The Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival will return to Hamilton’s RiversEdge Amphitheater for the fourth year on Friday and Saturday with concerts beginning at 5:30 p.m. nightly. This will be the first year for paid, ticketed admission to the festival.
“It’s going to be paid admission this year. Any money that we do make from the festival is going to go right back to the RiversEdge concert fund to pay for future, free concerts, and we hope to be able to donate some money to the Hamilton Parks Conservancy to help with the maintenance involved at RiversEdge,” said Adam Helms, director of resident services for the City of Hamilton.
He said the festival is a fundraiser for RiversEdge and the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, which are both nonprofit groups. Other than David Shaw’s Big River Get Down and the Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival, all of the other concerts that are part of the RiversEdge concert series are free, and are put on by a group of volunteers.
The 2019 lineup will feature the Del McCoury Band, Turnpike Troubadours, Shooter Jennings, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, The Steel Woods, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, Jaime Wyatt, and a special guest, who will be announced soon.
“What we are trying to do with the lineup is provide a representative sample of independent country music that’s out there today … we feel like this lineup and this music really resonates with people in the region,” Helms said.
With the two nights, there will be a variety of country music showcased each evening. On Friday night, guests will hear a mix of bluegrass and more traditional country music. On Saturday, there’s a focus on southern rock and modern country. Due to popular demand, The Steel Woods, who played at Whimmydiddle in 2017, will be returning to the RiversEdge stage.
The festival is expected to sell out.
“We had people from 22 different states come to Hamilton for Whimmydiddle last year. I think we will have the same amount of people travel this year. Not only is it cool to have an event like this in Hamilton, but it also exposes a lot of people from the region, and outside the region, to what’s going on in Hamilton,” Helms said.
The cost of a 2-day VIP pass is $75. (The VIP pass includes access to the VIP deck, bar and pub tables, reserved front-stage viewing and four food/drink vouchers each day.) A general admission two-day pass is $40, which saves concertgoers $10 off the individual, daily ticket price.) A general admission ticket for Friday or Saturday only is $25.
To purchase tickets, and for the latest details, go to www. www.whimmydiddle.com, or visit the RiversEdge Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HamiltonRiversEdge. (Rain or shine, no refunds.)
RiversEdge at Marcum Park is located at 116 Dayton St. in Hamilton. This is the fourth year for the festival and the third consecutive year for the two-night concert format. In the past, the event has drawn more than 3,000 people to the park on one night.
2019 WHIMMYDIDDLE LINEUP
Friday, Aug. 16
Del McCoury Band — 9:30 p.m.
TBA Special Guest — 8 p.m.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers — 6:30 p.m.
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Band — 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17
Turnpike Troubadours — 9:30 p.m.
Shooter Jennings — 8 p.m.
The Steel Woods — 6:30 p.m.
Jaime Wyatt — 5:30 p.m.
(Schedule subject to change.)
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