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August 2016 Music Festivals

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.

Thursday: Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Donna Ray Norton, Bryce Parham and Kathryn Brickey, Buncombe Turnpike, Don Pedi, Over Mountain, Clinchfield Mountain Boys; Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen and John Fowler; Spirit Fiddle, Rhiannon and the Relics, Zoe and Cloyd, Betty Smith, Stoney Creek Boys.
  Dance teams: Appalachian Mountaineers, Dixie Darlin' Cloggers, Bannerman Family and Friends, Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers, Fines Creek Flatfooters.
Friday: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition, Joe Penland, Clearwater Connection, George and Brooke Buckner, Tellico, Shape Note Singers, The Midnight Plowboys, Richard Hurley, The New Broad River Band, Maggie Lauterer and Zack Allen, Spirit Fiddle, Leonard Hollifield Sr. and Jr.
  Dance teams: J Creek Cloggers, Cole Mountain Cloggers, Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers, Cole Mountain Smooth & Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers.
Saturday: Crooked Pine, Southern Highlanders, Carolina Express, Spirit Fiddle, The Griggs, Bryan Sutton, Hogtown Squealers, BearWallow, Roger Howell, Garnet Ridge Ramblers, Lillian Chase and the New Potatoes, Peg Twisters, Honey Holler, Stoney Creek Boys.
  Dance teams: Southern Mountain Fire, Green Valley Cloggers, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Southern Mountain Fire Smooth, Mountain Tradition Cloggers.

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.

Friday: free.
Saturday: $15, groups of four $13.75 each.

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 12 - 14    Fayetteville Summer Music Festival - Fayetteville

The three-day festival and fundraiser is designed to promote music and arts-related resources in the Fayetteville region. The festival provides performance and networking opportunities to regional artists, bands and other music industry professionals. Local and regional artists play Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, Writing Sessions of America - ATL presents a networking opportunity for and with songwriters and A&R man Kevin Shines. The festival is in its second year in 2016.

Saturday: The Gray, The Damnedest Thing, Last Call Messiahs, Distortion Troll, Breathe New Life, Aurora, Chemical Lizards, Avenue of the Giants, Lauren Nicole, Alter the Deal, Nik Ol.
Sunday: Nick Grant, Organik Musik Group, Steve Cantrell, Tish Mone, Bonz, T.U.K., Daville, Nyce Sosa, Been Carolina, Detox the Kid, Truly Honyst, I-10 Connect, Mave910.

Festival site: The Rock Shop (Networking event at Marquis Market, 116 Person Street, Fayetteville)

7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Friday: $8.
Saturday and Sunday (each): $12 in advance, $15 at door.

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 includes shows by mostly local bands playing indie pop, Southern rock, R&B and bluegrass, with an acoustic side stage added for 2016. There will also be food trucks, craft beer from North Carolina, vendors and a kids' zone. Click on the photo for more information.

Hammer No More the Fingers, Matthew E. White, Inflowential, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Skylar Gudasz, The Fabulous Knobs, Some Army, Debonzo Brothers, Matt Phillips, Christiane, Pinto, Ellis Dyson, Andrew Kasab.

Festival site: Stephenson Amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre

2 to 9 p.m.; gate opens at 1 p.m.

$15 limited advance, $20 advance and at gate.

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 20    River Valley Blues Festival - Asheville

Asheville guitarist/singer Zuzu Welsh is working to keep the blues music festival scene alive with the second annual River Valley Blues Festival. This year's show moves to an Asheville concert/event venue on the French Broad River with a restaurant and full-service bar, permanent stage and state-of-the-art sound system.

Andrew Scotchie and The River Rats, The Zuzu Welsh Band, Stolen Hearts featuring Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson, Rhoda Weaver and the Soul Mates, Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore, Bygone Blues featuring Peggy Ratusz and Aaron Price.

Festival site: Salvage Station

Gates open at noon, music from 2 p.m. to between 10 and 11 p.m.


August 20    Rockabilly Resurrection - Kannapolis

The show features six bands, a vinatge car show and retro vendors. The show is free, but they are accepting donations for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary in Salisbury. Plans are for the festival to become an annual event to celebrate 1950s culture.

Jem Crossland and the Hypertonics, The Tremors, The Belmont Playboys, Mystery Hillbillies, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, Throttle Kings.

Festival site: McCabes Smokehouse

Noon to 10 p.m.

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, Hackensaw Boys, Simplified, Big Daddy Love, Dirty Grass Soul, The Corbitt Brothers Band, The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience, Greg Payne and The Piedmont Boys, L Shape Lot, Oak Grove String Band, Neil Cribbs, Andy Buckner, Kevin Marshall And The J-Walkers, Jeff Gates Band, The Ya Yas.

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 (includes camping).
Friday and Saturday: $55 (includes camping).
Thursday: $15 (add $5 to camp).
Friday: $20 (add $5 to camp).
Saturday only: $30 (add $5 to camp.
VIP three-day pass: $170, includes VIP parking, backstage passes, shuttle between stages, seats in tents, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

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 and will be followed by an after-hours jam indoors. The festival is also to present art, merchandise and food vendors.

Friday: Willie Watson, Tellico.
Saturday: The Wood Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Mipso, Chatham County Line, Jim Lauderdale, The Burrito Brothers, Savannah Smith, The Secret Sisters, Unspoken Tradition, Patrick Sweany, Leyla McCalla, Mark Bumgarner.

Festival site: Pisgah Brewing

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

Two-day pass: $60.
Friday: $25.
Saturday: $50.
Hopster VIP package (guided brewery tour and tasting, early entry, preferred parking, private viewing area, private bar, private port-a-lets and commemorative event poster): $100.

August 26 - 28    Three Days of Light Gathering - Ferguson

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.

Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, Kaminada, Living Light, Dixon's Violin, DrumSpyder, Numatik; I, Star; Sirius Colors, Heiss, Infinite Third, MoonFrog, Medisin, Beautiful Chorus, Sacral Crown, Momentology, The Cat's Pajamas, Jenna Gilmore, Infinite Geometry, Stratosphere, Noah Proudfoot, Infinite Geometry, The Vulgarians, Ascentient, Midnight Willo, Aytiko, 5AM, Foxtail, Spaceship Earth, Shanti, Spundose, Midnight Willo, Sacred Sound, Spaceship Earth, Easy Jack, Dillard, Ponder, Bit Deff, more.

Festival site: High Country Motorcycle Camp

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

See the website for multiple ticket / camping packages.

August 27    Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Emerald Isle

After a 17-year hiatus, the festival returns in 2016 promising to recapture great times had at the festival in the 1990s and '80s. The free event will be held on the beach, with food vendors in the adjacent parking area.

The Tams, Hip Pocket with special guest Danny Woods (of Chairmen of the Board), The Fantastic Shakers, Jim Quick and Coastline, Too Much Sylvia, Spare Change, Sammy O'Bannion.

Festival site: Western Ocean Regional Access

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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