On June 23rd through the 25th, Blue Ox will once again descend upon the beautiful The Pines Music Park in Eau Claire for Wisconsin for its 2022 edition of world-class bluegrass and Americana music for the music-loving masses of the Upper Midwest.
2022’s edition of Blue Ox will feature the Wisconsin debut of Bela Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart. Representing the latest development in Bela Fleck’s ongoing dialogue with bluegrass, My Bluegrass Heart has involved the best instrumentalists playing bluegrass today. At the festival, Fleck will be joined by Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton. Attendees can expect plenty of special guest appearances by other artists performing at the 2022 Blue Ox Music Festival.
Additional headlining acts include a who’s-who of Americana and bluegrass music. Performers include returning hosts Pert Near Sandstone as well as Old Crow Medicine Show, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Paul Cauthen, Samantha Fish, Joseph, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Fruition.
Rounding out the lineup are Eau Claire locals Them Coulee Boys, Madison-based Armchair Boogie, guitarist Daniel Donato, Milwaukee’s Chicken Wire Empire and more.
Blue Ox has become known for its intimate, family-friendly and welcoming atmosphere for artists and fans alike. A full range of cultural activities, including yoga and meditation, a kids’ stage with programming for little ones, and a diverse range of food and crafts vendors round out the festival experience.
For the June 11th edition of the XL II 90 Live Music Radio Hour, NuFone Rick delivered the first of a two-part series previewing artists slated to grace the stage at this year’s Blue Ox Music Festival. Pulling from past Blue Ox performances and other archival material, NuFone featured live recorded music from Sam Bush Band, Armchair Boogie, Railroad Earth,Pert Near Sandstone, The Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck & Friends, Them Coulee Boys and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The full setlist for the June 11th edition of the XL II 90 Live Music Radio Hour is below. For more information on the Blue Ox Music Festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.blueoxmusicfestival.com.
Sam Bush plays at the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI. Photo courtesy of Jen Koppelman.
Blue Ox Music Festival host band Pert Near Sandstone plays at the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI.
Photo courtesy of Jen Koppelman.
Cover photo courtesy of Jen Koppelman.
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