We are proud and pleased to announce the first annual Bellbrook Jamboree. This festival will be taking place May 16-18, 2008. We are located just outside of Dayton, OH in Bellbrook along the Little Miami River. This weekend event will feature national, regional and local Bluegrass and Americana artists. We aim to provide the greater Miami Valley and Tri-State area an opportunity to go to an outdoor festival that will be fun and at the same time remain intimate. The festival is taking place on the grounds of the Bellbrook Canoe Rental and they will be offering discounted canoe rental rates for all attending the festival. In addition to the music and canoeing, we will have vendor’s selling great food and various goods.
Our musical lineup is filled with amazing talent. Headlining our Friday evening is Josh Ritter. Josh is a talented songwriter whose latest album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter dropped this past fall and it is a great example of his overabundance of skill as a lyricist. Rounder recording artist Dry Branch Fire Squad will bring their Dayton roots and old time Bluegrass to our stage on Friday as well. Rounding out Friday will be Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, the Mt. Pleasant String Band, Jetts Creek and Wes Tirey.
Saturday evening boasts a stellar lineup featuring The Dan Tyminski Band. Many of you may be familiar with Dan’s work alongside Alison Krauss in Union Station. Dan also had a part in the historic resurgence of Bluegrass music as he was the voice of "The Man of Constant Sorrow" on the legendary soundtrack to the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?. We are proud to have Dan’s bandmate Ron Block playing our festival as well. Ron has recently released a new album entitled Doorway. Ron will be bringing some great players with him including the young mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull. King Wilkie, who is named after Bill Monroe’s horse, will be gracing our stage Saturday evening. These young men have quickly established themselves as a force in the Americana arena. Their newest album Low Country Suite blends American roots music of all types. Rounding out Saturday is national touring artist The Farewell Drifters and regional acts; Moonshine Drive, Jake Brown & Blueline ,the Wild Breed Boys and Jordan Hull.
Sunday will feature two sets of traditional Gospel music. Jetts Creek will kick things off early on Sunday morning followed by The Anita Fisher Band. The Anita Fisher Band features Ray Deaton and their debut album was nominated for a grammy in 2005. Sunday will also feature Kate Lamont & Blueprintmusic as well as locals McCoy Grass. The rest of Sunday’s lineup is as of yet undetermined.
We strive to bring our audience the best in Bluegrass and Americana. We want to give up and coming bands in our region an opportunity to play in front of their peers and alongside their favorite bands. We hope that what we are doing will be something that people can bring their entire families to, from grandkids to grandparents and everyone in between. We are constantly updating our website please visit us as www.bellbrookjamboree.com. Thanks and we hope to see you in May.