FRANKFORT, IL — A truly American form of music will return to Frankfurt on July 9-10 when the Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival returns after a pandemic-related hiatus for the past two years.
The popular two-day music event is free for all ages and will feature around 20 national and regional bands on two stages in Breidert Green and Prairie Park, according to festival organizers.
For the uninitiated, bluegrass music is defined by its “southern string band music, blues, English, Irish, and Scottish traditions, and church and country music,” according to the Smithsonian Institute. The typical bluegrass band includes a five-string banjo, flat guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass.
The Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival Facebook page has lots of links to bands playing bluegrass, so be sure to check it out if you don’t know what the music sounds like.
But there will be much more than music during the festival, organizers said. There will be a kids’ tent full of activities, a jamming tent for those who want to get together and play together, workshops, food and craft vendors, and more.
Participants can also enter a raffle for a chance to win valuable guitars, a mandolin or a banjo. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25 and will be on sale during the festival. The draw is scheduled for July 10 at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival, which is a non-profit organization.
On the program this year:
- John McEuen and the Circle Band
- Robbie Fulks
- Special consensus
- Collective by the fireside
- Becky Buller Group
- Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
- Nude Blu
- barefoot movement
- Channel Station
- AJ Lee and the Blue Top
- Third Coast Bluegrass
- Rick Faris
- Miles over the mountains
- River Valley Rangers
- Fox Crossing String Band
- The Grateful String Band
- Truman’s Crest
- New Legacy
Biographies of the performers are available by following this link.
The Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Event of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
“The international recognition raised expectations just before a pandemic changed all of our lives,” said Steve Haberichter, festival founder and participating musician. “We are set back and ready to move forward. The level of musicianship we recruit will never waver, and our audience knows it.”
Of course, the Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival wouldn’t be possible without the help of nearly 100 volunteers who help with everything from setup to cleanup and everything in between.
Those interested in volunteering for the festival, becoming a sponsor or participating as a craft vendor should email [email protected]
For more information, visit the Frankfurt Bluegrass Festival website or Facebook page.