Ola Belle Reed, a native of Lansing, was one of America’s most acclaimed Americana songwriters and musicians. Honored by the national Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution, Ola Belle has been immortalized by such country music greats as Marty Stuart, Del McCourey and Tim O’Brien.
Sponsored by the Greater Lansing Area Development Committee, the three-day festival provides continuous concerts as well as instrumental, harmony and dance workshops on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an eclectic mix of traditional, folk, country and Celtic music by some of the region’s best-known artists.
Friday, Aug. 12
5 p.m.: Back Porch Bluegrass
6 p.m.: Whitetop Mountain Band
7 p.m.: None of the Above
8 p.m.: Ceol Leinn
Saturday, Aug. 13
Noon: The Sheets Family Band
1 p.m.: The Harris Brothers
2:15 p.m.: Tom Atkinson and Friends
3 p.m.: Big Country Bluegrass
4:15 p.m.: Wayne Henderson & The Elkville String Band
5:30 p.m.: McCumberland Gap
6:30 p.m.: None of the Above Bluegrass
7:45 p.m.: Mosier Brothers
Sunday, Aug. 14
11 a.m.: Reed Family Tribute to Ola Belle, Bud and Ralph Reed
12:30 p.m.: Jeff Mosier and the Ola Belle Reed Porchestra – featuring Rita Scott and the Phipps Farm Pickers. An eclectic mix of indigenous musical instruments and tunes all played in symphonic porch style. All musicians and singers are welcome to participate.
Sunday’s tribute to the Reed family musicians will be led by Judy Marti, claw-hammer banjo player and author of A Banjo Pickin’ Girl, an autobiography of Ola Belle Reed.
Food booths will be located in the Lansing Creeper Trail Park, the site of the festival. Lansing Volunteer Fire Department will be selling barbeque chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. The event is free. Donations are welcome.
For more information, visit the website www.olabellefest.com, call 336-977-1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.