The annual Glen Rose Bluegrass Jamboree Festival — historically the most popular event at Oakdale Park — is right around the corner.
The spring 2018 Jamboree is set for April 5-7, with seven bands scheduled to perform traditional bluegrass music for the public. Also, on Wednesday, April 4, there will be a free bean and cornbread supper in the Oakdale Park Convention Center, hosted by the Paluxy River Bluegrass Association.
The bands scheduled to perform are Catahoula Drive, the Kevin Prater Band, Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation, the Kody Norris Show, the Robert Mabe Band, Salt Creek, and Downtown String Band & the Paluxy Pickers.
The Bluegrass Jamboree has been staged in Glen Rose almost every year since 1972. It was under a different name for a while, but the original name was restored last fall. Spring and fall Bluegrass Jamboree events will continue to be held each year.
“We’re looking forward to this,” said Oakdale Park Manager Michael Leamons, who is a bluegrass music fan. “The two Bluegrass Jamborees are our biggest events during the year.”
Leamons said that improvements are being made to the outdoor stage area where the performances are held.
“We’re really excited to be hosting another Bluegrass Jamboree, and we’ve got some wonderful bands,” said Kristen Gibson, city events director for Glen Rose. “We’re looking forward to seeing everybody and having lots of wonderful music together.”
The hours for the first day of performances (Thursday, April 5) will be from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5 will have performances from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will start at 10 a.m. and continue through 11 p.m.
The Downtown String Band & the Paluxy Pickers, along with Salt Creek, will be performing only on April 5. Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation will perform on all three days.
The tickets for Thursday’s show are $15. The cost for Friday or Saturday is $25. A three-day pass is available for $55. Kids age 16 and under will have free admission.
For tickets or more information, call 254-897-3081.
For lodging information at Oakdale Park, call 254-897-2321. Leamons said that the RV rental spaces at Oakdale Park are sold out for that weekend, but there is a waiting list because some cancellations may occur.