The fifth annual Burton’s Bend Music festival will be returning with the favorite cast of performers and some new faces.
The festival will be held on August 8th and 9th at the Holbrook Central Plains Development Center. Organizer Chris Whipple said “this year, we have our Burton’s Bend ‘cast’, and they are basically the nucleus of the festival, they are the ones that helped get it started, they came for basically next-to- no pay. We’ve kind of formed that family.” Her cast of regulars includes Janet McBride, Alexa Whipple, Tex and Mary Schutz, and Cindy Boehler.
“Each year, we try to add something new, a new element. We got two really good editions to the festival this year. We have the Prowell family band… and the Punches Family Band,” said Whipple.
The Prowell Family Band comes from Kansas with mom - Cynthia, Dad – Scott, and daughters-Sadie and Emma. Whipple said they “they do a lot of original bluegrass, folk, in fact a good part of their music are originals.” Whipple added that the Prowell Family Band was nominated “The Best Gospel Band 2014” in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Punches Family Band hails from Missouri has four children who perform with their parents. “We always like to have the bluegrass element of superb instrumentals which you find a lot in bluegrass music.”
“We are also featuring The Davis Boys, they were known as Elementary last year; they are just young kids out of Alma. The bass guitar player went off to college and the two younger members have stayed true to their passion and they call themselves The Davis Brothers now.” They sing many different genres including country, bluegrass, but also classic rock.
“We’re going to have fun theme shows this year. One of our theme shows is rock n’ roll from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. We’re also going to do a theme show that focuses on the Europeans origins of music that include Celtic, and some cowboy music, and yodeling. Our theme shows are in a “Grand Ole Opery” fashion. We have a stage full of singers and musicians and you go round-robin.”
They are hosting an all-gospel Friday night which they call Gospel Rocks. “This is our second year, and we’re hoping to make it a big success.” Whipple hopes to fill the whole balcony this year during the gospel show. She hopes the show will appeal to local area youth or church groups and will be offering a group discount.
Saturday night will be a concert featuring the headliner groups. The activities start at 10 a.m. each day
Whipple says she comes in contact with these performers “We were exposed enough by taking Alexa to all these traditional country and bluegrass festivals. We met many, many artists and musicians…. we asked “if we put on a festival, will you come help us out?’ And that’s how the festival started out.” Whipple said that Mary Schutz of “Tex & Mary” was her go-to-gal when it came to planning a festival. Schutz had been...........to read the rest of this story, subscribe to the Arapahoe Public Mirror. Call 962-7261 to get your subscription started.