Third Annual Ferdinand Folk Festival to be Held Saturday, September 15
Music festival continues to be family-friendly, free, and will feature former Men at Work front man Colin Hay
The third annual Ferdinand Folk Festival will be held Saturday, September 15, in Ferdinand’s beautiful 18th Street Park. The music festival is free, environmentally- and family-friendly, and will feature a large art and educational market which will offer handmade art items and educational information/demonstrations regarding the creation of vibrant communities and a maintaining a sustainable environment. New to this year’s Ferdinand Folk Festival is the ZipLine Adventure—a thrilling 135’ zipline ride! Detailed information can be found at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com.
The central attention of the Ferdinand Folk Festival is the music, and this year’s lineup is quite an impressive mix of international, national, regional, and local highly-acclaimed and award-winning artists: Colin Hay, Adam Hood, Daddy (the duo), Vandaveer, Andrea Wirth, and Beau Troesch.
COLIN HAY, www.colinhay.com: Perhaps most well-known for his multi-platinum career with the band Men at Work and for their mega-hits “Down Under”, “Who Can It Be Now?”, and “Overkill”, the Scottish-born and Australian-raised Colin Hay has worked incredibly hard since the late 1980s to forge a strong solo career. Eleven solo albums later (and several famous stops on the hit television show “Scrubs”) and what he describes as “hand-to-hand combat” to build a new audience, Hay will headline the third annual Ferdinand Folk Festival.
ADAM HOOD, www.adamhood.com: Adam Hood, who gave a solo performance at the Folk Festival’s announcement party on January 28, will bring his full band back to Ferdinand to be a part of the Folk Festival. Hailing from Opelika, Alabama, Hood’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack and the Eli Young Band. He has toured with country music sensation Miranda Lambert and both of his full-length albums have been produced by Grammy-winning and multi-platinum producer Pete Anderson (of Dwight Yoakam fame).
DADDY (the duo—Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack), www.willkimbrough.com, www.tommywomack.com: A self-described musical experience layered in juke-joint blues, swampy-groove country, a lot of rock-n-roll, with a couple of stops in gospel and beat-poet territory, Daddy, a duo comprised of Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, will make their way to Ferdinand via Nashville. This is a return engagement for Mr. Kimbrough, who was one of the first Folk Festival’s main stage performers in 2010.
VANDAVEER, www.vandaveer.net: Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and currently camped out in the nation’s capital, Vandaveer offers up melodic Americana that is both haunting and easy, forlorn and welcoming—with stories as universal as the songs they inhabit. Vandaveer shapeshifts from studio to stage and back with a revolving cast of characters (aside from Mark Charles Heidinger), most prominent among them Rose Guerin. Having toured nationally since 2007, Vandaveer has played nearly 500 shows throughout the United States and Europe and are currently working on their fourth full-length album.
ANDREA WIRTH, www.facebook.com/andrea.wirth: Evansville’s Andrea Wirth played two fifteen minute sets on the Folk Festival’s Market Stage last year. During that time, she managed to sell more merchandise than all of the other Market Stage artists combined. She is an amazing presence with a fantastic voice and a very dedicated following in the Evansville region.
BEAU TROESCH: The lone truly local performer, Ferdinand’s own Beau Troesch’s performance is also a return engagement, as he kicked off the first Ferdinand Folk Festival in 2010. Troesch’s blend of original songwriting, acoustic guitar, and harmonica hearkens back to the spirit of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
A handicapped-accessible drop-off point will be available; additionally, there also will be ample parking for bicycles. The Ferdinand Community Center’s parking lot will be off limits (there is a wedding that evening), but the nearby Tri-County YMCA, Ferdinand Library, and Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School parking lots are available, and all are just a short walk from the 18th Street Park. Given the crowd size from last year’s event, Folk Festival organizers strongly encourage people, if able, to walk or ride bicycles to the park so that close parking is available for those that need it the most.
Guests are also encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to listen to the performances. Coolers will be allowed, however, glass bottles will be strictly prohibited.
Additional Ferdinand Folk Festival features include:
· More than 75 food, art and craft, and environmental awareness vendors (complete list of vendors and products can be found at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com/vendors/).
· Children’s activities: “Go Fish!” children’s theater; storytelling; face painting; Harmony by Hand educational programming, and more. The 18th Street Park also features top-of-the-line playground equipment, featuring rubber fall protection mats.
Songwriter’s workshop: Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack will host a songwriter’s workshop in the jam area.
Solar energy demonstration and local solar-powered home tour.
Falconry demonstration featuring numerous birds of prey.
Mutt Strutt: held on the Town’s scenic asphalt walking trails (created with an environmentally-friendly mix of used tires and asphalt), the Mutt Strutt benefits the Dubois County Humane Society. To pre-register, visithttp://www.duboiscountyhumane.org/.
The Folk Jammers Jam Area: a free, daylong opportunity to play music and learn from others. Music fans are welcome to listen to the Folk Jammers or bring their own instrument and participate. This will take place all day at the upper sheltherhouse.
The Ferdinand Folk Festival’s primary mission is to promote, through music, the health and wellness of community, culture, and environment. By bringing people together in a festive spirit, the event organizers wish to celebrate the natural beauty found here, share our neighborly values, and offer a unique venue to experience quality music, good food, and original art.
The Ferdinand Folk Festival is made possible with help from founding sponsors the Town of Ferdinand (http://www.ferdinandindiana.org/); the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce; the Dubois County Visitors Center (http://www.visitduboiscounty.com/); 100.9 FM WBDC (www.wbdc.us); and the Ferdinand News (www.ferdinandnews.com).
The Festival is sponsored by these monetary donors:
- Access Storage – www.accessstoragenow.com;
- German American – www.germanamerican.com;
- Ferdinand Farmers Insurance Group – www.ferdinandfarmersinsurance.com;
- Mobel, Inc – www.mobelinc.com;
- Psi Iota Xi – Ferdinand Chapter
- Best Home Furnishings – www.besthf.com
- Catering by Meyer – www.facebook.com/pages/Catering-by-Meyer/145727105451650;
- Circle A Food Mart – www.circle-a.com;
- Ferdinand Processing – www.ferdinandprocessing.com;
- Fleig’s Café – www.facebook.com/pages/Fleigs-Cafe/113872121973689;
- McDonald’s (Ferdinand) – www.mcindiana.com/35798/46186;
- NASCAR Club of Southern Indiana
FRIENDS OF THE FEST: Ferdinand American Legion Post 124; Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast; Krempp Lumber; Pund Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling; Tin Lizzie’s Home Décor and Gifts, LLC; and Uebelhor and Sons.
Ferdinand, Indiana, is situated in the rolling hills of southwestern Indiana just north of I-64. Local area attractions, a high quality of life, and an ideal location make Ferdinand a great place to start a business or raise a family.
Source: Bohlsen Group
Photo Credit: FLEMING ARTISTS, INC.