TUNKHANNOCK — The days may be getting shorter as summer winds down, but the caliber of talent offered at the Cornstock Folk Festival in Tunkhannock keeps growing in leaps and bounds. The three-day celebration of roots and acoustic music will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6 at Lazy Brook Park, near the intersection of Routes 6 and 92, two miles east of Tunkhannock.
Cornstock already developed a reputation for featuring a variety of acts that cover the spectrum of folk music, from bluegrass and Americana acoustic rock to breezy reggae and other forms of grass roots music.
Headliners this year are Red Wine Bluegrass, Sara Milonovich and Daisycutter, Professor Louie and The Crowmatrix, and Furnace Mountain. Additional acts on the bill include Roy Williams and The Human Hands, Coal Town Rounders, George Wesley, Hickory Project, Garcia Grass, The Bog Swing Group, Doug Smith’s Dixieland Allstars, Owl and Wolf, Band of Strings, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, Kanawha Valley Bluegrass, Highgrass Ramblers, and Dave Brown.
A number of the musicians are Cornstock regulars, and several are well-known local and regional acts.
Headliner Red Wine, however, a premier bluegrass band of Europe and will make its debut at Cornstock. Music critics consistently place the band at the top of the roster with their American counterparts and highly praise Red Wine’s repertoire of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, flavored with country, gospel, and swing.
While there is much to do and see at Cornstock, music is the core element of the festival and is virtually continuous, with acts on the Main Stage from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. At most other times during the weekend, strains of music can be heard elsewhere through the park, whether at the Creekside Stage along the creek or at spontaneous jam sessions and pickin’ parlors among the campsites.
Before Cornstock is fully underway on Friday, the annual Northeast Strings Workshop will be conducted at the Dietrich Theater on Tioga Street Tunkhannock. For a third year, five hours of instruction on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass, and finger style guitar will be offered to a limited number of participants. Registration is required, and String Workshop participants may camp at Lazy Brook Park on Thursday evening.
Festival guests may purchase day passes for Friday, Saturday or Sunday or weekend passes, which include free camping on Friday and Saturday nights. Those who spend the weekend enjoy the leisure of taking breaks from music for walks through the idyllic park, a refreshing dip or float in Tunkhannock Creek, and browsing the many vendor stands on site. There are also a number of artisans and crafters who will display their works, including a blacksmith and potter who will also offer demonstrations.
Children who attend the festival can enjoy a kid-safe playground and at Cornstock’s expanded Kids Zone. In addition to fun, crafts, games, and musical activities, the Kids Zone will feature a giant bouncy slide and obstacle course on Saturday and Sunday.
Yoga, arts, crafts, and an intriguing mix of food vendors add even more intrigue to an atmosphere of hands-on, home-spun fun.
Musicians of all levels of talent and experience are encouraged to bring their instruments with them. The majority of the workshops will be conducted at the Creekside stage and jam pavilion.
For more information about the Cornstock Folk festival and the Northeast Strings Workshop, visit cornstockfestival.com, like Cornstock Folk Festival on Facebook, or call 570-250-7464.