Ouibache Music Festival

is a roots music festival that takes place in the beautiful East End of Downtown Lafayette, IN.  Friends from all over the world will gather to play tunes, share stories, and commune with one another. The laid-back attitude of the festival allows music lovers of all types and skill levels to take time away from the daily routine of life and just enjoy the sweetness of hearing a guitar or singing a song.

2021 Bryan Metzger Memorial Legacy Award

Congratulations to St. Lawrence School on being selected as the 2021 Bryan Metzger Legacy Award winner. Their commitment to music education and the pursuit of excellence is a hallmark of all great music programs. Ouibache is proud to present the 2021 award to help purchase a contra bass. The award was presented by Mrs. Cindy Metzger, Ouibache Music Festival representatives Scott Freeman, President/CEO, and First Merchants Bank representative Mark Molter. be on March 3rd at 1:00 pm at St. Lawrence School in Lafayette, IN.

Funds from the award would be used to purchase contra bass bars used in kindergarten and lower elementary music education as well as an aid in the upper levels. As a proponent of Orff and Kodaly music methods, I find the bass bars to be valuable in helping younger children determine the beat because they are appropriately sized for optimal benefit. Early elementary students benefit due to the fact that the larger size helps with the coordination challenges that come with smaller bass bars. Upper elementary students would also benefit from contra bass in that they help cultivate a sense of harmonic rhythm since the I, IV, and V chords are emphasized from the bass notes. Properly used Orff instruments greatly enhance the musical education of those involved.

Our 2021 Performers

Hawktail

Hawktail

Hawktail is the instrumental acoustic quartet of fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. Their all-original music is cohesive and unique, distinguishing them as an ensemble with a sound built from the ground up. Flush with orchestral sweeps and sparse vigils, with strains of the American South and the North Atlantic, this cosmopolitan sound is not what you’d expect from a string band.

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Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson

From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad Robinson has caught the attention of the music world with his eight Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music) and his many recordings on Severn Records and Delmark Records.

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The Tucker Brothers

The Tucker Brothers

The Tucker Brothers group was founded by brothers Joel and Nick Tucker in 2015 with the mission of creating thoughtful and positive instrumental music. For their first album “Nine is the Magic Number” (2015), The Brothers were joined by Brian Yarde on drums and Sean Imboden on saxophone.

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Black Voices Of Inspiration

Black Voices Of Inspiration

Established at Purdue University in 1975, The Black Voices of Inspiration Choral Ensemble is made up of student and community individuals committed to the performance of music enhanced by the musical traditions and experiences of African/African Americans.

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Brent Laidler and the Prime Cuts

Brent Laidler and the Prime Cuts

Brent Laidler in his own words: I’m a composer, arranger and musician with a day job… My "side" career so far has been amazing. I’ve performed with amazing people, including jazz and pop recording artists, stars from Broadway, television and film – written music for video games, commercials, award winning documentary films, television, marching bands and now even podcasts.

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Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday

Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday

Scott performs as a soloist or in a duo, trio or quartet with members of the band, Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday. As a 7-piece, the band has performed at countless fairs, festivals and concert venues. The band has played the VIP stage prior to country acts such as Kenny Chesney, The Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley, at Ruhoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis.

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Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

While most musicians move left or right to the coasts searching for a mohair life in the lights, Jeff Anderson planted himself firmly in his home town of Lafayette, Indiana. He was raised there and the blood that runs through him is all home, all folk and honest. After 25 years of teaching, the town bears his reputation, and students of all ages and interests have come through Jeff.

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Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce

Called “an avatar of ambient guitar” by Echoes radio host John Diliberto, and “one of the top two electronic guitarists of all time” by the AllMusic guide, Jeff Pearce has quietly and consistently pioneered an ethereal style of ambient guitar since his first CD release in 1993. His albums "From the Darker Seasons" and "Skies and Stars" both charted on Billboard Magazine's New Age album chart.

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Michael Kelsey

Michael Kelsey

Michael Kelsey brings a free-flowing improvisational style to the guitar that involves every inch of his instrument. From his funky, percussive playing style that conjures an image of a one-man version of STOMP to lush instrumentals reminiscent of Michael Hedges/Phil Keaggy, his performance blends multiple musical genres and vocals along with some techno fun to create a sound all his own. He is the winner of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon”.

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Lee Anna Atwell

Lee Anna Atwell

Lee Anna Atwell is a performing singer-songwriter-musician in the Midwest. Her recording projects include Fiction and Burning Heart. A new project is currently in the works! She sings and plays with a variety of outstanding acts including her band Trouble With Monday, Scott Greeson, and Malachi Jaggers. Her sound is uniquely her own with Americana roots subtly drenched in soul.

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Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." Leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" and creator of the "Masters Legacy Series," Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator. Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen has appeared at major international jazz festivals and at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center, in addition to headlining at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs. For many years he was Hammond B-3 Organist-in-Residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club. During the lockdown he created "Live From Emmet's Place," a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views worldwide. Cohen is a Mack Avenue artist. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). Emmet Cohen has performed, recorded, or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria, and Bill T. Jones.

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Our 2021 Festival

Festival Dates

Third Annual Ouibache Music Festival

The Third Annual Ouibache Music Festival will be August 27-28, 2021 in the beautiful East End of downtown Lafayette, IN. Look for our schedule coming out May 2021.

Accommodations

Hotel

We are pleased to be partnering with the Hilton Garden Inn as our host hotel.  They are located only a few blocks from the festival.  Contact Tara at (765) 743-2100 and tell her you are here for Ouibache and receive the special OMF rates.

If you would like to camp, Prophetstown State Park is only a few miles away and has a world-class camping facility. DO NOT go through the Prophetstown website to register. Call the office directly at (765) 320-0502 M-F between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm EST and tell them you would like to camp for the festival.

Workshops / Day Camp

Workshops Information

Workshops are open to music lovers of all ages. Some are more advanced than others. Bring your instrument or just show up and learn a thing or two. The workshops are all free events and will take place the "Night Before". 

Come for a while, or stay all day.

Yes, bring your chairs and enjoy the music all day long. There will be plenty to eat and drink. Come early and have the best seat in the house!

Become a "Friend of Ouibache"

$50.00 Membership

By becoming a member, you become a "Friend of Ouibache". Membership dues are not tax-deductible. However, membership includes free admission to all events at the OMF and a 20% discount on OMF merchandise. Members will also receive information on upcoming events from OMF.

If you would like to become a member, you can sign up now or mail us at:

PO Box 176
Lafayette, IN 47906