AMERICANA FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
PATTY GRIFFIN TO HEADLINE THIRD ANNIVERSARY EVENT
Mindy Smith, Chely Wright, The Avett Brothers, Kate York, Thad Cockrell,
and Jeremy Lister Among Artists Confirmed for the Event to be Held October 21 at Montgomery Bell State Park
Nashville, Tenn. – The 2006 Americana Folk Festival (AFF) will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 from 9am-11pm at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee. AFF is honored to present legendary singer/songwriter Patty Griffin as the headlining artist for this beloved grass roots event. Songstress Mindy Smith will also grace the stage at this year's festival. With at least 30 musical acts, in bluegrass, Americana, folk, an arts village, amazing food and a beautiful Tennessee State Park as the backdrop, the 2006 AFF will be one to remember.
AFF has confirmed more than thirty artists for this much anticipated event including Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith, The Avett Brothers, Little Country Giants, Peter Bradley Adams, Kate York, Jeremy Lister, Old Black Kettle (Sarah Siskind & Julie Lee), Diana Jones, Chely Wright, Kristen Hall, David Mead, Carey Ott, Blue Mother Tupelo, Sandra McCracken, Zane Williams, and Robby Hecht. For additional artist information, official artist lineup, and tickets go to: www.americanafolkfestival.com.
While only a few years since its inception, AFF has grown in stellar proportions as one of the most upscale and laidback music festivals in the Nashville area. Located in the quiet mystique of Montgomery Bell State Park, this festival recreates a sense of the back-porch "picking party," even amidst thousands of fans. Although the festival is a one-day event, performers are allowed to bring their families and given lakeside cabins for the weekend. This unique opportunity provides a way for the artists to relish in relaxation, songwriting, and networking while feasting on organic, homegrown food.
Adding to the culture of the AFF is an arts village. Organized by CAD (Community Arts Development), this area will be filled with rural artists, most of whom may have not had the opportunity for the public to view and purchase their work. Area Highlights include visual artists from various mediums, including painting, sculpting, weaving, jewelry making, quilting, natural and holistic care, outsider art, instrument building, and many more. Even a walk through the food vending area is an experience, as it features coffeehouse fare, ethnic food, vegan selections, and even a Farmer's Market.
The concept behind AFF is about recognizing the community's desire to revive quality music events on a more intimate level, while remaining passionate about supporting music that moves people, with ideals that far-transcend the bottom line. It is a champion of the quality-over-quantity mission and eager to produce an event with integrity and careful thought for its artists as well as its audience. AFF captures the missing element of most music events, the personal connection not only to the audience but also to the artist, the community, and the music as a whole.
AFF CHARITY OF CHOICE:
A portion of the proceeds from AFF will be donated to Community Arts Development (CAD). Based in Dickson County, CAD was formed in 2003 with a goal of spreading art to the communities of Dickson. The non-profit organization promotes and provides programs for rural artists who may not have opportunities found in bigger cities. This support includes scholarships, art shows, grant programs, and most important, arts advocacy. "We are thrilled to be able to work with the Americana Folk Festival to bring local artists and craftspeople in to have their works enjoyed by the public," said Gywnn Kerns of CAD.
QUOTES FROM ARTISTS:
"The Americana Folk Festival is an incredible event. We would like to thank Dara Carson for organizing and putting on a great festival. We are looking forward to our return in 2006!" - The Avett Brothers
"Last year I was honored to attend the AFF and it was one of the most magical weekends of my life. This year I'm a proud performer and can't wait to make new friends and new memories." - Kate York
"I had a blast at the festival. Anytime you can play for an attentive crowd in the afternoon and then jam with a bunch of other wonderful musicians in a cabin that night is a very special occasion. I wish I could offer some constructive criticism, but I feel like you guys are on top of it... I thought the talent was really great, which is what makes it as cool as it is. And the hospitality was wonderful." --Zane Williams 2005 John Lennon Award Winner
"What a great day! The drive out was relaxing, the food and hospitality were terrific and the audience was one of the most appreciative I Have ever had. I hope you'll have me back next year..." - Jordan Chassan
Tickets for the 2006 Americana Folk Festival are $40.00 and are on sale NOW at www.americanafolkfestival.com.
About Montgomery Bell State Park:
Montgomery Bell State Park, located just west of Nashville, offers the public many recreational activities such as: camping, hiking, boating, swimming, mountain biking, golfing, as well as many nature activities. Located on almost 4,000 acres, this beautiful park is home to many native plants and animals and three man-made lakes. The park also has an inn, restaurant, and other resort operations.