Live music, wine tasting, beer tasting and a bit of shopping will work in concert for the first annual Musomania Music & Arts Festival.

The event will be conducted Thursday through Saturday at Ceraland Park, 3989 S. County Road 525E in Columbus.

Founder and organizer John Hall, who operated the Bean Blossom Blues Fest for 18 years, said a crowd of some 500 would be a good start.

“But I’d really rather see at least 1,000,” Hall said. “We are making a long-term — at least three years — commitment to making Musomania Indiana’s biggest, best music and arts festival.”

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A total of 10 bands on two stages will entertain, according to the schedule. Plus, there will be fire performers, belly dancers from a group known as Indy Tribal and hula hoopers. In fact, hula hoopers who can do their thing for two minutes straight will be admitted free.

The fest is slated to go rain or shine, since all activities will unfold at the Parkview Shelterhouse, which holds about 500 people, Hall said.

Music will feature regional acts and local acts, including the folk-pop of Megan Maudlin of Columbus and the pop-rock tunes of Derick Howard, also of Columbus.

Other acts include Moonshine District, offering a hint of bluesy bluegrass that the group simply labels mountain music; classic rock cover band Jambox of Indianapolis; and the jazzy, infectious hip hop of Kid Quill of Shelbyville.

Vendors will include ceramic pot throwers, jewelry makers, glass blowers and others. Food vendors also will be on site.

A taste of nearly everything

What: Inaugural Musomania Music & Arts Festival, featuring concerts, wine and beer tasting and other offerings.

When: Thursday through Saturday, rain or shine.

Where: Ceraland Park’s Parkview Shelterhouse, 3989 S. County Road 525E, Columbus.

Tickets: $10 to $40.

Information: 812-377-5849 or musomania.org.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.