Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer - Preview

 You may begin attending Musicians Against Childhood Cancer because of its great lineup, attractvie (and partially deductible) ticket price, and convenient location, but after you've been once you return because you come to believe, passionately, in the cause and your ability to help support it through music. The gates to the MACC campground at Hoover-Y park just outside Columbus, OH on Sunday, July 15 and the music begins at 1:00 PM on Wednesday and continues until around midnight on Saturday night.  It's a traditional bluegrass lineup with some twists and unusual combination serving to make the MACC one of the most exciting and enjoyable bluegrass festivals anywhere. This year's MACC (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer) will run from July 18 - 21 at Hoover-Y Park at 1570 Rohr Rd., Lockbourne, OH which is just south of Columbus, OH.  Information about tickets may be obtained here or you may order them on line.

The Lineup
Rarely Herd
 The James King Band
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Larry Stephenson Band
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Dailey & Vincent
Lonesome River Band
Dudley Connell, Sammy Shelor, Larry Stephenson

Dailey & Vincent

 Joe Mullins

3TO Warming Up

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne
Don Rigsby  & Midnight Call
Lost & Found
Dale Ann Bradley
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Larry Sparks :& The Lonesome Ramblers
The Grascals
Russell More & IIIrdy Tyme Out

Dale Ann Bradley

The Grascals
Jamie Johnson, Terry Smith, Terry Eldredge 

Alan Bibey - Grasstowne

Marty Raybon

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Kenny & Amanda Smith
Jim Hurst
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
David Parmley & Continental Divide
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver with
The Centerville Alternative Strings
Blue Highway
J.D Crowe & the New South 
w/ Tony Rice

Shawn Lane (Blue Highway)

 Doyle Lawson

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

 J.D. Crowe

Amanda Smith

Jim Hurst

The MACC Children's Band
Snyder & Moore
Clay Hess Band with Mark Newton
Crowe Brothers
Josh Williams Band
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Monster Mash
The MACC Opry
"Murder on Music Row"
Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, Kenny Smith, Terry Baucom

March of the Children's Band

MACC Children's Band

Samantha Snyder

Zeb Snyder

Clay Hess

Carl Jackson

 Jerry Salley

 MACC Opry

Classic Performances

The MACC features what Darrell Adkins calls Classic Performances each night of the festival. These events are essentaiily all-star jams. Because of the unusually high number of bluegrass' top performers who volunteer their time and talent to appear at the MACC, Darrell is able to bring together unusual and often surprising combinations of musicians to make great music together. Check out these great performances online and make sure to stay late enough to enjoy each one.

The MACC began as a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Darrell and Phyllis Adkins' daughter Mandy succumbed to a virulent brain stem cancer in November of 2000.  Since then Musicians Against Childhood Cancer has donated $642,274.00 to St. Jude and the Y.M.C.A., supporting a research laboratory at St. Jude in Memphis, TN and the Y, which owns to park where the MACC is held.  An army of volunteers and sponsors, dedicated to the cause, work during the festival and throughout the year to make this very special festival happens.  Musicians donate their performances to help support the cause and because many of them vividly remember Mandy and her love of bluegrass music.

The Facility 

Hoover-Y Park, in Lochbourne, OH. is a spacious, tree-shaded park in suburban Columbus. It's facilities provide a new stage, built with volunteer aide and sponsor funding, to present the music of MACC in the best possible light. The performance area is mostly tree-shaded, allowing fans to enjoy the festivities even on quite warm days. A good selection of vendors offers delicious ice cream, barbecue, fried fish, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. A beer vendor is available and attendees may bring coolers into the area. Fans are treated like adults at the MACC and expected to behave that way, too. 

Lower Camping

New Stage

Tickets, Camping, & Accommodations

Complete ticketing and camping information can be found here. Remember that a portion of your ticket price is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  A limited number of electric sites have been developed. In recent years some of them have been upgraded to 30 amp while most are still 20 amp. Air conditioning cannot be used except with the 30 amp hookups, a restriction which has been important for the past couple of years. There are also a number of convenient motels within a few miles of Hoover-Y where you can reserve rooms for the MACC.

How to Get to the MACC

 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer is one of  the best bluegrass events anywhere. Considering the cause, the lineup, and the location, it just can't be beat.  If you see Irene or me there, please stop us to say hello. We like meeting friends of the blog or our Facebook pages.