Award winning musicians, art return to square
The fourth annual Bluegrass on the Square Concert Series wraps up Saturday with performances by Indiana fiddler Mike Cleveland and the Flamekeeper Band and regional heroes, the Hog Operation.
Held as part of the Art on the Square festival, the free concert begins at 4 p.m. Additional music begins at 12:30 p.m. with Bomar and Ritter, and at 2:30 the Neil Hulsewede Band performs. Art on the Square, featuring the works of artisans and craftspeople, is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Hog Operation, a Corydon favorite, is making its third appearance at Bluegrass on the Square, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. An ensemble steeped in Kentucky’s musical heritage, the group gives high-energy performances created by the cross-pollination of many American roots music styles, including blues, bluegrass, Celtic, country and rock. Traditional guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin accompany the silky smooth three-part harmony vocals.
Mike Cleveland and Flamekeeper starts at 6 p.m. At age 25, blind fiddle player and Indiana native Mike Cleveland has already laid his name in the bluegrass history books. While attending high school, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Upon graduation in 2000, Cleveland joined Rhonda Vincent and the Rage as full-time fiddle player. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike was awarded his first Fiddle Player of the Year award and he shared the Entertainer of the Year award with fellow musicians in Rhonda Vincent’s band. His first solo record, Flamekeeper, was released in 2002 and he was soon awarded the 2002 IBMA Instrumental Record of the Year award. He also took home the 2002 Fiddle Player of the Year award. In 2004, Cleveland released his second record and took home the big honors again at the IBMA show with Instrumental Record of the Year and Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2006, he went out on his own with his new band, Flamekeeper. He has released a new record, ‘Let Er’ Go Boys’ that features guests Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Vince Gill, Larry Sparks and more.
His Corydon appearance is expected to close the show with a bang.
The show will be recorded live for a future broadcast on Kentucky Homefront, which airs each Wednesday night at 8 on WFPK Radio Louisville 91.0.
The concert series is sponsored by Main Street Corydon, the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Harrison County Community Foundation and WFPK Radio Louisville, 91.9.
Bluegrass on the Square will be held on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand on the square in downtown Corydon. Seating is limited so visitors are encouraged to bring law chairs and blankets. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase from area charitable organizations.