Missouri State University

16th Annual Ozarks Celebration Festival


Judy Domeny Bowen


Judy Domeny Bowen

Judy Domeny Bowen performs traditional Ozark ballads from the Max Hunter and Vance Randolph collections as well as farm songs and original folk songs. A Rogersville, Mo. singer, songwriter, teacher, and auctioneer, she charms audiences with her beautiful clear singing, excellent flat-picked and finger-style guitar playing and witty commentary. Judy shares historical information about the songs she sings as well as personal stories of her life growing up on a Missouri farm. Judy’s energetic delivery, insightful songs and charmingly informal presentation style have made her a favorite performer with audiences throughout the Midwest.

Judy’s historical lecture, entitled Terrible Songs—Missouri Tragedies Set to Music, features four songs of true Missouri happenings and the events leading up to them. Songs included are The West Plains Explosion, The Iron Mountain Baby, The Meeks Family Murder, and Resurrection Sunday.

Sunday, Sept. 8, 3-3:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Randle Chowning & Dave Wilson

Saturday, Sept. 7, 5-6 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

King Clarence & Bobby Lloyd Hicks

Saturday, Sept. 7, 4-4:45 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

Kirby Clark & Betty Dale

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2-2:45 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

Van Colbert



The Emily Dowden Band

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-1:45 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

Sunday, Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m. - Kids' Area Performance Stage


Saturday, Sept. 7, 12-12:45 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

The Farnum Family

Saturday, Sept. 7, 3-3:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

The Gallier Band

 The HillBenders


The HillBenders

The Hillbenders were formed in 2008 and are based in Springfield, Mo. They have toured nationwide, including the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fan Fest, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Mullberry Mountain Harvest Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass and Bar-B-Q festival. In addition, they won the championship title at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition and also won at the 2010 National Single Microphone Championships. Their debut album, Down to My Last Dollar, debuted in spring 2010, produced by Jeremy Chapman and featuring the fiddle talents of Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters. From their website:

"Rooted in the traditions of bluegrass, The HillBenders push the boundaries of the genre by combining influences from country, rock, blues, jazz and Americana into their sound to produce something entirely new. Some say it's newgrass, some say it's bluegrass, some say it's neither, but everyone says that whatever it is, it's incredible!"

Saturday, Sept. 7, 5-6 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage


Saturday, Sept. 7, 4-5 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Honkeytonk Renovators

Saturday, Sept. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Kids' Area Performance Stage

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Kids' Area Performance Stage

Shirley Johnson


 Johnny Kendrick and the Branchy Boys


Johnny Kendrick & The Branchy Boys

Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Kenny Knauer (Emcee)


Lost Hill Bluegrass


Lost Hill Bluegrass

Lost Hill Bluegrass consists of Jim and Kathy Berry (bass and mandolin), Barry Smith (guitar) and Alan Johnston (banjo).

From their website:

"Lost Hill bluegrass provides a most enjoyable show while playing traditional and gospel bluegrass music.  The members of Lost Hill provide harmonies and tunes reminiscent of their cousins Lester, Bill, Curly and Herbie.  They'll keep you tapping your toes and holding your innards (for one reason or another) as they entertain folks like you throughout the country, both in person, as well as over the airwaves." 

Cloggers and Irish Dancers


Pat's Clogging Studios and Celtic Fire Irish Dance Company

(Accompanied by Stormy Weather)

Pat's Clogging Studios is owned by Kevin and Pat Dennis of Springfield, Missouri. Pat began teaching in 1986, becoming a fulltime instructor by 1987. Her original group was known as the "Lockwood Cloggers," located in Lockwood, MO. The club began with only a few and met in the community room at the Boatman's Bank. Lessons were given on Pat's porch, a rented building next to city hall, then on to an old renovated Opry House where classes and performances were done "on stage." Kevin and Pat opened a new studio location on January 3, 2001 in the Glen Ridge Center in Springfield. Pat also has the privilege of teaching at the Folk Center in Mt. View, Arkansas during Dance Weekend held in September annually. Besides teaching, Pat writes choreography and is also a competition judge. Pat enjoys teaching large groups or private lesson to young and young at heart. In 1998 Pat formed Celtic Fire Irish Dance Company and instructs and performs both hard and soft shoe Irish dance.

Bob Ranney 


Bob Ranney (Emcee)

Bob Ranney's musical background goes back to 1960 when he started traveling around the upper Midwest playing and singing folk music and blues. 1969 found him in New Orleans where he played at several clubs on Bourbon Street and ended up with a house gig in the Sazerac Room at the Hotel Roosevelt, home of the nationally famous Blue Room. Bob is known for performing unique traditional and original folk and blues music.

Red Bridge Bluegrass


Red Bridge Bluegrass

Red Bridge was founded in the Ozark, Missouri area and named after a beautiful vintage bridge in Christian County that has allowed travelers safe crossing of Bull Creek for many years. This group pays homage to the great Ozarks tradition of music that speaks to the heart through traditional, contemporary, and original Ozarks bluegrass and gospel music.

This group of entertainers is composed of four lead vocalists, 3 & 4-part harmonies, strong instrumentation, and lots of variety in song selection. Audiences will enjoy high energy & high entertainment shows, which include fun and natural humor. With their great musicianship, and most of all a strong variety of song selections from which to draw upon, the audience is kept constantly entertained and tappin' their feet!

Song selections range from hard-drivin' straight ahead bluegrass to ballads, bluegrass instrumentals, gospel, twin fiddlin’, old time acoustic, and even original compositions about people and places in the Ozarks. Some of their song selections have also been known to bring an emotional tear to listener’s eyes. All of these things together provide a show that audiences will remember for a long time.

Red Bridge members love to interact with the audience, both during and after the show, and have made many long-term friendships as a result. Come see Red Bridge, they’re just a few hills & hollers away!

Saturday, Sept. 7, 12:30-6 p.m.  - Kids' Area Performance Stage

Sunday, Sept. 8, 12-5 p.m. - Kids' Area Performance Stage

Nancy Shelton (Emcee/Coordinator)


Sunday, Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage


Saturday, Sept. 7, 2-2:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Shirley, Goodness & Mercy

Saturday, Sept. 7, 1-1:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Songs of Johnny Mullins with Melinda Mullins & Bo Brown

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2-2:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Linda Stoffel & Friends

Sunday, Sept. 8, 3:30-5 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

Stormy Weather

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-1:45 p.m. - Max Hunter Performance Stage

Sugar Thumb

The Undergrass Boys Lite 


The Undergrass Boys

After a series of late night coffee-infused jams in the late 70's with legendary (now deceased) fiddler Dale Bygod Hopkins, John Kendrick and Bo Brown decided to throw a band together. Bo had played in Duckberg Times with Dave Wilson and thought his progressive mandolin was just the thing for the new project. A bass player was now in order, a call was made to George Horne, bassist with the popular rock band Zachary Beau. Several gigs later, each under a different name, the term "underground bluegrass" was used to describe the 20 minute jams on bluegrass versions of acid rock tunes. Rick Davidson, a latent drummer and now on various percussion items, came along to round out the sound, and "The Undergrass Boys" name was officially bestowed on the group. In 1981, the band released a self-titled album of original songs, and had a wide-open song list that included songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Byrds, and Jimi Hendrix (all done bluegrass style, of course) to cowboy and western swing, big band tunes and bluegrass gospel. Playing Springfield area clubs like Lindbergs and Friday's Child, they developed a devoted and rather wild following, then struck out to play a series of midwest college tours, festivals, club dates and concerts. Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Juice Newton, Bill Monroe, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Hartford, and Newgrass Revival are a few acts they performed with over the years, while keeping their day gig at Silver Dollar City for a stretch. The road grind finally took it's toll and the group officially disbanded in 1983. Like all good bands that just can't quite give it up, the Undergrass Boys still reunite occasionally to kick out the jams. The old vinyl album was re-mastered to CD and released at a reunion concert at the Landers Theater in 1998.

Rhonda Vincent


Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are considered one of the most celebrated bands in bluegrass, winning over seventy awards. Honors include the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year Award and seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards. The Rage, her backing band, consists of Hunter Berry (fiddle), Mickey Harris (bass), Ben Helson (guitar), and Aaron McDaris (banjo, guitar). In addition to numerous solo albums, Vincent produced the album Taken with The Rage. in 2010. Together, they have toured all over the United States and Canada, performing at numerous festivals and other venues.


Voices of Deliverance


Voices of Deliverance


Sunday, Sept. 8, 2:50-3:20 p.m. - Clear Creek Performance Stage

Jerry White