Aug. 29--There's nothing quiet about Quiet Valley Ranch this weekend, as the annual Kerrville Fall Music Festival, which opened Friday, continues to strum along.
The event, which is owned by the nonprofit Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation, takes place on 50 unspoiled acres nestled in a peaceful valley located 12 miles south of Interstate 10 on Texas 16 between Kerrville and Medina.
"We had such an amazing opening, and the weekend lineup of events is really spectacular," event producer Dalis Allen said. "This is such a wonderful event. It's all about celebrating musicians and the joy they bring to the world. For me, one of the most exciting things is the Saturday concert with the kids from our Summer Music Camp for Teens."
The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., is at the Threadgill Theater and follows an 11:30 a.m. pancake breakfast at the theater.
"The concert with the kids from the camp is really special, because it showcases their amazing talent."
The young musicians will perform two songs and will be joined on stage by performing artists Bill Ward and Ken Gaines from Shoulder to the Stone; Jena Kirkpatrick the poetry faculty for Music Camp for Teens; and Ray Younkin from Music Doing Good.
"The pros also will do a full set on their own. This concert is not to be missed, and it will include a very special surprise performance," Allen said.
After the concert, people are encouraged to gather at the ballad tree, where they are invited to sing their own songs, "which is always a popular spot at the festival," Allen said.
The main stage weekend's musical lineup includes Ariana Gillis (Canada), Dave Gunning (Canada), Charlie A'Court (Canada), Jon Dee & William Graham (Texas) and Vance Gilbert (Massachusetts), Darryl Purpose (Colorado), Amilia Spicer (California),The Sherpas (Texas, Tennessee and California), Patrice Pike (Texas) and Joe King Carrasco (Mexico).
The music is featured in three five-hour concerts starting at 7 p.m. each evening. The Kennedy Outdoor Theater gates open at 6 p.m.
"Ariana Gillis is a first timer at Kerrville, and I'd say she's eclectic and ethereal in her performance style; really something special," Allen said. "Dave Gunning is just a brilliant songwriter, and his presentation is just lovely. Charlie A'Court, well, if you like blues, he's your guy. He's young, but if you close your eyes, you'd swear he was one of those old blues masters with the gravely blues voice."
At the Kerrville Folk Festival in May, Trout Fishing in America's Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet were joined on stage by Idlet's singer-songwriter daughter, Dana Idlet, "who practically grew up at the festival."
The festival's familial tradition continues Saturday when the father-son duo of Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham take to the stage.
"John Dee has performed here before, but never with his teenage son, William, so this will be special," Allen said.
Other highlights include a performance by Vance Gilbert, "who is delightful, funny and has a voice you'll remember. He could sing a cappella without a mic, and you'd hear him across town."
New Folk Finalists will perform in concert Sunday, as will Darryl Purpose "who has a brilliant new CD," rocker Patrice Pike, who will perform as a duo, and The Sherpas.
"The Sherpas -- Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille and Tom Kimmel -- all perform as solo acts, but they each won at New Folk in 1993, and they decided to form a group," Allen said. "People always get excited when they perform together, and for good reason."
Closing out the festival is the crown king of Tex-Mex, Joe King Carrasco. Carrasco, who makes his home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame twice and also was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Music Academy in 2012.
Allen recommended people arrive early and claim a spot with a blanket or a pillow on the wooden benches or bring a chair and sit on the hill.
There will be an array of vendors, including food and crafts.
Single-day, advance discounted tickets range from $30 to $40, depending on the day of the festival. VIP packages are $250 and include a reserved space in the Kennedy Outdoor Theater from 7 to 10 p.m.
"The VIP package is all-inclusive -- catered food, wine and beer, memorabilia gift bags, a ticket to a wine or beer seminar, tickets to all the concerts and some little extras, plus the pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, which is something new this year," Allen said. "The food will be prepared and served by the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation board members and volunteers.
Festivities also include a BrewFest presenting Texas Microbrews, in addition to the Texas wines that have been featured during this Labor Day event for more than 20 years.
The seminar for Texas wines and food pairings is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The wine seminar will be titled "A Salute to Rod with Reds' in remembrance of Rod Kennedy," founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, who died April 14 at the age of 84.
The seminar for microbrews is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
After 6 p.m. each evening, the Texas wineries and microbreweries will be in booths in the main stage theater, where there will be tastes, glasses and bottles of their current wines and brews available for sale. A booth featuring home brewers will be doing informational seminars and have home brewing equipment available for sale.
The goal for the wine and beer tasting portion of the program is to send guests home "with a greater understanding and appreciation for the great 'spirits' of Texas," Allen said.
About the concerts
The afternoon concerts, which are from 1 to 3 p.m. today (Saturday) and Sunday are performed in the Threadgill Theater, under totally covered seating, and seats fill up fast, Allen said.
Following is the musical lineup:
--Saturday: Ariana Gillis, Dave Gunning, Charlie A'Court, Jon Dee & William Graham and Vance Gilbert
--Sunday Darryl Purpose, Amilia Spicer, The Sherpas, Patrice Pike and Joe King Carrasco.
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