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Rock House in Reeds Spring Hosts 11th Annual Music Festival

(Logo courtesy Rock House Center for the Arts)

The Rock House Center for the Arts in Reeds Spring presents the 11th Annual Rock House Music Festival Saturday June 5th, featuring 10 musical acts including headliner The Rainmakers, Violet and the Undercurrents, Brother Wiley, Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu, Jin JX, and more.

Jeannette Blair, director of the Rock House, says the festival's origins go back to "me hosting house concerts--this is my 24th year of hosting house concerts in Reeds Spring.  It started off at my art gallery 24 years ago.  We bought the Rock House 11 years ago; we've had outdoor concerts t the Rock House for the past ten years."

As attendance grew for the Festival each year they found they needed a larger venue, so it's now held at the Reeds Spring Regional Community Center near downtown Reeds Spring.  "It's a nice big, grassy soccer field.

The festival kicks off at 11:00am June 5 with three singer-songwriters competing in a contest. Jeannette got the idea for the contest at a folk festival in Colorado.  The three finalists will perform, and a panel of judges will choose a winner.

The Festival also includes an assortment of vendors including food, beverages and crafts, a giant puppet theater and a kids activity area.  It's scheduled for 11:00am to around 11:00pm at the Reeds Spring Regional Community Center.  Admission is $20 at the gate; children age 12 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Reeds Spring Community Building at City Hall, as well has helping the not-for-profit Rock House Center for the Arts.  Rock House was a for-profit venture until last fall, says Jeannette Blair. "We became a 501C-3 non-profit through Folk Alliance International."

For more information call (417)272-8386; visit http://www.rockhousecenterforthearts.org; or email rockhouse41@gmail.com.

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning Arts News. Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's Ozzie Award in 2006.