February 27, 2017

Celebrating Root Music at 15th Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

With life being hectic and crazy for most of us, there is no shortage in the desire to take a step back to a simpler time. Some would like to actually take a step back in time, and there are places in Arkansas where you can!  Mountain View is a small picturesque Ozark town in north central Arkansas that resembles Mayberry in many ways. It has been dubbed, the “Folk Music Capital of the World.”

The town operates at a slower pace. Locals can’t go into any store without seeing neighbors and friends. The heart and action of the town take place right on the court square. Many evenings you will find groups gathered on benches, around fire pits and in Pickin’ Park playing music. Everyone gathers to enjoy the sounds of the music, the smiles and the company. Everyone is welcome to come together as friends and family.

This year, Mountain View is celebrating the American roots music we know as Bluegrass music today, by hosting the 15th Annual Mountain View Bluegrass Festival, March 9th-11th. People gather from all walks of life during the festival to take a step back in time at the Ozark Folk Center to enjoy the music of a simpler time.

The popular festival draws many big-name performers such as Larry Stephenson Band, Lonesome Ridge, Special Consensus, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Blue Highway, The Keisler Brothers Band, and Mountain View’s own, Clancey Ferguson.


{Photo courtesy of ClanceyFerguson.com}

Despite her tender age, Clancey Ferguson is widely known for her fiddle playing and powerhouse vocals. She started playing the fiddle at the age of nine and joined the Music Roots program in Mountain View. Her talent grew quickly as she was awarded the 2012 Arkansas State Junior Fiddle Champion and went on the win State awards in 2013 and 2014 as well. Being a natural performer, she loves sharing her beloved Bluegrass music with as many as she can throughout the lower states.

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Among the performers, you will find talent that has graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, received IBMA Awards, SPBGMA Awards, Dove Awards, Grammy nominations and Grammy Awards. The festival draws some of the most amazing Bluegrass talent there is.

Blue Highway

No matter what the weather is like outside, it is warm and inviting inside. With smiles on faces and music you can’t help but tap your toes to, you don’t want to miss it. The festival takes place indoors at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium. Advance reservations are strongly recommended due to the festival’s popularity. The Ozark Folk Center is a treasure of its own and worthy of a lazy afternoon of exploration of the simpler times of the past.

Why not plan to enjoy a day (or all three), while enjoying the music of our roots during the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival!

 

Amanda Fiveash

Arkansas Women Blogger member Amanda Fiveash can be found online at Our Homemade Life. Born in Arkansas, she lived in three other states before returning back home to raise my own family. Now a busy mama to three blessings, her days are spent homeschooling, cooking and making messes. She never turns down good dark chocolate and her zen time is working in the garden. Her house has been home to many types of animals, but currently they reside with kittens, our beloved golden and a domesticated hen that sleeps in the dog house.

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