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Today's Events at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival

By Katie Schultz


August 13, 2015 - 9:49 PM


Today, Thursday the 13th, has a lot in store for visitors to the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival in Mount Vernon:


All day, the Antique Vehicles will be displayed and open for public viewing.

At noon, the Youth Showcase will be held on the South Stage (Gambier and Main). The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival showcases the incredible talent of Knox County's youth, and the Youth Showcase is a perfect place for young performers to start. The Showcase is open to all school-aged youth from grades 1-12. Many past performers of the Showcase have gone on to appear as individual performers on stages at the Dan Emmett Festival, throughout central Ohio, and even abroad. Some have gone on to become Knox Idol contestants and winners.

At 1:00 pm, enjoy a performance by Lauren Cagle on the Main Stage (Public Square).

At 1:30 pm, Abby Baker will perform on the Main Stage.

At 2:00 pm, Hailey Davis takes the Main Stage. Hailey Renee Davis is 10 years old and lives in Fredericktown, Ohio.  Hailey has been in TaVaci for 6 years. She has also been taking voice lessons for 5 years and guitar lessons for 1 year from Yvonne Sanson. Hailey has sung the National Anthem for many different events, including baseball games, TaVaci concerts, and most recently for the opening of the Rodney Atkins concert at the Knox County Fair. She has also sung for the Youth Showcase at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, the Disney Cruise talent show, school talent show, and also has performed at local parties and other events. Music is Hailey's passion, and she wants to continue singing and playing her guitar for others.

At 2:00 pm, Live to Life is on the South Stage. A Life to Live began in early 2015 as three siblings taking private music lessons joined up with a classmate to form their first band.

Mason and Parker Wise were taking drum and guitar lessons every Sunday with local rock musician Adam Taylor, with hopes of individual performances in the school talent show.  Parker, still a fifth grader at the time, figured he'd have a guitar solo ready for his sixth-grade year.  Mason prepared his first drum solo and successfully performed in the 2014 MVMS talent show as a sixth grader.

Their older sister, Ivy Wise, was taking piano lessons at the time and performed in the same talent show.  As 2014 drew to a close, Ivy expressed a desire to learn to play guitar and began taking lessons.  As talks of putting together a band with her younger brothers developed, and realizing a bass player was needed, Ivy stepped up and took on the role, bringing her longtime friend Kennedy Thomas into the mix as their prospective lead singer.

Kennedy, being the daughter of a musician, had often sung with her father as he played his guitar and was more than experienced to take on the role

As they prepared for the 2105 MVMS talent show, it became clear the students had more to offer than a singular performance.  Once the talent show had concluded, the group began working on a set list to being performing in the future.

A Life to Live plays an array of high-energy, crowd-friendly rock and pop music and is anxiously awaiting their appearance in the 2015 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.

At 2:30 pm, Max Wolfe performs on the Main Stage.

At 3:00 pm, Kate Redfield performs on the Main Stage.

At 3:00 pm, see a performance by Uncorrections on the South Stage. Aidan Clarkson, Alex Diehl, and Mary Harris make up the band, Uncorrections. All three will be sophomores in the fall and have been playing together for a year now. The band mostly plays alternative rock and indie music. Aidan plays the drums most often, Alex plays the keyboard and bass, and Mary plays the guitar. All three sing and can play other instruments. Uncorrections plays to have fun and their motto is, "as long as it sounds cool."

At 3:30 pm, Rachel Reinhart performs on the Main Stage.

At 4:00 pm, Parole Models perform on the South Stage. Parole Models is made up of Victor Lowe on guitar, Ian Clarkson on bass, and Thomas Rice, who drums and sings. The band was formed this summer after a jam session between Victor and Thomas. After inviting Ian to play with them, the boys were able to play their first gig after just two practices. Thomas is a rising Junior in high school, Victor will be a Freshman at Denison University this fall, and Ian will be a Freshman at Bates College.

At 5:30 pm, The TaVaci Summer Students perform.

At 6:00 pm, enjoy, Chautauqua Performances, when they perform at ThePLace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main. First appearing at the 2011 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, the Chautauqua Beatles filled ThePlace@TheWoodward to overflowing. With the type of response the group performed for the FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY for the last three years leaving all those in attendance wanting more. The Chautauqua Beatles consist of Desmond Wall, Bill Miller, Roy Rush and Mike Petee.  If you missed them before, don't miss them again, and if you saw them before, come and see more of your Beatles favorites.

At 6:00 pm, cheer competitions will be held throughout the festival.

At 6:30 pm, Kokosing River Surf Club rocks out on the Main Stage. The Kokosing River Surf Club delivers an upbeat and exciting show. Mixing a wide variety of Classic Rock from the 50s to the late 70s, blending in a dose of Blues and a touch of County, the Surf Club will keep you on your feet and rockin the night away... Covering hits from Jerry Lee Lewis to the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad to Joe Walsh, Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Rolling Stones, these seasoned musicians offer an exciting and interactive show. The Surf Club promises a quality musical experience and is adaptable to any size venue, and can provide their own pa system, or work with your resident sound staff... We pride ourselves as professionals, tailoring sound levels and logistical requirements to fit your schedule.

At 7:30 pm, Knox Idol- Semi-Finals, will be held on the South Stage. The 2015 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival will hold its 10th annual Knox Idol Competition! This friendly singing contest showcases some of the area’s leading vocal talent, and allows the public to determine the top musical performers in Knox County. Performers will sing their hearts out at a chance to win Knox Idol in one of two categories: Youth (ages 14 to 18) and Young Adult (ages 19 to 29). This year’s Young Adult first place receives a $1,000 cash prize, second place $100. The Youth first place award is $200, and second place $50.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in ThePlace@TheWoodward.  The top contestants will be selected by a panel of local judges.  Last year's Knox Idol judges were Marcy Rhinehart from MVNU and Corey Strinka from Highland High School.

The Semi-Finals of the Knox Idol competition will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 on the First-Knox South Stage.  The Knox Idol Finals will take place at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 14 on the First-Knox Main Stage. Contestants will perform before a live audience during both rounds of the competition.  The audience will determine the fate of each contestant during each round.  Ballot sets will be available for purchase for those wishing to vote for a $1 donation. All proceeds collected during Knox Idol will be donated to the Woodward Opera House restoration project.

At 8:00 pm, the Dan Emmett Unsung Hero Award will be presented on the Main Stage.

At 8:30 pm, go back in time when Phil Dirt & The Dozers perform on the Main Stage. Phil Dirt & The Dozers are America's premiere "Rock 'N R'oldies" review (and the most popular vintage rock and roll show in the nation) will help you recapture those wonderful days! With their musical talent, high energy and contagious sense of humor, Phil Dirt & The Dozers will transport you to another time and place...namely, the 50's, 60's, and 70's of Rock and Roll! Imagine hearing The Four Seasons' Sherry with the original falsetto vocals intact...or the hauntingly beautiful Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody or their You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling or the beautiful ballads of Roy Orbison including Pretty Woman and In Dreams. Party on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. And imagine the Platters' soul-stirring Only You performed with all the scratches and skips found on a well-worn 33 1/3 record, the way The Dozers first learned it! The Phil Dirt Time Machine also stops in the '70's, where you'll experience some of this decade's greatest hits including those from the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, The Eagles and even the O'Jays.


Throughout the festival, concession stands with a variety of food will be open to customers. Enjoy Greek food from Athens Greek Restaurant to BBQ ribs from Jeph's Barnyard Bundles, and classic festival food like shaved ice, fried veggies, and corn dogs.

For more information, visit www.danemmettfestival.org.


*schedule is subject to change*
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