The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold Bluegrass at the Village on Sunday, August 9th at the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village from 11:00-5:00PM. Now one of the largest bluegrass festivals in this area, Bluegrass at the Village will host four bluegrass bands that will take the stage on the old Cedarburg Train Station platform. Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss Bluegrass at the Village 2020!
We are pleased to introduce this year's line up! From Milwaukee first up will be Pickin' Up Speed, an all-time favorite of the festival; Second will be from Madison, Wheelhouse with their version of bluegrass/americana; Third will be our featured band from Illinois, Special Consensus which will be a special treat: Fourth from Milwaukee, Chickenwire Empire with their high-energy, fast-pickin' bluegrass.
This year’s featured band is Special Consensus from IL. The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. The band is led by Greg Cahill, banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and includes Rick Faris (guitar), Dan Eubanks (bass) and Nate Burie (mandolin). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The 19th band recording, Rivers and Roads (Compass Records, 2018), was nominated for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY award and received 2018 IBMA awards for Album of the Year! Greg Cahill will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, TN in February 2020!
Those who attend will be greeted by young fiddlers from the area who will play a tune or two. They can stroll through the outdoor living history museum to learn what life was like in rural Ozaukee County between the years of 1840-1920. At 2:00 anyone who wants to show off their talents can join in an old fashioned "Kitchen Band" on the porch of the Maronde Cabin.
There is a wide variety of food and beverage selections that will be served throughout the day and people who “love to win" can participate in the huge fundraising raffle for some awesome prizes donated by local businesses.
Over 500 seats under the tent. Picnic tables, additional chairs are shaded by trees. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. (No pets, coolers, carry-in food or beverage is permitted). Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors & Students.