Put your worries aside and prepare yourself for a weekend of fun picking and singing bluegrass music at the annual Kalona Bluegrass Festival July 19, 20 and 21 at the Windmill Ridge Campground south of Kalona.

Paul and Julie Roberts, Bob and Kristie Black and James Yoder once again are presenting this popular event.  Corporate sponsors are: KCTC, iTech, Hills Bank, Reha Greenhouses, Kalona Family Dental, CBI Bank & Trust, Open Gates, Kalona Auto, Hawkeye Brokerage Center, Hodge Construction, Musician’s Pro Shop and Stitch ‘N Sew Cottage. 

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday July 19; 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday July 20, and 10 a.m. on Sunday July 21, with a hymn sing to follow at 10:45.  The featured bands are:

That Dalton Gang, Lamar, MO. -Friday and Saturday, Young, talented singers and pickers who play bluegrass standards, gospel favorites, and originals.

Bob & Kristie Black and Banjoy with Joy Ward on fiddle, North English-Saturday afternoon. With a 20-year history, Banjoy has a unique and personal style with roots going straight back to Bill Monroe.  Relaxed and friendly onstage, they perform bluegrass, gospel, originals, and Midwestern roots music.

The Riverbottom Ramblers, Cedar Rapids-Friday and Saturday., standards and country, all bluegrassified! Guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, mandolin, and dobro. This group has it all!

The Roe Family Singers, Minnesota-Friday and Saturday. Back by popular demand!  This group was the 2016 and 2018 BMAI entertainers of the year.  You’ll hear good-time, old-time, and foot tappin’ hillbilly music. 

Alan and Aleta Murphy, Iowa City-Sunday. Bluegrass and gospel favorites, performed with a respect for traditional style, featuring harmony vocals, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. 

Annie Savage & String Theory, North Liberty-Saturday afternoon. This energetic and talented North Liberty High School bluegrass string ensemble is led by fantastic fiddler Annie Savage.

The McPunk Brothers, Sharon Center-Friday and Saturday evening. Long time local favorites who feature traditional and modern bluegrass, gospel, originals, and comedy.  The McPunks perform songs you won’t hear anywhere else!

Wheel Hoss, Iowa City-Friday evening. Reunion of Iowa City bluegrass greats!  Wheel Hoss features traditional and modern bluegrass, and highlights the extraordinary vocal talents of Colleen Peterson.

Food will be available.  Bring  your own lawn chairs. 

For more information/cost of admission go to www.banjoy.com/kalonabluegrassfestival or contact Bob Black 319-330-2462 or 330-2413 or email bob@banjoy.com; or Paul Roberts at 319-683-2222 or email pjroberts@sharontc.net.