Join us for the 16th annual W.M.B.M.A. Mayfest Bluegrass Festival!
This year we've got another great line-up of regional and local bands, featuring the great bluegrass band Danny Paisley And The Southern Grass
We're in our 16th year of providing great, family-friendly entertainment in West Michigan and we hope you'll help us make our 16th annual Mayfest an equally great success.
The West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association is holding Mayfest 2011 at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, Mi. For information on how to reach the fairgrounds, please visit the website of the Kent County Fairgrounds by clicking on the image below with the stars circling around it:
We're holding a potluck dinner on Thurs., May 19 starting at 6pm, with a jam session immediately following. (The jam session is open to all pickers.) Bring a dish to pass and your own drinks and table service and join us for the feast!
For a complete schedule of the events that start on Fri., May 20, including the list of bands, just click this link: festival schedule.
This year's headliner:
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. It is music borne of the vibrant old time southern fiddle bands, as well as the lonesome moans of the backwoods mountain blues. The instruments blaze with energy while the songs reveal a paradoxical, desperate sadness anchoring the music squarely in the classic bluegrass tradition. Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass combine those forces with a drive and energy that takes over your senses. It is music you not only hear, but feel in your gut.
Pickers, grab your instruments and join the band scramble!
On Saturday, May 21, we'll be holding the 5th bi-annual band scramble. The band scramble is proving to be hugely popular and a lot of fun. The participants and the audience alike really enjoy it.
The band scramble will be held on Saturday from 12-1:20, and you must be signed up to participate. There's a $5.00 signup fee, which goes towards the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Be sure and ask at the gate when you come in to the festival for details on signing up.
Free instrument workshops
On Saturday, May 21 we'll be having free instrument workshops in the King Building. Bring your banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin and fiddle to the King Building for some great pointers from some great pickers!
Workshops are free and there is no signup necessary. Just bring your instrument to the King building and jump right in! Consult the workshop schedule for the time of the workshop of your instrument!