East Troy Bluegrass Festival is back on square

The East Troy Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 28th year with a weekend lineup that once again includes two of the industry’s biggest names.

      The two-day East Troy Bluegrass Festival, presented by the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 at East Troy Village Square Park, 2881 Main St.

      “We are so excited to bring this event back to East Troy Village Square Park for the first time in two years,” said Vanessa Lenz, East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Director. “We are looking forward to a great festival and invite you to come check out our downtown.”

      “Walk along the streets of our downtown historic Village Square, with a history that is well-preserved and now ripe with a little bit of everything: a mean brewing scene, diverse event line up and a big food scene that put cities five times its size to shame.”

      The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

      The Day 1 lineup will feature Deeper Shade of Blue. Since forming in 2001, the North Carolina bluegrass group has solidified its place as a keystone in the genre, having released six self-produced albums while touring and earning high billing on festivals nationwide.

      Six-time International Bluegrass Music Association winners Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers will take the main stage Day 2.

      Staying true to the festival’s roots, local, emerging and popular regional bands will pepper each day’s lineup.


10 a.m. Open Stage (bands, duos, trios)

11 a.m. Sawdust Symphony

12 p.m. KR Bluegrass

1 p.m.       Fox Crossing Stringband

2 p.m. Band Scramble

3 p.m.       Piper Road Spring Band

4 p.m. Deeper Shade of Blue

After The Show

6 to 9 p.m. Piper Road Spring Band at East Troy Brewery, 2905 Main St.,

6 to 9 p.m. Fox Crossing Band at The Hive Taproom, W2463 County Road ES


10 a.m. Gospel Service featuring Anderegg Family

11:30 a.m. Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and Fiddle Contests

1 p.m. Strings to Roam

2 p.m. The Andereggs

3 p.m. Mark Hembree Band

4 p.m. Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers

      In addition to the musical entertainment, other festival highlights include a popular food court featuring local fare and a Marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans and farmers market vendors.

      Admission is $10 per person. Children 15 and younger are admitted free.

      Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs

For more information, visit easttroybluegrass.com.

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