The fourth annual “Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-19, in Chillicothe, which is celebrated as “The Home of Sliced Bread”.

The fourth annual “Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-19, in Chillicothe, which is celebrated as “The Home of Sliced Bread”. The festival site is the Litton Agri Campus, 10780 LIV 235, 1½ miles west of the junction of Highways 65 and 190 on the north edge of Chillicothe. The festival music features bluegrass bands from Missouri and Kansas, and the Head-liner band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, one of the nation’s premier bluegrass bands. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is a bluegrass band formed in 1991 in Cumming, Ga. Consisting of Russell Moore, Keith McKinnon, Justen Haynes, Wayne Benson and Blake Johnson, the band has released 13 albums and two greatest hits collections since 1991. A regular on bluegrass radio, their works have earned them many individual and group IBMA and SPBGMA award nominations. Friday night, bands start at 6 p.m. with the KBA Treblemakers, which began as the dream of the Kansas Bluegrass Association board of directors in 2010. Board members began scouting young folks at jam sessions that they went to. Through their hard work, the original “Treblemakers” band came to be. The band has been performing since early 2011 and have been featured at such notable events as Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & Barbecue and Rhonda & Darrin Vincent’s family festival, Sally Mountain Park. In May, 2015, the group was honored to take second place in the National Youth in Bluegrass contest at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. The dreams of the group came true In October 2015, when they were chosen as featured performers on the IBMA’s Youth Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, N.C. The Petersen Family Bluegrass Band (five siblings and their parents) plays at 7 p.m. Combining their varied vocal talents and professional instrument playing, they will share some of their favorite songs that feature some of the most popular gospel and bluegrass songs. A multitude of instruments are played for the audience including: fiddles, the mandolin, banjos, guitars, and inspirational vocal capabilities that must be heard to be fully appreciated. From their performances at Silver Dollar City (at the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival that takes place each year) to their shows around the country in concert halls, festivals and events – they have taken their act to some of the biggest stages in the country. The Friday evening featured band is longtime SBJ favorite Lonesome Road from the Branson area and features award winning vocalist, songwriter David Maravilla. Lonesome Road, has performed for 17 years with the same four, original members: Rob Boone, David Maravilla, Ron Pennington and Shelly Smith. Rob Boone, banjo, has played the Grand Ole Opry and briefly toured with Rhonda Vincent. Ron Pennington (mandolin) has a Bluegrass resume that includes tours with Larry Sparks, Paul Adkins, Bob Paisley, Lynn Morris and several other popular artists. Shelly Smith (bass) began entertaining at a young age on a country music show at Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. There, she refined her skills performing as a vocalist and instrumentalist for eight years. Shelly’s forceful yet pleasant voice is the focal point of Lonesome Road’s performances.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. and features instrumental and vocal workshops hosted by Friday night’s bands. The workshops are a new feature added to this year’s festival and are open to anyone who has purchased a pass to the festival. Stage ceremonies begin at 12:45 p.m., with the music starting at 1 p.m., and kicks off with SBJ’s host band Rural Roots featuring Lowell Appling, a well-known bluegrass composer, guitarist and vocalist from Moberly. Appling’s music is played by bluegrass bands across the country. The band is a group of five veteran Missouri Bluegrass Musicians – Lowell Appling, Joe Wieneman, Alvin Deskins, Kevin Shults and Andrew Morton. For the past two decades they have played together in different configurations and now have joined forces to create a new sound. Traveling the back roads and byways to play opry houses, churches and festivals, has been a way of life for these guys and it can all be traced back to their humble upbringings. Taking the stage next will be KBA Treblemakers, followed by the Petersen Family, and Lonesome Road. The bands take a dinner break at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 5:25 p.m. the bands all take the stage for another 45-minute performance. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will finish the evening with a 90-minute performance beginning at 8:30 p.m. Those attending may bring their own lawn chair, but chairs may not be over 36 inches high. The event opens at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19. Camping is available with reservations available by calling the Arts Office at 660-646-1173. Electric camp sites are limited but there are plenty of dry camping and tent camping sites available. Electric sites are $15 a day and dry/tent sites are $10 a day. A variety of sandwiches, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase on Friday night and Saturday noon and a hickory barbeque buffet will be available Saturday night. The Friday gate charge is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for preschoolers. Saturday gate charge is $20 for adults, $7 for students and free for preschoolers. A two-day festival pass is $25 for adults, $10 for students and preschoolers free. This fee provides a pass to come and go throughout the festival. This is a rain or shine event, as the seating and stage areas are covered, and there are many sheltered picking areas throughout the campus. The Grand River Historical Society, 1401 Forest Drive, Chillicothe, will be open during the festival weekend on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon so festival visitors can see a premier Native American display all the way up to present day military exhibit and equipment. The museum will also loop the KCPT film “A Slice of Life” which features the history of Chillicothe as the Home of Sliced Bread. Visitors will be able to watch all or part of that film during their visit. There will be open bluegrass jamming opportunities throughout the festival. For more information go to arts@chillicothemo.com or contact Mary Lou VanDeventer, Administrator, at the arts office 660-646-1173.