For the first time this year, Fans of the Walnut Valley Festival will be able to watch the show on Stage I via a live stream. The festival has partnered with Mandolin.com to offer livestreaming of the stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 16-18.
Stage I features most of the performers who play at the festival over the weekend. This year, the artists performing there will include The Dillards, The Steel Wheels, Missy Raines & Allegheny, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Juni Fisher, Tom Chapin & Michael Mark, Appalachian Road Show, John McCutcheon, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Bing Futch, Damn Tall Buildings, Rachel Baiman & George Jackson, The Cowboy Way, Bill Evans, Tim May & Steve Smith, 3 TRAILS WEST, Mile Twelve, Byron Berline Band & Legacy Grass, The Gothard Sisters, Pretend Friend, Old Sound, and the Tray Wellington Band. Viewers will also be treated to a set featuring the winners of this year’s National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and another with the International Finger Style Guitar champions.
Live streaming will be available as a stand-alone package, either a day’s worth of streaming for $20, or all three days for $50. In addition, festival promoters will make the streaming available for no additional charge to all those who have purchased tickets to the live festival.
Those who have not purchased tickets to the live festival can find the streaming options at Mandolin.com. Festival-goers who have purchased tickets to this year’s festival online can expect an e-mail with the information needed to access the live feed in the next few days. Fans who bought tickets for cash or did not supply an e-mail address when buying can complete a form on the festival website at from this link by September 10, and will then be sent the information needed to view the show.
The Walnut Valley Festival, traditionally held the 3rd weekend of September in Winfield, KS, draws a crowd of 10,000-15,000 people to celebrate a blend of all kinds of acoustic music, including bluegrass, folk, Americana, a little bit of cowboy, some Celtic, blues, jazz, swing, and more.