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Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31, 2016

July 24, 2016 Leave a comment
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Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Some of the country’s finest fingerstyle guitar players will return to Brown County at the end of this month for the fifth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. From a world-class competition and concert to guitar workshops led by the pros, July 29-31, 2016, are sure to be three days of pickin’ perfection.

A weekend filled with toe-tapping fun, guests will be dazzled by the art of fingerstyle playing and the sheer talent of top guitarists.

Festivities will get underway on Friday, July 29 with a free Friday Night Kick-Off Party from 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. This year’s opening party is bigger and better than ever. Not one, but two stages of music will be running at the Brown County Inn in the Corn Crib Lounge and in the Town Hall Room.

Not only will guests be treated to performances by nationally-ranked acoustic guitarists, but local favorites Cari Ray & The Loaners as well. The Pine Room Tavern also will have live strumming on Friday night, including past Fingerstyle Festival winners, such as Kade Puckett, along with other guitar greats. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at both locations.

The tunes will continue on Saturday, July 30, with the Festival’s main events: the competition and concert. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, 40 of the country’s top fingerstyle guitarists will battle it out for a grand prize and bragging rights as the best during the Fest’s competition. Spectators are sure to be amazed by the skill flowing from the fingertips of this year’s competitors.

At 7:30 p.m. the top three finishers from the day’s competition will take the Playhouse stage during the evening concert, delighting guests with their pickin’ prowess. Nationally-acclaimed father/son duo Tim and Myles Thompson will then deliver a show stopping performance of their own. The evening concert also will feature Michael Kelsey, who is ranked among the top 100 guitarists in the world!

All-day passes, which include admission to both the competition and concert, are available for $22.50. Guests can upgrade their ticket to VIP status for $32.50. VIP tickets include admission to the competition and concert, as well as a swag-bag valued at $50 and reserved seating at evening concert. All-day and VIP ticket holders will receive a wristband allowing them to come and go at their own leisure. Evening concert only tickets also are available for $17.50. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Brown County Playhouse or online atwww.browncountyplayhouse.org/tickets.

That’s not all! To cap off a weekend filled with great music, guitar workshops will be offered on Sunday, July 31. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brown County Community Foundation, eager guitarists will be able to learn the ins and outs of fingerstyle fun from experts Lance Allen and David Youngman, two of the top players in North America.

From strumming for beginners and intermediate level techniques to guitar competition tips and strategies, workshop-goers will learn how to perfect their pickin’ game. Workshops are $20 per class and can be paid upon arrival.

A complete list of workshops and additional details can be found online athttp://indianastringfest.com/schedule/workshops/.

Experience the world of fingerstyle firsthand at the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31 in Brown County. It is sure to be a finger pickin’ good time!

For more information on the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, please visit http://indianastringfest.com/ or call 812-750-0257.

Inaugural Spring Blossom Festival, Nashville #Indiana, May 1-2, 2015

April 19, 2015 Leave a comment
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Brown County Playhouse. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
On behalf of the Spring Blossom Festival

On May 1-2, 2015, the Brown County Democrat will sponsor the inaugural Spring Blossom Festival in Nashville, Indiana.

This year’s festival will give a nod to the movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” where a Delorean time machine visited the years 1985-1955, 1985-2015, and finally 1985-1885. The Festival will salute all of the years featured in the movies through several events and activities that will be fun for the whole family.

Highlighting the Spring Blossom Festival will be Saturday’s Brown County Lions Club Spring Blossom Parade. An annual event that involves the entire community, the parade will feature a Delorean or two, along with cars from the 1950s, 1980s and from 2015.

To salute 1885, a group of cowboy reenactors also will be in the parade and will perform a “cowboy shoot” in period costumes.

Kicking off the Brown County Democrat’s Spring Blossom Festival on Friday, May 1 will be a showing of the original “Back to the Future” movie at the Brown County Playhouse in downtown Nashville at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a canned food donation, which will be given to local food banks. Costumes are encouraged, with contests and prizes offered. A replica of the courthouse clock from the movie also will be available for photo opportunities.

In addition to the parade, on Saturday, May 2, car shows will be staged around the community, featuring classics and antiques from the 1950s, 1980s and beyond.

The Brown County Rotary Club will sponsor annual kids’ games on Main Street (between Van Buren and Jefferson streets) immediately following the parade and the Brown County Salvation Army will host a kids’ street fair after the parade as well. Participation in the kids’ games and street fair is free.

Saturday evening will feature an open dance at the Season’s Lodge Conference Center beginning at 6 p.m. The theme of the dance will be “Enchantment Under the Sea,” similar to the high school dance that takes place in “Back to the Future.”

Dancers will be able to enjoy music from the 1950s, 1980s and beyond and are encouraged to come in costume. 1950s, 1980s, or cowboy outfits, as well as “Back to the Future” movie characters, are welcome!

Prizes will be presented to various contest winners at the dance and 106.1 The River is scheduled to do a live remote broadcast. Admission to the dance is $5 plus a canned food donation, which will be given to local food banks.

With so many exciting activities and family-friendly events, the inaugural Spring Blossom Festival is guaranteed to be a good time for all.

For more information, contact Larry Hanson with the Brown County Democrat at 317-418-7771 or email lhanson@bcdemocrat.com. To register in the Brown County Lions Club Spring Blossom Parade, go to http://e­clubhouse.org/sites/browncounty.