Music kicks off festival Friday

PLYMOUTH — The Yellow River Festival has announced its 2011 music and entertainment schedule.
This year’s lineup will feature performances by regional favorites Gold Mine Pickers and Kennedy’s Kitchen. Gold Mine Pickers play what they refer to as “a rich, fun blend of Americana, bluegrass, folk, old-time and Irish music — with dashes of country, and jam for good measure.” Kennedy’s Kitchen blends traditional Irish folk with hearty Celtic-flavored original tunes.
The fun begins the day before the festival itself, with performances across Marshall County Friday, June 3. Friday events are sponsored by Encore Performing Arts, Inc. Look for: Marcy Prochaska playing hammered dulcimer  at the Argos Public Library (2 p.m.), Beth Pare and her harp at Culver Coffee Company (6 p.m.), folk music by “Lane, Jenny, and friends” (members of Shakin’ Hammers String Band and guests) at Bremen’s Italian Coffee Bar (7 p.m.), George Schricker and Gene Ley at the Marshall County Historical Museum in Plymouth (12 p.m.), and Pay the Piper at Opie’s Deli  in Plymouth (7 p.m.).
On Saturday, June 4, people can hear music all day at the Yellow River Festival’s main stage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ranging from traditional folk ballads to stomping string band tunes, the music will reflect popular and folk music from the 1800s along with American Indian drumming. Saturday morning starts with a pre-festival warm-up show featuring Yesterday’s News (8 a.m.) and Brent Martin (8:30 a.m.). At 9 a.m., the Opening Ceremony will center around a Mayoral Proclamation and official naming of the park followed by Shakin’ Hammers String Band. The Winter Hawk Drums will perform at 10 a.m. Music  fans will be treated to Liza and Mark Woolever (11 a.m.), then Marcy Prochaska and Beth Pare (noon), followed by Marshall County Women (a choir) singing Civil War songs and the yearly open mic. Pay the Piper takes the stage at 2 p.m., then Gold Mine Pickers at 3 p.m., with Winter Hawk Drums performing again at 4 p.m. Festival-goers of all ages are invited to take part annual “contra dance,” featuring Karen Andrews, at 5 p.m. Prairie Dogs perform at 6 p.m., with Kennedy’s Kitchen headlining at 7 p.m.
The festival will also feature “Johnny Appleseed” played by Steve McPhail, who has appeared as the colorful pioneer at events throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois.
As always, the Yellow River Festival happens on the first Saturday in June, this year: Saturday, June 4. The festival will take place on LaPorte Street on the banks of the Yellow River in Plymouth. More information is available at