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5th Annual Bluegrass Festival

If you're up for a toe-tapping good time, head on over to the MPEC for the 5th Annual Bluegrass Festival.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers gives us an exclusive listen of what you can expect at the music fest that's bringing in crowds from across state lines.

"Anybody who really likes music. Who really likes bluegrass music. Everyone here likes to hear live music. It's indoors so you can't complain about the heat. Anybody who wants to have a good time and wants to go someplace where it's nice and cool," Parks and Recreation program director Amy McKim said.

Seven bands will perform at this year's Bluegrass Festival.

Most coming from either Oklahoma, Texas or Missouri.

The show is put on by the Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department, which means all the funds are helping the community and to carry on the tradition.

"It all stays here in Wichita Falls. It funds our programs and pays for bands to come in. We already have bands booking for next year so that is definitely exciting to know there are new people already interested," McKim said.

Texoman Carl Josephy is in the Star Canyon Band.

They've been around for 21 years, he's going on his fifth year playing with them.

"Bluegrass is so unique. It is all acoustical instruments most of the time with exception to electrical bass because it's easier to pack," Josephy said.

There are four parts in his band. Josephy's specialty is the mandolin.

"It's raw. Whatever you put into it is what you get out of it. You can't rely on any electronics to get sounds, in other words if it comes out of a guitar or banjo or bass it is what it is it shows," he said.

Star Canyon Band performs about 15 shows a year.

The Bluegrass scene, in general, has quite a following, with fans traveling from festival to festival just to see their favorite acts.

Last year up to 3,000 people turned out to our event and this year, they are hoping for even more.

"Every seat filled to capacity. I hope we have a lot of people out here who have never heard bluegrass music before and that they would take an interest in it, especially the youth. Get them involved in it to keep on the music tradition because this is basically an art form," Josephy said.

The Bluegrass Festival is going on tonight until 10 and then tomorrow from 10 to 10.

It's $8 for one day, $10 for both.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

 

 

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