band recently formed by Frank Ray, of Cedar Hill Bluegrass. Frank introduced some of his friends whose harmonies he thought would blend well together as a group; the members all have diverse musical backgrounds from Bluegrass, Gospel to Country. Bios of the group:
Dan Stokely, Pevely, MO (Guitar and Vocals)
Dan was born and raised in a small farming community in southeast Missouri. He grew up listening to his mom play guitar and sing classic country music and knew he wanted to do the same thing. He started singing when was 3 years old and finally found the patience to sit down and learn to play the guitar when he was 16. When he was 16, Dan also listened to his first bluegrass album and fell in love with the sound. After high school, Dan spent some time in Nashville pursuing music but then decided to go to college and took some time off from music. He started going to bluegrass festivals and sitting in on bluegrass jams about 7 years ago. Some of Dan’s musical influences are: Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Blue Highway, IIIrd Tyme Out, Hank Williams, George Jones just to name a few. He joined the Cedar Hill Bluegrass band in 2015 and is the newest member of the group.
Jim Randolph, Arcadia, MO (Dobro and Vocals) Jim Randolph is the 'Dobro' player in the band. Jim lived in the Arcadia Valley as a child and moved back after retiring from Chrysler. Jim, along with his wife Sharon founded the Open Range band. Jim has also played with the bands Barely Here, Midnight Flight and The Barry Jones Family. Jim’s musical influences are: Tom T. Hall and Josh Graves.
Lori Melton, De Soto, MO (Vocals) Raised in a holler in the foothills of eastern Kentucky; Lori has been singing since she was 3 and writing songs since she was 12. Her father is a minister and utilized their family’s musical talents while singing in local churches and radio stations as The Riley Family. In 2000, she joined a Country/Bluegrass Gospel Band as lead singer; she was with this band for period of 9 years. During this tenure, her band released a song on video to Gospel Music Television called “Mama’s Garden” which was produced by Danny and Dee Kramer, Capitol Enterprises on their Sugar Creek label. Her first commercial CD was recorded at Hilltop Studios in Nashville, TN; and contained 6 songs that she wrote. She later cut two more gospel CD’s. A few of her musical influences are: Allison Krauss, Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Bobby Osbourne, and Dailey & Vincent. In her spare time she enjoys antiquing, wood crafting, candle making, decorating and singing backup for other artists.
Mike Horn, Pevely, MO Mike was raised in the small town of Bloomsdale MO. where he was always surrounded by music that stemmed from both parents and many family members. Raised on country music, he periodically traveled to Nashville in pursuit of his passion. Mike formed his first band at 18 and continued his family tradition. His music has given him the opportunity to front shows for many Nashville talents at festivals and county fair's. Mike plays rhythm guitar, bass, lead vocals and harmonies. He says that, “Music has made him who he is and is very thankful for the many great people that have come into his life throughout his musical journey ". Mikes Musical influences are: Daryl Singletary, Joe Diffie, Jimmy Fortune, George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Garth Brooks.
Steven Thomas, High Ridge, MO Steven, the newest member of Back Roads Bluegrass, was born in St. Louis and moved to the High Ridge area when he was three years old. At 13 years old, he learned how to play the banjo; He has played in several bands such as: Bill Jones and the Bluegrass Travelers (2 years), Paul Tinnon and The Clearwater Grass, Breakaway and The Twin Rivers Band (7 years). His musical influences are: Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe; his favorite groups are: Flatt and Scruggs, The Bluegrass Album Band, JD Crowe and the New South and Jimmy Martin.