Grass on the Black, the Medford Area’s Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for July 9-10

This weekend, July 9 and 10, 2022, the Medford community will hold what they hope will become an annual event held each year the weekend after the Fourth of July.
Grass on the Black, the Medford-area Bluegrass festival, hopes to attract both current bluegrass fans and newcomers who want to experience this prominent American musical phenomenon with its choppy banjo, three- and four-part harmonies, and toe-tapping melodies. And singing along. Harmonies. The high-energy musical genre blends traditional English, Scottish, and Irish ballads and dance music with the traditions of African-American spirituals, and has its birthplace in rural Appalachia in the 1940s. Elements of gospel, folk, and country music are also evident.
Marilyn Frank, owner of Marilyn’s Fire Station located in downtown Medford, has partnered with the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Medford, and other local businesses and sponsors of the Medford community, to create the festival that will showcase bluegrass music throughout the city of Medford over the weekend. The Black River flows through downtown Medford, hence the name of the festival.
Participating venues for Grass on the Black, the Medford-area Bluegrass festival, on Saturday 9 July include Marilyn’s Fire Station, 8th Street Saloon, Uncommon Ground, Cravings, Old School Saloon, 64 North, Hacienda, and Gray Dog.
Medford Motors will provide shuttle service to various places in the city, and Krug Bus Service will provide transportation to and from Hacienda and 64 North. In addition to bands outside under tents (where possible), line dance classes and performances such as square dance calls will be shown.
The downtown area of ​​Medford will close streets, and food trucks will operate on Willen Street: Merget’s Mouthwatering Mayhem, Everythang Tacos, The Brunch Box and Big Papa BBQ. Out of town, the Cravings food truck will be at 64 North, and will also serve their regular menu for this event. All locations will provide on-site dining and/or bar. Grandpa Choo Choo Popcorn and Kiwanis Sno-Cones will also be downtown.
Sunday mornings will include more bluegrass at 8:00 a.m. at Uncommon Ground and at 10:00 a.m. at Hacienda, and Marilyn’s Fire Station will put on bloody Mary shows.
More than a dozen bands/groups will perform 17 music groups between Saturday and Sunday. Sewer Pigeon, The Good Time Gals, The Ottersons, The Blue Drifters, Doug Kroening, Central WI Line Dancers, Fennec Fox, Tuck Pence, Hemlock Chasers, Jared Hubbard, Dave Walters, Old Pine Road, Foragers.
Organizers hope Grass on the Black will become an annual tradition in the summertime in Medford, and next year’s event has already been scheduled for July 8-9, 2023.

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