Family, Acoustic stages offer second & third helpings of Main Stage acts
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Festival Program Writer   
Monday, 27 August 2012 15:04
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Gorman returns to the Acoustic Stage this year. He has performed at every Black Swamp Arts Festival. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
On npr.org there is a series of music performances called “Tiny Desk Concerts” where touring musicians of all genres perform behind the show producer’s desk for the staff, and for a camera broadcasting the intimate performances to the world.
Black Swamp Arts Festival patrons can experience their own “Tiny Desk Concerts” all day Saturday and Sunday by visiting the Family Stage in front of the Wood County Library and the Acoustic Stage on Main, in the atrium of the old Huntington Bank.
Throughout the weekend music fans will be able to see and hear local, national and even world musicians performing in an up-close-and-personal environment. This includes 12 Main Stage acts performing second, and in some cases third, sets throughout the festival weekend, offering a unique opportunity for each band to perform on both the large stage, and the more intimate Family and Acoustic Stages.
Year after year festival patrons cite performances from the Family and Acoustic stages as some of their most memorable moments, both for the diversity in music and for the ability to be so close to the performers.
The Family Stage will feature a wide variety of performers Saturday and Sunday ranging from jazz, to blues, to world music, to funk.
Saturday kicks off at 11 a.m. with the jazz styling of the Bob Rex Group. The jazz quartet will be releasing its LP on the Grounds for Thought label at the festival. Main Stage opener Joshua Panda follows at noon. At 1:30 p.m. the powerful blues group Mississippi Heat follows up from their Friday night Main Stage, and a late night show Howard’s Club H. Solo violinist and auditory chemist Casey Driessen performs one of his three weekend sets at 3 p.m.. At 4 p.m., in what promises to be a festival highlight, headliners the world music stars Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars close out the day.
Sunday picks up where Saturday left off with the Bowling Green State University Vocal Jazz Ensemble at 11 a.m.. They are followed by the soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues of The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker at noon. Doko Benjo brings its hip-hop laced funk, jazz and rock to the Family Stage at 1:15 p.m. Sultry jazz and blues singer Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys close out the Family Stage at 2:30 p.m..
In case you miss a performance from the Main Stage, the Acoustic Stage on Main will feature eight Main Stage bands doing additional sets all day Saturday and Sunday, in addition to six area performers and bands.
Local singer-songwriter Tim Tegge opens the Acoustic Stage, with guest Dick Hermes, at 10 a.m.. They are followed by local old time string band aficionados, The Root Cellar Stingband at 11 a.m.. Doko Benjo takes over at noon. At 1 p.m. the bluegrass/jazz/swing quartet Acoustic Penguin performs. They are followed by local jazz hornman Bob Manley and Friends at 2 p.m. Main Stage and Family Stage performer Joshua Panda performs at 3 p.m.. He is followed by the vintage rock sounds of Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at 4 p.m.. At 5 p.m. 2008 BSAF favorite Eilen Jewell and her band close out the stage.
On Sunday local singer-songwriter, and host of the popular Grumpy Dave’s Hump Day Review, Tim Concannon opens the Acoustic Stage at 11 a.m. At noon singer-songwriter Tom Gorman, who has performed at all 20 of the festivals, takes the stage with his former touring partner Tom DelGreco. Violinist Driessen completes his festival hat trick with a 1 p.m. set. He is followed by Cameron Bedell & the Skunks at 2 p.m.. At 3 p.m. young folks/bluegrass/Americana performers Wheels follow up their Main Stage set, and at 4 p.m. Sanctified Grumblers close out the Acoustic Stage and the 20th Black Swamp ArtsFestival with their take on early 20th century blues and jug band music.
 

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