Pickin’ in the Park offers music, barbecue

Posted: October 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

Pickin’ in Park offers music and barbecue

Clear Brook — For Pickin’ in the Park, simple is better.

Rather than offering an endless list of activities, organizer Olivia Landry prefers to keep the event, now in its fourth year, about two things — music and barbecue.

With four bluegrass acts offering a steady stream of music and barbecue and chili by Jordan Springs Market in Stephenson, which Landry co-owns with her husband, Austin, music lovers have more than enough to keep them busy, she said.

“It is not a three- of four-day event where you are coming in and camping. Our focus from top to bottom is the music,” said Landry, of Stephenson.

This year’s event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Clear Brook Park with gates opening at noon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate with children under 8 free.

Proceeds from the event are split between the market and the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department.

Pickin’ is a great partnership because the Landrys have good connections in the bluegrass community and Parks and Rec can provide a great venue, said Karen Vacchio, public information officer for Parks and Rec.

“Outdoor concerts are very popular this time of year because we have such beautiful weather in the Valley,” she said. “Clear Brook Park is a very intimate park, so it gives people more of a one-on-one feeling with the entertainers.”

This lineup has gone from three to four acts this year, making for an even fuller day of music, Landry said.

The headliner is The Boxcars, who recently won Instrumental Group of the Year for the third straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, she said. Member Adam Steffey is a five-time Grammy winner and has been voted Mandolin Player of the Year 10 times.

“They are just solid, 100 percent bluegrass music,” Landry said. “Each of them individually are incredible musicians and lovers of bluegrass music. They come together and put on a show of true bluegrass.”

The Landrys invited Flatt Lonesome to perform after hearing them on the radio and loving the sound, she said. The group was nominated this year for the IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year.

They started out as a family gospel band but added new members and morphed into a traditional bluegrass band, she said. “They have a little bit of flare, too. Every once in a while they will do progressive jams. They also go back to their gospel roots on occasion.”

Circa Blue has performed Pickin’ in the Park before and offers traditional bluegrass with quite a few originals, including some songs thrown in that often surprise people, Landry said.

Bill Yates and The Country Gentlemen Tribute band features Yates, an original member of The Country Gentlemen. He formed this tribute band in 2005 to bring back some of those traditional bluegrass sounds, she said.

Some people also bring their instruments and will sit off to the side and play a little, which adds to the laid-back atmosphere, which the Landrys love, she said. “We love bringing music to the community just because we are such lovers of it ourselves.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating and may bring food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Total Image Working Man Store, Jordan Springs Market, Linda’s Mercantile and Frederick County Parks and Rec office.

In case of rain, the event moves to the Stonewall Ruritan Building on U.S. 11 north.


Pickin’ in the Park will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Clear Brook Park with gates opening at noon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate with children under 8 free. For more information, go to jordanspringsmarket.com.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com