Memorial Day Weekend | May 27 & 28, 2017
190 Townsend Road
Martinsville, Ohio 45146


Hey good folks,

Hello from Ohio!

Are you ready for Nowhere Else Festival 2017?

Thanks 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 in Ohio.

We have confirmed a truly amazing group of musicians and artists. Feeling grateful. We are looking forward to being inspired and making many new connections and discoveries right along with the rest of you. See you on the farm! 

Rivers and oceans,

Linford and Karin

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(Discounts available for teens, college students with ID and active military service personnel. Children 12 and under admitted free.)

Questions/comments, email us: *Please note: We are no longer able to offer refunds for 2017 festival passes. If you need to re-sell your passes, please email us the names of the new recipients, and we will update our lists. 

(No hard tickets will be mailed. All names will be waiting at festival check-in.)

Stay tuned at for updates!

Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts
Birds of Chicago
Carrie Rodriguez
Red Dirt Boys
Carrie Newcomer
The Tillers
Young Heirlooms
Phil Madeira
Levi Parham
Matt Haeck

Barry Moser (Drawing, Memoir)
Michael Wilson (Photography)
Scott Derrickson (Film)
John Baskin (Nonfiction Writing)
Melanie Ciccone (Fabric/Mixed Media)
Jon Detweiler (Painting)
Rebecca Weller (Painting)


Jon Branstrator (Regenerative Farming)
Todd Hudson (Chef: Farm to Table Picnic)
Chuck Pfahler (Espresso arts)
Darrin Ballman (Wine)
Nick Purdy (Craft Beer)

The festival is a 2-day event this Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. (VIP ticket holders are invited to arrive the evening prior to the festival, Friday, May 26, for a farm-to-table picnic/cookout and an intimate 

Over the Rhine concert with the Band of Sweethearts that evening. Thanks to the amazing local farmers we have gotten to know, and our chef friends, the food and drink will be fabulous – a very special evening all around.)

(Subject to small tweaks/additions:)

(VIP Ticket Holders: Thank you for your generous support.)
4pm Gates Open
5:30pm VIP Farm to Table Picnic
7pm VIP Concert with Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts

9am Gates open
10am – 12:30pm Jon Detweiler ~ Plein Air Painting Workshop/Demonstration
10am - noon John Baskin ~ Writing Workshop (nonfiction)
10am – noon Jon Branstrator ~ Adventures In Regenerative Farming w/Q&A
Noon Barry Moser ~ Reading w/Q&A

1pm – 2pm Red Dirt Boys
2:15pm – 2:45pm Levi Parham
3:15pm – 4:15pm Birds of Chicago
4:30 – 5pm Matt Haeck
5:15pm – 6:15pm “Treasure of the Broken Land” ~ The Songs of Mark Heard (featuring Red Dirt Boys, Birds of Chicago, Levi Parham, Matt Haeck, Megan Palmer, Linford & Karin)
6:30pm – 7:30pm Carrie Rodriguez
8pm Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts
10pm Film Director Scott Derrickson screens his latest feature, Dr. Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton

9am Gates Open
9am – 11am Michael Wilson ~ Photo Ramble (Wilmington, OH, meet at The General Denver Hotel)
10 am - noon Barry Moser ~ Drawing Workshop
10am – noon Open jam with multi-instrumentalist Bradley Meinerding & guests, bring your guitars etc!
11am – 11:30am Carrie Newcomer ~ Reading w/Q&A
Noon – 1pm Scott Derrickson ~ Film Conversation w/Q&A

1pm – 2pm Young Heirlooms
2:30pm – 3:30pm The Tillers
3:45pm – 4:30pm Phil Madeira
5pm – 6pm Birds of Chicago
6:30pm – 7:30pm Carrie Newcomer
8pm – 9:30pm Over the Rhine (Trio) / Finale

(In addition to the festival morning workshops etc, you are also welcome to simply use the mornings to explore Cincinnati or the surrounding areas. Hiking, antiquing, exploring Amish Country or the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine are all worthy options.)

Nowhere Else is located at 190 Townsend Road, Martinsville, Ohio 45146.

Basically, we are located about 15 miles West of the small town of Hillsboro, Ohio, and about 15 miles South of Wilmington, Ohio.

(Columbus, Ohio, is about 75 miles away from Nowhere Else. Lexington, Louisville and Indianapolis are apx 2-3 hours’ drive.)

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 would like to help us out by volunteering at the festival, we would love the help! Please fill out and submit the form here:

Questions regarding volunteering? Please email:

Thank you!

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.


If you are planning on participating in one or more of the amazing workshops – Barry Moser (Drawing), Jon Detweiler (Plein Air Painting), John Baskin (Nonfiction Writing), Bradley Meinerding (Open Jam), Jon Branstrator (Regenerative Farming), please email to help us plan accordingly. 

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

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:  Saturday and Sunday, May 27 & 28, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend. Festival gates open at 9am. Music starts at 1pm. (Friday, May 26, VIP Picnic and Intimate Concert)
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. Anxious for you to see what we’ve built together so far.