Other festival stages feature music from near & far
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Festival Program Writer   
Friday, 30 August 2013 09:43
Sidi Toure (center) performs on the Acoustic Stage in 2011. (Photo: David Dupont/Sentinel-Tribune)
A hallmark of the Black Swamp Arts Festival is the unique opportunity to hear local, national, and world musicians performing on multiple stages, each stage offering a different presentation of the musical experience, from intimate and unamplified to rocking and full-scale electric.
Year-after-year the Acoustic and Family Stages have allowed Festival patrons to get closer to performers, and to hear bands in different environments, both in terms of instrumentation and acoustic setting.
The 2013 Festival provides festivalgoers multiple chances to see Main Stage performers on smaller and more intimate stages. 10 Main Stage acts will play additional sets on the Acoustic and Family Stages, including three acts performing on all three Stages. In addition eight local performers will appear on the Acoustic and Family Stages, showcasing the diverse musical talent the area has to offer.
The Acoustic Stage kicks off on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with BSAF newcomer and local singer-songwriter Chris Salyer at 10 a.m. He will be followed by festival veterans Tom Gorman, who is continuing his string of playing at every Black Swamp Arts Festival, and Tom Del Greco, featuring tracks from their new album “The Chase” at 11 a.m. Local favorite The Joe Baker Band takes the stage at noon.
Friday night Main Stage openers and roots blues/rockers, The Ben Miller Band, perform a 1 pm. They are followed by Ohio indie/folk artist and Main Stage performer Diana Chittester at 2 p.m., stalwart vocalists and Main Stage performers The Womack Family Band at 3 p.m. and progressive bluegrassers (and Main Stage performers) The Brothers Comatose at 4 pm. The Calypso/reggae band and Main Stage performances Kobo Town close out the Stage at 5 pm.
On Sunday local singer/songwriter, and purveyor of the weekly Hump Day Review, Tim Concannon opens the Stage at 11 am. He is followed by local singer/songwriter Tim Tegge (with Dick Hermes and
Matt Webb) at 1 pm. At 2 pm jazz vocalist, BGSU faculty member and Festival newcomer Morgen Stiegler brings her sultry voice to the Acoustic Stage.
She is followed by three Main Stage performers. Malian guitarist/vocalist and world music legend Sidi Toure performs at 2 p.m.
Folk rocker Milton performs and 3 pm, and Rockabilly Hall of Fame members Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys close out the Stage at 4 p.m.
The Family Stage showcases a mix of local and Main Stage acts, keeping the Youth Arts area moving all weekend long. The Stage opens on Saturday with the BGSU Faculty Jazz Quartet at 11 a.m.
and the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble at noon. Blues master Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones takes the Stage at 1:15 pm, celebrating the release of his new, locally recorded at Grounds For Thought, LP “Ready To Play”. The Ben Miller Band follows at 2:30 pm. Closing out the Family Stage at 4 p.m. is Main Stage headliners The Aggrolites, showcasing their infectiousreggae/ska sound.
The Family Stage resumes at noon on Sunday with Kobo Town. They are followed by the Brothers Comatose at 1:15. Closing out the action on Sunday are sacred steel masters The Slide Brothers at 2:30 p.m.

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