Bluegrass on the Square | Historic Downtown Corydon, Indiana | 4 to 8 pm| Free
Since its inception in 2003, Bluegrass on the Square has featured some of the most well-known bluegrass musicians in the region. Now in its 15th year, the tradition continues with performers Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, Hog Operation, Ida Clare, New Balance, No Tools Loaned, and The Wooks. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Corydon’s picturesque historic town square is the perfect setting to sprawl out on the lawn, so consider bringing lawn chairs and blankets. Musicians will play from the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand. Dine and shop at our unique local businesses.
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Saturday, June 23: New Balance and The Wooks
New Balance is a four-piece bluegrass and gospel band from southeastern Indiana that combines strong vocals and harmonies with top-notch musical talents by all members. The band was formed by Zion Napier (mandolin) and his younger brother Caleb Smith (banjo) in 2010 and has grown to include Matthew Phelps (guitar) and Garrett Smith (bass). Their self-titled record was released through Truegrass Entertainment.
With threads of singer-songwriter, rock, and jam band music woven throughout, The Wooks are as at home on a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country. The Wooks are Aaron Bibelhauser (banjo), CJ Cain (lead guitar), Arthur Hancock (guitar), and Roddy Puckett (bass). Inspired by legends and trailblazers like Crowe, Whitley, Simpson, Bush, Stapleton, The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into music. With both respect for their heritage and innovative originality, The Wooks are a natural evolution of a sound that has always been there. Since their inception in 2014, The Wooks won the prestigious 2016 RockyGrass Band Competition, placed in the finals for the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and were a 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award Nominee. Their first record, Little Circles, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.
Saturday, July 28: Ida Clare and Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
Louisville-based Ida Clare plays a diverse mix of bluegrass, country, and newgrass. Whether performing at a festival, at a rehearsal, or just warming up back stage before a show, the music is always exciting and fun. Band members include Jim Wheatley (mandolin and song writer), Lea Cockrell (vocals), Mark Miller (bass), and Robin Thixton (banjo), many of whom are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists.
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Paisley won the 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year award, and in 2009 their song “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” was awarded Song of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Paisley’s father Bob, who passed away in 2004, founded The Southern Grass—today the band is comprised of Danny and his son Ryan (mandolin), TJ Lundy (fiddle), Mark Delaney (banjo), and Eric Troutman (bass).
Saturday, August 25: No Tools Loaned and Hog Operation
No Tools Loaned hails from Frankfurt, Kentucky. Their unique mix of original songs, new bluegrass tunes, classic rock and folk ballads and western swing numbers puts a fresh face on the traditional bluegrass sound—they consider themselves “third generation” bluegrass. Instruments played by the band include banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bass fiddle; vocal harmony includes lead, baritone, tenor, and bass vocal.
The members of Hog Operation have been part of the Louisville Bluegrass scene for the past 30 years. Current members are Steve Cooley (banjo), Larry Raley (bass and vocals), Mike Schroeder (mandolin and violin) and John Hawkins (guitar). Steve, Larry and Mike previously performed as part of New Horizon and The Galoots. Steve was also a member of The Dillards and was a Vanguard Recording Artist, and Mike is the founder of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra.
About Historic Corydon and Harrison County
Home to unique history, the region’s best caves, outdoor activities, wineries, shopping, and talented makers and musicians—you, too, can find yourself in southern Indiana.
The historic town of Corydon was established in 1808, and was Indiana’s first state capital from 1816–1825. Corydon is located roughly thirty minutes west of Louisville, Kentucky, and two hours south of Indianapolis, Indiana.