This September, the Walnut Valley Festival will give young musicians in its audience the opportunity to perform on its festival stages in Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases – as it has every year since 1991. Supplementing the National and International instrument championship competitions for which the festival is famous, this non-competitive program mentors the next generation of musicians, recognizing their achievements at every level, beginner through pro. It is designed to provide a positive performance experience in a professional setting for young pickers and singers through age 16. Participation in Acoustic Kids is free with festival admission, but preregistration is required. Registration will be available as long as there is room in the showcases. You can register online at where you can also find additional details. More information is also available at or by calling 615-428-1008