“We felt like with the new stage, we wanted to see what we can do,” he said.
Each night will include two to three acts and a headliner, ranging from traditional to progressive forms of bluegrass. The Travelin’ McCourys, the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for “The Travelin’ McCourys,” are the big draw and will close the Revival on Sunday.
Co-presenters Dayton-based Stringus Khan will play all three nights, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 5 on Sunday, after having performed all over the area this past summer.
Doors open at 5 p.m. today with The Repeating Arms opening at 6 and two-time Grammy nominees Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen headlining at 7:30. This act may be familiar to local audiences, according to Loftis.
Solivan played here several times in the 1990s and several young performers from here moved to Alaska where Solivan was based and formed a band there called Clark County in tribute to their former town.
Saturday opens at 4 p.m. with Blue Moon Soup leading off at 5, The Devil Doves at 6:15 and headliner Chicken Wire Empire at 9, a younger five-piece group that plays a mix of traditional and progressive bluegrass and likes to jam and get the audience in on the fun.
Stringus Khan will be the only opener on Sunday in anticipation of The Travelin’ McCourys, led by brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury, sons of Del McCoury, one of the most successful and influential bluegrass artists of all. Loftis said the group is a frequent headliner at various bluegrass festivals and members have earned various bluegrass awards.
Loftis is excited for this as the season-closing event for the brewery’s outdoor stage, installed this past spring.
“Having the stage has brought us a more diverse crowd and we’re excited to take it up to a higher level next year,” he said.
HOW TO GO
What: Mother’s Bluegrass Revival
Where: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co., 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield
When: 6 p.m. today, Oct. 8, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10
Admission: $20 each day
More info: www.facebook.com/MotherStewarts/