WASHINGTON D.C. — The Ozark Mountain Daredevils will participate in the nation’s birthday celebration this July 4, when the band will perform on the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
“I continue to be amazed at all the places in my life that music has taken me,” said John Dillon, a founding member of the Daredevils. “I’m even more amazed by the number of new experiences that have come our way in just the past two years.
“We played the Grand Ole Opry last year and are invited back again this year. We played with the Springfield Symphony last fall, and we are playing with the Topeka Symphony later this year. Now, on July 4, we are playing on the mall at our nation’s capital for the Smithsonian. It is such an honor. What a truly magical trip this has been. We are grateful.”
The concert is held as part of “The Ozarks: Faces and Facets of a Region,” one of two programs at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Missouri State University Libraries is the lead partner for the program , which features representatives from the region showcasing local music, arts and crafts, foodways and other local traditions.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the Daredevils to the…