Mountain Music Fest set May 19-21

Pull up a hay bale (or bring your own folding chair) near the historic gazebo on the Iron County Courthouse lawn and enjoy some mountain music in the beautiful Arcadia Valley.

The Annual Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival kicks off on Friday, May 19 and continues through Sunday, May 21.

The festival kicks off on May 19 with “Pickin’ on the Square.”  Local musicians join professionals to perform everything from rockabilly to bluegrass to gospel. Bring your guitar, fiddle or banjo and join in. A “picker’s area” is set up for any pickers who want to jam throughout the festival. This event will continue through the summer on every Friday evening.

Headliners for this year’s festival are “Legends Together: Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Irl Hees, Dustin Frame and Clay Hess.

Tim Crouch has been playing fiddle and mandolin since he was seven and grew up playing bluegrass and country music. He has performed with country and bluegrass artists such as Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and many others.

Randy Kohrs has a long bio of big name country artists including Patty Loveless, Tom T. Hall, and Hal Ketchum, in addition to session work with Hank Williams III. As a result, Kohrs was nominated two times for Dobro Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Clay Hess first came to bluegrass prominence as guitarist with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, winning a Grammy Award during his tenure there. He is recognized as one of the finest producers and studio engineers as well as a fine songwriter and singer. He has his own band, The Clay Hess Band.

Irl Hees began his musical career with a ¼”strand of nylon clothesline on a #3 galvanized washtub. At 16, he graduated to an upright bass, and was soon playing with Kenny Cantrell, then the Midwest band “Radio Flyer.”

His band “Down the Road” entertained many for six years.

Dustin Frame on mandolin is familiar to bluegrass enthusiasts. Dustin plays with a passion and enthusiasm that is contagious and is a band member with The Clay Hess Band.

The festival also features  Ozark Mountain Harmony (formerly known Southern Grass). The group’s new name represents their beautiful home surroundings - Arcadia Valley and Fredericktown, which they are proud to represent no matter where the road may take them. The diverse talents of their many members allows them to play music that appeals to just about everyone.

Highway 36 - These four musicians out of Arkansas came together in 2015 after playing in various bands over 

the years. With Butch Suitt on guitar, Eddie Bartley on mandolin and fiddle, Randall Wyatt on banjo, and Connie Bartley on bass, a typical show will consist of hard-driving bluegrass, grassed-up country and soulful gospel.

The Ross Family - The Ross Family from Piedmont, features Justus and Charity Ross, who both play the guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and piano. The siblings began playing and singing as a duet at festivals, nursing homes, and churches. Accompanying the duo is their dad, Jeff, playing upright bass and mom, Danita, the mandolin.

Ozark Spirit Cloggers tap out high-energy dances to a fun mix of tunes on Saturday in two performances. In a non-stop, toe-tapping aerobic extravaganza, they dance to songs from today’s top 40’s, country and 50’s rock and roll. These cloggers, ranging in age from 70 plus to 40, can’t stop tapping.

Travel back in time to the Civil War by visiting the encampment of the 47th Missouri Infantry, Company E re-enactors. This unit actually camped and fought at the courthouse during the Battle of Pilot Knob.

Family Activity Area: Youngsters will find activities of special appeal which includes games, crafts and carnival rides. Reading adventures with the Ozark Regional Library will be offered. A Petting Zoo and Feed Corn Wading Pool are part of the fun. Observe and interact with local wild creatures and gorgeous wildflowers at the Arcadia Valley Trail Association’s booth.

Artisans, crafters and food vendors will be on site all weekend.


Mountain Music Festival Schedule

Friday - May 19

6 p.m. - Pickers at Gazebo and around Courthouse lawn.

Saturday - May 20

10:30 a.m. - Ozark Mountain Harmony

11:30 a.m. - Ross Family

12:30 p.m. - Ozark Spirit Cloggers

12:45 p.m. - Hwy 36 Bluegrass

1:45 p.m. - Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess, Irl Hees, Dusty Frame and Tim Crouch

2:45 p.m. - Ozark Spirit Cloggers

3:00 p.m. - Ozark Mountain Harmony

4:00 p.m. - Ross Family

5:00 p.m. - Hwy 36 Bluegrass

6:00 p.m. - Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess, Irl Hees, Dusty Frame and Tim Crouch

Sunday - May 21

Noon - Ozark Mountain Harmony

1:15 p.m. - Ross Family

2:30 p.m. - Hwy 36 Bluegrass

There is an area set up especially 

for all pickers that want to jam. 

Bring your instruments!