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Sheridan BlueGrass Fever, July 13-14

Sheridan Bluegrass Fever

Sheridan Bluegrass Fever. Logo provided by the organizing committee and used with written permission.

By Brenda Bush
Chairperson, Sheridan BlueGrass Fever Planning Committee

You can already hear the banjos strumming in Sheridan, Indiana, warming up the strings for the July 13-14, 2012 Sheridan BlueGrass Fever featuring eight bands, two days of foot kicking and plenty of nodding heads–all stuffed into a non-stop schedule coming together on the Veterans Park hillside in this Hamilton County community.

“We’re so pleased with how plans are all coming together,”  said Brenda Bush, event chair. “We have a great line-up and a hillside venue with a small marketplace and diverse food vendors to welcome area bluegrass lovers–fare that will be offering new food choices, including Greek and Chinese food selections to enjoy.”

And Robin Morris, who assembled talent as part of her role on the planning committee, added:    “The variety of musicians will give audiences a package of sounds they look for in popular gatherings around Indiana,” she added.    “Each year, we add to the festivities, experiment with the mix of experiences and keep it fresh as we build-out the event.”

2012 Sheridan BlueGrass Fever:

Fri., July 13 – Admission:  $5 (Seniors 60+ $4 ea., children under 12 free)

  •  6 p.m. – Jeremy Morris and the Harvest Road Band
  •  7 p.m. – Hickory Hollow Bluegrass Band
  •  8:30 p.m. – Circle City Bluegrass Band

Saturday activities begin with music workshops at 10 a.m., free with the price of admission.  Instructors will be available to teach beginner, intermediate and advanced banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar.  At noon, a jam session will follow led by Thorntown Bluegrass Jammers and amateur musicians are welcome to join them under the gazebo.

Sat., July 14 – Admission:  $10 (Children under 12 free)

  • 10:00 a.m. – Music Workshops
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jam Session, Thorntown Bluegrass Jammers
  • 2:00 p.m. – Olivia Smiley & Main Street
  • 3:00 p.m. – Branded Bluegrass
  • 4:00 p.m. – Blue Mafia
  • 5:00 p.m. – ABL GRY
  • 6:00 p.m. – Jeremy Morris & the Harvest Road Band
  • 7:00 p.m. – Branded Bluegrass
  • 8:00 p.m. – Blue Mafia
  • 9:00 p.m. – Olivia Smiley & Main Street

New this year is primitive camping in Biddle Memorial Park and arrangements can be made by contacting  Linda Sutton at (317) 600-1180.  Camping information is available by emailing:  BlueGrassFever@sbcglobal.net.

IU North Hospital serves as lead sponsor with an expanding role in Sheridan BlueGrass Fever and is  joined by The Times and CURRENT as media sponsors.  Other sponsors are:  Beck’s Superior Hybrids,  JBS United, Duke Energy, The Farmers Bank, Montgomery Aviation.  Patrons include:  Godby Home Furnishings, Wilson’s Farm Market, R & T Auto Supply, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Sheridan Manufacturing, Eslers Auto Repair, Jan’s Village Pizza, Dairy Queen-Sheridan, Stuckey Farm Market, Khoury’s Restaurant, Ardys  Concessions and Railer’s IGA.  Other individual patrons include Linda Sutton, Ron Stone, Wilma and Brenda  Bush, Phillip and Connie Pearson and David Kendall.  Supporters are Neal Cody and David Ogle.

Sheridan BlueGrass Fever is a regional music event produced by the Sheridan Historical Society  in conjunction with support from the Town of Sheridan and the Central Indiana Bluegrass Association.  The event is now a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and listed in national guidebooks.

Sheridan Veterans Park features the restored 1828 George Boxley log cabin, a national landmark residing on the hillside to fete the pioneer’s role as a Virginia-born abolitionist who was accused of fomenting a sabotaged slave rebellion in 1816.  Boxley, known to have played mandolin on his farm and in the cabin school where he taught, escaped jail there but was chased by bounty hunters for 12 years until settling with his family in the Indiana wilderness that eventually became named Sheridan.  Boxley Cabin will be open for tours during the event and guides will be available to share heritage details.

Serving on the Sheridan BlueGrass Fever 2012 planning committee are:  Brenda Bush, chair; Linda Sutton, director, operations; Robin Morris; Brian Morris; Jeremy Morris; Ron Stone; Randy Parsons; Caryn Parsons; Caitlin Parsons; Neal Cody; Becky Cola, Regan Kercheval; Phil Kercheval; Betty Lee Cooper; David Cooper; David Ogle; Connie Pearson; Philip Pearson and Bob Seymour.

For more information, visit http://bluegrassfever.net/, or call 317-758-5845.

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