The history of bluegrass music is traced back to British and Irish immigrants who arrived in Appalachia in the 18th century and brought with them the musical traditions of their homelands. Some 300 years later, bluegrass music is alive and well and being celebrated locally in Newark at the second annual Bluegrass on Main Street event this Saturday, August 29.
Heartland Bank and the Denison University Music Department are proud partners of the event that highlights nationally recognized bluegrass musicians. The outdoor festival will take place from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm on Main Street (between Third and Fourth Streets) and tickets are available online at www.bluegrassonmain.com or on-site at the admission gates on Saturday. Free after hours music will be available, beginning at 8 p.m., in the following Newark establishments – Draft House, Sparta Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Park Place Bistro, Palumbos, Buckeye Winery and the Midland Theater.
At noon, local food trucks Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, Moe’s Original Barbeque and Steamroller Bagels will open for business. Craft beer selections from Rockmill Brewery and Granville’s Homestead Brewery will be available in the Beer Garden, which also opens at noon and remains open until 10 p.m.
In bluegrass music, as in some forms of jazz, one or more instruments takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others perform accompaniment. Don’t sing the blues about your financial future. Jazz things up and contact one of our community bankers at Heartland.