Featured Artists

Meet the Missing Man Trio

THE MISSING MAN TRIO OR TMMT, PAUL FOREMAN AND JO LONG PLAY A MIXTURE OF FOLK, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, GOSPEL OR IN MANY CIRCLES AMERICANA MUSIC.  WE JUST CALL IT “CRABGRASS IT’S NOT AS GOOD AS BLUEGRASS BUT IT’S BETTER THAN DIRT.”

WHILE PAUL IS ORIGINALLY FROM FARMINGTON, MO AND JO IS FROM FREEPORT, IL, THEY MET IN WICHITA, KS IN 1999, AND THEIR MUSICAL COLLABORATION BEGAN FESTIVAL IN WINFIELD, KS.  THEIR FIRST STAGE PERFORMANCE WAS AT THE INFAMOUS STAGE 5 AT THE FESTIVAL, WHERE A NUMBER OF ACTS HAVE SINCE MOVE ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER PERFORMANCES.

PAUL HAS DEVELOPED A STORYTELLING STYLE OF SINGING IN HIS OWN WRITING OF MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.  AS LEADER OF THE BAND HE VARIES HIS STYLES TO KEEP THE CROWDS WANTING MORE.  JO PICKED UP THE BASS AND FOUND SHE HAD A KNACK AND LOVE FOR THE INSTRUMENT.  FRIENDS SAY THAT SHE DANCES ON STAGE WITH THE BASS, TO HER IT IS JUST THE SOUND OF THE MUSIC COMING THROUGH.

Meet the Detour Dance Band

Jerry Myers has pulled together a great group of guys with a varied sound from country to classic rock. Lead guitar player is Roger Kean, on bass is Mark Lyman, on drums is Roger Fouche and Jerry rounds it out with vocals and rhythm guitar. They are the perfect group to wrap up our festival on Sunday night, July 28, 2019. We are so glad to have them back with us this year!

Meet Amy Marrone and Relative Rhythm

Nelson put a family band together around the beautiful vocals of his niece, Amy Marrone. Band members include Amy Marrone on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Andrea Still (Nelson’s sister in law) singing harmony and percussion, Ryan Beisner (Nelson’s son in law) on lead guitar, Kelley Nichols (Nelson’s wife) on keyboard and Nelson on bass guitar. Their set is primarily country with a little rock ‘n roll–easy listening for a relaxing time. Relative Rhythm, sans Kelley, she will be too busy, will be playing at the Sunflower Festival on Saturday, July 27, from 6:30 to 8:30.

Meet Anita Clark!

Anita Clark will have her pastels for sale at the Sunflower Festival–she works in several media, but has been exploring working with pastels most recently.

Meet Stephanee Lemmons!

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Stephanee Lemmons, a native Missourian, acquired a BS in Education from SMS and  Masters Degree from Drury Univeristy.  A career in art education spanned three school dristricts and 31 years.  Creating has been part of her life for as long as she can remember.  She always knew that when she retired from teaching, creating would be a full-time endeavor.  Painting and pottery keep her sane and busy, always offering new challenges.  Stephanee’s works will be available in the Sunflower Marketplace.

Meet Don Brown!

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Meet Don Brown!

Don Brown was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he helped his father make and paint decoys to hunt with at an early age. Don began to make his own style of wood decoys in the mid-1950‘s. His first sale of mantle quality decoys, a pair of mallards, was to a collector in 1957. Making, showing, and selling decoys became a serious hobby in 1973.

He has participated in many Missouri art shows in Springfield, the Kansas City area, and the St. Louis area.

His decoys have been presented as awards and gifts to many individuals, including President George W. Bush when visiting the Springfield area. He has received national and state awards for his donations of decoys to fundraisers for Ducks Unlimited.

Now retired from his pharmacist career, Don is devoting his time to designing new products such as the decorative boxes and baskets with wildflowers and wildlife, while still keeping up with his decoy making, traveling, hunting, fishing, and family, not necessarily in that order.

Brown’s creations will be available at the Sunflower Festival—prices ranging from $49 to $129.

Meet the Shandies!

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The Shandies are Shannon Stine (vocals/guitar) and Natalie Wlodarczyk (vocals/guitar). They started playing together in April 2016 and their blend of unique musical backgrounds makes for a distinctive and entertaining listening experience. The Shandies play an eclectic mix of original and cover tunes that incorporate folk, country, rock, and pop marked by tight vocal harmonies and creative guitar blends. Their debut album of original songs titled “Begin Again” was released in June 2017 and is available on CD at their live shows as well as online at iTunes and cdbaby.com.

Shannon Stine is an award-winning Merle Travis style thumbpicking guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Shannon wrote her first song at the age of three, started playing piano and ukulele at the age of six, and guitar at the age of ten. She previously played in the local bands Violet and The Swivel Sisters, and currently plays in Nadia, The Flame Lilies, and with The Shandies, as well as performing solo shows in and around the Springfield area. Her debut self-titled CD featuring her original music is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.

Natalie Wlodarczyk is a board-certified music therapist and music therapy professor at Drury University who has been playing guitar since age seven. Natalie was raised on the singer-songwriters of the 1970s and her musical upbringing has had a strong influence on her still today. She previously played in the Tallahassee, FL group Sassafrass and in the Springfield rock band A.K.A. as well as in an acoustic duo with Russell Weatherly. She currently plays solo as well as with The Shandies.

The Shandies are representing Springfield at our Sister City in Japan this summer!

Watch The Shandies perform at the Sunflower Festival on our opening night, Wednesday,  July 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm!

 Meet Uke 66!

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Meet Rick & Karen Maxson and Uke 66!

Rick & Karen will be sharing their passion for the ukulele with us at Golden Grove Farms! Rick grew up in Ventura, Calif. playing the guitar, performing at events, gatherings, camps and weddings. On a trip to Hawaii in 2005, he took advantage of a free ukulele lesson at Waikiki Beach, and he was hooked! He bought a ukulele when he returned home and discovered it was a natural fit for his experience and talent with the guitar. Rick is the faculty advisor to DUkes, Drury University’s Ukulele Club. A longtime musician, Karen added ukulele to her instrument repertoire in 2010, playing it as a reward for practicing her cello. She began as many do – strumming and singing in the privacy of her home – and it didn’t take long for her to realize she’d rather be playing the ukulele than the cello (apologies to the cello teacher). Three years later, she moved from California to Springfield, Missouri and began facilitating Springfield’s Queen City Ukulele Club at its twice-monthly uke jams.  Uke 66 represented Springfield in Mexico at our Sister City, Tlaquepaque, this summer!  Rick also won the International Ukulele competition in Hawaii!  

Join us at Golden Grove Farms to enjoy Rick & Karen Friday, July 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm!

Meet Emma Bennett!

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Emma has been playing and singing since she was 14 years old. She has performed in front of thousands of people at the Missouri State FFA Talent Show as well as competing in several other smaller talent shows around the South West Missouri area.  Emma has become a songwriter, as well, and is headed to Belmont University in Nashville this fall where she will major in Song Writing and Music Business.  We are excited that Emma will perform twice this year at the Sunflower Festival. 

Join us for Emma’s performances on Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Sunday, July 28 from 12:30 – 2:30.