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2024 Spring Mountain Music Festival

Join us for the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival held every May and October!  We are conveniently located only 80 miles from St. Louis in the outdoor recreation capital of Missouri’s beautiful Arcadia Valley. 

freeAdmission is FREE for these wonderful family events!  Activities center around the historic Iron County Courthouse Square on Main Street in Ironton.

You’ll find a variety of Music, Music, Music everywhere you turn!   Be sure to make your lodging reservations early!  Check out camping opportunities as well.  

If you’re looking for Missouri bluegrass festivals and old-time mountain and Americana music, make your plans now to attend our Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals.  

Both in Spring and Fall you’ll enjoy Vendors, Crafters and activities for the kids!  There’ll be an area set up for pickers, so be sure to bring your instruments!  

Come and experience the best Spring Music Festival in Missouri!

 

 

 

Pickin’ on the Square * “Live” Music in the Gazebo * Artisans, Crafters and Food Vendors * Children’s Games and Family Fun

Festival Musicians

THE PUNCHES

The Punches is a bluegrass gospel group who make their home in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Mom, Dad & four children all play instruments, sing, and have been performing    nationwide at churches, festivals, fairs and special events since 2009. They’ve been featured on Great American Gospel (a weekly television show) in many countries and on over 200 stations across America.

Bruce and Bobette currently reside in Fredericktown, Missouri. Bobette was raised in a musical family of seven kids while Bruce grew up an only child and started playing at the age of 13. When they met, it seemed to be a natural fit and the rest is history.

Their son, Owen plays a Gibson RB-250 banjo. He also is a valuable part of the vocal blend of the family holding down a few lead parts but mostly singing the bass line in the quartets.  Emily (one of the twins) started playing fiddle at age 7. Emily has developed a rich voice and a sweet demeanor on stage and carries many of the high tenor parts in trios and quartets. She also sings much of the lead with the group. The other half of the duo is Brooke. Brooke also started on the fiddle at age 7. In fact some of the early Great American Gospel videos have Brooke on the fiddle before she moved to the dobro.

SHANNON COX * ERIC THOMPSON * JENNY PITCHERS REVELLE

Shannon Cox – Shannon has been playing music since the age of 12.  He has played for a variety of artists including Blake Shelton, Chris Jansen and more.  You will find Shannon playing music with his friends at many different locations throughout the Leadbelt area just about every weekend.

 Eric Thompson – harmonica – Considered a rising         star in the harmonica world, Thompson, an Arcadia   Valley resident and former high school teacher (Coach), currently plays with at least three other groups: The Tin Mine Trio, Jive Turkeys, and The Shut-Ins Band. He has also performed at several Nashville venues such as, Antique Archaeology (American Picker’s) Store, and some of the world famous honky tonks on the Broadway Strip (The Wheel, Legend’s Corner, Tequila Cowboy, and Crazy Town.)

 Jenny Pitchers Revelle – Jenny grew up in South St. Louis, met her husband in 2001 and got married in 2002.  They have four kids and live in Fredericktown.  She works as a certified technician in the Walmart Pharmacy there.  She has been singing all her life and grew up singing Southern Gospel with her family “The Lesters”.  She quit traveling in 2010 when heir girls started school.  She has been singing with Shannon and Coach almost three years and really enjoys it.  Jenny appreciates the opportunity to get to make music with such talented people.

 

DAVE BLACK BAND

Dave Black from Bonne Terre, has been a musician most of his life and plays the piano.  He and band member, Doug Berry, have played music together for over 30 years.  Doug sings and plays the keyboard.  The other member of their group, Keith Barton, plays the steel guitar.  The group plays in churches throughout the area and Dave has been the opening performance for many well known musicians, i.e., T. G. Sheppard, Daryle Singletary, the Bellamy Brothers, Brad Paisley, Kenny Rogers, Shenandoah and more.  The group plays a large variety of music which includes country, gospel and 50’s.

JIMMY HILL & FRIENDS
 
Jimmy Hill is from Ellington, MO, and has been singing professionally for over 50 years.  He loves and performs all genres of music, including bluegrass, country, gospel, soft rock and easy listening.  Jimmy plays the guitar and is lead vocalist in his group of friends. 
 
Performing with Jimmy at the festival will be Martin Chase of Dittmer, MO, playing the slide guitar and dobro; Clay Harper of Bunker, MO, on the keyboard; Brandon Roderman, vocalist and bass player and Pat O’Donnell on the drums.
 
Introducing . . . . . MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

My Brother’s Keeper is a progressive bluegrass band from Cincinnati, Ohio.  The band consists of brothers Benjamin, Titus and Joshua Luckhaupt on guitar, mandolin and fiddle respectively.  Wyatt “Sawmill” Muray completes this ensemble on the upight bass.  They draw inspiration from bluegrass, gospel, rock, and everything in between.  Their music featues four-part family harmonies, soulful lead vocals, thoughtful original music, and an energetic live show that appeals to fans of any genre.  They have received several awards and nominations, including the 2023 Josie Award for Bluegrass Band of the Year.

“Pickin’ on the Square” – Every Friday night, May – October

Friday night kicks off the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival with Pickin’ on the Square.  Amateur musicians join professionals to perform everything from bluegrass to gospel to Cajun. Bring your guitar, fiddle or banjo and join in.

Clapping, dancing, singing along – crowds gather to enjoy the tunes of musicians at Pickin’ on the Square on the courthouse lawn every Friday night through the summer.  It starts with the Spring Mountain Music Festival, May 17-18 and ends with the Fall Mountain Music Festival, October 18-19.  On banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass, fiddle and guitar, musicians from as far as 60 miles away gather to perform rockabilly, country ballads, gospel and original compositions.

Anyone is welcome to come up to the microphone and sing.  Some Fridays have guest appearances by experienced vocalists or by a very young one who wants to make their professional debut.

Throughout the season every Friday evening “Pickin’ on the Square” begins at 6:00 pm.  For more information, contact Tony Harbison by phone at 573-546-3877 or Carol Kelsheimer by email at [email protected]

 
FESTIVAL LOCATION

IRON COUNTY COURTHOUSE   250 S. MAIN, IRONTON MO

PICKIN’ ON THE SQUARE
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MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS

We thank everyone for their sponsorship of the Mountain Music Festivals & Pickin’ on the Square.  Our Platinum, Gold and Business Boosters help to provide the music for our festivals.  If you would like to be a sponsor, attached you will find an information form.  Logos will be added for Platinum and Gold sponsors and the names of Business Boosters, as they come in.  Click logos to visit the sponsors who are supporting our festivals!

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Arcadian Academy of Music

GOLD SPONSORS

The Mountain Echo

    BUSINESS BOOSTERS

Black River Electric Coop.

Brad Wooten Auto Body

Green Thumb Plants

Fisher Furniture

The Iron Mule

City of Ironton

Iron County Courthouse

A. V. Chamber of Commerce

Strange Insurance Agency

Mike’s Do It All

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