2nd Annual Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam Kicks off Friday
September 16, 2013, Atlanta, IL- Festival founders Misty Bell and Hannah Bowersock have announced the second annual Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam will kick off this Friday, September 20th at Hickory Lane Campground east of Atlanta.
With the jam’s previous home at the Lincoln Railsplitter Festival no longer an option due to its cancellation, the continuation of the festival was questionable. But with a new home, bigger entertainment and an overall better environment, the festival planners are excited to man the gates of Hickory Lane and welcome pickers of all skill levels to join in the fun.
Hickory Lane Campground, east of I-55 and Route 66 near Atlanta, is pleased to be hosting the event. Owned by the Goodman family, the grounds offer ponds for pay fishing, play area for children, horseshoe pits, ample camping sites, including tent as well as full hook-ups, an inside show arena, ample parking and a beautiful, natural setting.
Festival planners have filled the grounds with vendors, 1800s-style demonstrators, tomahawk throwing, Sunday country worship service, draft horse demonstration, informal jam sites and stage time for those interested.
The Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam is planned annually in honor of Dan Tackett of Lincoln, A long-time employee of Logan County’s only print paper, The Courier, Dan Tackett has also been known in the local bluegrass scene for the past 20-plus years. Now with a year of retirement under his belt, he turns more of a focus to the music he loves. Festival founders, who are his daughter and granddaughter, felt giving him a festival in his honor locally was only fitting.
“My dad has continued to go to bluegrass festivals all over Illinois, Indiana and beyond, so I just wanted him to be able to invite all his pickin’ friends to enjoy the place he calls home,” said Bell.
“All we ask is that you have a smile on your face,” Tackett said in inviting musicians of every skill levels to join in the weekend of fun.
Festival gates open at 5p.m. on Friday with informal jams throughout the evening as people continue to roll in, set up camp or just stroll the grounds. Saturday the festival will be open at 11:00 a.m. with the continuation of informal jams, vendors, concessions, tomahawk throws, demonstrations and more throughout the day.
Stage time at the Hickory Lane Arena will also be available with a sign-up sheet located by the entrance. Musicians are encouraged to bring their own group of pickers to perform. Dan Tackett & Friends will perform at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday with Bubbly Creek Bluegrass from Chicago taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The band’s website, www.bubblycreekbluegrass.com, boasts about this great young band that takes their name from the infamous South branch of the Chicago River, The Bubbly Creek Bluegrass band brings together a group of seasoned pickers and singers.
Collectively they come from the plains of Oklahoma, mountains of North Carolina, hollows of Missouri and cityscapes of Detroit and Chicago. Their love and reverence of traditional, hard-driving bluegrass music is evident not only in the songs they choose, but how they present them. From twin fiddling, dark Kentucky mandolin and high-lonesome harmonies to honky-tonk dobro and banjo breakdowns, Bubbly Creek is truly in motion.
Saturday will wind down with night fishing sponsored by Hickory Lane Campground, as well as some pickin’ around the campfire.
Sunday, again the festival will open the gates at 11:00 a.m, with a country worship service led by Ken Wise and will finish up with Dan Tackett & Friends taking the stage to wrap things up from 2 to 3 p.m.
For admission cost, additional information regarding sponsorships, volunteering, becoming a vendor or getting stage time, please contact Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-871-0388. Up-to-date information can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/DanTackettBluegrassJam.
To reserve a camping site, please contact Hickory Lane Campground at 217-648-2778.