Free Bluegrass festival

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two Middle Tennessee gospel groups are performing this weekend with four others at the Shelbyville Bluegrass Gospel Festival on Friday and Saturday in H.V. Griffin Park.

"You can expect lively and uplifting toe-taping music," says Vicky Loder, the sister and aunt to the musicians in CrossPoint String Band. "We're looking forward to meeting you in person and hoping that you will bring a whole bunch of your friends and neighbors to enjoy Shelbyville's family-oriented music festival."

The free concert is Friday 6-9 p.m. and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, with a break at 1-2 p.m. H.V. Griffin Park is at 220 Tuliptree Drive east of U.S. 231 (North Main Street).

The Shelbyville Bluegrass Gospel Festival is a non-alcoholic, family-oriented day of enjoyment and music. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

This rain or shine show also includes: The Ward Family from Columbia, Tenn.; The Balos Family from Buchanan Mich.; The Golden Valley Crusaders of Golden Valley, N.C.; The Pilgrims of Somerset, Ky.; and The Rowell Bluegrass Band of Milton, Fla.

CrossPoint String Band is led by Glenn Kosiorek and includes his wife, Shelley, their daughters Amanda and Sarah, and Sarah's husband, Rick Vella.

The bluegrass gospel family band has been on the road full-time for six years, traveling 50,000 to 60,000 miles annually across more than 20 states and through Canada.

"This year we are pleased to bring the music we love to listen to and love to play to the area we call home, Shelbyville," Kosiorek said.

CrossPoint String Band has played on radio and TV and at churches, festivals, and other family-oriented events and gatherings.

More information is available at the band's web side: