The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival kicks off Friday, March 24 at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington. This is a biannual acoustic music event that occurs each March and November and is celebrating its 26th production this spring.
“Our spring 2017 festival is timed out perfectly for our all-star lineup. Sideline and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show will be at the festival for their very first time, and both have new CDs gaining steam nationwide. Two-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers return to the Roberts Centre and they, too, have just released a new recording, their best to date, with all original songs. Festival favorites Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out stop by in the middle of the band’s 25th anniversary tour. Flatt Lonesome returns after winning a trophy case full of awards from IBMA and SPBGMA over the past six months,” said festival producer Joe Mullins.
Festival doors open Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. with performances by host band and 2016 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year winners Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Centerville High School’s Alternative Strings Orchestra; Heidi & Ryan; Sideline; IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year winners Flatt Lonesome; and the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry Dailey & Vincent.
The award-winning talent continues on Saturday, March 25, with performances by The Wayfarers; Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out; and The Gibson Brothers
In addition to two full days of award-winning music, there will be a Jam Session Central area for pickers and everyone will have an opportunity enter to win door prizes and raffle prizes, including a Deering Goodtime banjo, commemorative quilt, and tickets to the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Classic.
An instrument check, food, and various vendors offer value-added extras to all attendees in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. Guests can shop for everything from instruments and musicians accessories to jewelry. The Roberts Centre also includes a Holiday Inn hotel, Max and Erma’s Restaurant, and RV parking.
Advance ticket sales are available through March 18; general admission passes are $35 for one day or $65 for two days. Ticket sales resume at the door during the festival at 10 a.m. daily for $5 more. General admission seating for children 16 and under is free with an adult ticket purchase. Tickets are available now at www.somusicfest.com or by calling the box office at 937-372-5804.
Submitted by Joe Mullins, Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival.