Watermelon Park Fest!
Schedule Page

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Monday September 19

The park is closed to all campers on Monday September 19 only. Park will let people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

 

Tuesday Sept. 20

9 am Park opens The Park will begin letting people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

Early arrival camping in the park

Wednesday Sept. 21

Early arrival camping in the park.

Thursday Sept. 22

5-6 pm Southern Brewed Bluegrass Band Main Stage Join Southern Brewed winners of the 2015 Band Watermelon Park Fest Band Competition as they open up the Festivities.


6:15-7:15 pm David and Mason Via. Main Stage


7:30– 8:45 pm Wild Ponies Main Stage. Sponsored by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.


9:00-10:30 pm Bruce Molsky's Mountain Drifters Main Stage


10:30 -Midnight The Woodshedders Dance Tent


Friday Sept. 23

11 am-noon Mike Wards everybody Jam 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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Noon-1 pm David and Mason Via Dance tent. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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1:30-2:15 pm Bruce Molsky Fiddle 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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3:15-4:30 Colebrook Road Main Stage
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2:30-3-30 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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4:30-5:30 Sam Bush Workshop Dance Tent. Sam Bush played at Watermelon Park Fest in 1972 and 73 with Newgrass Revival. We will be asking him about Bluegrass Festivals in the 1970's. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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4:45-5:45 The Honey Dewdrops Main Stage
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6-7 Taarka Main Stage
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7:15-8:30 Sierra Hull Main Stage
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8:30-9:00 Those three guys Riverside Stage
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9-10:30 The Sam Bush Band Main Stage
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10:30- Midnight Black Masala Dance tent
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Saturday September 24th

11:45 am-12:45 pm Flatfoot Workshop with Jan Scopel Dance tent.TBC 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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Noon- 1 pm Picking Contest Side Stage. Info. coming
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Noon-2 Watermelon Boat Float Build 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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1-2 pm Songwriters Workshop with Dori Freeman, Forest O"Connor and Kate Lee, Dance Tent
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1-3 pm Band Contest Riverside 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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2 pm Watermelon Boat Float Concert area. 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. 2:15 pm
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2:30-3:30 Mark and Maggie O"Connor workshop Dance Tent
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3:30-4:30 Dori Freeman Main Stage
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4:00-4:45 David Grisman workshop Dance Tent. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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4:45-5:45 Furnace Mountain Main Stage
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6:15-7:30 Mark O'Conner Family Band Main Stage
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8-9:30 David Grisman Sextet Main Stage
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9:45-11 pm Town Mountain Main Stage
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10:30 - Midnight The Revelers Dance tent:
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Sunday September 25th

11-12 am Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes Dance Tent. This will be the band you do not want to miss! Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife Program.