Carolina Music Festivals is a comprehensive calendar and guide to multi-act, daylong or multiple-day music shows in North Carolina.

August 2014

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

Through August 1    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
(See the June calendar)

Through August 3    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
(See the June calendar)

July 31 - August 2    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 17th year in 2014.

Thursday: Sourwood Mountain, Allen's Mill, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road.
Friday: Highway 58, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, Constant Change, Lost and Found.
Saturday: Side Line, Malpass Brothers, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Grasscats, 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: $50 in advance, $60 at gate; Thursday $20; Friday $25; Saturday $25.
Younger than 14 free.

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

July 31 - August 2    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. 2013 lineup included Ed Herron, Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys), Joe Penland, Crooked Pine, Buncombe Turnpike, and many 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 1 - 2    Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin

The festival began in 2011 to raise money for restoration of the Reeves Theater in Elkin by local folk-rock band Time Sawyer, 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.

TBA. 2013 lineup included The Dirty Guv'nahs, The David Mayfield Parade, Joe Pug, Time Sawyer and five more.

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

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Friday's kickoff concert at Liberty 8 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 8 - 9    Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam - Clyde

The Bluegrass Jam is the Fines Creek Community Association's primary fundraiser, helping it to support college scholarships. The family-oriented festival showcases local musical groups and clogging teams on an outdoor stage.

TBA. 2013 lineup included Balsam Range, Crowe Brothers, Darren Nicholson Band, and five more.

Festival site: Old Fines Creek School

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5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $25
One-day pass: $15
Ages 16 - 18: $15 both nights, $10 one night; younger free with an adult.

Food concessions will be available.

August 8 - 9    Ola Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing

The three-day 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.

Friday: Melissa Reaves Band, Whitetop Mountain Band, The Amigos Band, Time Sawyer, Sheets Family Band, Rock Bottom Bluegrass Band.
Saturday: The Harris Brothers, Plus David Reed and Dr. Dan Boner, Jerry McCoury with Terry Baucom and Friends, The Troubadors, The VW Boys, The Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson, Big Country Bluegrass, Ashe Breeze Band, Crooked Road Ramblers.

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 8 - 10    Activation Music and Arts Festival - Ferguson

The inaugural event in 2013 presented local musicians, illuminating workshops, and liberating sunset and sunrise yoga sessions.

TBA. 2013 lineup included The Fritz, Futexture, Empire Strikes Brass, Henry + The Invisibles, Michael Garfield, and about 20 more.

Festival site: High Country Motorcycle Camp

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4 p.m. Friday.

Three-day pass with camping: $30 ($20 early bird tickets sold out).

August 14 - 16    N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion

Adams and Anderson, LLC of Dahlonega, Georgia, presents several family-oriented bluegrass festivals around the Southeast. This show, an outdoor festival in the campground under a pavilion, is in its 40th year in 2014. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets, though headliners may just play evening shows.

Thursday: Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band (with special guest Rhonda Vincent), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Marksmen, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.
Friday: Nothin' Fancy, Seldom Scene, The Gibson Brothers, Goldwing Express, The Primitive Quartet, Appalachian Express.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, The Moron Brothers, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys, Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad.

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: $75 in advance, $85 at gate; ages 6 to 13, $40 in advance, $45 at gate.
Daily: $30 in advance, $35 at gate; ages 6 to 13 $15.

Ages 5 and younger free with an adult.

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

August 21 - 24    Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville / Lawndale

The festival debuted in 2012 on a fourth-generation family farm offering agri-tourism and, for the festival, a weekend full of music on two stages, plus camping, vendors, a sugar cane field sculpture, and more. Clear Mountain View is at the same venue and put on by the same organization that presents Five String Fest. Click on the photo for more information.

Big Daddy Love, Shannon Whitworth, Hackensaw Boys, Howlin' Brothers, Unspoken Tradition, Sol Driven Train, Packway Handle, Blue Dogs, more TBA.

Festival site: Elliott Family Farms

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Four-day pass: $95.
Friday: $30
Saturday: $50
Sunday: $20.
VIP four-day pass: $200, includes VIP parking, backstage passes, shuttle between stages, seats in tents, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Camping (primitive): tents free with four-day pass; RVs $5.

August 23    WhoDat Festival - Greensboro

The volunteer-run, non-commercial celebration of North Carolina artists and musicians debuted in 2012. In addition to music, the festival offers inclusive art projects, skill shares, open mics, jam sessions, art and food vendors and more.

TBA. 2013 lineup included Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes, The Bronzed Chorus, The Chit Nasty Band, Dalton Village and four more.

Festival site: Doodad Farm

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Gates open and open mic performances begin at 11 a.m.

Suggested donation of $15 to $30 goes totally to bands playing the festival.

Camping onsite.

August 28 - 30    Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

John and Natalie Maness carry on the tradition of his late father, John D. Maness, founder of the Bass Mountain Boys and proprietor for more than 30 years of the Bass Mountain Music Festival. The re-named family-oriented bluegrass show, which is also presented on Memorial Day weekend (see the May schedule) offers top names in bluegrass plus several vendors, and their full-service campground has a fishing pond and hot showers. Click on the photo for more information.

TBA. 2013 lineup included Malpass Brothers, Wrecked Frets, Nu-Blu, Mountain Faith, and 10 more.

Festival site: Cane Creek Campground & RV Park

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Three-day pass: $50 to August 10, $75 at gate. Includes primitive camping.
Thursday: $20.
Friday and Saturday: $25 (daily).
Ages 11 and younger free.

August 28 - 31    Mantrabash Music & Art Festival - Ferguson

Mantrabash presents national and North Carolina regional bands on two stages, plus arts and crafts, and food vendors. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. A portion of proceeds are to go to a non-profit organization to be named.

TBA. 2013 lineup included The Mantras (hosts), Zoogma, Dopapod, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Big Something, UV Hippo, and about 30 more.

Festival site: High Country Motorcycle Camp

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Three-day pass: $60 in advance.
Additional prices TBA.

Must be 18 years old or older to attend unless accompanied by an adult

Free tent camping with ticket.

August 28 - 31    Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir

At the resting place of Tom Dooley's lamented victim, Laura Foster, musicians and music lovers gather to pay homage to the legends and stories of the Yadkin River Valley with a community dance, a daylong competition for old time and bluegrass bands, and Sunday band performances, plus children's activities, historic information, storytelling, hay rides, a duck derby race, food vendors and more.

TBA. 2013 lineup included The Michael Cleveland Band, The Harris Brothers, South Carolina Broadcasters, and 10 more.

Festival site: Jones Farm

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The festival's Web site provides directions and a map to the private farm hosting the festival.

Friday: Community dance 7 to 11 p.m. - free, donations accepted.
Saturday: Individual musician competitions 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., band competitions 3 to 6 p.m., finalists in all categories compete for top honors 7 to 11 p.m. - $10 at gate.
Sunday: Music 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - free, donations accepted.

Camping: $10 per night, no hookups.

August 29 - 30    Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska

The festival presents traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance by regional fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dance teams, as well as the sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws and folk ensembles of all sorts.

TBA. 2013 lineup included Stoney Creek Boys, Whitewater Bluegrass Co., Southern Mountain Smoke, William Ritter, Laura Boosinger, and about 30 more.

Festival site: Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

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6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Festival performers play loose jams in tents next to Stuart Auditorium between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Single-day pass: $10 in advance, $12 at door.

Lake Junaluska offers special lodging packages (and festival info).

August 29 - 31    Shriners in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival - Cherokee

The three-day bluegrass and gospel show also includes evening hayrides for the kids, followed by campfires and marshmallow roasts. The Labor Day weekend show is a sister festival to June's Bluegrass in Cherokee.

Friday: James King Band, Bobby Osborne and The Rocky Top Xpress, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Crowe Brothers, Lonesome Highway.
Saturday: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Goldwing Express, Al Batten and The Bluegrass Reunion, Hart Brothers, Idletymes.
Sunday: TBA.

Festival site: Happy Holiday RV Village

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Details TBA.

August 30    John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point

The festival, begun in 2011, is sponsored by The Friends of John Coltrane, which works to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres.

TBA. 2013 lineup was Al Jarreau, Dave Koz and Friends, Christian Scott, The Music Maker Blues Revue, The North Carolina Coltrane All-Star Band.

Festival site: Festival Park

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Gates open at noon.

$60 in advance; $70 at door.
VIP (details TBA): $100.

August 30    God of Second Chances Music Festival - Cherryville

The gospel festival debuted in 2013, replacing a bluegrass battle of the bands on the Catawba Valley Music Revival schedule. In addition to music, festivities include corn hole and ladder ball games for kids, and home-cooked food concessions.

TBA. 2013 lineup included Leon Everette and the Faith Healers, Silver Hawk, The Gospel Plowboys, and six more.

Festival site: Private Farm on Coot Williams Road

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Gates open 9 a.m., music begins at noon.

$10 in advance, $15 at gate; younger than 13 free.
Group sales: two free tickets with purchase of 10.

Free parking and camping (bathhouse on-site).

No alcohol.

August 30 - 31    ProgDay - Chapel Hill

The annual festival of progressive music in its 20th year in 2014 features artists from all over the world. The festival also embraces a Friday night pre-show and Saturday night show at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Kotebel, more TBA.

Festival site: Storybrook Farm and Local 506

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Music starts 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend pass $100, daily $60; patron pass for $140 includes preferred parking.
Younger than 16 free, ages 16 to 18 half off.

No overnight camping.

August 31    New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek

A Sunday afternoon in the mountains with acclaimed artists performing in a picturesque setting on the banks of the New River. The King Bees are the festival hosts.

TBA. 2013 lineup was Ironing Board Sam, Gaye Adegbalola, Big Ron Hunter, Doctor Dixon, The King Bees.

Festival site: River House Country Inn

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1 to 6 p.m.; gates open at noon.

$15 in advance, $18 at gate; younger than 12 free.

Food, beer and wine will be on sale.

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