Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Brooke Aldridge & Rachel Renee Johnson
Dan Paisley & Southern Grass
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Dixie Bee Liners
Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Katie Wilson & The Two Time String Band
Mac McHale & Radio Gang
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Travelin' McCourys
Jens Kruger & Michael Cleveland
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Jim Gaudett & the Railroad Boys
The second annual Songwriter's Competition promises to be bigger and more important than it was last year. The rules for the contest can be found here, but all songs have already been submitted, the winner chosen by a committee of Connecticut Songwriter's Association members, professional writers, and bluegrass industry professionals in order to permit sending the song to competition bands for them to include in their own presentations.
In addition to the Songwriter's Competition, a special opportunity to participate in Song Writer Master Seminar facilitated by Louisa Branscomb and involving Donna Ulisse in helping with the final group song on Sunday. This extra charge event ($25.00) offers aspiring song writers the opportunity to work together with two major professional singer/songwriters to enhance their own song writing skills in a group setting as well as to develop a group song that will be performed by Donna Ulisse from the main stage on Sunday.
Podunk is truly a kid and family friendly festival. From three different participatory music activities for children and teenagers to structured activities, the swimming pool, and family films in the evening, Podunk offers a huge variety of fun-filled activities for children. The Podunk main stage is located in dead center field of a baseball facility. In the dugout on the third base side of home plate a number of supervised creative and playful children's activities are available all day long. The grounds are spacious enough to permit families to set up low sun protection for their children to the rear on the sides which protect children from too much sun. The swimming pool provides a cool respite for all.
Podunk has consistently shown a preference for craft vendors offering attractive and interesting crafts along with a t-shirt vendor making silk screen shirts to order that are among the most attractive to be found at any festival. Food vendors lean towards the more healthy side with fewer deep fried offerings than many other festivals. The Podunk system requires people purchasing from the food vendors to buy scrip money from the Podunk Bank. Unspent Podunk Del'ars can be redeemed until 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon, and in past years have been usable the next year. There are also commercial vendors as well as Todd's Musical Petting Zoo, which provides instruments for people to try out.
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