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Spring music festivals lined up to rock the weekends

By DAVE LAVENDERMay 19, 2019

The weather is here and as if on cue we have a slew of incoming spring and summer festivals. It’s prime time to save the dates and snag tickets for some of the upcoming music festivals around the region.

Here’s a look at just a few heading our way.

Wanderlust Muzik Fest 2019

Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, head over to Berry’s Campground & Tiger’s, 1183 New River Road, Hinton, where Whyte NoiSe Co., is hosting the camp-out Wanderlust Muzik Fest 2019 featuring a two full days of live music two dozen bands on the banks of the New River.

Bands include Black Garlic, We The People, Voodoo Circuit, Electric Riverside Band, Open Wheel, Holding Cell, Trebuchet, Groundhog Gravy, East of Memphis, Whyte Noise Co., DJ Sketti, J-Czar, an open mic and many more.

Located near Sandstone Falls, this scenic fest features on site swimming, fishing, boat rentals, tube rentals, on-site convenience store, bar and grill

Cost is $35 (includes camping), $25 for those five to 18 years old and free for kids five and under. No pets allowed.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/WhyteNoiseCo for more information or call Berry’s Campground & Tigers at 304-466-4199.

Brews, Boots and Beats

KVC Kentucky will host the 2nd Annual Brews, Boots & Beats concert event on Friday, May 17 at Fasig-Tipton horse farm to raise funds in support of KVC Kentucky’s mission to strengthen and support the well-being and vitality of Kentucky’s children, families and communities through our high-quality, in home behavioral health and substance use treatment programs, therapeutic foster care, and family strengthening programs.

This year’s event features live concert performances by The Tee Dee Young Band, Dustin Collins, The Swells, Small Batch, and Ben Lacy, heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by award-winning Chef Ouita Michel and her team, beer by West Sixth Brewing, cocktails and more. Doors will open at 6 p.m. VIP and General Admission Tickets are on sale now at https://brewsbootsbeats2019.eventbrite.com. Come dance the night away in support of KVC Kentucky’s mission to strengthen and support the well-being and vitality of Kentucky’s children, families and communities!

Recovery Fest

The Boyd County Addiction Resources is hosting its 7th annual Recovery Fest at Ashland’s Central Park from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

Free and open to all, the event features music by Raven, Sean Whiting, Creek Don’t Rise, Bright Nights, Larry Whitt, Jesse Spears, Brock Thompson, Rick Potter, Chad Stanley, From the Hill, Cross Fade, Aaron Miller and Greg Brown, Bad Karma, Chase Jobe and many many more.

The event also features free food, a candlelight vigil on Saturday night and a host of speakers including: Adam Kennard, Michelle Slone, Patrick Kelley, Michael Blair, Kenny Fisher, John Epperson and Robb Oldham.

Donations to the event will help the Boyd County Addiction Resource Center. Call 606-928-0609 or email Robb Oldham at croldham@yahoo.com.

Dark Star Jubilee

The eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio (just east of Columbus) is set for May 24–26. The internationally known Grateful Dead tribute act and hosts Dark Star Orchestra will play two sets on all three nights. Other bands include: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Marcus King Band, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, The Mighty Pines and more.

The Jubilee has camping inside the venue with a wide range including sober camping and family camping, as well as a wide selection of food, craft and drink vendors. There’s also art, yoga and fun interactive workshops for all ages.

Go online at http://darkstarjubilee.com/tickets for tickets.


Taps at Heritage Station presents the second annual BrewGrass festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Heritage Station, 210 11th St, Huntington, featuring Moonshine Crossing, Sour Mash String Band, and Matt Petty and the Whiskey Chasers. There will also be local merch and food trucks/vendors.

Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Monday, March 4 through www.eventbrite.com

Message Ray Frye at Taps for sponsorship, merchant tables, being a food vendor, or volunteering.

Tickets are $40 and go on sale at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 4.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/ for more info about BrewGrass

The fourth annual Hooligan’s Homecoming

Huntington’s throwback rock reunion - Hooligans Homecoming is back for its 4th year from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington. This charity event has become an annual gathering of the original Huntington guitar heroes and metal heads from the 80s. Each year has featured band reunions and a rotating cast of the folks who made Huntington the Metal Mecca of the region. 2018’s event featured 7 hours of music by 39 different musicians, including a surprise appearance by the incredible West Virginia native John Ellison, who wrote and first recorded Some Kind of Wonderful. Admission is canned food for the Facing Hunger Food Bank, or donations for Little Victories.

The 43rd Annual Vandalia Gathering

Head over to the Capitol Complex in Charleston Friday through Sunday, May 24-26 for the 43rd annual Vandalia Gathering, a celebration of all things Appalachian from arts, crafts and quilts, to food, fiddles and even a tall tale or too.

Enjoy and indoors and out cultural buffet of music, dance, stories, craft and old time activities and games for young’uns at this free festival hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Go online at http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/ or call 304-558-0220 for more information.

Mountain Music Festival @ ACE Adventure Resort

One of West Virginia’s outdoors destinations, ACE Adventure Resort in the New River Gorge, hosts its 6th annual Mountain Music Festival May 30 through June 2.

Enjoy more than 25 eclectic bands on a beautiful mountaintop main stage, an intimate campground stage and one lake-side as well.

Some of acts playing the fest include Tyler Childers, The Floozies, Big Something, The Wooks, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Werks, People’s Blues of Richmond, The Dividends, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and more.

There’s also a wealth of food, arts, crafts and outdoors vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and epic adventures in the New River Gorge from whitewater rafting and ziplining, to hiking, mountain bike riding, disc golf and swimming at the Wonderland Waterpark, a spring-fed five-acre lake with ziplines, giant inflatables to climb and more. Go online at http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/

Metal In the Mountains

Head over to Pipestem Event Center, 41 Pipestem Spa Way, in Pipestem, W.Va., May 31 through June 1, when they are hosting the third annual Metal in the Mountains music festival.

Some of the acts featured include: All That Remains, Flaw, Unearth, Blue Felix, Chelsea Grin, Byzantine, Sister Kill Cycle, Razorwire and many more. Enjoy ontinuous Live music, on two stages, food, full bar, band merch, vendors including tattoos and body piercings.

General Admission is $60 to $125. Go online at https://metalinthemountains.com/ for more information.

2019 Bunbury Music Festival

Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, The 1975, Girl Talk and Run The Jewels will headline the 2019 Bunbury Music Festival, by PromoWest Productions. One of the country’s premier music festivals now celebrating its eighth year, Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, transforming the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant three-day festival experience May 31-June 29. Bunbury has received critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017. Joining the 2019 headliners is a jam-packed, eclectic lineup of national, regional and local acts including: NF, Machine Gun Kelly, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime with Rome, Dashboard Confessional, Clutch, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, lovelytheband, and more.

General Admission and VIP weekend passes are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For ticket information and pricing visit BunburyFestival.com/tickets. For vendor, volunteer and sponsor information, visit BunburyFestival.com.

The Nelsonville Music Festival

The 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place June 6-9, in Nelsonville, Ohio (on the campus of Hocking College) featuring more than 60 musical acts in four days on multiple stages along with on-site camping, artisan vendors, kids activities, food, a beer garden, and more.

Some of the acts this year will be Death Cab for Cutie, The Breeders, Tyler Childers, Thee Oh Sees, Mandolin Orange, Todd Snider, The War and The Treaty, Molly Burch and many more.

NMF is a presentation of Stuart’s Opera House. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit. Catch live music on multiple stages including the main stage, a picturesque Porch Stage, the small No-Fi Cabin featuring artists performing with no electricity, and the free Boxcar Stage with music from an old train car turned into a stage backdrop and mural. NMF is a Zero Waste event, diverting over 92 percent of the waste created at the festival from the landfill in 2018 with recycling and composting. All kids 12 and under are free and the festival features a huge kids area with activities all weekend.

You can find out more about Stuart’s by visiting stuartsoperahouse.org and http://nelsonvillefest.org/

Bikes, BBQ, & Bluegrass

For the past two years the City of Point Pleasant’s Parks & Rec Committee, in partnership with local bicycling advocacy group BikePoint, has hosted a growing event known as Bikes & BBQ. This year it expands to the “Bikes, BBQ, and Bluegrass Festival” which is set for Saturday, June 8.

During the BBQ competition and bicycle rides, we’ll have three bands performing on Main Street to really bolster the Americana feel we’re shooting for with this festival. Folks will be able to visit downtown and enjoy great BBQ vendors, fun conversation with BBQ competitors, and music that defines our Appalachian roots! The bands that will be jamming throughout the day will be 5:42, McDowell & Nancy, and a jam session by several local pickers.

Following the festivities of the day, there will be a ticketed event at the Riverfront Amphitheater hosting three great bluegrass bands! Those bands include “The Half Bad Bluegrass Band” from Lewisburg, WV, “The JackTowne Ramblers,” and “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne” both out of North Carolina.

Tickets online at itickets.com/events/417936 for $18. Tickets at the gate on June 8th for $20. Go online at Facebook.com/bikepoint and Bikepointpleasant.org/bikesbbq

The Ohio River Revival

The inaugural The Ohio River Revival will take place on Saturday, June 29, at the Ironton Riverfront with a day-long free music festival that will include food and craft vendors. Bands will include: Asheville’s red-hot Town Mountain, festival favorite progressive bluegrasss unit, Restless Leg String Band, The Shelf Life String Band out of Pittsburgh. Additional bands include: String Therapy, Moonshine Crossing, Big Rock and the Candyass Mountain Boys, Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, Knockin’ Spirits, Paul Wag and Friends, Coal Cave Hollow, Sour Mash String Band.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/theohioriverrevival and www.ohioriverrevival.org for more info.

If you would like to help sponsor Ohio River Revival or are interested in vending or volunteering, please call Bob Delong at 740-550-2002 or email theohioriverrevival@gmail.com.

Festival of The Red

Takes place June 28-30 at Natural Bridge Campground in the Red River Gorge in Slade, Ky. The second annual Festival of The Red has 29 musicians/bands that will be taking the stage over three days with a genre ranging from Appalachian, to Americana, to Folk. Primitive camping will be included with purchase of a ticket, or check out sponsors for other lodging options.

Musical acts include Justin Wells, Laid Back Country Picker, Chelsea Nolan, Eric Bolander, Sean Whiting, Jeremy Short, The Local Honeys, Josh Nolan, and many more. There will also be food and artisan vendors and beer on tap.

Go online at www.festivalofthered.com

4848 Festival

All Good Presents, curators of the seminal All Good Music Festival, returns to West Virginia with the debut 4848 Festival headlined by two nights of Greensky Bluegrass and Umphrey’s McGee.

As an alternative to the campout festival, the inaugural 4848 Festival is offering festival lovers an evolved summer experience. Taking place July 11-13 atop Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe, (at 4848’ above sea level), patrons get everything a festival has to offer, while experiencing premier accommodations within the resort’s Mountain Village, complete with modern amenities atypical to a three-day summer festival.

4848 Festival performing artists include:Greensky Bluegrass (two nights), Umphrey’s McGee,The Infamous Stringdusters, Lettuce, Railroad Earth, The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings,Turkuaz

Fruition, Rayland Baxter, Orgone, Ragin Fyah, The Nth Power, Cris Jacobs Band, The Hip Abduction, Ghost of Paul Revere, Joshua Davis and Nathan Moore.

A wide variety of 4848 Festival ticket packages including everything from Mountain Village condo-like accommodations, VIP suites, to GA rooms as well as primitive tent camping options go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 via www.4848Festival.com.

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