Ithaca is a musical city, perhaps best known for the old time sounds of the Highwoods String Band and the Horseflies or the education of classical and jazz performers, composers and teachers at Ithaca College and Cornell University. Now, Winter Village is bringing the great songwriting, singing, and virtuosic playing of some amazing bluegrass performers to Ithaca to brighten and warm the darkest and coldest month.
The 2014 festival will begin with workshops on Friday afternoon with a variety of workshops and a late afternoon unplugged band workshop by Balsam Range. WVBF will formally open with a welcome reception at 5:00 in the lobby of La Tourelle where you can listen to some acoustic bluegrass, taste some Finger Lakes Wines, and enjoy some southern comfort food prepared by the La Tourelle Bistro (dinner and drinks are not included in ticket price – sorry!). The Friday show, held downstairs in the intimate La Tourelle concert-conference room (150 seat capacity), will begin at 7:00 with the Molly Tuttle Trio, followed by performances by festival headliners Balsam Range and the Claire Lynch Band. The La Tourelle bar will be serving local craft beers and wines, and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Jamming will be happening throughout the weekend and likely continue late into the night.
On Saturday morning, continental or a full breakfast will be available at the La Tourelle Bistro. Free workshops (all instruments, singing and songwriting), taught by festival performers will be held at 10am, 11am, 12 pm and 1pm. On Saturday afternoon there will be two concerts between 1pm and 4pm – one at La Tourelle and a smaller house concert at the Dewitt Park Inn in downtown Ithaca. At La Tourelle, Paris Texas will open at 1pm, followed by Balsam Range at 2pm, and the Hickory Project at 3pm. The Dewitt Park Inn will feature Chad Darou & Stealing Time at 1pm, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys at 2pm, and the Claire Lynch Band at 3pm. the closing out the afternoon sets. Between 5pm and 7pm there will be a music at the Moosewood Restaurant featuring Chad Darou & Stealing Time and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys at the Argos Inn. The Saturday Night Big Show will be held at the historic State Theatre in downtown Ithaca. The Molly Tuttle Trio will open the show at 7:00 pm, then accompany the Ithaca Youth Fiddle Orchestra. The Claire Lynch Band will perform at 8:00 pm, followed by Balsam Range at 9:15 pm and a big grand finale at 10:15 or so.
Sunday morning, we will have a special gospel music show – Spirit Songs and Stories – with Ithaca preacher and story teller extraordinaire Rebacca Dolch with music by the Claire Lynch Band, the Molly Tuttle Trio and other special guests.
To view a more detailed schedule click here.
Thanks for your attendance and support.
Rick Manning, Festival Founder and Director
Scott Wiggins, La Tourelle Managing Director