Fiddling and Fun at American Heritage Music Festival

New “Grove Stage 5” and Kyle Dillingham to headline festival.

By: Kathleen Pixley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

The amazing Jana Jae joins in the celebration with her electrifying fiddle music.

The amazing Jana Jae joins in the celebration with her electrifying fiddle music.

Multi-talented singer, fiddler and entertainer Kyle Dillingham will headline the American Heritage Music Festival, June 11, 12 & 13 at the Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Camp.  This festival includes the nationally certified Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest, and guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and other competitions, and three stages of great entertainment.  Top prize for the fiddle contest is $1000.  Musicians from across the United States are getting their contest tunes ready for this exciting weekend of contests and entertainment.

Kathleen Pixley, Executive Director of Grand Lake Festivals said, “We are very excited about the 2015 festival season.  New and exciting events are planned including the Acoustic Music Gathering on “Grove Stage 5” on the south stage of the Civic Center during the American Heritage Music Festival.  We pay $5 each for up to 5 musicians who sign up to play a 10 to 15 minute set, and the audience votes for the winner.  All are welcome.”  This will be a fun gathering for all acoustic instruments and styles, old-time, folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, swing -- anything goes, but ‘you’ve got to have a fiddle in the band.’ Your ticket will get you in to enjoy the fiddle competitions, entertainment and the groups playing on Grove-Stage 5 plus the opportunity to sample great food from the food vendors and shop the arts & crafts booths. 
Headliner for the Saturday night concert, Kyle Dillingham, has electrified and energized audiences in over 30 countries around the world.  Kyle recently performed at the First Baptist Church in Grove with the Oklahoma City University Orchestra.  Dillingham was honored by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry in 2009 with the Governor’s Arts Award and won Best Performing Artist in Slice Magazine’s 2013 and 2014 Best of the City Awards.  This show always receives rave reviews.

The public is invited to the Kick-off Party and Cook-Out at Snider’s Campground south of Grove on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees on Thursday night and again on Friday night for another evening of delicious food and great entertainment.  Admission to the campground is free, dinner by Okie Smokie is $8.  Bob Fjeldsted and the Round-Up Boys will provide great western swing dance music from 9 pm on at Snider’s Camp on Friday night.  

Great entertainment is being planned for the entire weekend with daytime events and Saturday night concert held in Grove Civic Center and evening activities on Thursday and Friday nights at Snider’s Camp.  Jana Jae, founder of Grand Lake Festivals, and her family and friends will perform throughout the weekend in addition to the Prairie Breeze String Band, Osage Stomp, Ozark Wildfire, Blue Pearl, Finley River Boys and other great bands.  

Friday, June 12 the fiddle contestants will begin competing with top-notch musicians all vying for monetary prizes.  Winners will be featured at the Saturday night concert.  For a complete schedule, visit

You can purchase tickets at Jana Jae’s Gallery Southwest, 10th & Main, Grove, OK, by calling 918-786-8896 or online at .  

Other summer festival dates include the Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival to be held at the Grove Civic Center on July 4 featuring Louisiana’s hottest Cajun band, Chris Miller and the “Bayou Roots” back by popular demand, along with Jana Jae and other fabulous entertainment.  Mark your calendars because the Grove Civic Center is the place to be on July 4 for great food, fun and a great Independence Day celebration Cajun style.  There will be many arts & crafts booths plus other interesting shopping venues.

The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp will be held over Labor Day weekend featuring renowned musicians performing and teaching workshops, demonstrations and master classes at the Grove Civic Center with evening activities at Snider’s Camp.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy great lakeside entertainment .

Grand Lake Festivals, Inc. a non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing family entertainment to the Grand Lake area with the assistance of local and area sponsors, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Film & Music and Oklahoma Tourism.

For more information, contact

Grand Lake Festivals


920 S. Main St., Grove, OK


(918) 786-8896

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