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Thursday September 25th

Thursday Schedule:

5:00-6:00 Grand Ole' Ditch (Main Stage) Winners of the 2013 Watermelon Park Fest band competition. Jacob Mathews, Craig Miller, Jody Mosser, Lucas Mathews, and Ryan Hohing. Grand Ole' Ditch is a contemporary bluegrass band born in the mountains of Western Maryland.
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6:00-7:00 Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (Main Stage) are based in Southwest Virginia. They met, coming at traditional Appalachian music from different directions. Anna was in a touring old-time band. Elizabeth was singing ballads in far-away states. They came together to create a different kind of show: one that used theater and stories to show people what they love about old tunes and ballads.
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7:00-8:00 Locust Honey (Main Stage) Chloe, Hilary and Meredith bring their respective experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast.
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8:00-9:30 Bruce Molsky (Main Stage) Bruce Molsky goes above and beyond: the world's premier old-time fiddler walks around with a library's worth of lyrics and music humming in his head."Molsky is easily one of the nation's most talented fiddlers...
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10:00-Late The Bumper Jacksons (Dance Tent) The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.
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Friday September 26th

Friday Schedule:

Noon-12:45 Slow Jam with Mike Ward (Dance Tent) Let's Pick, again! Check out this popular workshop and join Mike Ward in a jam session for players of all ages and skill levels, but especially geared toward beginners. Learn the unspoken rules of playing in an open circle jam. This workshop will focus on playing and singing classic bluegrass tunes at a moderate pace for all to enjoy.
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1:00 - 1:50 Bruce Molsky Workshop (Dance Tent) Join Bruce as he demonstrates and shares the history of old-time southern Appalachian fiddling. A two-time Grammy nominee, he teaches regularly at the Mark O'Conner Fiddle Camp, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's 'Ashokan' and many others. With his honed skills and gentle spirit, Bruce is a much sought after performer and teacher, so bring your fiddle and try it out yourself. And be sure to stick around as he rounds up musicians and plays the Barn Dance at 3:30
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1:00-2:00 Pollinators Seed Balls with Amy Manson (Kids Tent) Mix wildflower seeds into a ball that will be flung in the 4:00 Seed Fling.
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2:00-3:00 Larry Keel Guitar Workshop (Dance Tent) Description coming soon.
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2:00-2:45 Story Telling with Frazer Watkins (Kids Tent) Once apon a time: Remembering and creating oral traditions....take part in creating an oral tradition of Watermelon Park Fest
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3:00-4:00 Watermelon Tye-Dyed shirts with Jill Evans Kavaldjian (Kids Tent) Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye: Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. Best of all, the shirts dry quickly, and are ready to wear in minutes!
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3:30- 4:30 Bruce Molsky Barn Dance (Dance Tent) Bruce and guest players provide the music, Kim Forry provides the calling, you provide the dancin' feet. Let's kick up some dust.
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4:00-5:00 Seed Fling with Amy Manson (Kids Tent) If you made a seed ball in the earlier workshop, it's time to fling it!
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4:00-5:00 Locust Honey String Band (Main Stage) Chloe, Hilary and Meredith bring their respective experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast.
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4:30- 5-30 Elizabeth Laprelle Crankies (Dance Tent) Anna and Elizabeth use all the creative tools they can think of: storytelling, research, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry, and moving scrolls called "crankies". Check them out at www.annaandelizabeth.com.
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5:00-6:00 David Via and Corn Tornado (Main Stage) Via (sounds like sky) is the winner of the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest,held at Mountain Stage, and has picked up MerleFest's-"Chris Austin Songwriter" prize three times.
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5:00-6:00 Watermelon Jack-O-Melon Dave and Lisa Coe (Kids Tent) Kids are invited to come carve a Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern for their campsite. Carving tools and tea lights provided. Please note that watermelons will be provided for this event on first come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own watermelon to ensure participation in this event. This event is brought to you by Mountain Media Systems, LLC:
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6:00-7:00 Town Mountain (Main Stage) Hard Drivin' Carolina String Band. The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy.
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7:30-8:30 Keller Williams Solo (Main Stage) Get ready for One-man-band, Keller Williams, and his awe-inspiring live performance.
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8:30-10:00 Keller and the Keels (Main Stage) is a fun, foot-stomping project that includes Keller's old buddy and award-winning flat picker Larry Keel on guitar, and Larry's beautiful, rock-solid in-the-pocket acoustic bass playing wife, Jenny Keel.
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9:30-10:30 Town Mountain (Dance Tent) Hard Drivin' Carolina String Band. The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy
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10:30 - Midnight The Woodshedders (Dance Tent) The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle.
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Saturday

Saturday Schedule:

Morning River Clean Up 10:00 a.m. Help clean up a stretch of the Shenandoah River in Watermelon Park! Join Minal Mistry, a recycling expert, who will talk about river stewardship and the impacts of litter in its waters. Meet new people, help clean up the river, and learn about how litter impacts the water. Bags and gloves will be provided. Please wear shoes. The discussion may expand to include the wildlife species present!
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Noon: Watermelon feast and Boat Build with David and Lisa Coe (Kids Tent) Come feast on watermelons and build your boat to participate in this years annual Watermelon Boat Float. Please note that watermelons will be provided for this on event on first come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own Watermelon to ensure participation in this event and please remember that all pre-made watermelon boats must be made from a watermelon rind w/100% biodegradable building materials and decorations. (This event is brought to you by Mountain Media Systems, LLC:
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Noon-1:00 Fairbuilt Guitar and Weber Mandolin Picking Contest (Side Stage) Enter to win a spankin' new Bitterroot F-Style Mandolin valued at $2999, Cash, and a side stage slot during the height of the festivities! CLICK HERE for more details.
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Noon- 1:00 Flatfoot & Clogging Workshop with Jan Scopel (Dance Tent) The award-winning, energetic and charming Jan Scopel is back sharing his skills flatfooting (a shuffling softshoe style) and clogging (powerhouse floor whacking). Get out those shoes and learn how dancing is done, mountain-style.
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1:00-3:00 $1000 Band Contest (Side Stage) Watch and vote for your faves as bands battle it out for the $1600 in prizes and brief Main Stage set from the winning band on Saturday night. CLICK HERE for more details.
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1:00-1:45 Polka Dots (Dance Tent) Musicians and sisters, Aislin and Nora Kavaldjian became the Polka Dots in 2008 at ages 15 and 13, when they first performed at Watermelon Park Fest. Add Kris Consaul on guitar and you have the Polka Dots.
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2:00-2:30 Watermelon Boat Float Plan on getting wet and being in the river to participate in this event. We will head to the river to launch boats at approx. 2:15PM
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2:00-2:45 Locust HoneyChloe, Hilary and Meredith bring their respective experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast.
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2:30-3:00 Watermelon Tie-Dyed Shirts with Jill E-K (Kids Tent) Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. Best of all, the shirts dry quickly, and are ready to wear in minutes!
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3:00-3:50 Elizabeth Laprelle and Anna Roberts Gevalt (Main Stage) are based in Southwest Virginia. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle began their work together three years ago in southwestern Virginia. They present a captivating variety show, one part traditional music, one part story and one part sight-- intricate shadow puppets and scrolling illustrations called crankies.
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3:00- 4:30 Alexis Zimmer-Chu: Recycled instruments (Kids Tent) Coffee Can Congos. March to the beat of your own drum, and decorate it, too! Join us to create a colorful Coffee Can Congo, while supplies last. Stay till the end to play in our drum circle!
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3:00- 4:00 Danny Paisley Workshop (Dance Tent) Description coming soon.
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3:50- 4:00 Announce Band and Picking Contest Winners (Side Stage) Find out if your band won.
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4:00-4:45 South Carolina Broadcasters (Main Stage) Hailing from Charleston, S.C., but with roots in the sacred Mt. Airy region, they are a three-piece group, comprising David Sheppard on guitar, Ivy Sheppard on fiddle and banjo and Sarah Osborne on banjo and guitar. Sponsored By Chip Schutte.
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4:00-5:00 Sam Bush Workshop (Dance Tent) Discription coming soon.
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4:45-5:00 Band Contest Winners (Side Stage) Who will it be? It could be you. Past winners include Grand Ole' Ditch, The Green Boys and many more.
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5:00- 6:00 Danny Paisley and Southern Grass (Main Stage) Since Danny's father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world.
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6:00-7:00 Furnace Mountain (Main Stage) Furnace Mountain consists of  Aimee Curl on Bass and Vocals, Danny Knicely on Mandolin and Fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on Fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on Bouzouki, Guitar and Vocals.
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7:00-7:15 Picking Contest Winners (Side Stage) This is often the best picking you will hear all weekend.
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7:15- 9:00 Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat (Main Stage) Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, Americana, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny.
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9:00-9:15 Knicely Family Band (Side Stage) the Knicely Family have been one of the most prominent musical families in Rockingham County for generations. Sponsored by the Virginia Folklife Program.
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9:15- 11:00 The Sam Bush Band (Main Stage) Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he's not. But he is. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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10:30- Midnight Keller Williams with More than a Little (Dance Tent) In my ever-swirling musical world, there are few genres that I leave untouched. That's why I am elated to present my new project, More Than A Little. It's more than a little soulful, more than a little funky and it' making me more than a little happy. Drawing from the vast Gospel/R&B scene in Richmond, VA…I feel like we are blazing new ground in the world of funk.
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Sunday September 28

11:00 A.M.-12:00 Maggie ingram and the Ingramettes (Dance Tent) This will be the band you do not want to miss! Join Maggie and the Ingramettes for some gospel music in the Dance Tent on Sunday. Born July 4, 1930, on Mulholland's Plantation in Coffee County, Georgia, Maggie Ingram worked in the cotton and tobacco fields with her parents. It was a hard and humble beginning, but the Lord had a special place for her in life and she accepted the call at an early age. She began playing the piano and singing at an early age and exhibited a great love for church and for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At 16, she married Thomas Jefferson Ingram whose family also worked as sharecroppers in Georgia. The couple had five children, John, Lucious, Tommie, Almeta, Christine and moved to Miami, Florida. Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife Program.

Noon-1:00 The South Carolina Broadcasters (on the river bank) Join the SCB for some Sunday Gospel music down by the river bank in the concert area.
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