The 27th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival will bring musician and music fans of all genres to Thespian Hall in Boonville on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7.
A dozen artists will take the stage in addition to offering their insights through workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon. Tickets remain available with prices set at $25 per evening or $45 for both evenings. The Saturday workshops will be occur at Thespian Hall, Turner Hall, First Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church, are free to those with festival tickets and cost $5 to attend for those without festival tickets.
On Monday, Jan., 29, tickets had been purchased up to row O of the seating at Thespian Hall according to a press release from The Friends of Historic Boonville.
“While returning patrons familiar with the routine have a good sense where their tickets are, first time attendees often lack a good picture of the hall and need persuading that a row further up the alphabet is still a good seat,” states the release.
New and returning festival patrons have the opportunity to view veteran and newcomer performers to Thespian Hall and the event. Returning acts feature: Baltimore-based bluegrass band Charm City Junction, storyteller and songwriter Marideth Sisco and her band Blackberry Winter, Irish-styled Kentuckian trio Na Skylark, banjo innovationist Michael Miles, Chicago-based Jazz flutist Lloyd Brodnax King, and St. Louis jazz band Gaslight Squares. Returning Big Muddy Folk Festival performers includes Detroit folk singer Matt Watroba, duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker add songs of social commentary in addition to a performance by festival organizers and stalwarts Cathy Barton and Dave Para.
Friday evening will feature the annual first-night dance with a dance caller to-be-determined. Terry Smith’s Big Muddy BBQ will be on-hand with a full range of menu items for attendees. As mentioned, Saturday will host both concert performances and workshops.
“We are currently communicating with our artists and exchanging ideas to get workshops together for daytime sessions on Saturday,” explained January edition of Big Muddy Soundings, the official newsletter of the event, “The festival is particularly banjo-friendly this year, but there is also a consortium of fine fiddlers, storytellers, and broadcasters. Expertise in Irish and old-time music, jazz and song topics is dispersed through the roster.”
Tickets are available online via www.friendsofhistoricboonville.org or by calling 888-588-1477 and 660-882-7977.