The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington will be a hotbed of award-winning bluegrass talent for two full days when the spring production of The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival kicks off on Friday, March 28. This biannual acoustic music event that occurs each March and November is a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and music fans gathering to celebrate a truly American style of music.
Festival doors open Friday at 10 a.m. with performances by host band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, who just returned from their third trip to the Grand Ole Opry, the “Queen of Bluegrass” and most awarded band in the industry, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 3-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Entertainer of the Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, 2-time Grammy nominee, Dailey & Vincent, SPBGMA’s (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) 5-time Entertaining Group of the Year, Nothin’Fancy, and Mountain Faith.
The award-winning talent continues on Saturday with performances by Feller & Hill, 9-time IBMA Fiddler Performer of the Year, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, and more. Joe Mullins and Junior Sisk will partner for a special “Hall of Fame” show on Saturday night celebrating the fall release of their chart-topping album, Hall of Fame Bluegrass.
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is an excellent entertainment value. In addition to two full days of award-winning music, there will be a Jam Session Central area for pickers and everyone will have an opportunity enter to win door prizes as well as wonderful raffle prizes including a Deering Goodtime banjo, commemorative quilt, and tickets to MerleFest, one of the largest festivals in America. Friday, at Noon, and Saturday morning, at 11 a.m., guests can enjoy a special Music, Memories & Storytelling Workshop with bluegrass banjo man, Blake Williams.
An instrument check, food, and various vendors offer value-added extras to all attendees in a smoke and alcohol free environment. The Roberts Centre also includes a Holiday Inn hotel, Max and Erma’s Restaurant, and RV parking adding to the comfort and convenience of the attendees. The Roberts Centre, located twelve miles south of Xenia, five miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of US 68 and I-71, Exit 50, is convenient to fans from all over Ohio and neighboring states. This accessible location is less than an hour drive from Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus.
Media sponsorship is provided by Classic Country Radio, WBZI AM 1500 and FM100.3, WKFI AM 1090 and WEDI AM 1130, with additional sponsorship support provided by Cohen Recycling, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, Deering Banjos, and GHS Strings. For additional festival information, ticket purchases, hotel rooms and directions visit www.somusicfest.com.
Tickets are on sale now for advance purchases online or via phone. General admission tickets for children 16 and under are free with an adult purchase. Call 937-372-5804 or see www.somusicfest.com for complete ticket details. Advance ticket sales end, Tuesday, March 25, at 5 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door during the festival.