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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hingetown Hoedown to Bring Country Feel to Cleveland Streets

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

  • Photo courtesy of @honeybucketohio Instagram
If there's one thing the Cleveland music scene is missing, it's folk music— or so says Adam Reifsynder, co-founder of the Hingetown Hoedown, a day-long bluegrass festival set to take place for the first time Oct. 3 in Hingetown. 

Inspired by Duck Creek Log Jam music festival, a weekend-long fest celebrating string bands, camping, and all things granola, Reifsynder and fellow Honeybucket bandmates came up with the idea to take that country feeling and drop it down in Ohio City. "There's an audience for that type of music," Reifsynder says, "but there isn't really anything like it in Cleveland."

The Hingetown Hoedown will be held on that little intersection of Church and West 29th street known as Hingetown. "Hingetown is a place we all like to hang out, and we saw the success of the July concert series at the Ohio City Stages and thought the location would be perfect," Reifsynder explains. The bandmates have teamed up with the Transformer Station as well as with a slew of local businesses to create a free event that will get visitors in the mood for fall. It's safe to say there will also be lots of craft beer and flannel shirts.

"We have really big ambitions for it being our first year," says Reifsynder. "We went balls to the wall— I don't know if you can print that." 

The event will feature a mix of new-grass bands like Shivering Timbers of Akron and more traditional bluegrass bands like the Wayfarers of Cincinnati. Bands will perform on the main stage as well as a mini stage where Hoedowners can enjoy short 15-minute sets between acts, "so there will always be music," Reifsynder explains. There will be craft beer provided by Great Lakes Brewing Co., local food trucks, a variety of art vendors, and activities for all ages. 

"We love playing here and being from Cleveland," says Reifsynder of his band, which will be headlining the event. Their latest music video, their rendition of fellow Clevelander Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness," bares proof. This city-meets-country fest will celebrate all things grass-roots and local. It's time for country-lovin' Clevelanders to come out of the woodwork.

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