Grapegrass festival to feature wine, art — and Peter Rowan

Friday, September 6, 2013 | 8:51 p.m. CDT; updated 1:02 a.m. CDT, Saturday, September 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — Grammy Award winner Peter Rowan will be one of many performers to take the stage at the Grapegrass festival Saturday.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to midnight at Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport.  Attendees can enjoy live music from 10 bluegrass bands, participate in workshops and admire a visual art showcase.

If you go

What: Grapegrass festival

Where: Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport

When: 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday

Cost: $35


Rowan's performance has attracted attention among the bluegrass community.

"He is the bluegrass boy," Grapegrass producer Robbie Frazelle said. "He's been around forever, and he's played with the greats. It's nice to have someone with that kind of back story and that level of credibility coming to the festival."

Also planned are workshops on herbal living; wildlife conservation; luthier, the craft of making stringed instruments, such as guitars and banjos; and zymurgy, the science of fermentation, with a focus on wine and beer. Experts in each area will lead the workshops, according to the event's Web page.

The visual art showcase will feature paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces. Troy Fort, one of the six artists contributing to the showcase, is bringing a 12- to 15-foot sculpture of a sledgehammer, Frazelle said.

Admission for the event is $35. Food will be for sale, including pizza and sandwiches.

Grapegrass Schedule:

  • Gates open at 8 a.m.
  • Deep Fried Squirrel, 9 to 9:45 a.m. A mix of bluegrass, country rock and the blues.
  • Konza Swamp Band, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Influenced by bluegrass, blues, country and rap.
  • Loaded Goat, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Offers a mixture of bluegrass, old-time, honky-tonk music.
  • Zymurgy workshop, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Discussion on fermentation and the making of beer and wine. Led by LaRoy Brandt, Ph.D.
  • Herbal living workshop, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Growing your own herbs, creating herbal oils and teas, and finding alternatives to chemicals used in the household will be discussed. Led by Annie Albright, co-owner of Bright Hope Farm.
  • Kasey Rausch, 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Songwriter and musician Kasey Rausch plays Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and folk music.
  • The Hatrick, 4-4:45 p.m. A quartet stompgrass grass band.
  • Wildlife conservation workshop, 5 to 5:45 p.m. Helping to conserve wildlife in your own backyard and the importance of doing so will be discussed. Led by Leslie Bilbrey, Master of Science in biology.
  • Luthier workshop, 5 to 5:45 p.m. A showcase of recently made guitars and banjos will be available. Choosing the right wood and construction techniques will be discussed. Led by Steve Mason, a luthier.
  • The Whiskey Gentry, 6 to 6:45 p.m. A septet band that includes country, bluegrass, folk, rock and punk influences.
  • Cornmeal, 8:45 to 10 p.m. A progressive bluegrass band from Chicago.        
  • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, 10:30 to 11:45 p.m. Peter Rowan, a Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, is teaming up with Keith Little, Paul Knight and Michael Witcher to perform traditional and original bluegrass songs.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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