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Lakes Bluegrass Festival under way in Pine River

The 10th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will run Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 27-30, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River. The festival provides an opportunity to hear some of the nation's best bluegrass artists perform on stage, and offers wor...

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The 10th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will run Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 27-30, at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River.

The festival provides an opportunity to hear some of the nation's best bluegrass artists perform on stage, and offers workshops, jam sessions, camping, food and more.

This year's lineup features:

• Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper: Nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year.

• Becky Buller: Originally from Minnesota, Buller was recently nominated for seven International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA).

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• The Special Concensus: With a Grammy nomination for its Scratch Gravel Road album, this band is a festival favorite.

• Nightflyer: This band brings out a blend of more contemporary bluegrass and throws in a touch of the blues.

• Tommy Brown and County Line Grass: True Mountain bluegrass direct from the state of Kentucky.

Regional artists include The Platte Valley Boys, The Lonesome Tradition, Shaffer's Lost 40, The Sawtooth Brothers, No Grass Limit, Porcupine Creek, Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys, The Berge Family and Blue Wolf.

The festival kicks off Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, with a free old time and country music dance with Eric's Dance Band. The dance is open to the public and no tickets are required.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the main stage runs music from 5-11 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, performances run 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 30, music starts at 10 a.m. and the festival winds up at 2 p.m.

The concert area includes large tents for shade or inclement weather and an indoor venue if needed. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The festival is a family-friendly event, with no alcohol served or allowed in the concert area, though you may bring your own to enjoy in moderation outside of the concert area.

Tickets are also available at the gate for the weekend, any day or evening. For more information or for tickets and camping, visit www.lakesbluegrassfestival.com or call the Pine River Chamber at 800-728-6926.

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