The Music Roots Concert is an event produced by the Music Roots Program in Mountain View Schools. This is a free event open to the public during legacy weekend at the Ozark Folk Center.Legacy weekend features three nights of concerts and music shows to celebrate the rich tradition of mountain music in Mountain View during the Arkansas Folk Festival, including:
Thursday, April 16 - Music Roots Concert by students from Mountain View Schools
Friday, April 17 - OFC's first all-local music show of the season
Saturday, April 18 - OFC's Feature
Concert Series presents Big Smith
The Music Roots Program in Stone County provides traditional folk music instruction in local schools. Skilled musicians provide youth with classes in traditional folk instruments: guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin and fiddle. Classes are held during the school day to ensure participation. And instruments are provided for the students to use as long as they are in the Music Roots program.
This program represents the very essence of the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s efforts to perpetuate, present, and promote the Ozark way of life. In conjunction with the Mountain View School District and the Ozark Folk Center State Park, and the philanthropic work of the Committee of 100 and the Mountain View Bluegrass Association, the program is a part of the students’ daily classwork. The Music Roots Program provides the instructor and if needed, the instrument free of charge to the student.
The kids also have an ensemble class that teaches them how to perform as a group so they can book shows and actually gig together. Check out this video to hear from one of the teachers, Shay Pool, and some of the students about why the Music Roots program is so important, and hear these amazing kids play!