On its 41st anniversary, a new headliner will open the three-night Batesville Music and Arts Festival.
“A Summer Evening in the Park” is the theme of a performance by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra Wednesday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Park. Composed of the leading central Indiana professional instrumentalists and vocalists, the group will perform a two-hour concert of big band, patriotic and Broadway melodies. There could also be tunes from the Great American Songbook and others made famous by Frank Sinatra or composed by Hoosiers Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael.
The 16th annual Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show is slated for Thursday, June 19. All original works created by area artists can be viewed from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Church building at the southeast intersection of Main and George streets and winners will be announced, said Joan Kuhlman, RAA executive director and festival committee member.
With the street blocked to vehicles, attendees will be able to buy food at a Batesville Area Historical Society cookout and wander from the art show to a concert by Mother Grove, a five-piece Celtic rock band, in the parking lot across the street from 7-9 p.m. The Batesville Memorial Public Library is sponsoring the Indianapolis band as part of its After Hours Concert Series. “Bring your lawn chairs,” suggests library director Mike Kruse.
On Friday, June 20, the traditional Country Showdown presented by Batesville radio station WRBI and Jim True Ford, Brookville, wraps up the fest back at the park. The local winner of this 33rd round of America’s largest country music talent search advances to the state fair competition with the possibility of moving to regional and national contests with big cash prizes.
The Kiwanis Club of Batesville will be selling dinners and snacks both evenings at the park.