The 42nd Walnut Valley Festival kicks off Thursday (Sept. 18, 2013) in Winfield, Kansas. There are nearly 1000 campers already at the Cowley County fairgrounds waiting for the event to start.
The campgrounds have constant music from planned to spontaneous jam sessions at all hours of the day, and that has been in full swing for nearly a week.
The festival was once called a bluegrass festival, and there is still a lot of bluegrass, as well as newgrass, at the Walnut Valley Festival. The big thing is acoustic music, and the variety of styles keeps growing.
Old timers such as Bill Barwick, Stephen Bennett and the Byron Berline Band will be there as usual. Itialian guitar virtuoso Beppe Gambetta retuns with his inspiring flatpick style. The Steel Wheels are an up and coming band that brings an interesting style and mix of music.
The festival begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, with the music starting at around 8 a.m. and going well into the night. There are three stages that operate continuously. The campgrounds also have some stages where amateurs play, and now and then a headliner shows up for a performance.
Last year the weather was cold and rainy, and made for interesting times. The forecast this year is for great weather.
It's too late for advance purchase of tickets, but there are always tickets available at the gate.
Here are gate ticket prices
Full Festival (5-day) $95.00
Sunday - $15.00