2020 Festival Schedule

Thursday, July 23rd

Opening Night Performances
Outside Tent Area adjacent to the Cozy Cove and/or Inside Cozy Cove
6pm: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
7pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

8pm: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

9pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

10pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

11pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

12am: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

1am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.

Friday, July 24th

10 AM to 1 PM Performances
Outside Tent Area adjacent to the Cozy Cove and/or Inside Cozy Cove
10am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
11am: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

12pm: Ginstrings

GINSTRINGS is an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and even  Jambase.  Dubbed "33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies,"  GINSTRINGS arouses audiences, including those amongst us weary with the constraints of our times.

1 PM to 11 PM Performances
Main Outdoor Stage
1pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

2pm: Tony & Heather (Berry) Mabe

Over the years, Heather Berry-Mabe has recorded several albums including two for Tom T. Hall & the late Miss Dixie Hall's label, Blue Circle Records. Miss Dixie was quoted: "Tom T. and I have had Heather pegged for some time now as being as awesome as Allison (Alison Krauss), of the caliber of Emmylou (Harris) and unassumingly sharing the legendary quality of Maybelle (Carter)." Peter Cooper, Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, and producer, had this to say of Heather: “In the music business, we spend a lot of time talking about purity, beauty, tone, pitch and heart. Then Heather Berry sings and we just shut up and listen.”

Tony Mabe Jr. compliments the other side of the duet, and is a first class musician. His vocals are soulful, pure and harmonize well with Heather's gifted mountain clear voice. This husband-wife team brings blessing to the hearts of hearers everywhere they sing, play, and minister.

Tony and Heather's early afternoon set will be complimented by late afternoon and evening Friday/Saturday sets as members of The Junior Sisk Band.

Heather is a two time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award winner for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass. As a festival bonus, Heather will join the Daughters of Bluegrass main stage act at 2 PM Saturday.

In conclusion, this graced couple, Tony and Heather, give new meaning and promise to the saying: Come early, stay late!

3pm: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

4pm: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
5pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

6pm: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

7pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

8pm: Junior Sisk

Junior Sisk is highly decorated and widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists, and a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well.

His album Heart of a Song earned the prestigious IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Album of the Year Award in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and additionally, received the Song of the Year Award from the IBMA.

Sisk was further honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and in 2014 his band earned the SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award.

In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America).

In 2015, Sisk signed with Mountain Fever Records and has been happily turning out hit after hit for them ever since. His most recent album, Brand New Shade Of Blue boasts the chart topping single "Whiskey and the Guitar."

9pm: Ginstrings

GINSTRINGS is an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and even  Jambase.  Dubbed "33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies,"  GINSTRINGS arouses audiences, including those amongst us weary with the constraints of our times.

10pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

11 PM to Closing Performances
Outside Tent Area adjacent to the Cozy Cove and/or Inside Cozy Cove
11pm: Junior Sisk Band

Junior Sisk is highly decorated and widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists, and a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well.

His album Heart of a Song earned the prestigious IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Album of the Year Award in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and additionally, received the Song of the Year Award from the IBMA.

Sisk was further honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and in 2014 his band earned the SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award.

In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America).

In 2015, Sisk signed with Mountain Fever Records and has been happily turning out hit after hit for them ever since. His most recent album, Brand New Shade Of Blue boasts the chart topping single "Whiskey and the Guitar."

Junior Sisk, Guitar, Vocals, Heather Berry Mabe, Guitar, Vocals, Tony Mabe, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Johnathon Dillon, Mandolin, Vocals, Curt Love, Bass, Doug Bartlett, Fiddle, Vocals.

12am: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

1am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
2am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.

Saturday, July 25th

10 AM to 1 PM Performances
Outside Tent Area adjacent to the Cozy Cove and/or Inside Cozy Cove
10am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
11am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
12pm: Ginstrings

GINSTRINGS is an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and even  Jambase.  Dubbed "33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies,"  GINSTRINGS arouses audiences, including those amongst us weary with the constraints of our times.

1 PM to 11 PM Performances
Main Outdoor Stage
1pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

2pm: Daughters of Bluegrass

Each year at the Daughters of Bluegrass festival in Guyton, Georgia, a new daughter is inducted into the ranks. The festival celebrates female-led bluegrass acts, including many who had performed on the various Daughters of Bluegrass albums over the years, some of which Heather Berry-Mabe had recorded on. Within the past few years, both Amanda Cook and Carolyne VanLierop-Boone were also inducted.

One of the highlights of the 31st Annual Midsummer Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for 2 PM with the performance of the Daughters of Bluegrass Show. At that time you will see why Amanda, Carolyne and Heather’s talents were so credentialed by a jury of their peers to be included into the ranks of Daughters of Bluegrass, and why their act is offered for the patrons’ pure musical enjoyment.

3pm: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

3:15pm : Bluegrass Institute of the Northwoods Meet & Greet / Question & Answer

Featuring: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

4pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

5pm: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
6pm: Amanda Cook Band

Amanda Cook was just bestowed a 2nd Ballot Nomination for Female Vocalist of the year with the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She is one of the most striking, upward trending female vocalist in Bluegrass Music today. Ms. Cook's increased air time on national radio programs like Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, has raised enough notice recently to have an interstate traveler pull over to check the screen and ask: who is that woman with that fresh, compelling to listen to sound?

The Amanda Cook Band is made up of six upbeat musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin and George Mason on fiddle.

7pm: Junior Sisk

Junior Sisk is highly decorated and widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists, and a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well.

His album Heart of a Song earned the prestigious IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Album of the Year Award in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and additionally, received the Song of the Year Award from the IBMA.

Sisk was further honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and in 2014 his band earned the SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award.

In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America).

In 2015, Sisk signed with Mountain Fever Records and has been happily turning out hit after hit for them ever since. His most recent album, Brand New Shade Of Blue boasts the chart topping single "Whiskey and the Guitar."

8pm: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

9pm: Hand Picked

Down-Home Tomahawk Wisconsin Bluegrass: Precise Picking & Harmonious Vocals
Bluegrass to Swing...and Everything In Between

10pm: Ginstrings

GINSTRINGS is an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and even  Jambase.  Dubbed "33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies,"  GINSTRINGS arouses audiences, including those amongst us weary with the constraints of our times.

11 PM to Closing Performances
Outside Tent Area adjacent to the Cozy Cove and/or Inside Cozy Cove
11pm: Junior Sisk Band

Junior Sisk is highly decorated and widely recognized as one of today's top bluegrass vocalists, and a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well.

His album Heart of a Song earned the prestigious IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Album of the Year Award in 2012. Its single "A Far Cry from Lester and Earl," which Sisk co-wrote, became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and additionally, received the Song of the Year Award from the IBMA.

Sisk was further honored when he was named 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and in 2014 his band earned the SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year award.

In 2016, "Longneck Blues," a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America).

In 2015, Sisk signed with Mountain Fever Records and has been happily turning out hit after hit for them ever since. His most recent album, Brand New Shade Of Blue boasts the chart topping single "Whiskey and the Guitar."

Junior Sisk, Guitar, Vocals, Heather Berry Mabe, Guitar, Vocals, Tony Mabe, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Johnathon Dillon, Mandolin, Vocals, Curt Love, Bass, Doug Bartlett, Fiddle, Vocals.

12am: Feed The Dog

Known for their high energy performances more reminiscent of jambase, Feed The Dog  is a band driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player.  This quartet is hard to peg as imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance are skillfully crafted on the violin, and then move over to be wowed by an acoustic guitar that blends nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock.  Simply put, Feed The Dog's genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair is a crowd-pleaser wherever they perform.

1am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
2am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.

Sunday, July 26th - Gospel Hours

10am: Ragtime John & His Open Mic Ensemble

Vassar Clements performed at the 2nd Annual MidSummer Bluegrass Festival July 25-28, 1991

Ragtime John has dabbled in the history of the MisSummer Bluegrass Festival most recently as the bass player for The Sawdust Symphony, and as far back as the 2nd Annual as a participant in those incredible Vassar Clements' Open Mic jam sessions.  Nowadays he dabbles in Ragtime, lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

At a house concert this past December, his slapping of those Ragtime piano keys led to pre-Covid innocents flaunting their lack of social distancing, staying up later than planned, and then proceeding to dance their socks off.
Ragtime John will be welcoming interested musicians to join his ensemble all weekend long.
11am: Ginstrings

GINSTRINGS is an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and even  Jambase.  Dubbed "33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies,"  GINSTRINGS arouses audiences, including those amongst us weary with the constraints of our times.