By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
There’s gonna be some pickin’.
There’s gonna be some twang.
Your boots are gonna beat the pavement in time to some swingin’, down-home music.
And it’s all because the sixth edition of the Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival kicks off tonight.
Salt Creek will be the first band to hit the concert stage from 7:30-8:15 p.m. tonight.
They will be followed by Mountain Drive from 8:25-9:10.
The final band to perform tonight is Southern Sun, who take center stage from 9:20-10:10 p.m.
Then on Friday, music lovers can bring their chairs beginning at noon.
The first musician to take the stage Friday will be Megan Sasko Hinkle, and she will belt out her tunes until about 12:40 p.m. A second performance is slated for Friday night, after the dinner break, from 6-6:40.
At 12:50 p.m., the Dixie Ryders will perform until 1:30 p.m., then will offer a second performance Friday night from 6:50-7:30 p.m.
From 1:40-2:25 p.m., Virgil Bowlin & Peerless Mountain will take the stage to perform, then will again return to the stage for another performance from 7:40-8:25 p.m.
Common Bond will then perform from 2:35-3:20 p.m. and again from 8:35-9:20.
Common Bond is also slated to give two performances Friday — the first begins at 2:35 and ends at 3:20 p.m. The second show will be from 8:35-9:20 Friday night.
The 23 String Band will perform Friday afternoon from 3:30-4:20, then again Friday night from 9:30-10:20.
Darrell Scott & the Brothers will finish out both the afternoon and evening shows. The group first performs from 4:30-5:20, then again from 10:30-11:20.
A dinner break is scheduled for 5:20-6 p.m.
Saturday also promises to be packed full of Bluegrass favorites.
The first group to take the stage Saturday morning is the Whitley County Colonel Strings, which performs from 11:10-11:50 a.m.
The rest of the musicians on the Saturday schedule will be performing two times that day.
At noon, Duty Free will take the stage and perform until 12:40. Then Duty Free comes back to the stage from 6-6:40 p.m.
Jett’s Creek is scheduled to perform in the afternoon from 12:50-1:30, then again Saturday night from 6:50-7:30.
The group Tidalwave Road will also have two performances on Saturday — the first kicks off at 1:40 p.m. and runs through 2:25 p.m. The group’s second performance will be 7:40-8:25 Saturday night.
Southern Sun performs next, with a show in the afternoon from 2:35-3:20, and then an evening performance from 8:35-9:20.
The next group slated for dual performances is IIIrd Tyme Out. This group will take the stage from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Saturday, then again after dinner from 9:30-10:20.
The final band slated for the afternoon and evening performances is the Lonesome River Band. They first play from 4:30-5:20, then again from 10:30-11:20 that night.
But music isn’t the only entertainment offered at the Sally Gap Festival.
There are three evening workshops planned. On Friday beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a guitar workshop. On Saturday at 6 p.m. is a shape-note singing workshop, followed by a mandolin workshop at 7.
The kids aren’t left out — there are plenty of activities scheduled for children, including hay rides, face painting, inflatables and workshops. Children’s workshops are free at the festival, and participating youngsters will build a Bluegrass instrument and get a free T-shirt. Those children are also taught a song, which they will get to perform during the dinner break.
Tickets are available at the gate, and those prices are as follows:
If you plan to stay for the weekend with a camper or an RV, the cost is $55. To attend for the weekend the cost is $40. If you only plan to attend for one day, Thursday’s gate price is $10, and for Friday or Saturday, the gate price is $20.
Youth aged 13 and over are $5 per day — children 12 and under are free.
With any ticket purchase, organizers say “rough camping” is free.
To get to the festival on 1,500 acres of land for the event, follow these step-by-step directions:
—Take I-75 to Exit 11 and turn east on KY 92 (right if you’re northbound, left if southbound).
—Go through the first stoplight.
—Turn left at the second stoplight.
—Turn right at the next stoplight, continuing on KY 92.
—Travel approximately six miles on KY 92.
—The festival is on the left, and signs will be posted.
For more information about the three-day event, check out the website at sallygapbgfestival.com.