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Ohio River Valley Folk Fest
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(April 2011) – Americana music will be the theme for a Pub Crawl to kick off the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival music events for 2011. The festival is May 20-22 on the Madison, Ind., riverfront. The Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 4 p.m. in downtown Madison.

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“The Ohio River Valley Folk Festival is more than just a once-a-year event,” said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer. “We see our mission as more of a partnership in a larger, long-term plan to help develop Madison into a cultural destination. The festival organizers do this by hosting several events throughout the year, not only as fundraisers to support the actual festival, but also to keep the festival’s profile high and in the forefront of people’s attention as one of the primary reasons to come and explore all that Madison has to offer.”
The Folk Festival Pub Crawl features a variety of musical styles performed at four different locations in Madison. The Pub Crawl audience will not need to drive between locations because the Madison Trolley will chauffeur them between performances. Many of the musicians entertaining for the Pub Crawl are also scheduled to perform at the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival scheduled for the following month.
Mickey Clark will lead off the event at the Riverboat Inn. Participants will then ride the trolley to JoeyG’s Restaurant for a 6 p.m. performance by the Slick River Rockets. Dinner will be available for purchase at that performance site.
The third stop will be a performance by BlueGrazz Junction at the Thomas Family Winery. Band leader Bill Lancton is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the Midwest and was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame for his guitar work.
The final Pub Crawl stop will be at the Historic Broadway Hotel and Tavern for a performance by singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis, who was named “Premier Male Vocalist” five times by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Ohio River Valley Folk festival Committee is selling Pub Crawl wristbands for $20. The cost includes all four performances, plus the trolley shuttle. But there is a better deal available for lovers of Americana music. Anyone wanting to become a member of the Ohio River Valley Folk Music Society would receive a Folk Festival wristband in addition to the Pub Crawl wristband. Anyone becoming a member of the Folk Music Society before the Pub Crawl would receive free admission to the Pub Crawl and the festival.
Memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for businesses and include the right to display a banner at the festival.
“Besides the Pub Crawl Fundraiser,” Ziesemer said, “we also hold a ‘Half-way to Folk Fest’ celebration in November each year as a ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors and members who have supported the festival for that year. At this event we offer them opportunities to make that commitment for the next year, as well as recruiting new sponsors and members to help build the festival into the best it can be.”

• To become a member or for more information, email Greg Ziesemer at greg@gregzmusic.com. Membership forms also are available at the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Center.

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