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Dog 1 performs during recent Frankfort Bluegrass Green fest.  |  ErGallagher/For Sun-Times Media

Dog 1 performs during the recent Frankfort Bluegrass on the Green fest. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 18, 2014 6:36AM



Despite the weekend’s torrential downpours, loyal bluegrass fans made their way to Frankfort’s Breidert Green.

Dedicated to the harmonic twang of the fiddle and mandolin, people came from all over for the Fourth Annual Bluegrass on the Green. Fourteen live bands played over the weekend.

For people who follow the genre, this was the place to be. The village hosted big names in the music scene, including, for example, Chris Jones, the host of Sirius XM’s “Bluegrass Junction.” The band, Special Consensus, is a grammy-nominated group. Kenny and Amanda Smith won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, according to the fest brochure.

In the spotlight was The Hillbenders on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

“Undeniably the hottest young band on the acoustic scene, The Hillbenders have been winning over audiences from coast to coast with their unique style, original composition and relentless drive,” according to fest publicity.

Groups of friends and families gathered to hear the free music. Dauna and Mark Delashmit, of Bloomington, joined her sister, Debbie Sasveld, of Naperville, and Rod Weber, of New Lenox. The Delashmits said they attended the Telluride Colorado bluegrass festival and paid over $50 each four four-day passes. They were thrilled to get great music in Frankfort for free.

Sandy and Dan Wrobel bring their three Scottish Terriers every year from Orland Hills. This is their third time.

“They love (bluegrass),” Sandy Wrobel said.

People brought their instruments, even some who were not performers. Josh Cleveland, from Brookfield, carried his mandolin on his back. His band, Mildly Intoxicated, was not on the schedule, but he came to pick anyway.

“I love bluegrass,” was his answer why he brought his mandolin.

The kids tent had their own list of activities both days, as well. From face painting, games, and crafts, to a reptile rampage and intro to instruments. Maddie Walsh, a Frankfort resident, sold hoops, floral crowns and henna tattoos. She demonstrated to the children how to twirl and handle the hoops.



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