The 12th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival
The 12th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival
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2017 Lineup

National Touring Groups

Special Consensus

The Special Consensus

Tennessee

FRI & SAT

Back again--a festival favorite! Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus features traditional bluegrass standards and original compositions. They have 17 recordings and a stack of awards recognizing both the group and individuals for their outstanding performance and musicianship. 

The Kody Norris Show

The Kody Noris Show

Tennessee/Kentucky

THU & FRI 

Sharp and professional--conplete with rhinestones and cowboy hats, the Kody Noris show delivers on a top notch, solid entertaining and animated performance.  They work regularly on the Cumberland Highlanders show on RFD-TV.  They will hold your attention and make you laugh, cry, and stomp your feet--all in one performance!

 

The Jeanette Williams Band

The Jeanette Williams Band Tennessee

SAT & SUN

Since her debut solo release in 1994, Jeanette Williams has quietly become one of the most successful and celebrated women in bluegrass music. Her list of awards, accolades, and career highlights continues to grow, as does her adoring fan base. Awards include  over ten SPBGMA nominations, three wins for Female Vocalist of the Year (2009, 2012 and 2013), two IBMA awards (2006 and 2009 Recorded Event of the Year, and more. She is nominated for SPBGMAs 2016 female vocalist of the year.
The Po Ramblin' Boys

The Po Ramblin Boys Tennessee

THU

Born in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you’d expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have rambled far from home, touring throughout the United States and Europe. The sheer energy they do it with is what really stands out about them.

The Kevin Prater Band

The Kevin Prater Band Kentucky

FRI & SAT

The band bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies and their style is reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and 1970's Country Gentlemen sounds.  They are steeped in tradition of Gospel music and adds some classic country and add to that a little vintage rock and roll and you never know what else you might experience at a KPB show!

High Plains Tradition

The High Plains Tradition

Colorado

FRI & SAT

This group started in 1987 playing traditional bluegrass. Fast picking guitar solos matched up with razor fast banjo picking makes this an exciting group.  Crowds enjoy their tight harmonies, and fiddle player, Bobbie Vickery, is known to be able to sing tenor to a dog whistle.  Now that's some singing that bluegrass fans won't want to miss!

The Baker Family

The Baker Family - Missouri

FRI & SAT

The Baker Family is a high energy bluegrass band located in south central Missouri. They perform at bluegrass events throughout the United States from Maine to California.

2016 International Country Gospel Music Association  Bluegrass band of the year

1st place KSMU SIlver Dollar City Youth in Bluegrass Band Champions

1st place 2015 & 2014 Oklahoma State Band championship

1st place 2013 Pickin in the Pines Flagstaff,AZ Band Championship

2nd place 2014 Silver Dollar City Youth Band Contest winners

Regional Bands

Sara Mae and The Birkeland Boys

Sara Mae and the Birkeland Boys
SAT & SUN

We’re a family band that will make you smile, stir your spirit and touch your soul. We blend “relative” harmonies with a toe-tapping mix of original and traditional bluegrass, roots, Americana and gospel music.  Sarah Mae and “the boys” entertain audiences of all musical tastes and ages — mixing the sweet sounds of bluegrass and gospel with engaging harmonies, skillful instrumentation and a kindred spirit that is reflected in the songs we sing and music we play.

Shaffers Lost 40

Shaffer's Lost 40

Brainerd, MN

THU & FRI

Audiences love the energy and drive of this bluegrass band! The instrumental abilities and vocal harmonies of “Lost 40” is exciting and the energy shows how much every member loves Bluegrass music. They are always having fun and the energy of the music has a hard drive that is unmistakable.

King Wilkie's Dream

King Wilkie's Dream

THU & FRI

  Bluegrass, blues, swing, Americana, country, tin pan alley, old time, and just a little pop are all represented in the music that you may hear from KWD.  That versatility makes them a fun group to hear.

Tim & Cindy, Jerry & Shirley

Tim & Cindy, Jerry & Shirley

SAT & SUN

Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp, founders of the Lakes Bluegrass Festival, join long-time friends, Jerry and Shirley Spanhanks for some great traditional music.

Erics Dance Band

ERICS DANCE BAND.

WED

Come on out for the FREE  Old Time and Country Dance Wednesday night with Erics Dance Band. Eric has been playing in central Minnesota for many years and has earned a faithful following of fans.And he just might be joined by a few of his bluegrass friends for the evening!

Your Emcees

Tony Andreason

TONY ANDREASON  is well known for being a part of the original Trashmen, of Surfin' Bird fame and, as such, is a member of several music halls of fame. He has also been the guitar player and vocalist for the Platte Valley Boys for many years (see them on Satuday and Sunday). He is also in demand as an emcee at various entertainment events.

 

Eric Roggenkamp

ERIC ROGGENKAMP (Big E) has been performing country and old time music in Minnesota for over 30 years. He also emcees several outdoor events and his sense of humor is contagious.

 

Cindy Roggenkamp

CINDY ROGGENKAMP has been performing in bluegrass bands for over 30 years and is a co-founder of the Lakes Bluegrass Festival with husband Tim. She has years of public speaking experience and looks forward to being co-host and emcee of this year's Lakes Bluegrass Festival.

 

Jim Parks

JIM PARK. Born in Cincinnati, Jim has been working in radio for nearly 30 years, having started at KLKS in Breezy Point. After several years running his own advertising agency, he ended up where he always wanted to be – in Christian radio – working at KTIG and Kinship Christian Radio. In 2009 he started Broken Road Radio, a different flavor of Christian radio now broadcasting entirely on the internet at www.brokenroadradio.com.

 

The Lakes Bluegrass Festival

AUGUST 24-27, 2017

3 PM Tue - Gates Open

6 - 9 Wed PM - Old Time Dance

5 PM- 11 PM Thu Main Stage

11 AM- 11 PM Fri & Sat Main Stage

10am - 5pm Fri & Sat Workshops

10 AM - 2 PM Sun Main Stage

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FREE DANCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT! NO TICKET REQUIRED!

Erics Dance Band

Free Old Time and Country dance with Eric's Dance Band Wednesday night from 6:00-9:00 PM.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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