Great Southern Bluegrass spring event coming to Angie this week

Published 8:28 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The 2015 Great Southern Bluegrass Spring Event is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the R.V. Park in Angie, located on Louisiana Highway 21 10 miles north of Bogalusa.

The weekend’s activities mark the 24th year for the semi-annual event. The popular Driscoll Mountain Boys have played Great Southern twice per year for the last 24 years, and they are coming back again this year. Walker is their home base.

“They’ve been in every show I’ve had. I call them my house band,” promoter Chick Boyd said. “I don’t bother with booking them because I know they’re going to be there.”

The Driscoll Mountain Boys are scheduled to perform all three evenings. Band members include Adolfus Weary, guitar and vocals; Tim Hathorn on dobro; Butch Cooksey on bass; and Vic Watts on lead guitar and vocals. Warren and Watts are two of the original members.

Thursday’s musical lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. Bands include Goldwing, from Branson, Mo., Mountain Heart, Driscoll Mountain Boys and Gospel Grass Revival.

The music begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s lineup includes the Baker Family, who call also Missouri home, Mountain Heart, Goldwing and Driscoll Mountain Boys.

Music begins on Saturday also at 12:30 p.m. The lineup has Tyler Carroll & Pine Ridge Bluegrass, McManus Crossing, Driscoll Mountain Boys and the Baker Family.

Boyd said the entire musical lineup is outstanding.

“We’ve got some really good groups coming in,” Boyd said. “The Baker Family is super good. They include a group of young kids who were here two years ago. Everybody wanted them back. I haven’t heard Mountain Heart, but I’m told they’re second to none.”

All the music will be performed in an 80×100-foot enclosed building on the park grounds. The 10×30-foot stage is at one end of the building.

Boyd said campers will have a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. tonight. He said there’re will also be some surprise free entertainment tonight.

“I’ve been doing this for 24 year, and it has continued to grow,” Boyd said. “This is one of the best Bluegrass events in the south. We try and get three or four new groups per year. It’s going to be clean fun and very entertaining.”

Boyd said he estimated a total of between 400 and 500 people for the three nights to attend.

Daily admission is $20, while a three-day pass is $55. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a parent.

Boyd said the venue should have sufficient seating, but suggested folks might want to bring along their lounge chairs.

For further information about the event, contact Boyd at 985-516-4680 or 225-241-0125.