Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2004

Music tents offer tunes for everyone

October 14, 2004

There will be numerous free entertainment options for music lovers at this year's Maple Leaf Festival.

As usual, the familiar country music tent will be in its normal spot on the High Street lot between the post office and the former lumberyard.

Returning for its second year will be the alternative music tent, which will be located at the south edge of the Baker University campus at Seventh and Grove streets.

Trina Schartz, one of the coordinators of the alternative music tent, said last year's debut of the new tent proved successful.

"It was very well liked last year," she said. "It's producing more and more of an interest, not just with the musicians, but the people who attend."

Schartz said the goal was to provide a variety of music -- everything from jazz and bluegrass to folk and rock -- that would appeal to a lot of people.

"We want to stretch the gamut as far as having a nice venue of music so that somebody in this tent will appeal to somebody on the street," she said.

Performances in the alternative music tent begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and run until 8 p.m. The music starts again at noon Sunday and will run through 5 p.m.

Those who enjoy the country music tent will find many of the same bands that have performed in previous years.

The country music will actually start at 7 p.m. Friday with an open jam session. Instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to take part in the session. No registration is required.

The music will continue in the country tent on Saturday beginning at noon following the completion of the parade. A 7 p.m. jam session will end the music for the day.

The country music will pick back up Sunday at 11 a.m. with gospel music before continuing with bands at noon. The day will end with a jam session beginning at 5 p.m.

Schartz said she encouraged people to take advantage of the free entertainment.

"It's a nice place to go, relax and hang out," she said. "Get your food, come in and sit down and listen to the music."

Country music tent:

Friday

7 p.m. -- open jam session

Saturday

Noon -- Almost Country

1 p.m. -- Arnie Johnson and Company

2 p.m. -- Country Classics

3 p.m. -- Good Ole Boys

4 p.m. -- The 4 B's

5 p.m. -- Stranger Creek

6 p.m. -- Country Rhythm

7 p.m. -- open jam session

Sunday

11 a.m. -- gospel music

Noon -- The 4 B's

1 p.m. -- Good Ole Boys

2 p.m. -- Country Classics

3 p.m. -- Spring Hill Band

4 p.m. -- Arnie Johnson and Company

5 p.m. -- open jam session

Alternative music tent:

Saturday

1 p.m. -- Lucas Lurray (rock)

2:15 p.m. -- Johnson Shockley (borderline bluegrass)

3:30 p.m. -- Baker Jazz Ensemble

4:45 p.m. -- Red X-travaganza featuring Jeff Jackson (country, folk, swing and everything in between)

6 p.m. -- Joe Perish (folk/country)

7:15 p.m. -- Petroglyphs (original blues, country, folk)

Sunday

Noon -- Prairie Acres (folk and bluegrass)

1 p.m. -- Ottawa Suzuki Strings

2:30 p.m. -- Steve Strickland (folk, jazz, blues)

3:45 p.m. -- Natalie Cox (folk, rock, blues)

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