Walnut Valley Festival 48.5

September 12 - 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

"Fesity" playing a guitar and wearing a face covering for the Walnut Valley Festival Festival 48.5

49th Walnut Valley Festival

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 12 - 20, 2020

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed
to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021
A virtual WVF 48.5 will take place September 12-20, 2020

Be Kind, Stay Safe!

Dandelion Heart


Voting has closed. Check back to see the winner announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19th.


Wild with purpose, the women of Dandelion Heart endeavor to create a unique Americana sound, blending four individual songwriting styles. These dandies are rooted in Northwest Arkansas, with a passion for making music, and having fun creating with each other. The band is comprised of Lacy Hampton (guitar, piano, hand percussion,) Chase Hart (guitar, hand percussion,) Korey McKelvy (mandolele, banjo,) & Willa Thomason (cello, guitar, hand percussion.) They started out playing mostly covers, with some originals from previous projects (Aisle 24, The Ozark Travelers, The Silver Lining,) but quickly began evolving their set to include more originals born from this collaboration. This group of four vocalists & multi-instrumentalists creates a dynamic set that is fluidly shifting throughout. Dandelion Heart strives to capture the beauty in simplicity, with penetrating harmonies &, at times, sparse instrumentation. Expect to hear a blend of folk, blues, bluegrass, rock, & indie sounds from this up & coming hometown band.

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Vote for your favorite band while also supporting the cause.  Sixty percent of the funds raised will be split equally between all of the artists in the lineup taking part. The remaining forty percent will be used by WVA to pay for production costs of WVF 48.5 as well as to get ready for its 49th Walnut Valley Festival in 2021.

Votes will be taken until midnight on Friday, September 18.  The winner will be announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19.

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