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Handcrafted art and Ozark music is the highlight of the Stringband Music and Arts Festival


Stringbands, groups made up of musicians playing string instruments such as guitars and fiddles, are the foundation of the musical culture in the Ozarks. The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View recognizes that rich history with the Stringband Music and Arts Festival.

Arkansas Roots' Marty Scarbrough speaks to Keith Symanowitz, the Promotions Director of the Ozark Folk Center, about the music and art for the two-day festival. More details about the festival can be found here.

Marty Scarbrough has worked at KASU since 1992, and he serves as program director, overseeing the station’s content. Marty is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and he has produced and hosted programs of classical music, jazz, bluegrass, and blues music. He also oversees KASU’s Bluegrass Monday concert series. When not at work, Marty loves spending time with his wife and his three sons, and he enjoys attending concerts of many different styles of music.
A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.