Bluegrass, rocking Americana, a touch of the bayou -- it's all at the Ogden Music Festival next weekend at Fort Buenaventura.
This is the fourth year that the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music have presented the three-day festival, beefing up from its origins as a single-day event at the fort.
Sharon Mitchell, a Salt Lake City-based music presenter who also plays with the Red Desert Ramblers and other bands, started a one-day bluegrass festival at Fort Buenaventura, featuring regional talent, in 2008.
Michelle Tanner, founder of the nonprofit organization Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music, expanded the festival in 2009 into a three-day event, with touring acts added, and also changed the name to the Ogden Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival. She later changed the name to the Ogden Music Festival, to make the festival a more musically diverse event.
The festival includes a mix of music, camping and camaraderie. The setting is lovely for an event focused on American-made music, mostly of an acoustic nature. The festival will kick off Friday evening, June 1, with the Utah State Instrumental Championship fingerstyle guitar contest. Mandolin, fiddle and flat-pick guitar portions of the contest will open the festival on the following Saturday and Sunday as well.
The festival will also include music workshops, plus folk, Americana and western music, including regional and national acts. Food and alcohol will be sold at the venue.
Tickets are $20 in advance for Friday and Sunday (June 1 and 3), $25 in advance for Saturday (June 2). Weekend passes are $50 in advance. Tickets are $5 more on show day. Kids age 16 and under are admitted for free with an adult. For advance tickets or more information about the festival and camping requirements, go to www.ofoam.org.
Ogden Music Festival
5 p.m. -- Utah State Instrument Championships (finger style guitar)
7 p.m. -- Red Rock Hot Club
8 p.m. -- Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice
9:15 p.m. -- Swamp Cabbage
8:30 a.m. -- Utah State Instrument Championships (mandolin/flat-pik guitar)
11:50 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies
Noon -- Better Off With the Blues
1 p.m. -- The Royal We
2 p.m. -- Jake & Rebekah Workman
3 p.m. -- The Get Down Boys
4:15 p.m. -- Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
5:30 p.m. -- Elephant Revival
6:45 p.m. -- Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice
8 p.m. -- Claire Lynch
9:30 p.m. -- Robert Earl Keen
8:30 a.m. -- Utah State Instrument Championships (banjo/fiddle)
Noon -- Working in Shifts
1 p.m. -- Wayward Molly
2 p.m. -- Blue Sage Deluxe
3 p.m. -- Bill Vernieu & Joanna Joseph
4:15 p.m. -- The Get Down Boys
5 p.m. -- Prize drawing
5:15 p.m. -- Claire Lynch
6:30 p.m. -- Elephant Revival
Elephant Revival will play a community outreach show at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Monday Night at the Movies "Autumn Rush," at the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 Historic 25th St. This event is free.