CINCINNATI, OHIO–Ohio River towns offer many different types of festivals, and I’m looking forward to attending a few. More than a few, actually. The types of festivals I like to attend are the ones that celebrate community, like the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, 2012 and 2014, held at Coney Island on the Ohio River.
Festivals are about culture, history and food. Is there one in your town? On the Ohio River?
Folk music has its followers around the world, and even more so is the music that comes from our own Appalachian region here in the United States. So, the opportunity to listen and and see a little culture is an experience to grab hold of.
I like that mountain music. It’s the roots of blue grass. There is nothing like it, and it’s common enough that you can have a group of musicians gather with a banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and you’ve got a band. That’s all it takes. Sure, you can throw in a bass, but you rarely see drums or any kind of percussion instrument.
Grab a bite to eat, something to drink, sit back and just listen. Let the music carry you away to the oldest mountains in the USA—the Appalachians. Yes, they are much older than the Rockies according to geologists. Not as high because they’ve been worn down, but older.
John Denver can take you home on country roads, but I’d really like to just fly, fly away. Listening to that old time mountain music can do that for me.