We’re glad you’ve come back home to Winfield. This year again, the third weekend in September, the Winfield Fairgrounds gets turned into four official stages of musical entertainment. Then there’s also the unofficial Stage 5 in the Pecan Grove. And there are other unofficial stages found in the campground where most of the fun pickin’ takes place.
The WVA Voice Staff (Ernie Hill, Tom Eckard and yours truly) will keep you up to date with any changes in schedule, contest winners, tidbits of info etc. If you enjoy the WVA Voice, let us know. Leave a note for us at the Information Booth under the south end of the Grandstand. Thanks for coming and enjoy this year’s Festival! From Your WVA Voice Editor - Larry Junker
The Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush is set for Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 AM. So on that morning, everyone is up before the sun rises and with coffee in hand as they wait patiently for the appointed hour. Then it’s off for their favorite camping spot, whether that’s in the Main or West campground, the Pecan Grove, north of Highway 160, or just north of 14th Avenue. By nightfall, “a number of tent/camper cities” will dot the Winfield Fairgrounds. This is their “home away from home” for the next 10 days or so. And if one wanders through these campgrounds, you will see all kinds of living arrangements, each one trying to outdo the next. That’s “LAND RUSH” Thursday, September 7th – 7:00 AM
These are hands-on workshops, bring your instrument!
Adam Miller: Melodic Autoharp
This one-day All-Levels master class promises to be among the most focused and enriching autoharp experiences you'll ever have. Songs and concepts will be taught in the keys of C and F. Recording is encourged. This All-Levels workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1-1/2 hour lunch break. The cost is $75 per student with a maximum of 30 participants.
Bing Futch: Mountain Dulcimer Delta Blues
Bing offers up this fun and fascinating class on playing authentic Mississippi Delta Blues on the mountain dulcimer. Bing won the "Best Guitarist" award in the solo-duo category at the International Blues Challenge while playing the mountain dulcimer! This All Skill Levels Class runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 ½ hours for lunch Cost is $70 with a maximum of 40 participants.
Betse Ellis: Help for Frustrated Fiddlers
Empower your fiddling skills in a friendly and encouraging (and challenging) class. Be more engaged in your practice, jamming, and performing. Geared toward intermediate to advanced fiddlers - but All are Welcome! This Intermediate to Advanced class runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm with an hour and a half lunch break. The cost is $70 with a maximum of 15 participants.
Tim May: Flat Pick Guitar
We'll look at how to develop creativity using the same tools and techniques our guitar heroes have used. This Intermediate level class will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with a 1 ½ hour break for lunch. The cost is $60 with a maximum of 25 participants.
Gina Clowes: Banjo
This workshop will help Unlock the Secrets of Improvisation. This will be an incredible day of musical growth filled with what we love most in this world...Banjos. Intermediate and Advanced Students. The Banjo workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1-1/2 hour lunch break. The.cost is $70 per student with a maximum of 30 participants.
Nick Charles: Blues Guitar
You'll learn new ways to spice up blues progressions, create solos and improvise making your acoustic blues refreshing, melodic and ever changing. Students should be comfortable with basic chords & skilled players will benefit. This All-Levels workshop is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1-1/2 hour lunch. Cost is $70 and will accept all who wish to participate.
Claire Lynch: Inspiration & Craft In Songwriting
Have you ever heard a successful songwriter say they "downloaded a song from the universe?" Relaxed, expansive, contemplative, humorous, playful - are these words that describe your songwriting process? Explore what that creative process can be like. Discover what post-inspiration tools to use to craft your song in a colorful way. This All-Levels workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1- 1/2 hour lunch break. The cost is $85 per student with a maximum of 15 participants.
Stephen Bennett: Finger Style Guitar
Be prepared to learn an in depth finger style arrangement of a 20th Century tune using tried and true teaching methods, playing by ear, using a capo while learning one of Stephen's tunes, a Q & A session, and if time permits, learn a third tune. PDF's will be made available after class. Students should be a solid Intermediate level. This workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1-1/2 hour lunch: Cost is $80 with maximum of 16 participants.
Chris Jones: Bluegrass Vocals
This vocal class will cover all aspects of bluegrass and related singing. Topics will include: lead singing style and techniques, song phrasing, ornamentation, lyric delivery, history of bluegrass singing, building your repertoire, and listening suggestions and much more. The Bluegrass Vocals workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1-112 hour lunch break. The cost is $70 per student with a maximum of 20 students.
Mark Schatz: Bass
Open to bass players of all skill levels. We will explore right and left hand technique, various options for getting from one chord to the next to add variety and color to the bass line, walking bass lines, and slap bass. We will also touch on bass set up, amplification, and tips for playing both onstage and in the studio. As time allows I will also address individual requests for information/instruction on any other aspect of bass playing. Of course, throughout the class we will stress the most important aspect of bass playing - making and keeping a groove! All Skill Levels Welcome. The workshop runs from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with 1 ½ our lunch break. The cost is $85 with a maximum of 15 students
Steve Smith: Mandolin
Session 1: 9:30am - Noon: We will work on the building blocks needed to learn and perform melodies in jams and performance. Recognizing the patterns and scales that may make up a melody and where to begin on the fretboard when building kickoffs and solos can be a challenge.
Session 2: 1:30pm - 4:30pm: We'll expand the melodic ideas gained in Session 1 to include Blues and Pentatonic patterns for improvisation ideas and bluesy phrasing used so effectively by today's modern players. All Skill Levels. Cost is $40 for one session or $60 for both with a maximum of 30 participants.
For registration information, please contact the Walnut Valley Association Office at 620-221-3250
Please join us for the Annual Walnut Valley Festival Golf Scramble. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14th at the Winfield Country Club. Shot-gun start at 9:00 AM & check-in is at 8:15 AM. The cost is only $50 per person (4-person teams) and that includes golf and riding cart. Prizes awarded to the two lowest scoring teams in each of two flights. For more information please contact Felix Baz-Dresch at 913-709-0469 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — 5:30 to 7:30 PM Location: 9th and Millington-Downtown Winfield Hamburgers and all the fixins are $7 or 2 meats for $10 and $5 for hotdog dinner. The Music Crawl will be held at various locations in downtown Winfield where live music will be performed from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. See you there!
Wednesday Evening Concert
September 14th – 7:00 pm – Stage III
9th Annual Wednesday Champion Showcase Concert.
What a night it will be featuring seven Champions of the 2015 contests contributing their talents for this special concert. Be there when Betty Scott, Matthew Davis, Ilace Mears, Jack Wilson, Mark Gilston and Jordan Ramsey jumpstart the music into high gear. Bring your lawn chairs to Stage 3 and hang on to your hats ‘cause the talent will blow you away. You must have a full festival wristband to attend this special concert.
Beginning Sept 7th –The Radio VOICE of the Festival
Hosted by the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9 am to 8 pm Island Park in Winfield, Kansas
Registrations for workshops & for open mic begin at 9 am. In case of inclement weather an alternate indoor location will be available. What to bring: Your instruments, any accompanying stands or music stands and/or a chip bag type clip to hold music on a windy day and a jam chair or stool and oh yes, a side-dish for the potluck. For further information e-mail:
Gary Bell (email@example.com)
Erin Mae Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Get ready for bluegrass at the Winfield Public Library! Come to the Annual Pickin’ Parlor Concert with special guests “The Wizards of Acoustic Guitar” featuring award-winning musicians Mark Sganga, Brian Henke, and Helen Avakian with Dave Irwin. Monday, September 11 at 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to wpl.org or call 620-221-4470.
The WVF app is back again this year, bigger and better than ever. You can see the full lineup, check out performer’s bios, create your own customized schedule, find a good place to eat, search for that favorite artisan, exchange contact information, view tour and shuttle information, evaluate performers, and exchange comments with other festival-goers. We even have a camp registry, where you can tell everyone about your camp and where it is located. New this year to the app, are sections on Contests, Workshops, and Safety & Security.
The WVF app was available for the first time in 2016, with 2,140 downloading and accessing the guide in over 50,000 sessions. WVA staff used the app to push out general notices regarding safety and security, mostly related to flooding issues. Plans call for 2017 Walnut Valley Festival information to be dropped into the shell of the previous year’s app, so if you already have it, you only need to update to get the latest news and info.
Watch the Walnut Valley Festival app for the appearance of Fiesty’s Treasure Hunt. Use the clues to figure out where to go, and then scan the QR code to solve the puzzle. When you have the puzzle completed, bring your phone to the info booth and show it to one of our workers there. The First 25 people to solve the puzzle will receive a vintage WVA T-Shirt, AND have their names entered into a drawing for a Farita Guitar designed and provided by Elderly Instruments (www.elderly.com). The first 100 will receive a commemorative Fiesty Treasure Hunt pick. Good luck!
Are you a fan of Story Corps? Do you wish we had something similar for all your great stories about Winfield? This year, for the first time, WVA will provide a booth on grounds where you can stop by and recount your favorite Winfield experience. Whether it revolves around your camp, your favorite picking session, or the funniest thing to ever happen to you at Festival, drop by and give us a chance to record your tale. Festival workers are welcome to share their favorite Winfield stories as well. Edited stories will be played at Bob’s Place, a planned space in Winfield for Walnut Valley Festival memorabilia and spontaneous picking. Bob’s Place, like the Festival, is going to be family friendly, so if you want to make the cut and have your story featured there, keep it clean!