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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Aug. 09, 2019

Buzzing Around Town

Indiana State Fair
Pioneer Village
This is my happiest time of the year - we're into Indiana State Fair season. Even though I'm busy with work and going to the Fair each day and writing about it, I'm energized. I'm sure all of the walking and fresh air are part of the equation also - I hope you get a chance to spend some time at the Fair poking around.
Music at the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village.
Music at the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village.
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle

My favorite place in the Fairgrounds is Pioneer Village. Not only are there demonstrations and displays and people preserving history - there is a whole lot of fine music. You'll find music on front porch and stage of the Pioneer Village Building and films, music, and a musical titled, "Hoosier Heroes and Indiana Songs" on the Opry House stage.
The musical will have an open dress rehearsal in the Opry House on Thursday, August 8 from 7 pm, and will be performed on Friday, August 9 at 7 pm, Saturday, August 10 at 3 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 3 pm.
From now through Friday, August 16, 2019, films recorded of the tribute shows to WLS National Barn Dance, salutes to Indiana Farm wives, and past State Fair musical performances will be shown.
Also in the Opry House on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from noon - 2 pm the Divin' Ducks will take the stage with a celebration of blues man, Yank Rachell's song book.
There are plenty of Broad Ripple based musicians playing on the Pioneer Village stage.
Sunday, August 11, 2019, 4 - 6 pm: Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine (blues/soul/traditional folk)
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 & 14, 2019, noon - 3 pm: Mac Bellner is back for the State Fair. You know her from her Hogeye Navvy days playing at the Aristocrat. You can find her on the front porch playing traditional American songs.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 6 - 8 pm: New Augusta Acoustic Duo will be playing bluegrass.
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 6 - 8 pm: Proctor & Strunk will be playing Americana tunes.
I always know that whatever music I hear in Pioneer Village is sure to be great, thanks to Bill Bailey for booking and managing the music.
I hope to see you all at the Fair - I'll be the one grinning wildly!

Not-for-profit director by day, music writer by night, Nora Spitznogle reviews music that happened and previews music and events around Broad Ripple Village. Nora managed CATH Inc coffeehouse at 54th Street and College Avenue for seven years. During that time she hosted hundreds of local and touring musicians, both at the coffeehouse and her home. When CATH closed in 2004 and the music was no longer coming to her, she had to wander from her corner of Broad Ripple to see what is happening elsewhere. You can find her at Second Helpings during the work day, waitressing at the Red Key on Saturday nights and prowling Broad Ripple music venues the rest of the time. Visit Nora's Web site, send any questions, comments or suggestions to
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