TOP PHOTO: Save the date, Sat., Sep. 30, 2023, for the Louie Bluie Fest.

CARYVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – The Louie Bluie Festival returns to Cove Lake State Park on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, for a full day of live music and Appalachian art!

Louie Bluie is the first inaugural festival partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Traditional Artists Apprenticeship Program!  They’re back and there’s more of them! 

Meet graduates of this apprenticeship program, a key initiative for preserving traditions that are rare or endangered in Tennessee: Jeanette Coe Underwood and Charlotte Underwood (graduates of The Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Agricultural Arts Program);, Tony Branam and Joseph Hensley (luthiers – a craftsperson who builds or repairs string instruments that have a neck and sound box, like fiddles); Marcella Buis and Donald Simonton (carving, inscribing, and elaborately decorating hollow gourds); and Rick Stewart and Brendon Stewart (fifth and sixth generation coopers and descendants of Aex Stewart). More to be announced soon!

The Festival also features a judged quilt show at the Pavilion and judged high school students’ art in the ArtSpace tent on the grounds; plenty of food and drink options, as well as a large Arts & Crafts venue full of handmade items in the Appalachian tradition. Ask for a list and location guide of all the artisans at the entrance gates.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Festivities wind down at 6:00 p.m.

JAM! (Not your grandmother’s jelly!) Back this year and bigger than before: old time string music at the Cumberland State Scenic Trail (website) Jam Tent! Festival goers are invited to bring their stringed instruments and jam with some of the festival’s performers under a covered tent, led by some incredible talent that will also perform at the Sounds Like Home stage. Don’t be shy! Bring your instruments and take a seat with the others for as long as you like.  It’s all free – as is the rest of the festival entertainment!

Admission is free. Parking is free. We try hard to accommodate visitors with disabilities and their families! Ask anyone wearing a “STAFF” tee if you need assistance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/08/2023-6AM)

One Reply to “The Louie Bluie festival is next month at Cove Lake State Park”

  1. Should a great family event! Largest event in county. Voted Best Festival in 2022! See for yourself!

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