Muscatatuck Park, North Vernon, Ind.
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m., $25, all-ages
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time for road-tripping to an outdoor music festival in another Midwestern county. The third annual River of Blues Music Festival in North Vernon (that’s Jennings County for you map readers) features nine bands.
Headlining are the Elms from Seymour, Ind. Lovers of ’60s garage rock, the Elms are a garage band, not a front porch pickin’ and a grinnin’ act — nor are they just raised in a small town. Universal Records South released the Elms’ album, The Chess Hotel, last year. Also on the bill is the Osgood-based group 650north. The lively and aggressive band recently signed a deal with the Brooklyn Beat record label.
Traveling in from Nashville, Tenn., is Early Evening, which consists of former North Vernon residents Dave and George Daeger. (Check out their album, Nashville Resurrection.) Also from Nashville, via Freetown, is singer-songwriter Don Pedigo.
Representing North Vernon are Code Blue (with an all-original album out, called Observations), Assorted Flavors and Franny Hall. Rusty Bladen from Madison juggles solo band work with five albums out, including music featured in the underappreciated film Madison. Lastly, representing Bloomington, is Romance.
Supporting a variety of Indiana-based musicians with a more than good chance of pleasant weather, the River of Blues Music Festival will make the perfect hour-plus road trip for folk and blues fans out there.
Matthew Socey is host of The Blues House Party, Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WFYI 90.1 FM.