Terrific lineup of bands! Spend the weekend or the day! The West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association presents FALLFEST, featuring: Hardline Drive, Schlitz Creek, The Flatbellys, Nobody’s Darlin’, Out of the Blue, Lonesome Journey, Bluegrass Echoes, Thunderfloor Cloggers. Plus: Music workshops, raffles, jams, camping ($10 per night w/elec.; $5 without.) 

WHERE: Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell, Mich. TICKETS AT GATE: $25 for weekend, or $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $5 for Sunday.

WHEN THINGS GET GOING: Friday, 9/18. Stage shows begin at 6 pm Saturday, 9/19: Workshops at 9 am. Band scramble at noon. Featured acts begin at 1:30 pm. Sunday, 9/20: Gospel at 10 am followed by auditions and $100 drawing at noon.


From bluegrassbanjo.org

Q. How can you tell if the stage is level? 
A. If the banjo player drools out of both sides of his mouth.

Q. What's the difference between a skunk run over on the road and a banjo player run over on the road?
A. You see skid marks in front of the skunk.

Q. How can you tell the difference between all the banjo songs? 
A. By their names. 

Q. What do you call a guy that hangs around a bunch of musicians? 
A. A Banjo player. 

Q. How can you tell if there's a banjo player at your door?
A. They can't find the key, the knocking speeds up, and they don't know when to come in. 

Q. Where do banjo players play best?
A. In traffic. 

Q. How can you tell a herd of banjo players from a bunch of grapes?
A. Jump up and down on them…If you get wine, you've got grapes! 

I recently had surgery on my hand, and asked the doctor if, after surgery, I would be able to play the banjo. He said, "I'm doing surgery on your hand, not giving you a lobotomy."