The spirit of Ola Belle Reed will be alive and well this weekend in Lansing.
Bluegrass legends Jerry McCoury, Bobby Hicks and Terry Baucom will headline the 9th annual Ola Belle Reed Music Festival this weekend at the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.
The festival will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9., and will feature award winning and local musicians from the Americana, bluegrass, old time, country, Celtic and folk genres.
McCoury, Hicks and Baucom will be joined by friends including Ola Belle’s son, David Reed, along with Eric Hardin of the Troubadors. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.
Additional performers include: Big Country Bluegrass, Wayne Henderson, Charles Welch, The VW Boys, Whitetop Mountain Band, Crooked Road Ramblers, Rock Bottom Bluegrass, Time Sawyer, The Amigos Band and more. New this year are Late Night performances featuring Melissa Reaves at 10 p.m. on Friday, and The Harris Brothers at 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Ashe County native Cindy Baucom will again serve as emcee for this year’s festival. Her nationally syndicated radio show, “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” is broadcast in almost 100 markets each week and can be heard at 6 p.m. every Tuesday on 580 WKSK.
Ola Belle Reed (1916-2002), a legendary country singer and Lansing native, was an acclaimed songwriter and musician, recognized by the Smithsonian, the National Endowment of the Arts and many additional organizations. Such celebrated artists as Marty Stuart, Del McCoury and Tim O’Brien have recorded her signature song, “High on a Mountain.”
The Ola Belle Reed Music Festival is a celebration of the life and music of Reed. The festival is a community-based event and fundraiser sponsored by the Greater Lansing Area Development Committee (GLAD), a 501(c)3 organization committed to the revitalization of Lansing.
GLAD consists of community volunteers who are dedicated to this annual event in the spirit of Appalachian tradition.
Tickets for both days costs $15, while Friday only tickets are $5 and Saturday tickets are $15.
For more information and to purchase tickets online go to: http://www.olabellefest.com/. Tickets can also be purchased at the entrance to the festival. Festival organizers can also be reached by phone at 336-384-3938 and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.