Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau are joining together to bring to Joplin an event of culture and Route 66 heritage. The two organizations will produce FIDDLERS ON THE ROUTE to be held at the Landreth Park amphitheater on Friday and Saturday, June 30th and July 1st.
The feature performance Saturday evening, July 1st will be the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. This highly entertaining and energetic group are high school fiddle performers from Saline, Michigan. The “Fiddlers” blend traditional and non-traditional fiddle tunes; fusing folk, bluegrass, mountain music, western swing, Celtic, jazz, pop and American classics into their 2-set performance. The youth group is traveling Route 66 this summer and performing in several communities. www.salinefiddlers.com.
On Friday night, June 30th, a crowd favorite will return to Joplin for the first time since their 2013 performance when Joplin hosted the Route 66 International Festival. The Road Crew – America’s Route 66 Band will be the Friday night headliner. This popular, Nashville-based rockabilly band is an entertaining attraction wherever they perform along Route 66. Through their show of early rock n roll favorites, they spread the history and stories of Route 66 to every generation through their ‘Songs From The Mother Road.’ The Road Crew – The official musical ambassadors for The Mother Road! — http://www.roadcrew66.com/
Performing Friday evening, prior to The Road Crew will be Hudson’s All Star Hoo Doos. A homegrown Missouri band with a focus on swingin’ shufflin’ blues, 50’s rock and roll and rockabilly, and medium tempo dance music (West Coast, Lindy Hop, and Imperial and more), as well as many original songs penned by founder and songwriter, Hudson Harkins. The band has long been a favorite of the St. Louis area swing dance clubs and music fans.
Per Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Joplin CVB, “We are always looking to give Joplin’s Route 66 travelers more reasons for staying overnight and this event offers that”.
“At Connect2Culture, we aim to ignite a passion for arts and entertainment. We are excited to bring diverse cultural experiences to Joplin that are not yet being offered.” adds Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Connect2Culture.
Both nights of entertainment will be free to the public. Activities both dates will begin in Landreth park at 5:00 p.m. Food vendors, and children’s activities are being planned. A beer garden will be available for the Friday night shows, while the Saturday events will be more family themed.