Lansing Hosts Fifth Annual Ola Belle Reed Festival August 13-15
The Ola Belle Reed Festival featuring Ola Time, Bluegrass, Americana and Celtic music will be held at the Lansing Creeper Trail Park Aug. 13 to 15. The line-up includes the Mosier Brothers, None of the Above, Ceol Leinn, Big Daddy Love, The Sheets Family, Steve and Ruth Smith, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Harris Brothers, Elkville String Band, Curley Maple and the Ola Belle Reed Family.
The new venue will offer much needed shade, Big Horse Creek for wading and pedestrian access to Downtown Lansing shopping. Primitive camping is available on-site.
Admission to the festival is free and donations are welcome. The festival is a fundraiser for Greater Lansing Area Development (GLAD), a 501(c)3 community development non-profit.
Sunday's program will feature Jeff Mosier and The First Annual Porchestra at 12:30 p.m., featuring 25+ Old Time and Bluegrass musicians performing the history of Mountain Music from the Celtic Roots to the branches of Alternative Bluegrass. The brainchild of Jeff Mosier, from Blueground Undergrass and Mosier Brothers, the Porchestra (porch and orchestra) is, "a new kind of jam, an eclectic mix of indigenous musical instruments and tunes all played in symphonic porch style fashion." Participants include members of the Mosier Brothers, Big Daddy Love, Mack and Sherry Powers, Dick Wilson, Child Chiles, David and Noel Blackmon, Martha and Emily Spencer, Ralph and David Reed, Tom Atkinson and more. All musicians and singers are welcome to participate. A rehearsal jam will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. Attendance at the rehearsal is not required for participation on Sunday.
Arts and crafts vendors interested in the festival should call Frenchy at (336) 877-2929 for more information. Food vendors will be selling barbeque chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque sandwiches, ice cream and more.
GLAD is dedicated to economic revitalization through the preservation of heritage and traditions in Lansing and the surrounding region.
Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring chairs and wraps for chilly evenings. For more information, click to www.olabellefest.com or call (336) 977-1320.
2010 Ola Belle Reed Festival Stage Schedule
Friday, August 13
5-Ola Belle Reed Family
6-Elkville String Band
7-None of the Above
Saturday, August 14
12-The Sheets Family Band
2:15-None of the Above
3:30-Steve and Ruth Smith
4:30- Aaron Lee Tasjan
5:30- Curley Maple
6:45- Big Daddy Love
12:30 Banjo with David Reed and Judy Marti
1:30 Old Time Harmony with The Sheets Family
2:30 Songwriting with Aaron Lee Tasjan
3:30 Old Time Dance with The Sheets Family
4:30 Hammer Dulcimer with Ruth Smith
Sunday, August 15
11- Gospel Worship Service
12:30 Debut of the Ola Belle Reed Porchestra conducted by the Rev. Jeff Mosier. A new kind of jam, an eclectic mix of indigenous musical instruments and tunes all played in symphonic porch style fashion, with members of the Mosier Brothers, Big Daddy Love, Mack and Sherry Powers, Dick Wilson, Child Chiles, David and Noel Blackmon, Martha and Emily Spencer, Ralph and David Reed, Tom Atkinson and more. All musicians and singers are welcome to participate.
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For more information or questions about the Festival and the Porchestra, call (336) 977-1320 or e-mail [email protected].