Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival

Norwich, CT Welcomes Podunk Music Festival
February 24, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Roger Moss, 860-987-7744, crmoss@cityofnorwich.org  

February 24, 2012 (Norwich, CT)—Podunk President, Mike Wilcox has announced that The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will be held at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT, August 2-5, 2012. There is a buzz of excitement surrounding the decision to move the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2010 Event of the Year to a new location. Festival board members involved in the production of Podunk assures patrons that the tradition of invariable quality and a first class festival experience will continue in Norwich.

After a meeting in January 2012 with East Hartford, Connecticut's mayor, the Podunk Executive Board felt strongly that searching for a new home was in the best interest of Podunk Music Festival, ultimately resulting in the move to Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Long time Podunk Festival Producer, Roger Moss said, “Bluegrass, like baseball, is an American pastime so we are moving everything from the ball field at Martin Park to the diamond at Dodd.”  

Dodd Stadium offers several wonderful amenities that includes plenty of easy access day and handicapped parking. The stadium layout will allow covered but open air space for vendor displays with a view of the stage. Attendees will still be able to set up lawn chairs on the field in front of the bands as in years past. Seating in the stadium will be open to all as well. Dodd Stadium will also welcome campers on site as there are two large areas set aside for weekend camping, offering more space than what has been available in years past. It is level, dry and has a fine gravel base that is easy to maneuver. These spots are only occasionally used for overflow parking during baseball games and have begun sprouting a grassy cover with disuse. Each one is surrounded by a tree line which allows for a potentially good place for tents.  Podunk will bring in a water tank truck for the weekend. There will be access to free showers in the team’s locker rooms. Rosewood Sound will continue to provide artists and music fans the same high standard of listening excellence.  

In the five months ahead, the organizers of The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will brainstorm to gather and implement ideas that will make this year at Dodd Stadium unique and remarkable. As a group, the board members have years of experience planning the Podunk weekend and take great pride in fine tuning the details to give attendees many reasons to return to Podunk year after year. This year's event offers an unprecedented lineup of talent including Dailey & Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, The Grascals, Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, The Roys, The Spinney Brothers, The Hillbenders, NewTown, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Belfry Fellows, The Original New Coon Creek Girls and previously unannounced Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea!  As always there will be plenty of campground pickin’, kid and adult academies, band and songwriter competitions and workshops galore including one especially for songwriters. Tickets are available now and if ordered prior to July 1st, offer deep discounts. For more information on the Podunk Music Festival, please visit www.PodunkBluegrass.com.

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