A glorious weekend in the Arkansas Ozarks ushered in the 6th annual Harvest Music Festival with 72 acts scheduled for Oct. 13 through 16 on Mulberry Mountain. Appropriately titled Yonder Harvest Music Festival for the second year in a row, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band jammed their string-loving hearts out for at least three hours each night on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
A resonating acoustic sound of banjos, mandolins, and fiddles danced through the campgrounds, assuring there was a band to be found on one of the four stages. Also selected to perform over the weekend was Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, including returning member Howard Levy, who dished out some intense harmonica and piano for the jazz-evolved bluegrass quartet on Saturday evening. Other acts included Kansas-based Split Lip Rayfield, who had supporters hailing from a throng of different states, and That 1 Guy, a stand-alone musician who plays a homemade pipe bass that possesses a uniqueness with which no other instrument could possibly contend.
The family friendly atmosphere on the mountain provided a relaxing ambiance during both day and night. With activities such as the ever-popular morning yoga, as well as children’s events hosted by Quixotic Fusion School of Performing Arts, and a multitude of vendors lining the path to the Backwoods Stage, there was never a dull moment.