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

By Katie Schultz

Today, Friday the 14th, has plenty in store for visitors to the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival:

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

All day, Juried Fine Arts Show (Main Street)

All day, Crafts & Trades Show (Main Street)

At noon, youth showcase begins on the South Stage (Gambier and Main). 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.

12-8 pm, visitors are welcome to attend a quilt show that is separate from the festival, held at the YMCA, 200 W. Chestnut.

At 1:00 pm, Dana and Riley Kemmer perform on the square (main stage).

At 1:30 pm, Diane Dingler's Students perform on the square.

At 2:00 pm, Alexi Kamer performs on the South Stage. Alexi Kamer is 16 years old, a junior in high school, and has played violin for the past six years. Someday she'd like to move to Seattle, after she finishes college, or maybe even picking a college there. She aspires to be a Genetics Engineer. This year at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, Alexi teams up with her teacher, Meg Litteral, and will play some great twin fiddle to some memorable old-time fiddle tunes.

At 2:30 pm, Parlor Voice performs on the South Stage. Parlor Voice is the solo project of Johnson Cochran, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Pictures We Take, his debut EP, was released in 2014. Currently a senior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Johnson aspires to live and work as a musician, producer, and recording engineer.

At 2:30 pm, Bri Smith performs on the square. Brianna is a sophomore in high school. She has been studying voice with Diane Dingler for four years. She has performed as Annie in the MTVarts production of "Annie." She has also performed as Bell in "Beauty and the Beast," Sour Kangaroo in "Suessical the Musical," soloist in "Godspell," and has had numerous supporting roles as well. She has performed in the MVHS May Fiesta and at the Dan Emmett festival in 2012 and 2013. She is the 2013 Knox Idol Youth winner. Her future plan is to attend college and major in musical theater.

At 3:30 pm, Jimmy Burcham performs on the square. Jimmy became interested in magic when he disappeared at the age of 4 during a magic show! Since then, he's been practicing and honing his skills in the magical arts. He has performed at local talent shows, birthday parties, business engagements, and charity events.

At 4:00 pm, Matthew Dinnen performs on the square. Matthew Dinnen will be an 8th grader this year. Matthew loves to sing and also enjoys playing the guitar, piano, and drums. He is a member of his high school's choir, concert band, and jazz band, and has performed for Food for the Hungry, First Friday, area nursing homes, his church, and some local theater productions. Matthew is very excited to be part of this year's Dan Emmett Festival and hopes you come downtown to enjoy it, too!

At 4:00 pm, Cosmic Pizza Garage Funk Band perform on the South Stage. The Cosmic Pizza Garage Funk Band is Andrew Clarkson (guitars), Ian Clarkson (bass), Taylor Dallas (drums), John Kolberg (trumpet), Molly Narkis (saxophone), and Conor Tazewell (vocals). The band formed from the remnants of Andrew, Ian, and Taylor's previous band, The Project.  They teamed up with Conor, who had played in a number of bands with Andrew already. They brought on John and Molly on horns to round out their sound. The Cosmic Garage Funk Band will be playing a unique mix of jazzy rock, hip hop, and soul covers and originals that can only be described as "Garage Funk."

At 4-8 pm, Visitors are welcome to attend a Flower Show that is separate from the festival at the Living Center, 201 N Main.

At 4:30 pm, Alex Ashbrook performs on the square.

At 5:30 pm, TaVaci School of Performing Arts performs on the South Stage. The TaVaci School of Performing Arts is excited to be performing for the 11th year at the festival! TaVaci is a children's singing/performing group in Knox County. Youth ages 3-14 learn vocal technique, choreography, drama, and stage presence in weekly lessons. TaVaci performs in two concerts each year at the Memorial Theater as well as performances in the Knox County Fair and Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival. Classes registering now! For more information please contact Diane Groom at (740)397-3992 or email

At 6:00 pm, Ted Rice & Friends perform at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main.

At 6-8 pm, Find the Woodward Opera House Tours at 103 S Main. For more information, visit

At 6:30 pm, Elixir performs on the Main Stage. Bringing an old-fashioned, toe-tapping, fun performance Elixir re-invents Americana music with unique and traditional arrangements including original songs that fit in with the classics, audience participation, history, sing-a-longs, period dress, and family oriented entertainment.  Elixir consists of founding member Mike Petee on bass, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Chris Petee on guitar, guitjo, percussion and vocals, and Gerry Rensel on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals.

Imagine the Beach Boys doing "Skip to My Lou," a reggae version of "Down in the Valley┬Ł," audiences doing syncopated clapping to "Follow the Drinking Gourd," or a rollicking sing-a-long to "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain┬Ł". Oh yes and they even to a rap song..."The Old Chisholm Trail." Hard to imagine...then come and see Elixir and see for yourself whether or not older musicians should rap!

Elixir plays guitars, electric bass, mandolin, banjo and fun percussive instruments during their performances and known for their creative and distinctive vocal harmonies. Audiences of all ages have found Elixir's shows fun, humorous, entertaining and memorable. Take home a souvenir of your visit to the 2015 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, take home the souvenir memory of an Elixir performance.

At 6:30 pm, Desmond Wall performs on the South Stage.

At 7:30 pm, Chestnut Ridge performs on the South Stage. The gospel group, Chestnut Ridge, is from central Ohio and has been playing together for about 9 years. Members include: Jeanell Branstool, Danville, Ohio - mandolin and vocals; Jim Dunfee, Warsaw, Ohio - guitar and vocals; Mickey Holback, Marion, Ohio - banjo and vocals; Rex Hackley, Newark, Ohio - Dobro, Duane Hardesty, New Comerstown, Ohio - Bass; and Pete Streiber, Mount Vernon, Ohio - Fiddle. They enjoy playing for churches, extended care facilities, community gatherings, festivals, fundraisers and family events. Visit their website at

At 7:30 pm, Owl Creek performs at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 120 S. Main.

At 8:00 pm, Heritage Singers perform on the Main Stage. Mount Vernon Heritage Singers are a local group consisting of community members who share the love of music and close harmony. Singing purely a capella, the group strives to present sophisticated and entertaining music related to our country's heritage. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

At 9:00 pm, Knox Idol - Finals will take place on the Main Stage.

Don't forget about all the concessions stands that offer a variety of delicious foods and drinks!

For more information, visit

*Schedule subject to change*
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