Watermelon Park Fest!
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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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6:00-6:15 Mason Via (Side Stage) is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter out of Danbury, NC, who is on his rise to stardom. At the moment he has just released his debut CD, "Up, Up, Up", which contains only Mason's originals.
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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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10:00-11:00 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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11:00-midnight Matt Jones and the Bobs (Dance Tent) This emerging five-piece have generated a brand new sound consisting of an eclectic singer/songerwriter merged with high energy Americana/Folk influences, and a unique upbeatness distinguished by traditional bluegrass and Appalachia mountain music.
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Friday September 25th

Friday Schedule:

Noon-12:45 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 Jen Stone Yoga (Upper concert area) Yoga with Jen Stone, Jen Stone has been practicing and teaching yoga to 4 year olds to 84 year olds for the past 20 years. No mat needed, a towel or blanket is nice.
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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 Pollinators Seed Balls (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 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 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 Seed Fling (Kids Tent) If you made a seed ball in the earlier workshop, it's time to fling it!
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3:15-4:30 The Plank Stompers/ the Plate Scrapers (Main Stage) Join us for these two up and coming local Bands to share the stage. The Plate Scrapers will go on first folowed by the Plank Stompers.
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4:45-5:45 Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap (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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5:45-6:00 Mason Via (Side Stage) is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter out of Danbury, NC, who is on his rise to stardom. At the moment he has just released his debut CD, "Up, Up, Up", which contains only Mason's originals.
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6:00-7:00 The Bumper Jacksons (Main Stage) are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers.
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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) Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own. He's also earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing, celebratory live shows
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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 The Nessie Expedition (Dance Tent) The Nessie expedition, the Japanese Bluegrass band will be joined for some Q&A by Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman. The band consists of 5 players who love to play a traditional and authentic bluegrass music since 1971.
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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. 2:15 PM
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2:00-2:45 Buds Collective (Dance Tent) 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 Watermelon Tie-Dyed Shirts (Kids Tent) Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest. 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 (Upper concert area) Yoga with Jen Stone, Jen Stone has been practicing and teaching yoga to 4 year olds to 84 year olds for the past 20 years. No mat needed, a towel or blanket is nice.
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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- 4:00 Stacey Sinclair: Instrument Petting Zoo (Kids Tent) Kids of all ages can try out some of the instruments they have seen on stage and in use at the campsite jams at Watermelon Park. Never held a fiddle before? Interested in trying a guitar or banjo? The instrument petting zoo is a chance to get first-time experience with a variety of instruments. Kids are also encouraged to bring their own instruments to the kids tent and play as well.
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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, Colebrook Road 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. The 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

9:30 A.M. Jen Stone Yoga (Upper concert area) Yoga with Jen Stone, Jen Stone has been practicing and teaching yoga to 4 year olds to 84 year olds for the past 20 years. No mat needed, a towel or blanket is nice.
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11:00 A.M.-12:00 Sunday Gospel Extravaganza with the Ingramettes and the Family of Praise (Dance Tent) Many said that Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes' performance was the best set of 2014. This year we mourn the passing of the great Maggie Ingram, and plan a house-rocking celebration of her life with her beloved Ingramettes and the Family of Praise Choir of Richmond. Trust us: You do not want to miss this! Born July 4, 1930, on Mulholland's Plantation in Coffee County, Georgia, Evangelist Maggie Ingram moved her family to Richmond in 1961, first in the home of Oliver W. Hill Sr., the prominent civil rights attorney, while joining her family in what would become the most celebrated gospel group in the city's history. The Ingramettes are quite simply gospel royalty in Richmond. In 2009 Maggie was awarded the first ever Virginia State Heritage Award, and in 2011 Maggie was awarded a doctor of music from Virginia Triumphant College and Seminary. The Ingramettes have continued to carry on Maggie's legacy and ministry, led by Maggie's daughter, the electrifying Almeta Ingram-Miller. Maggie's granddaughter, Cheryl Beaver, continues to perform with the Ingramettes as well as leading her own group, the Family of Praise. Together, these groups will celebrate Maggie in a way only they can, blessing our Dance Tent on Sunday Morning. After last year's performance, Almeta said that she felt that there was "something incredibly spiritual" about Watermelon Park. We agree, and we can't wait. Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife Program.


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