Watermelon Park Fest!
Schedule Page

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Thursday September 24th

Thursday Schedule:

5:00-6:00 Colebrook Road (Main Stage) The band was named winners of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest band contest in Virginia and the 2011 Pickin' In The Panhandle band contest in West Virginia. With an ever increasing touring schedule that covers a wide geographic range, the music of Colebrook Road has been brought to the ears of many appreciative audiences.
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6:15-7:15 Charm City Junction (Main Stage) From dance inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next.
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7:30-8:45 Barefoot Movement (Main Stage) Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.
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9:00-10:30 Cedric Watson (Main Stage) One of our festival regulars and one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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10:30-Late The Barefoot Movement (Dance Tent) Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.
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Friday September 25th

Friday Schedule:

Noon-12:45 (TBC) 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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1:00-2:00 (TBC) Jen Stone Yoga (Upper concert area) Jen Stone, your instructor, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching consistently for the past 14 years.
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1:30 - 2:30 Cedric Watson (Dance Tent) One of our festival regulars and one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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1:00-2:00 (TBC) 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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2:00-2:45 (TBC) 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 (TBC) 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 Charm City Junction Barn Dance (Dance Tent) Kim Forry provides the calling, you provide the dancin' feet. Let's kick up some dust.
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4:00-5:00 (TBC) 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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4:45-5:45 Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlop (Main Stage) The Folklife Apprenticeship pairs an experienced master artist with an eager learner, in order to help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways which are conscious of history and faithful to tradition.
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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 TBD (Main Stage) Info. coming soon
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7:15-8:45 Hot Rize/ Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers (Main Stage) has been astounding the bluegrass world with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music ever since their formation in 1978.
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9:00-10:30 Pokey Lafarge (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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10:30 - Midnight The Bumper Jacksons (Dance Tent) are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers.
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Saturday September 26

Saturday Schedule:

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 TBD (Dance Tent)
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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 Buds Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own.
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2:30-3:00 (TBC) 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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3:00-4:00 Jen Stone Yoga (TBC) (Upper concert area) Jen Stone, your instructor, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching consistently for the past 14 years.
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3:00-3:50 Peter Rowan (Dance Tent) GRAMMY-award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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3:00- 4:30 (TBC) 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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3:50- 4:00 Announce Band and Picking Contest Winners (Side Stage) Find out if your band won.
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4:00-4:45 Cedric Watson (Main Stage) One of our festival regulars and one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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5:00-5:15 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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5:15- 6:15 Buds Collective(Main Stage) is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own..
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6:15-6:30 Picking Contest Winners (Side Stage) This is often the best picking you will hear all weekend.
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6:30-7:30 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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7:30-8:00 the Nessie Expedition (Side Stage) The Nessie expedition, the Japanese Bluegrass band. Our band, consists of 5 players who love to play a traditional and authentic bluegrass music since 1971..
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8:00- 9:00 Loretta Lynn (Main Stage) The Coal Miner's Daughter—the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself—has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon.
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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.
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9:15- 10:30 The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (Main Stage) GRAMMY-award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter's stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
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10:30- Midnight The Woodshedders (Dance Tent) From The Washinton Post: "As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, "Wildfire," the group reveals a much broader range of influences.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Sunday September 27

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.


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