Music on the River throughout the summer

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Roaring River hosts bluegrass musicians every weekend

Roaring River State Park has an exciting summer planned for patrons, including Bluegrass Music at the River, as bands have come together to play at the Roaring River amphitheater throughout the summer.

Joel Topham, manager of Roaring River State Park, said the park has done events like this in prior summers, but not to this extent.

“We have actually beefed up this year what we had been doing for the bluegrass event,” he said. “We kicked this off on May 3, and it will end on Sept. 27.”

Topham said the main purpose behind the bluegrass event is that he remembers attending events like this as a child.

“My grandparents would come down here, and we would go to the bluegrass event at Roaring River,” he said. “It is something that I have a love for, and I wanted to make sure it was a continued thing here.”

Topham said there is a number of people who come down from Cassville to hear the Bluegrass bands.

“But, it is a nice thing to have near the campgrounds for our camping guests to have,” he said. “It is an added benefit to have the option to enjoy this.”

Topham said the band The Flyin Buzzards has been the organizer of the event.

“The Flyin Buzzards are the main bluegrass band that usually plays here at the park,” he said. “They were able to put together the bands who are all coming this summer.”

Topham said the bluegrass event is free for the public to enjoy, and there is no financial obligation from Roaring River State Park.

“We are not paying for any of the bands to be here — they are doing this purely from the love of playing bluegrass,” he said. “The feedback has been extremely positive, and people are really enjoying it.”

Topham said there are people that have been coming to Roaring River every summer and look forward to this event.

“We are always looking for expansions on the event,” he said. “Possibly next year we can even do a full day or weekend of a Bluegrass Festival.”

Topham said on Aug. 17, Kids Free Fishing Day, there will be at least four bands there for that day playing throughout the day.

Music starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday excluding Labor Day weekend Aug. 30 and 31.

Bands include: The Flyin Buzzards, Sugar Mountain Band, The Mayfields, Ripplin’ Creek, Dry Creek Hollow, Shuyler Valley Band, Ozark MT. Revival and the James River Drifters.

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