Whispering Beard returns to usher out the summer Aug. 26-28 in Friendship, Ind. (about 50 miles west of Cincy). Bring the RV or just pitch a tent and hang out all weekend to check out acclaimed national acts like Todd Snider, Hayes Carll, Morgan O’Kane, Paleface, Woody Pines and Two Man Gentleman Band, plus Greater Cincy faves The Tillers, Wonky Tonk, Magnolia Mountain, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, Comet Bluegrass Allstars, Hickory Robot, Jake Speed and the Freddies and many, many others. For directions, ticket info and the full lineup, visit whisperingbeard.com. Tickets (three-day passes are $70; single-day tickets vary) can also be purchased at Shake It Records and the Madison Theater box office.