Memorial Day Weekend | May 24, 25 & 26, 2019
190 Townsend Road
Martinsville, Ohio 45146


Hey good folks,

Hello from Ohio!

Can you believe we are approaching our fourth annual Nowhere Else Festival on our hideaway farm in Clinton County, Ohio? Thanks to all of you who have attended for helping us establish a world-class boutique music and arts festival that feels like an extended musical family reunion in a beautiful green space. It really is a festival unlike any other.

We have confirmed a truly amazing group of musicians and artists including James McMurtry, Birds of Chicago, John Paul White, Leigh Nash, Joan Shelley, Carrie Newcomer, photographer Randy Bursiel and of course Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. Feeling grateful.

We are looking forward to being inspired and making many new connections right along with the rest of you. Can’t wait to see you on the farm again, May 24, 25 & 26, Memorial Day Weekend 2019! 

Special thanks to the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau for their generous support of the festival.

Love & Revelation,

Linford and Karin


WHO: Over the Rhine and Many Special Guests – Musicians, Artists, Writers

WHAT: NOWHERE ELSE FESTIVAL - Two full days of music, workshops, artists presenting their work, an extended musical family reunion 

WHERE: Nowhere Else, 190 Townsend Rd, Martinsville, OH 45146

WHEN:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24, 25 & 26, 2019, Memorial Day Weekend. Festival gates open at 9am. Music starts at 1pm. (Friday, May 24, VIP Picnic and Intimate Concert for VIP ticket holders. Thank you for your generous support of the festival.)

WHY: Proceeds from the festival will help us continue restoring a 140-year-old barn into a fully-functioning performing arts center where we can “pay forward” some of what we’ve learned in the last 25 years. We plan to host intimate concerts and workshops, record future albums, nurture younger artists and share all the good stuff: good music, good food, good conversation, good wine, good stories, good moonrises. Join us!



(Subject to small tweaks/additions)

Friday (VIP Ticket Holders)
4pm Gates Open
5:30pm VIP Farm to Table Dinner
7pm Over the Rhine and The Band of Sweethearts (w/special guests)

9:00 am Gates Open
9:30 am Wild Edges Walk with expert Birder/Naturalist, Bob Thobaben
10am Storytelling Workshop with Gareth Higgins ~ Stepping into the Seventh Story: A New and Ancient way of thinking about life, the universe and everything
10am Head East Young Man ~ Kevin Rains discusses his journey to the Orthodox Church and an awkward first kiss
12:00 pm (noon) Making Pictures: Photographers Rodney Bursiel and Michael Wilson discuss and share their life’s work (Linford Detweiler hosts)


1pm – 1:45pm Leigh Nash
2:15pm – 3pm Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
3:15pm – 4pm Joan Shelley
4:15pm – 5pm The Faux Frenchmen
5:15pm – 6:15pm Birds of Chicago
6:30pm – 7:30pm John Paul White
8pm Over the Rhine & The Band of Sweethearts

10pm – Wings of Desire, hosted by Gareth Higgins

9am Gates Open
10am – Open jam with multi-instrumentalist Bradley Meinerding & guests, bring your guitars etc!
10am – Carrie Newcomer reads from her essays, poems, shares songs and takes your questions
11am – Interactive Film Discussion/Conversation With Gareth Higgins ~ Heaven Over Berlin: A conversation about a Movie about a City, an Angel, a Trapeze Artist – and You. Share your thoughts on this year’s film, Wings of Desire
12pm – Linford Detweiler interviews Birds of Chicago – Early childhood, Songwriting, Life on the Road, Life as a Musical Couple, All of It. With Q&A

1pm – 1:30pm Nikki Lerner – Gospel Brunch
1:45 – 2:30 John R. Miller & The Engine Lights
2:45pm– 3:15pm Song Catchers: Songwriters Selected from Over the Rhine’s Songwriting Workshops
3:30 – 4:30 The Wild Edges Bramble Ramble: Songwriters In The Round featuring Over the Rhine, Birds of Chicago, Leigh Nash & Stephen Wilson Jr.
5pm – 6pm Carrie Newcomer
6:30pm – 7:30pm James McMurtry
8pm Over the Rhine & The Band of Sweethearts

Airports/flights: Both the greater Cincinnati Int’l Airport (CVG) (which is technically in Northern Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati) and the Dayton Int’l Airport are approximately the same distance from Nowhere Else, roughly an hour’s drive. 

If you’d like to stay close to Nowhere Else: 

Wilmington, Ohio, is an old Quaker college town about 20 minutes up the road. They  have a number of hotels, B&B’s etc.There are also a smattering of B&B’S in Hillsboro, Ohio, and the surrounding area. 

The Roberts Centre is a nearby large Holiday Inn/Convention Center with amenities located at 123 Gano Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177. Easy access from Interstate 71.

There are cabins and tent camping facilities available at Cowan Lake State Park (15-20 minutes away). And at Rocky Fork State Park near Hillsboro, Ohio (30 minutes away). There are other state parks close by/in the vicinity – Stonelick State Park, Paint Creek State Park, Caesar Creek State Park etc. There are not camping facilities available at the festival site at this time. 

Murphin Ridge Inn (about 45 miles south of Nowhere Else) has more luxurious cabins and guest rooms, and beautiful grounds (100+ acres) right in the heart of Amish Country. (Murphin also has a restaurant on site in an old 1828 farmhouse with a good wine list etc.) 

Other activities in the surrounding area (Monday is Memorial Day): The city of Cincinnati is about an hour away, and has much to explore – Art Museum, beautiful parks, the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market, many excellent restaurants. Karin and I were married at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, right across from the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mt. Adams is a fun neighborhood with great views near the park. If you’re unfamiliar, you will love Cincinnati. 

If you’re hungry for green space, there is also great hiking East of Nowhere Else about 25 miles:

(They have lodging/cabins etc available as well.) You will feel like you went down a rabbit hole and ended up on the Appalachian Trail. Gorgeous area.

Please note:

Children are welcome – age 12 and under are admitted free. 

Discounted passes are available for teens, college students with ID and all service/military personnel. Please help us spread the word about these discounts.

No pets please. 

NOWHERE ELSE FESTIVAL is taking place on a small farm.

Picnics/beverages/snacks (food, espresso & additional beverages will also be available on site)
Comfortable/sturdy walking shoes (there are no sidewalks on site – grassy green space only, be prepared to walk up to 10 minutes from parking areas)
Blankets to spread out on the lawn if you’re so inclined
Lawn chairs (chairs will be provided in the main music tent and barn)
Clothes/layers for chilly or warm weather/be flexible
Sun block
Flashlight (for walking after dark)

We have a few food trucks coming out this time. But feel free to bring your own picnics and beverages. If you are so inclined, bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share as part of our famous “cookie carry-in” so you have a little something sweet to go with Chuck’s espresso and lattes – the best we know of on earth.

More info to come – updates will be emailed to those who purchase tickets as we get closer to the event and at

If you need wheelchair access or have any special needs, we have parking in close proximity to the main performance tent reserved for you. Please email and we will get you on the list and reserve space. 

Please email any questions to or and we’ll try to be as helpful as we can.

Thank you for joining us as we all lean into a beautiful weekend together.

Peace like a river, love like an ocean,

Linford and Karin