DevouGrass Festival Expanding, Announces Music Lineup
The second annual DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival will be held at Covington’s Devou Park Bandshell on September 26, 2015. The family-friendly fest will remain free to attend and feature music, artisan craft vendors, food trucks, and entertainment for kids of all ages. Proceeds will once again be donated to Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky for youth substance abuse disorder programs.
Among the new additions this fall will be a partnership with The Devou Park Trails Collective to combine their Fall Bike Bonanza with the DevouGrass festival. The collaboration will bring adult races, organized rides, and demonstrations throughout Devou Park. Schedules will be posted as the event nears.
For younger fans, Children, Inc. will help run morning bike races with medals and prizes specifically for kids ages 12 and under. The Kenton County Public Library will also return in 2015 with storytelling and more crafts and hands-on activities for children.
Extra space will be designated to allow for additional food trucks and craft vendors, while both will remain mostly local and varied. A special partnership with Covington’s newest brewery, Braxton Brewing Co., is currently in the planning stages with details to follow soon. A list of vendors will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.
DevouGrass founder, Rebekah Gensler, believes the growth is right on track for the event’s second year. “Growing the festival by strengthening ties with local community groups is what we’ve wanted to do from day one. It was heartening to us last year when, despite not having the best weather, so many people still showed up to support us. We ended up having quite a successful event for CHNK, our vendors, and the community,” says Gensler. She adds, “We’re extremely grateful for that, so we’ve decided to expand a bit this year.”
The 2015 musical lineup features both local and regional favorites of the bluegrass, newgrass, and folk genres, including: Joel the Singing Librarian (Independence, KY), Vernon Macintyre and the Appalachian Grass (Cincinnati, OH), Hickory Robot (Cincinnati, OH), The Misty Mountain String Band (Louisville, KY), and Bawn in the Mash (Paducah, KY).
The first DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival was held on Oct. 4, 2014 in Devou Park and raised more than $10,000 in donations for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
-Staff report/Photo: DevouGrass 2014 (Facebook)