2015   MUSIC  FESTIVALS  2015

Ron’s Best Festivals Picks for 2015

April 23 - 25    North Platte Country Bluegrass Show
Lincoln County Fairgrounds, North Platte NE. All shows indoors
http://npcountrybluegrassfestival.weebly.com/


May 21-24    Back Forty Bluegrass Festival,  Curryville Mo      
lots of big name groups, camping available. Same quality of big name entertainers as Starvey Creek but not a huge crowd.  backfortybluegrasspark.com  

June 11 - 13  Prairie Lake Pickin Party, Holton KS 
Only 120 miles from Omaha, no charge except camping fee, Beautiful park on a lake, shows in evening  and always good jams. Good laid back medium size group.  Sponsor is Kansas Prairie Pickers-good friendly folks    KPPA music .org

June 19 & 20  Brown County Breakdown Festival, Fairview KS 
110 miles south of Omaha. Indoor festival w A/C, minimal charge, good camping and jamming. Good small festival.  http://browncountybluegrassfestival.com/

June 25 - 28  Wahoo Country Music Show
close to Omaha   Mostly country music but there is a lot of jamming and partying with bluegrass involved.     http://wahoocountrymusicshow.com/       

July 1 - 5     Sally Mountain Show,  Queen City Mo 
 20 miles west of Kirksville
Big name entertainment, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey Vincent, Driven, James King Band etc
Great camping, jam all day and night, good cheap food and no beverage restrictions.
Always a good seat for shows.  This is the one show you need to get to.  Just ask Earl! www.sallymountainshow.com

July 2-4 Starvey Creek,   Conway Missouri  
If you just want to be entertained, this is great but the crowd is very large and camping is minimal. There will be over 1,000 RVs and campers as early as a week before the show!
Springfield is 25 minutes away with plenty of rooms.   starveycreek.com

July 17-19 Pickin on the Plains,  Colby Ks (far west Kansas) 
Always good shows and jamming. Can get hot in July.   111rd Tyme Out will perform this year. Can get hot in late July. Pickinontheplains.com   


Cancellation - The Backwater Festival scheduled for Aug. 14 - 16 has been cancelled

Sept. 3 - 6  Back Forty Bluegrass Festival, Curryville Mo  
Two festivals. The September festival has 5 superpower big name acts. If you want to see big name groups, this will be the best place to go this year within 500 miles of Omaha . Good camping and not a huge crowd as it is at Starvey Creek.
 backfortybluegrasspark.com  

September 5 & 6  AppleGrass Festival - sponsored by Ditmars Orchard   - Council Bluffs, IA
Saturday: 6:00 Sandy Creek Pickers 7:30 Toasted Ponies
Sunday: 6:00 The Rivertown String Band 7:30 Four Mile Creek 
$10 for a ONE day pass or $15 for TWO day pass
Kids 12 & under free
Bring your lawn chairs, flashlights, sunscreen and bug spray, and enjoy the music! No pets, drugs, and alcohol allowed. Concessions and vendors available.   Link


Sept 16-20  Walnut Valley Festival,  Winfield Ks  
National Flat Pickin Contest

Jamming paradise, 24-7 party, super big crowd, forget about camping unless you go two weeks early. The Woodstock of acoustic music. Great all day workshops in town during the festival. Go at least once. You won’t forget it. Try motels in surrounding towns.  
http://www.wvfest.com/


Sept 17-19 Starvey Creek , Conway Missouri If you just want to be entertained, this is great but the crowd is very large and camping is minimal. There will be over 1,000 RVs and campers as early as a week before the show!
Springfield is 25 minutes away with plenty of rooms. http://starvycreek.com/


October 2-4 Old Time Rural Music Gathering Indoor country music festival at Christensen Field in Fremont,Ne Stage shows all day Friday and Saturday Small country show but good country jamming.  http://ntcma.net/old-time-rural-music-gathering.php

October 29-31  Honey Creek Bluegrass Festival, Moravia Ia.(Honey Creek State Park on North Shore of Lake Rathbun. This is a 5 star resort, on the lake. Super plush accommodations. Check it out on the web. Great restaurant and bar. Party and jam all night after the shows. Sponsored by BMAI ( Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa)  http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com/HoneyCreek.html



Nov 27 & 28 Thanksgiving Weekend in Marshalltown Iowa. 
Northeast of Des Moines 2.5 hours from Omaha
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado are the main act. Super band and they will jam with you after the shows!  BMAI Festivals on the web. www.iowabluegrassmusic.com

January 8 - 10, 2016 SPBGMA Award Show 
Jefferson City Missouri at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Very classy place with special room rate of $77.00 per night. Many big name acts like Rhonda Vincent and Bull Harman. Workshops. Gospel show on Sunday morning.. Multiple jams going all the time and all night for bluegrass and country. See website for more complete details.
http://www.spbgma.com/assets/spbgma-mdwstprogram2015.pdf




See this and other BMAI Festivals on the web  www.iowabluegrassmusic.com






Upcoming Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festivals/Events

Great Plains Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
Omaha, Nebraska