The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will open the Batesville Music & Arts Festival Wednesday, June 20, with a performance at Liberty Park (please see box).
Fifteen musicians will perform "Broadway tunes, patriotic songs and summertime favorites," reports Jeff Anderson, the group's musical and artistic director.
"We will do a very audience-friendly show and will play things people will recognize. We try to entertain and educate people and make it fun for everybody. Anyone who enjoys live music will enjoy the show."
On Thursday, June 21, the 20th annual Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show reception takes place at Amack's Well, 103 E. George St. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Artists 18 and older will be awarded prizes in four categories: fine arts 2-D, fine arts 3-D, applied arts and photography. The artwork will be displayed there until July 10.
On that same evening, there will be musical entertainment at the park. "The Adventures of Frog and Toad" will be presented by Miss Shannon's Music Studio. The cast includes Kloie Lehman, Lily Gellenbeck, Vincent Keck, Quinn Keck, Jamey Rowe, Fiona Walmsley, Rose Yunger, Adalynn Fledderman, Caroline Tan, Addison McGuire, Sophia Hoenstein, Katie Hoenstein and Adria Combs.
In addition, Jonathon and Samantha Stinson will be singing selections of classical and musical theater pieces; Bryce and Shannon Mullins will be playing favorite hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s and now; Michael and Carly Barnes will do a few flute and percussion pieces; and the Yorkridge Boys will play classic country hits, according to Shannon Mullins.
The fest will wrap up Friday, June 22, with country music performances by an individual and a band who are based in Nashville, Tennessee: Dustin Huff, a Decatur County native, and The Howlin' Brothers, an old-time country blues/string band.
Local restaurants will provide food, drinks and alcohol at the park each evening: Wednesday, The Sherman; Thursday, Big Four Cafe; and Friday, Izzy's. In addition, Snikkers & Peanuts, B&G Dairy Bar and Kona Ice will provide sweet treats.
The fest is organized by the Mayor's Committee for the Performing Arts. There is no charge for the public to attend the musical events, but freewill offerings will be taken. The RAA, city, area businesses, organizations and individuals help fund the 45th annual festival.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.
Batesville Music & Arts Festival
Wednesday, June 20
7:30 p.m. – Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, June 21
5:30 p.m. – "The Adventures of Frog and Toad"
6-8 p.m. – RAA Community Art Show (Amack's Well)
6:30 p.m. – Jonathon and Samantha Stinson
7:30 p.m. – Bryce and Shannon Mullins, Michael and Carly Barnes
8 p.m. – Yorkridge Boys
Friday, June 22
7 p.m. – Dustin Huff
7:30 p.m. – The Howlin' Brothers