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August 2016

Dates and other details may be estimated based on last year's festival until confirmed by festival organizers.

Through August 1    Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
(See the June calendar)

Through August 6    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
(See the June calendar)

Through August 7    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
(See the June calendar)

August 4 - 6    Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has presented a wide repertoire from old-timers as well as the newest generation of mountain musicians, dancers and cloggers whose performances echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival also designates “Legacy Performers” who have made significant contributions to the region’s musical heritage over several decades.

TBA. 2015 lineup included Grey Eagle - Stoney Creek Boys, Buncombe Turnpike, Spirit Fiddle, The Ross Brothers, and about 20 more.

Festival site: Diana Wortham Theatre

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7 to 10 p.m.

Three-day pass: $54, younger than 13 $24.
Nightly: $20, younger than 13 $10.

August 4 - 6    PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton

What was originally a weekend get-together of friends and pickers has evolved into a three-day family event on the Tar River that is in its 19th year in 2016. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets.

Thursday: Tony Holt and The Wildwood Valley Boys, Ted Jones and Tar Heel Boys, Sourwood Mountain.
Friday: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Wood Family Tradition, Al Batten and Bluegrass Reunion, Mickey Galyean and Cullin's Bridge.
Saturday: The Malpass Brothers, Carolina Blue Band, Flatt Lonesome, Constant Change, The Churchmen.

Festival site: Green Hill Road

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5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bands play two sets each day.

Three-day pass: $60 in advance, $70 at gate; Thursday $20; Friday $25; Saturday $30.
Younger than 14 free.

Camping is included with a ticket. Hot showers are available, but no hookups.

August 5 - 6    Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin

The festival was started by local folk-rock band Time Sawyer to raise money for restoration of the Reeves Theater in Elkin, and continues as a broader benefit to the community. It includes music for all ages on two stages, food and drinks, and activities for the kids. It is in its 6th year in 2016.

Friday: Amigo, Sinners and Saints, Luke Mears Band, Robert Holthouser, members of Time Sawyer, more TBA.
Saturday: Phil Cook and the Guitarheels, David Ramirez, Time Sawyer, The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Cicada Rhythm, Kate Rhudy.

Festival site: Elkin's Hidden Amphitheater and Liberty Reception Hall

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Friday's kickoff concert at Liberty 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.

Two Day Pass: $30 until May 31, $35 until June 30, $40 until July 17, $45 afterward.
Friday: $10 until May 31, $15 until June 30, $17 until July 17, $20 afterward.
Saturday: $15 until May 31, $20 until June 30, $25 until July 17, $30 afterward.

August 5 - 6    Ola Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing

The celebration named for the acclaimed singer-songwriter presents bands from the Americana, bluegrass, old-time, country and folk traditions. There are also instrumental, songwriting and voice workshops, an outdoor jam tent, a craft market, food court and more.

TBA. 2015 lineup included Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive, Wayne Henderson, David Reed, and five more.

Festival site: Lansing Creeper Trail Park

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Starts 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday.

The festival is free; a $5 donation is suggested.

Primitive tent camping onsite: $10 per night donation requested.
RVs at American Legion field 1.5 miles from festival, with water and "some" electricity: $35 per night.

August 11 - 13    Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain

In addition to three music stages reflecting old and new mountain ways, the weekend is to include hiking, camping and workshops on topics ranging from songwriting and contra dancing to an edible plants hike, sacred geometry and sword battle. 2016 is the festival's third year.

Acoustic Syndicate, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Mantras, The Fritz, Come Back Alice, Zansa, The Apple Butter Express, The Empire Strikes Brass, Nikki Talley, Ralph Roddenberry, Aaron "Woody" Wood, Displace, Dr. Bacon, The Screaming Js, Savi Fernandez Band, Dub Kartel, Under the Willow, Bill and Friends, Kolkata, Kendra Warren, Ali Randolph and the Outta Luck Band, Salyn Roots Reggae, Sol Rhythms, Ton of Hay, Pete McWhirter, Smokey Joe and the South Toe Syndicate, David Wiseman, Polly Lorien, Sugar Daddy, ClarifEye w/ David Ariansen, 3 Little Birds, Ken Ramsay.

Festival site: Sunshine Organic Farm

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Gates open noon Thursday for campers with three-day pass.

Three-day pass (includes primitive camping): $65 until May 15, $80 in advance, $95 at gate; ages 13 to 17: $25, $35, $40.
Daily: $45 until May 15, $55 in advance, $65 at gate; ages 13 to 17: $20, $25, $30.
Younger than 13 free.

Add $100 to three-day pass for RV camping, $50 for car camping (limited number available for each).

August 11 - 13    Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam and BBQ Festival - Clyde

The Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam is the annual fundraiser for the Fines Creek Community Association, which provides college scholarships to residents of the Fines Creek Township in northern Haywood County. After taking a break in 2015, the festival returns for 2016 with a promise to get "back to our roots." Barbecue plates will be sold as part of the festivities each evening.

Friday: Cold Mountain Bluegrass, Hill Country Band, Old Towne, Fines Creek Flatfooters (cloggers).
Saturday: Mountain Tradition, Carolina Blue, Tri-County Connection, The Weary Travelers; Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen, John Fowler; Southern Appalachian Cloggers.

Festival site: Fines Creek School

6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $25.
Nightly: $15.
Younger than 17 free with paying adult.

RVs: $100, includes two tickets; no hookups.

August 13    Groove in the Garden - Raleigh

The Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh put on the first Groove in the Garden in 2015. The day at Raleigh Little Theatre's rose garden presented mostly local bands playing indie pop, Southern rock, R&B and bluegrass. There were also food trucks and a "vendor village" populated by a couple of dozen booths. Click on the photo for more information.

TBA. 2015 lineup included The Love Language, Bombadil, 6 String Drag, and five more.

Festival site: Stephenson Amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre

2 to 9 p.m.; gate opens at noon.


August 18 - 20    N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion

This campground-based festival is in its 41st year in 2015. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets, though headliners may just play evening shows.

Thursday: Dailey and Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Crowe Brothers, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition.
Friday: Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, The Gibson Brothers, Russell Moore and 111rd Tyme Out, The Primitive Quartet, The Gary Waldrep Band.
Saturday: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Goldwing Express, Nothin' Fest, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Ma Crow and The Lady Slippers.

Festival site: Tom Johnson Camping Center Rally Park

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Noon to 10 p.m. (open stage at 11 a.m.)

Three-day pass: $90 in advance, $95 at gate; ages 7 to 13, $45 in advance, $50 at gate.
Daily: $40 in advance, $45 at gate; ages 7 to 13 $15.
Younger than 7 free with an adult.

Campground stay during the festival requires a three-day ticket.

August 25 - 27    Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville / Lawndale

The festival offers a weekend full of music on two stages, plus camping, vendors, a sugar cane field sculpture, on a fourth-generation family farm. It is in its fifth year in 2016. Click on the photo for more information.

Benton Blount, more TBA.

Festival site: Elliott Family Farms

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Music starts 5 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $70.
Thursday: $10
Friday and Saturday: $55
Saturday only: $30
VIP three-day pass: $170, includes VIP parking, backstage passes, shuttle between stages, seats in tents, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Camping (primitive): tents free with ticket; RVs $5.

August 26 - 27    Jam in the Trees - Black Mountain

The festival debuts in 2016 as a celebration of authentic roots music, community and philanthropy. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local not-for-profit, Wild Forests & Fauna. Friday's show is indoors, Saturday's is on an outdoor stage.

The Wood Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, Chatham County Line, Mipso, The Burrito Brothers, Secret Sisters, Tellico, Leyla McCalla, Mark Bumgarner, Unspoken Tradition, more TBA.

Festival site: Pisgah Brewing

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8 p.m. Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Two day pass: $60.
Friday: $25.
Saturday: TBA.
VIP tickets: TBA.

August 26 - 28    Three Days of Light Gathering - Old Fort

The 3DL festival bills itself as part retreat, part festival, part summer camp, part earth school. In addition to music in the evenings, the weekend offers three dozen workshops on such topics as sustainable living, natural health and wellness, personal / spiritual development and community and culture, plus keynote speakers, yoga and movement classes, flow / fire performances, fire dance, drum circles, and more. It is in its fifth year in 2016.

The Human Experience, Dixon's Violin, DrumSpyder, Numatik, Stratosphere, Sirius Colors, Moon Frog, I-Star, Beautiful Chorus, Sacral Crown, The Cat's Pajamas, Momentology, Noah Proudfoot, Medisin, Ascentient, Jenna Gilmore, Midnight Willo, more TBA.

Festival site: Camp Grier

2:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Three-day pass: early ticket sales - $75, includes camping; $100, includes camping and poster; $150, includes camping and t-shirt.

(2015 pricing) Weekend pass with rustic lodging: $180; indoor lodging $220.
Couples' indoor lodging package: $333.
Group rustic cabin (sleeps up to 10): $1,200.
Meal passes: $75.
(Details with ticket info.)

August 27    Youth Fest Christian Music Festival - Louisburg

Since 2003, the festival put on by Pilot Baptist Church of Zebulon has grown from a free show on the church lawn to a day-long event with several bands plus a guest speaker, a BMX stunt team, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, a gladiator joust, and more. Concessions will be sold onsite as well.

TBA. 2015 lineup included Mikeschair, Abandon, Surrounding Jericho and one more.

Festival site: Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex

Noon to 6 p.m.

$10, ages 4 to 10 $5.

See our look at another festival held at Norris Creek.

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