Harmony Fest ’11

Hey Harmony Festers, we’ve got most of this year’s lineup and the venue all set to go… Harmony Fest will be held at the Doublewood Inn main ballroom on August 13th and will start sometime in the afternoon and go all night. It will again be all ages and many of your favorite local bands will be there including The Midnight Noise Orchestra, Midwest Remedies, Anonymous Phenomenon, McMahon bros., This Tastes Like Change and Luke Graner.

More info to come so please stay tuned and join us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bismarckharmonyfest

Happy Harmony Fest!

The day has come and the sky is blue
We will be at Papa’s waiting for you
Pick up a yellow bat, listen to some tunes
Homer over the bales, rock out with a groove

See you all at the Fest. It will be amazing so tell your friends and let’s play!

Updated Music Schedule

HARMONY STAGE:
11:45a – Gefroh Brothers
1:00 – DJ Antiquity
2:15 – This Tastes Like Change
3:30 – The Jones
5:00 – Ben Suchy Trio
6:45 – Midwest Remedies
8:30 – Harmony All Stars

MELODY STAGE:
11:00a – Sam Hall
12:15 – Kris Kitko
1:30 – Mike Swenson
2:45 – Phil McMahon
4:15 – 46 Shades
5:45 – Harmony Open Mic
7:30 – Luke Graner

Harmony Open Mic

Calling all Bismarck-Mandan area talent. This year at Harmony we are hosting a primetime open mic session for all of you who want a chance to showcase your creative skills but didn’t manage or try to crack the lineup. We will open up the Melody Stage from 5:30ish to 6:45ish for anyone who wants to play a song or two, spit some rhymes, or tell some age appropriate jokes (whatever). Feel free to sign up on the day or comment on this blog post with your name and mad skills but do it early because once the hour or so fills up… it’s full.

Less than a week to go!

Thanks to everyone who’s been supporting us this year especially our sponsors and supporters! Jeff Herman and Petro-Hunt, LLC (platinum sponsor), Kevin Oberlander and Dakota Pharmacy (gold sponsor), Mike Mabin and Agency MABU (gold sponsor), BNC & Barry’s Bikes (silver sponsors) and, of course, Nightlife Music, Eckroth Music and Stringbean for supporting us year after year.

We want to especially thank Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and the Papa’s family for hosting the festival this year and for all their hard work, dedication and creativity. This is going to be a very special Harmony Fest!

In other news, The Fillers and the John Krueger Band are not able to play as scheduled this year due to some unforseen conflicts so we are filling one main stage slot with an alternate act. The good news is, we have decided to hold the first ever Harmony Open Mic on the Melody Stage at 5:00p. So, if you want to play a song or two or slam a poem (or something else creative) email Luke at lukegraner@yahoo.com or comment on this post and we’ll get you signed up.

Also, if you have camping questions please refer a couple posts down for information. This year’s festival is family and budget friendly and, while we will have a great group of folks providing concessions, you may bring a cooler onto the grounds. We would appreciate it if you limit glass use as we will provide recycling containers but Bismarck does not recycle glass (call your representative) and broken glass is not fun. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and chairs and get ready for a good time!!

Sandlot Stickball

This year, Harmony Fest introduces the greatest backyard game in the history of backyard games (in our opinion), Sandlot Stickball (you may call it Wiffle, but it’s not your uncle’s Wiffleball). What is it? Your question is answered…

The game of “stickball” has many forms and origins, from the Choctaw Indians of the Southeast to the streets of Brooklyn.  While our stickball game traces its origin back to the broomsticks and rubber balls of the 1900s and to the plastic bats and balls of the boomer generation, we credit all who have embraced the name and its many forms of play.

Sandlot’s version of stickball comes from the backyards of a middle class neighborhood in Minot, North Dakota, where a young boy took yellow paint and an old piece of plywood to create “the board” . This handpainted hunk of wood took on the roles of umpire, catcher,  and all three basemen. One board set against a fence or tree or picnic table that called balls, strikes, force outs and rare double plays.

Set this board up in a local park in a game of four on four and it’s magnetic appeal almost guarantees eight on eight within the half hour.  Everyone pitches, everyone fields, everyone hits.  Ten year old kids mix it up with fifty year old has beens and nobody is disappointed.

All it takes is a creatively designed stadium with ways to hit a homer, a double and a triple and ghost runners take care of the rest. Singles abound if fielders can’t throw and hit the board on a hard ground ball. You can play on a full stomach after a picnic and carry a beverage if you need refreshment in the field, or you can come hungry, ready to prove your stickball skills.

Sandlot stickball allows for high level competition or easygoing fun.  It is a match for any occasion:  family reunion, end of the season softball party, or a break from an outdoor rock concert.

The beauties of this game are simplicity, lack of argument, and an improbable, amazing ability to make a game fun for the widest variety of people.  Kids who never play ball seem to enjoy sandlot stickball as much as the highly skilled baseball players who might be in on the same game.  Honestly, you must play it to get it.

Camping for Harmony Fest

There has been a lot of interest in camping at Harmony Fest this year and although we are unable to host camping at the Pumpkin Patch, there are some really nice and pretty close camping options.We suggest the Kniefel Landing camp area for anyone who wants to be close. Get there early Friday and you’ll probably find a spot. Eagles Park has a lot of room for camping but it’s a little farther away. As always, live in harmony and be safe.

Check out our Harmony Google Map for a look at the area.

OPTION 1: Kniefel Landing – (map – 1.3Mb PDF) (by Misty Waters) – less than 1 mile from Harmony Fest, limited camping and facilities. Get there early.

Directions – On east side of the Missouri River near Bismarck, 3 miles north of Interstate 94 bridge on River Road, then 1 mile west (Burleigh County Park Board).

OPTION 2: Eagles Park – about 7 miles north. Good facilities and plenty of camping area.

Harmony Music Schedule

HARMONY STAGE:
11:45a – Gefroh Brothers
1:00 – This Tastes Like Change
2:15 -
3:30 – The Jones
5:00 – Ben Suchy Trio
6:45 – Midwest Remedies
8:30 – Harmony All Stars

DJ Antiquity will also be featured between bands on the Harmony Stage

MELODY STAGE:
11:00a – Sam Hall
12:15 – Kris Kitko
1:45 – Mike Swenson
2:45 – Phil McMahon
4:15 – 46 Shades
5:45 – Harmony Open Mic
7:30 – Luke Graner

Connect with the Bands

Harmony All Stars – myspace.com/gypsyfootmyspace.com/fatdadgrooveshuman capital on facebook

Midwest Remedies – reverbnation.com/midwestremediesmyspace.com/midwestremedies

Luke Graner – facebook.com/lukegranerlukegraner.com

Ben Suchy – myspace.com/bensuchybandwith

Kris Kitko – kriskitko.com

Mike Swenson – reverbnation.com/mikeswensonsolo

46 Shades – facebook.com/46shades

The Jones – thejonesonline.com

This Tastes Like Change – on FaceBook

DJ Antiquity – on FaceBook

Where can I get tickets?

Harmony Fest tickets are $10 again this year for everyone 13 and up (12 and under are free!)

You can buy tickets directly from the bands — in Bismarck at Nightlife, Eckroth, or String Bean — or online at the Papa’s Pumpkin Patch website

Tickets are also going to be available at the gate for those willing to wait in line for a bit.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!