GREENSBURG – The nostalgic “Power of the Past” event slated for August 15 to 18 supplies many kinds of entertainment, not the least of which is a variety of music rooted in the American tradition.
Acoustic instruments including guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, dobros and bass fiddles will supply gospel, country and bluegrass music from days gone by. Come sing along with the familiar tunes and enjoy a “down home” atmosphere surrounded by reminders of days before electricity. Enjoy outstanding vocalists and great harmony as the various groups perform.
An open acoustic jam session will kick off the weekend on Thursday evening at 6:30. At this informal gathering anyone is welcome to bring their instrument to play and sing those old time favorites. Audience requests are welcome, so come join the fun.
Friday evening, entertainment begins at six o’clock with the Flatrock Bluegrass Band, from the Rushville area, taking the stage with lead vocalist/guitarist Jim Innis. At seven o’clock Jake Brown and Blueline take the stage with Jake as lead singer/guitarist/mandolinist, Kyle Clerkin on banjo, Noah Wullenweber on guitar and Dolly Mae Bradshaw on the upright bass. They will keep you on the edge of your seats. James White and Deer Creek will end the evening at eight, playing your requests and many old numbers from the past. This band plays festivals and events throughout the tri-state area.
Join the fun Saturday as the fiddle contest attracts players from several states. At one o’clock the music begins with contestants competing in four age groups. Any fiddle player can compete and there are no entry fees. Top honors’ take home $250 and prize money is paid through 4th place. You won’t want to miss it.
The fiddle contest leads into the evening’s entertainment beginning at five o’clock with Friends of Bluegrass. This group from the Greensburg/Columbus area features Joe Wright, Rick Crank, Al Stevens, John Gates, Dave Wullenweber and Elizabeth Wullenweber. Their love of traditional Bluegrass along with their tight harmonies and great instrumental skill make them a group to remember. At 6 p.m. New Balance will take the stage, a young band with loads of enthusiasm. Their music is hard driving and terrifically arranged. Following them, at 7 o’clock, Common Ground, a group that has opened shows for top performers such as Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs and the Osborne Brothers will demonstrate their excellent harmony and musicianship. Ronnie Deaton, Dennis Schubnell, Dave Lawrence and Jack Bustle make up the band and you will enjoy their great sound. Ending the evening is Kyle Ramey and Friends. Kyle is an 11-year old multi-talented musician who has been performing since he was four years old. He plays every instrument on stage and is an amazing musician. He has played on stage with many nationally-known artists such as Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent and J.D. Crowe.
Gospel music will be intertwined in all of the previous evenings of music but it will top things off on Sunday morning at 8:30 with the Vesper Service featuring the Barnstormin’ Bluegrass Band playing several gospel numbers. Join us for music and a time of worship.
– Daily News