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  • Groovefest Is Here
    by Carin Miller
    Published - 06/23/14 - 08:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Johnson Family Band rocking the Groovefest American Music Festival stage in 2011.
    Johnson Family Band rocking the Groovefest American Music Festival stage in 2011.
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    (CEDAR CITY) – The 2014 Groovefest Music and Art Festival starts today with the first of seven days of musical folly throughout Cedar City, and there is no shortage of activities to get involved with between now and the festival’s end.

    Groovefest founders Tim and Lisa Cretsinger have managed once again to pull together a remarkable number of quality entertainers to dazzle the thousands of music lovers who flock from all over the country to shake their stuff.

    Despite Tim’s cancer diagnosis in late December, he and the Groove Crew vowed to follow through on the massive undertaking of bringing the weeklong festival to fruition claiming, “The show must go on” – and by the looks of the extensive schedule this week, they have certainly succeeded.

    For those who aren’t sure about all of the details, here is a complete list of upcoming Groovefest Art and Music Festival activities good for the whole family – well most of them anyway.

    Monday

    Groove Kids at Historic Cedar Theatre, 33 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah begins at 7 p.m., and will feature Iron County’s most up and coming young artist in a show designed to celebrate “the next generation of musicians.”

    The performance is free, and will showcase the talents of: Allyson Holcomb, Katrina Brunson, Clara Walker, Sandy Pulsipher, Kennedy Owens, Tyler Griffiths, Sammy Brue, Britton Gardner and Kailey Gilbert , Jack Vickers and Britton Gardner, Rangestorm, The Jordan Family Band and The Academy Show Band.

    Tuesday

    LitFest: The Energy of Words, at The Grind Coffee House, 19 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature poetry and literary readings to titillate the mind. This year’s readers include Utah poet laureate Lance Larsen, resident authors Helen Boswell, JS Wayne and a return reading from Rae Lewis of her late husband Grover Lewis’ writing focused on Woody Guthrie.

    Wednesday

    Campfire Concert in the Canyon at Cedar Canyon Nature Park, about two miles east of Cedar City, Utah on State Route 14 begins at 7:30 p.m. and is fun for the whole family. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair, or a blanket, a picnic basket and relax by the fire under the stars while soaking up the tunes.

    Artists scheduled for this event are The Swift Sheppard Project at 8:30 p.m. and Good Company at 9 p.m.

    Thursday

    There will be two shows Thursday to kick off the weekend’s festivities. The first will be at The Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 19 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah featuring Loves It at 7:30 p.m. followed by Harper at 8:30 p.m.

    After that, the afterhours show kicks into gear at Mike’s Tavern, 90 W. Hoover Ave., Cedar City, Utah with Blammity Blam at 10 p.m. Friday

    Friday

    Begins two full days of live music in Main Street Park, Cedar City, Utah starting at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the live music onstage, there will be over 50 vendors displaying a variety of artistic talents both regional and national.

    Fifteen separate acts will take the stage throughout the day, and there will be three workshops offered at alternate locations during the day. Fridays schedule is as follows:

    Main Street Park

    12:30 p.m. Wilhelm (Main Stage)

    1:15 p.m. Robert Frolli (Second Stage)

    1:30 p.m. Loves It (Main Stage)

    2:30 p.m. Shakespeare Cabaret (Second Stage)

    2:45 p.m. Bottled Monkey (Main Stage)

    3:45 p.m. Common Ground (Second Stage)

    4:00 p.m. Blammity Blam (Main Stage)

    5:00 p.m. Jolly Pants (Second Stage)

    5:15 p.m. Screen Door Porch (Main Stage)

    6:15 p.m. Jason Gottfried (Second Stage)

    6:30 p.m. The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (Main Stage)

    7:30 p.m. Efficiency (Second Stage)

    7:45 p.m. Harper (Main Stage)

    9:15 p.m. Swift Sheppard Project (Second Stage)

    9:30 p.m. Stranger (Main Stage)

    Workshops

    All workshops will take place the The Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 19 N Main St, Cedar City, Utah.

    2:00 p.m. Heather Wilhelm – Jazzing Up a Fiddle Melody

    3:30 p.m. Harper – Australian Didgeridoo

    5:00 p.m. Cee Cee James – The Vocal Volcano

    After Hours Show

    10:30 p.m. The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at Mike’s Tavern, 90 W. Hoover Ave., Cedar City, Utah.

    Saturday

    Main Street Park

    12:30 p.m. Jason Tyler Burton (Main Stage)

    1:15 p.m. Groove Kids (Second Stage)

    1:30 p.m. Alice Wallace (Main Stage)

    2:30 p.m. 3 Hat Trio (Second Stage)

    2:45 p.m. Poeina Suddarth (Main Stage)

    3:45 p.m. Mikalene Ipson (Second Stage)

    4:00 p.m. Steph Johnson Trio (Main Stage)

    5:00 p.m. Sally and Friends (Second Stage)

    5:15 p.m. The Warren G. Hardings (Main Stage)

    6:15 p.m. Good Company (Second Stage)

    6:30 p.m. Felix Y Los Gatos (Main Stage)

    7:30 p.m. Jason Tyler Burton (Second Stage)

    7:45 p.m. Blair Crimmins and The Hookers (Main Stage)

    9:15 p.m. House of Sons (Second Stage)

    9:30 p.m. Cee Cee James (Main Stage)

    Workshops

    All workshops will take place the The Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 19 N Main St, Cedar City, Utah.

    2:00 p.m. Warren G. Hardings – Open Bluegrass Jam

    3:15 p.m. Alice Wallace – Yodeling

    4:30 p.m. Taylor Kennedy of Blair Crimmins & the Hookers – How to Not Be An Annoying Saxophone Player

    After Hours Show

    10:30 p.m. The Warren G. Hardings at Mike’s Tavern, 90 W. Hoover Ave., Cedar City, Utah.

    Sunday

    Wind down from the weekends festivities Sunday at The Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 19 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah at 11 a.m. with Alice Wallace at the Groovefest Gospel Brunch.

    The Groovefest wrap up show at Mike’s Tavern, 90 W. Hoover Ave. Cedar City, Utah, will immediately follow the Groovefest Gospel Brunch with the Groovefest Redemption Hour featuring Cee Cee James in one final performance before hitting the road to the next venue.

    More information including music samples and the history of the festival can be found at groovefestutah.com
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