‘Alternative music tent’ added to lineup
Maple Leaf festival visitors will have music as a backdrop for the weekend's events.
As usual, the familiar country music tent will be in its normal spot on High Street between the post office and the old lumberyard. This year, an additional music tent has been added along High Street. Alternative music -- everything from rock and jazz to bluegrass -- can be heard in the tent that will be located just west of Eighth Street.
"It's good, free music," Maxine Scott, music tent volunteer, said.
The country music will start Friday night with an open jam session at 7. Instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to take part in the jam session. No registration is required.
The free live music continues all day Saturday beginning at noon, just after the completion of the grand parade. A number of area performers will be featured in both tents.
The music will continue Sunday morning. The alternative music tent kicks things off at 10 a.m., while the country music tents begins with gospel music at 11 a.m.
Scott said she expects the music to be a favorite attraction as it has been in past festivals.
"The music tent has always been a real popular place," she said. "It's always been crowded."
Country music tent:
7 p.m. -- Open jam session
Noon -- Almost Country
1 p.m. -- Country Classic
2 p.m. -- The Good Ole Boys
3 p.m. -- The Four B's
4 p.m. -- Arnie Johnson & Company
5 p.m. -- Stranger Creek
6 p.m. -- Open jame session
11 a.m. -- Open gospel music
Noon -- The Four B's
1 p.m. -- The Good Ole Boys
2 p.m. -- Country Classics
3 p.m. -- Arnie Johnson & Company
4 p.m. -- Baldwin Micellaneous Band
5 p.m. -- Bud Watts
6 p.m. -- Open jam session
Alternative music tent:
Noon -- Luca Luray (country/rock)
1:30 p.m. -- Lance Fahy (original rock/country)
3 p.m. -- Glen Stansbury (acoustic mix)
4:30 p.m. -- Cloddy Broons (celtic)
10 a.m. -- Barry Barnes (percussion, poetry)
11:30 a.m. -- Baker University jazz ensemble
1 p.m. -- Ottawa Suzuki Strings
2:30 p.m. -- Prairie Acres Band (bluegrass)
4 p.m. -- Byron James (eclectic new folk)