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August 2017 - North Carolina 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 5    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
(See the June calendar)

Through August 11    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
(See the June calendar)

August 3 - 5    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. For 2017, the festival moved from downtown to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Thursday: Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Sons of Ralph, Leonard Hollifield and Friends, Zoe and Cloyd, Garnet Ridge Ramblers, The Buckner Family, The Peg Twisters, Phil Jamison, David Holt and Josh Goforth, BearWallow, Carol Rifkin/Jeanette Queen/Mark Queen, Betty Smith, Stoney Creek Boys, Grey Eagle, and clogging teams.
Friday: Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass, Arvil Freeman and Emma McDowell, Donna Ray Norton, The New Broad River Band, Clearwater Connection, Honey Holler, Don Pedi, Laura Boosinger and The Midnight Plowboys, The Griggs, Richard Hurley, Lillian Chase and Friends, Joe Bly Tribute, Joe Penland, Stoney Creek Boys, Grey Eagle, and clogging teams.
Saturday: The Ross Brothers, Spirit Fiddle, Rhiannon and the Relics, The Cockman Family, Bryan Sutton, Glenn Bannerman and the Sit Down Square Dance, Buncombe Turnpike, Bannerman Family and Friends, The Waymasters, The Southern Highlanders, Roger Howell, Stoney Creek Boys, Grey Eagle, and clogging teams.

Festival site: A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center

7 to 10 p.m.

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

August 3 - 5    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 20th year in 2017. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets.

Thursday: Sons of the South, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, Steady Drive.
Friday: Garrett Newton Band, Heritage, Lawson Creek Grass, Mickey Galyean and Cullin's Bridge.
Saturday: Constant Change, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, The Malpass Brothers, Grass Towne, Dave Adkins.

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 4 - 5    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. Friday night is a free show at Liberty Reception Hall. The festival is in its seventh year in 2017.

Friday: Swim In the Wild, Late Night Special, Luke Mears Band, Tyler Hatley.
Saturday: Marcus King Band, Town Mountain, Time Sawyer, David Childers and The Serpents, William Wild, Corey Hunt Band.

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 4 - 5    LEAF Downtown AVL - Asheville

The LEAF, which puts on four-day May and October festivals in nearby Black Mountain, brings a taste of the 20-year-old event to downtown Asheville. It debuted in 2015 with three stages of music, plus art, workshops, family activities and "creative collaborations." In addition to a companion 5K run, the festival presented about 90 local vendors. And it's free.

The Family Stone, Easy Star All-Stars, Rare Essence, Escort, LEAF Funk Mix-Tape Band, Free Planet Radio, Fly By Night Rounders, Billy Jonas, Black Masala, The Digs; I, Star; The Paper Crowns, The Hustle Souls, Black South Band, Nex Millen, DJ Malinalli, The Lefties, Lisa Zahiya, Otto Aquaboogy, Big Chief Shaka Zulu, Blue Ridge Pride, Unifire Theater, Faerie Kin, Toy Box Theater, more.

Festival site: Pack Square Park

3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

VIP tickets (regular admission is free): $100, two for $150 for access to the Biltmore rooftop cocktail party (Saturday evening), VIP lounge next to main stage, complimentary drinks and appetizers, artist meet-and-greets, private restrooms, reserved parking.

August 10 - 12    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, workshops and kids' activities, plus craft and food vendors. 2017 is the festival's fourth year.

Jeff Austin Band, Town Mountain, The Mantras, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues, The Fritz, Grass is Dead, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Malcom Holcombe, Empire Strikes Brass, Come Back Alice, Urban Soil, The Screaming Js, The Get Right Band, Nikki Talley, The Applebutter Express, Ralph Roddenberry with Samantha Alessi-Jones, Dr. Bacon, Phuncle Sam, Bill and Company, The Paper Crowns, Displace, Freeway Revival, Electric Soul Pandemic, Devils in Dust, Chicken Coop Willaye Trio, Ali Randolph and the Outta Luck Band, Pete and Kim McWhirter, Kendra Warren, Smoky Joe and the South Toe Syndicate, Plankeye Peggy, Maggie Valley Band, David Wiseman, Franklin's Kite, Free Range Strange, Chase Holliday.

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): $80 until April 30, $95 until August 9, $125 at gate; ages 13 to 17: $35, $45, $55.
Daily: $55 until April 30, $65 until August 9, $75 at gate; ages 13 to 17: $25.
Younger than 13 free.

Camping: car camping $75; RV camping $75-$125 or $125-$175.

August 11 - 12    Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam - 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. Bands play two sets each evening.

Friday: Cold Mountain Bluegrass, Tri-County Connection, Hill Country.
Saturday: Cold Mountain Bluegrass, Carolina Blue, Buncombe Turnpike, Nick Chandler and Delivered, The Weary Travelers, Olde Towne.

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    Shagging at the Rock - Blowing Rock

Building on the success of its September Blowing Rock Music Festival, which debuted in 2014, the famous mountain tourist attraction inaugurates this new beach music festival in 2017.

The Tams, The Original Drifters, Eric and The Chill Tones, The Magnificents Band.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

Details TBA.

August 17 - 19    N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion

This campground-based festival is in its 43rd year in 2017. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets, though headliners may just play evening shows.

Thursday: Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, Springfield Exit.
Friday: Dailey and Vincent, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, The Primitive Quartet, Sons of the South, The Farm Hands.
Saturday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Mike Snider, The Little Roy and Lizzie Show, Goldwing Express, The Malpass Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass.

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 and an additional fee.

Agust 17 - 19    The Big What? - Silk Hope

Three big days of camping, art, music, love and mystery, along with contests, theme nights and "an abundance of other nonsense and surprises." The festival presents music, a vendor village and an art gallery. 2017 is its first year at the Shakori Hills farm near Pittsboro. Big Something hosts.

Big Something, Turkuaz, SunSquabi, Zach Deputy, Consider the Source, Aqueous, Everyone Orchestra, The Fritz, Spiritual Rez, Big Mean Sound Machine, Big Daddy Love, Town Mountain, Urban Soil, Litz, Empire Strikes Brass, Funk You, Dr. Bacon, Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, Opposite Box, Come Back Alice, Jive Mother Mary, Emma's Lounge, Of Tomorrow, Barefoot Wade, The Wright Avenue, BenCoolen.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

Noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

Three-day pass: $85 "mystery ticket" until lineup announced, $100 "early bird," additional prices TBA.
VIP three-day pass (backstage hospitality area, one hot meal daily, reserved area in front of stage and car camping site, private bathrooms, more): $200 "mystery ticket" until lineup announced, $220 "early bird," additional prices TBA.

Car camping $60, RV camping $90.

See our look at another festival held at Shakori Hills.

August 19    Rockabilly Resurrection - Kannapolis

The show features bands, a vintage car show and retro vendors. The show is free, but they are accepting donations for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary in Salisbury. The festival debuted in 2016 with plans to become an annual celebration of 1950s culture.

Jem Crossland and the Hypertonics, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, The Octanes, Crazy Man Crazy, Hellbilly Homicide, The Phantom Playboys, Lara Hope and The Ark-Tones.

Festival site: McCabes Smokehouse

Noon to 10 p.m.

August 19 - 20    River Valley Blues Festival - Asheville

Asheville guitarist/singer Zuzu Welsh is working to keep the blues music festival scene alive with the River Valley Blues Festival. The festival expands to two days for 2017, its third year, and includes food and craft vendors.

Saturday: Janiva Magness, Dirty Badgers, Moses Jones, Paper Crowns, Ashley Heath.
Sunday: Grady Champion, Zuzu Welsh Band, Virginia and the Slims, Roots and Dore.

Festival site: Salvage Station

1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Two-day pass: $40.
Daily: $25.

August 24 - 26    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 sixth year in 2017. Click on the photo for more information.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Benton Blount, Hackensaw Boys, Simplified, Big Daddy Love and 11 more.

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 25 - 26    Jam in the Trees - Black Mountain

The festival debuted in 2016 as a celebration of authentic roots music, community and philanthropy. A portion of the proceeds went to a local not-for-profit, Wild Forests & Fauna. Friday's show is indoors; Saturday's is on the venue's outdoor stage and indoors, including an after-hours jam indoors. The festival also presents art, merchandise and food vendors. Click on the photo for more information.

Friday: Larry Keel Experience, Underhill Rose, Zoe and Cloyd.
Saturday: Infamous Stringdusters, Acoustic Syndicate, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Tim O'Brien and Jan Fabricius, Ken Tizzard, Jeffrey Foucault, Eilen Jewell, Front Country, Cicada Rhythm.

Festival site: Pisgah Brewing

7:30 p.m. Friday (doors open 7 p.m.), Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. (doors open at noon).

Two-day pass: $60.
Friday: $25.
Saturday: $50 ($40 early bird price); younger than 13 free with adult on Saturday.
VIP package (Saturday only; guided brewery tour and tasting, early entry, preferred parking, private viewing area, private bar, private port-a-lets and commemorative event poster): $100.

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