Ohio River Folk Festival this weekend in Madison 

One of Indiana's best festivals, Ohio River Folk Festival, moves into its fifth year this weekend (May 21-23). Look at the highlights of this one: brilliant and retro bands like Asylum Street Spankers and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Genuine legends Loudon Wainwright III and The Subdudes. And a full afternoon of regional artists on Sunday. You ever been to Madison? It's freakin' be-a-utiful. And the river folks like to have a good time. If you go, have a drink at the Broadway Tavern, the oldest bar in an old town, and then wander to Shipley's at night. That's where the party goes when it gets late. And then to Hinkle's Hamburgers on Main St. for greasy gut bombs at 3am.

Oh, there's more to hear. I've got your schedule below, and a couple video bits below to let you create your own preview...and may I say, The Subdudes will rock, and have for years.


6pm: Uncle Monk
8pm: Eilen Jewel
10pm: Asylum Street Spankers

2pm: Tillers
4pm: Krista Dator
6pm: Carolina Chocolate Drops
8pm: Loudon Wainwright III
10pm: The Subdudes


Noon: Bomar and Ritter
12:30pm Lyrics Alive
1:00pm Dave Dwyer
1:30pm Jimmy Mundane
2:00pm Matt (Meyers) and Katie (Toupin)
2:30pm Emily Ann Thompson
3:00pm Jill Knight
4:00pm Rusty Bladen
5:00pm Mickey Clark and Blue Norther

The Subdudes - "Love is a Beautiful Thing" (Live)
Asylum Street Spankers - "Sittin' on Top of the World" (Live)
Loudon Wainwright III - "The Swimming Song" (Live)
Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Hit 'Em Up in Style" (Live)


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