Acoustic Kids Program Returns to Walnut Valley!

Image635721839059082595Veteran performer and music educator, Andy May, will once again host his beloved Acoustic Kids Showcases at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival.

The program provides a welcoming opportunity for musicians and singers aged 16 or younger to perform at the world-famous festival.

Acoustic Kids is not a contest. Beginner through pro, participants’ achievements are recognized and honored in this unique program. Young musicians of any skill level are encouraged to apply before the August 24 deadline for a chance to perform in this year’s showcase.

Application forms and further details are online at

Image635721841232936932As a show, Acoustic Kids Showcases are not just for kids: they are an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to see and applaud the next generation of musicians.

Andy has a remarkable ability to make kids feel welcomed and valued as a person and musical contributors,” said Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek. “I’m so glad Acoustic Kids has stayed involved in the community, because not only does it help kids make wonderful memories, but as they grow up they’ll remember that their contribution is important.”

Through the years, hundreds of talented youngsters have appeared in Acoustic Kids Showcases at festivals around the U.S. Past participants at the Walnut Valley Festival include, among many others: Nickel Creek, who went on to international stardom, and up-and-comers like Myles Thompson, Ethan Setiawan, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, and Scenic Roots – all of whom have subsequently returned to the festival as artists.

In fact, Scenic Roots and the trio Theory Expats (Ethan Setiawan, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, and Andrew Pauls) will be performing at this year’s festival.

Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases will take place on Stage 2 from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19, during the festival.

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