With the jam's previous home at the Lincoln Railsplitter Festival no
longer an option due to the Railsplitter cancellation, the
continuation of the bluegrass festival was questionable. But with a
new home, bigger entertainment and an overall better environment,
the planners are excited to man the gates and welcome pickers of all
skill levels to join in the fun.
Hickory Lane Campground, east of Interstate 55 and Route 66 near
Atlanta, is hosting the event. Owned by the Goodman family, the
grounds offer ponds for pay fishing, play area for children,
horseshoe pits, ample camping sites for tents as well as full
hook-ups, an inside show arena, ample parking and a beautiful,
The grounds will be filled with vendors, 1800s-style
demonstrators, tomahawk throwing, a Sunday country worship service,
draft horse demonstration, informal jam sites and stage time for
The Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam is planned annually in honor of Dan
Tackett of Lincoln, who has been known in the local bluegrass scene
for the past 20-plus years. Now with a year of retirement under his
belt, he focuses more on the music he loves.
Festival founders Misty Bell and Hannah Bowersock, his daughter
and granddaughter, felt that giving him a festival in his honor
locally was only fitting.
"My dad has continued to go to bluegrass festivals all over
Illinois, Indiana and beyond, so I just wanted him to be able to
invite all his pickin' friends to enjoy the place he calls home,"
"All we ask is that you have a smile on your face," Tackett said
in inviting musicians of every skill levels to join in the weekend
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, with informal jams throughout the
evening as people continue to roll in, set up camp or just stroll
Saturday the festival will open at 11 a.m. with the continuation
of informal jams, vendors, concessions, tomahawk throws,
demonstrations and more throughout the day.
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Stage time at the Hickory Lane Arena will also be available, with
a sign-up sheet located by the entrance. Musicians are encouraged to
bring their own group of pickers to perform. Dan Tackett & Friends
will perform at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Bubbly Creek Bluegrass from
Chicago will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
The Bubbly Creek Bluegrass website
www.bubblycreekbluegrass.com boasts about this young band that
takes its name from the infamous South Branch of the Chicago River.
The band brings together a group of seasoned pickers and singers.
Collectively, Bubbly Creek members come from the plains of
Oklahoma, mountains of North Carolina, hollows of Missouri, and
cityscapes of Detroit and Chicago. Their love and reverence of
traditional, hard-driving bluegrass music is evident not only in the
songs they choose but how they present them. From twin fiddling,
dark Kentucky mandolin and high-lonesome harmonies to honky-tonk
dobro and banjo breakdowns, Bubbly Creek is truly in motion.
Saturday will wind down with night fishing sponsored by Hickory
Lane Campground, as well as some pickin' around the campfire.
Sunday, the festival will open the gates again at 11 a.m. with a
country worship service led by Ken Wise and finish up with Dan
Tackett & Friends taking the stage to wrap things up from 2 to 3
For admission cost, additional information regarding
sponsorships, volunteering, becoming a vendor or getting stage time,
contact Bell at
email@example.com or call 217-871-0388. Up-to-date
information is available online at
To reserve a camping site, contact Hickory Lane Campground at
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