MUSIC FESTIVAL GUIDE 2014
The summer sun has risen over our winter-sick souls. There’s no better way to celebrate than to break out the tickets to your favorite music festival! From now through September there will be tons of festivals featuring all kinds of music by local and widely known artists and bands. Some local favorites over the years have been Greensboro’s annual Fun Fourth Festival celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, food and partying to your favorite tunes and Winston-Salem’s Rock the Block celebrating the end of summer. Charlotte features Festival in the Park and Carolina Rebellion. We have something for beach lovers with the Carolina Beach Music Festival on Pleasure Island and the Cape Fear Blues Festival in Wilmington. Mayfest is located in beautiful Pilot Mountain and the Houstonfest in Galax, Va. Want a private event? Put yourself on the list at Foxfest. Do you like watermelon, apples, potatoes or pickles? Yep, there’s a festival for that. From Metal to Bluegrass and Gospel to Pop, we have what you need and trust us, you will not be disappointed.
THE GIG: BIG LICK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The place: Big Lick Festival Park, Oakboro, NC The site: biglickbluegrass.com The buzz: 11 th annual festival One(s) to watch: Nothin Fancy, Deeper Shade of Blue, Darrell Webb Band, and more! Book it: April 10-12 How much: $10 for adults/ $5 for kids 12-16 on Thursday, $25 adult/ $10 for kids 12-16 on Friday, $30 adult/ $10 for kids 12- 16 on Saturday. FREE for kids under 12
THE GIG: DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The place: Kings Mountain, NC The site: darinandbrookealdridge.com The buzz: “An evening of gospel music and joy.” One(s) to watch: Plenty of Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and more bluegrass favorites Book it: April 12 How much: Typically $25/day
THE GIG: BONNAROO FESTIVAL The place: Manchester, TN The site: bonnaroo.com The buzz: “80,000 happy campers. 700 acres of Tennessee nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Dozens of comedians. Four of the best days ever.” One(s) to watch: Tons of famous artists. In the past they had Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend and more Book it: June 12-15 How Much: $284.50/ticket plus applicable service fees. VIP passes offered.
THE GIG: WORLD BEER FESTIVAL The place: Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh, NC The site: allaboutbeer.com The buzz: Samples from over 250 beers from all over the world. One(s) to watch: Chris Overstreet…more TBA Book it: April 5; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. How much: $45 for General Admission and $90 for VIP
THE GIG: SPRING SHAKORI HILLS GRASS- ROOTS FESTIVAL The place: Silk Hope, NC The site: shakorihillsgrassroots.org The buzz: “Celebrating music, dance, art, and education. Four days, Four stages & over 60 bands.” There will also be children’s activities, crafts, food, music workshops and environmental sustainability forums “in a family-friendly setting.” One(s) to watch: Indigo Girls, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Brothers Comatose, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton and more. Book it: April 17-20 How much: $28-$48/ day, $110 for 4-day pass, kids are free.
THE GIG: YADKIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS CON- VENTION The place: Yadkin Elementary School, Yadkin, NC The site: yadkinarts.org The buzz: Wide variety of old-time bluegrass music, bluegrass competitions, and chances to win prizes One(s) to watch: Hickory Bend and the Fall Creek Bluegrass Band Book it: April 18 and 19 How much: $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Kids admitted for free.
THE GIG: ASHEVILLE EARTH DAY The place: specific location TBA, Asheville, NC The site: avlearthday.org The buzz: “Great music, local crafts, food vendors and beverages, along with local and national environmental non-profits One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: April 19 How much: FREE
THE GIG: MERLEFEST The place: Wilkesboro Community College , WIlkesboro, NC The site: merlefest.org The buzz: In honor of Doc and Merle Watson, this festival features music from talented bands and artists in a friendly atmosphere. One(s) to watch: Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Holly Williams, and more Book it: April 24-27 How much: $40-$60 single day, $135- $260 multi-day.
THE GIG: BBQ CAPITAL COOK-OFF The place: Uptown Lexington, NC The site: uptownlexington.com The buzz: Barbecue in a city renowned for its heritage of slow-cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood. Teams will serve ribs, chicken, brisket and pork for sampling. Shopping is within walking distance.
One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: April 25-26 How much: FREE
THE GIG: MEBANE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Mebane, NC The site: mbamebane.com
The buzz: Golf Tournament and 5K run on Friday. Vendors set at night fall. One(s) to watch: Atlantic Groove and Mason Lovette Band. Book it: April 25-26 How Much: FREE
THE GIG: NC PICKLE FESTIVAL The place: Mount Olive, NC The site: ncpicklefest.org The buzz: Tickled Pickle Poetry Contest display, Tour de Pickle bike ride, N.C. Pickle Princesses. One(s) to watch: 40 East concert. Book it: April 25-27 How Much: FREE admission, but some parts of the festival vary in cost
THE GIG: BBQ FESTIVAL ON THE NEUSE The place: Downtown Kinston, NC The site: bbqfestivalontheneuse.com The buzz:Beach music, burgers, barbecue, fireworks, and fun southern style One(s) to watch: The Holiday Band and Steve Hardy’s Original Beach Party Book it: April 30- May 3 How much: FREE
THE GIG: SPRING FOLLY The place: Kernersville, NC The site: kernersvillespringfolly.com The buzz: Spring Folly is Kernersville’s largest and most comprehensive music festival. Groups will be performing every half hour. One(s) to watch: Sound Express and On the Border: Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band Book it: May 2-4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: FRENCH BROAD RIVER FESTIVAL The place: Hot Springs, NC The site: frenchbroadriverfestival.com The buzz: “Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists.” There will be art and craft vendors, an 8th annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, and a live auction. One(s) to watch: Toubab Krewe, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, The Accomplices, and more live performances from artists. Book it: May 2-4 How Much: $80.00 for a weekend pass, $50 for Saturday only pass, $30 parking pass.
THE GIG: SMITHFIELD HAM & YAM FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Smithfield, NC The site: hamandyam.com The buzz: 1980s tribute for their 30th year running! Craft, commercial, and food vendors will be there. “Barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, 5K, and the always popular “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest One(s) to watch: 80s tribute bands such as Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute band and The Breakfast Club will be performing . Book it: May 2-3 How much: FREE
THE GIG: HOUSTONFEST The place: Galax, VA. The site: houstonfestgalax.com The buzz: Local fire department offering an opportunity to win a 2004 Cadillac Deville. $10 Raffle tickets will be available. One(s) to watch: The Whites, The Boxcars, Snyder Family Band, and a special performance by The Steve Martin Banjo Award recipients Sammy Shelor and Yens Kruger. Book it: May 2-3 How much: $25/day at the gate, children admitted free with adult’s ticket purchase, $15-25/day for camping.
THE GIG: JACKSONVILLE JAMBOREE The place: Jacksonville Commons Complex, Jacksonville, NC The site: jacksonvillenc.gov
The buzz: ‘Jackson’s Got Talent’ Competition, a car display, food and marketplace vendors. Children’s activities and play area will be available. One(s) to watch: 40 East Band, Brick House, Freeway and The 2nd Division Marine Band Book it: May 2-4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: FAIR IN THE SQUARE The place: Shallowford Town Square, Lewisville, NC The site: lewisvillecivicclub.com The buzz: Activities for children and adults of all ages, Lewisville Library’s Friends Book Sale, as well as crafts and food vendors. One(s) to watch: Performances from Reagan High School jazz band, The Junction Trio, The Downtown Band Book it: May 4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: CAROLINA REBELLION The place: Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte, NC The site: carolinarebellion.com The buzz: Vendors such as Monster Energy & more. One(s) to watch: Kid Rock, A Day To Remember, Avenged Sevenfold and Seether.
Book it: May 3-4 How much: $119 for weekend tickets, $399 for weekend 4-Pack, $79.50 for single day ticket, camping $125-$250.
THE GIG: DANIEL BOONE FAMILY FESTIVAL The place: Historic Downtown Mocksville, NC The site: danielboonefamilyfestival.com The buzz: Frozen T-Shirt and hula hoop contest, local talent and historic tours. One(s) to watch: Folsom Prison Gang Band, Tony Bailey Band, Mountain Heart Band. Book it: May 3 from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. How much: FREE
THE GIG: BEACH MUSIC IN THE PARK The place: Festival Park Downtown Greensboro NC The site: chsnc.org The buzz: Hot air balloon on opening night and Sleeping Booty Band on closing night. All while supporting the Children’s Home of North Carolina. One(s) to watch: Band of Oz, Part Time Party Band, and The Magnificents. Book it: May 22- June 26 How much: Tickets are $7
THE GIG: LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL The place: Black Mountain, NC The site: theleaf.org The Buzz: Explore a magical world music festival where the very best of music, art, and culture join together. One(s) to watch: Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Darrell Scott & Time O’Brien, Los Lobos 40th Anniversary show, and more. Book it: May 8-11 How much: $39-$58 for single day tickets, $138-$163 for weekend pass, $65 for camping not including RVs (all tickets must be bought in advance.)
THE GIG: MAYFEST The place: Pilot Mountain, NC The site: townofpilotmountain.com The buzz: The very popular festival included handcrafted arts and crafts, plants and flowers, commercial/retail booths, fun games and activities for kids, great local musicians and performers with yummy festival food. One(s) to watch: Steve Owens and Summertime. Book it: May 9-11 How much: FREE
THE GIG: BEAUFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Beaufort, NC The site: beaufortmusicfestival.com The buzz: Food trucks and a kid friendly environment. One(s) to watch: St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Spread, Donna the Buffalo and more.
Book it: May 9-10 How much: Free music on Friday, Saturday ticket info TBA.
THE GIG: FOXFEST The place: Can’t tell until you are on the list The site: thefoxfest.com The buzz: Private music festival One(s) to watch: Consider The Source, The Fritz, Barefoot Wade and more. Book it: May 16-18 How much: Ticket info given online after request for an invitation is granted. Last year it ranged from $30-$50.
THE GIG: CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL The place: Festival Park, Greensboro, NC The site: fest.piedmontblues.org The Buzz: They will have their 27th anniversary Carolina Blues Festival and PBPS t-shirts along with souvenirs and CDs from musical artists. Also, delicious food and liquid lounge. One(s) to watch: Carl Weathersby, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and The King Bees, Lawyers Guns & Money and more.
Book it: May 17 How much: Ticket price is $20 plus sales tax and handling fee. Tickets can be bought online.
THE GIG: NC POTATO FESTIVAL The place: Elizabeth City, NC The site: ncpotatofestival.com The buzz: Kick-Off Party on Friday night, rides on Midway, delicious food, and opportunity to dance.
One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: May 16-18 How much: FREE
THE GIG: ARTSPLOSURE The place: Moore Square Park, Raleigh, NC The site: artsplosure.org The buzz: The Raleigh Arts Festival One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: May 17-18 How much: FREE
THE GIG: LIL JOHN’S MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: Cane Creek Campground & RV Park, Snow Camp, NC The site: littlejohnsmountainmusic.com The buzz: Vendors, concessions, fishing pond and the best bluegrass line up. One(s) to watch: Dailey & Vincent, Steeldrivers, Blue Highway and more.
Book it: May 22-24 How much: $30 for gate admission, $60 for 3-day pass before May 3, $80 for 3-day pass after May 3.
THE GIG: FIDDLER’S GROVE FESTIVAL The place: Fiddler’s Grove Campground Union Grove, NC The site: fiddlersgrove.com The buzz: Plans to have a senior and twin fiddle competition and more. One(s) to watch: Cane Creek Cloggers, Lissy Rosemont, Shiver Show and more. Book it: May 23-25 How much: $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and younger.
THE GIG: CHICKENFEST The place: North Wilkesboro, NC. The site: north-wilkesboro.com/events The Buzz: Celebrating Wilkes County’s poultry industry, sponsored by The Record and Tyson. One(s) to watch: Americana music Book it: May 23-25 How much: FREE
THE GIG: NC WINE FESTIVAL The place: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC The site: ncwinefestival.com The buzz: Wine, food, artists and crafters. “The largest wine festival in North Carolina.” One(s) to watch: Back Porch Orchestra, Ken Knox & Co, and The Plaids will be per forming.
Book it: May 24 How much: Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.
THE GIG: NC GOLD FESTIVAL The place: Old Fort, NC The site: ncgold.org The buzz: Great food and entertainment from “America’s first gold rush.” One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: June 6-7 How much: FREE
THE GIG: CAROLINA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: Pleasure Island, NC The site: pleasureislandnc.org The Buzz: Longest running beach festival still held on the beach. One(s) to watch: Band of Oz, The Embers, and Jim Quick. Book it: June 7 How much: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, kids 12 and under are free.
THE GIG: TEXAS PETE TWIN CITY RIBFEST The place: Downtown Winston-Salem, NC The site: twincityribfest.com The buzz: 10th anniversary. BBQ competition for Best Ribs, Best Sauce, People’s Choice, the Grand Champion, and the “Home Boy” Award. Also, a Karaoke competition with a $500 grand prize.
One(s) to watch: The Tremors, Megan Jean & the KFB, The Radicals, Marvelous Funkshun and more. Book it: June 5-8 How much: $7 for adults, kids are free
THE GIG: GROVERFEST The place: Catawba County, NC The site: groverfest.com The buzz: Family fun environment, vending, arts and crafts, art related exhibitions.
One(s) to watch: Ancient Cities Matter of Fact, Red Eye Gemini, The Goodnight Brothers Band and more. Book it: June 6-8 How much: $60 “Late Sleepers”, $70 at the gate, $20 camping.
THE GIG: OCRAFOLK FESTIVAL The place: Ocracoke Village, NC The site: ocrafolkfestival.org The buzz: Storytelling. (schedule subject to change.) One(s) to watch: Mipso, The South Carolina Broadcasters, Shana Tucker and more Book it: June 7-9 How much: $20 adults, $10 kids 6-12, free for kids under 5
THE GIG: MOSAIC FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Greensboro, NC The site: greensboromosaic.com The buzz: The Mosaic Series will provide a venue for our community’s incredibly talented home cooks and ethnic community groups and restaurants to show case their culinary art alongside the world class music, dance, arts and crafts that make the Mosaic what it is. One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: Summer long event. How much: FREE
THE GIG: CHARLIE POOLE MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: Governor Morehead Park, Eden, NC The site: charlie-poole.com The Buzz: legendary American music One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: June 13-14 How much: $40 for Two weekend passes, at the gate price TBA.
THE GIG: FUN FOURTH FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Greensboro, NC The site: funfourthefestival.com The buzz: Freedom run & walk, kick-off block party, Pops concert, parade and street festival and fireworks.
One(s) to watch: Junk Jam Drum Circle, Sam the Magic Man, The Radicals, The Beast and more. Book it: June 28-July 4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: various location in the Triad, NC The site: easternmusicfestival.org The buzz: Celebrating their 53rd year. The finest summer educational institution and most imaginative performance festival. One(s) to watch: James Ehnes, Sir James Galway, Lynn Harrell and much more. Book it: June 23-July 26 How much: $105-110 for general admission. Packages and deals are listed on the website.
THE GIG: DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER’S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The place: Farmpark, Denton, NC The site: farmpark.com The Buzz: Admission (per plate) includes BBQ chicken, slaw, baked beans, bun, dessert, tea or coffee.
One(s) to watch: James King Band, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters and more. Book it: May 8-10 How much: $12 in advance, $13 at gate.
THE GIG: RED, WHITE AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The place: Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton, NC The site: redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com The buzz: “Nominated for IBMA ‘Bluegrass Event of the Year’ “ One(s) to watch: Detour, The Lost and Found, Doyle Lawson and more. Book it: June 26-28 How much: $20-30 for daily admission with $1 ticketing fee, kids FREE with paying adult.
THE GIG: UNCLE SAM JAM The place: Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, NC The site: None The buzz: Family fun fourth celebration. One(s) to watch: Lineup TBA Book it: July 4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: HEAVY REBEL WEEKENDER The place: The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem, NC The site: heavyrebel.net The buzz: Celebrating the rebels of rock and roll. Custom car and bike show vendors, bands, burlesque, sideshow, contests and four stages of rock and roll. One(s) to watch: 45 Spider, Filthy Still, The Cogburns, The Silverhounds, and much more. Book it: July 4-6 How much: 3-day pass: $90 in advance, $100 at the door. One-day pass $35.
THE GIG: CHRISTMAS IN JULY FESTIVAL The place: Downtown West Jefferson, NC The site: christmasinjuly.info The buzz: Street performance, puppet parade, Christmas tree grower’s competition, appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Clause plus much more. One(s) to watch: Hard Tymes Band, The Buck Haggard Band, Freeman & Williams Bluegrass Band and more. Book it: July 4-5 How much: FREE
THE GIG: FLOYDFEST The place: Floyd, VA The site: floydfest.com The buzz: For five glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary burb of music aficionados. One(s) to watch: Ziggy Marley, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lettuce, Conspirator, The London Souls and more. Book it: July 23-27 How much: $90- $125 Thursday- Sunday (one-day tickets), 3-5 day tickets are available.
THE GIG: CAPE FEAR BLUES FESTIVAL The place: Wilmington, NC The site: capefearblues.org The buzz: 19th annual event in the beautiful Cape Fear area of Wilmington.
One(s) to watch: line-up TBA Book it: July 25-27 How much: TBA
THE GIG: WALDENSIAN FESTIVAL The place: Historic Valdese, NC The site: visitvaldese.com The buzz: The 2014 Waldensian Festival will concentrate on unique crafts, great food, top quality entertainment. One(s) to watch: TBA. Live entertainment will be played throughout the day. Book it: August 8-9 How much: FREE
THE GIG: WINTERVILLE WATERMELON FESTIVAL The place: Winterville, NC The site: watermelonfest.com The buzz: Amusement rides, crafts, flea market and a watermelon-eating contest. One(s) to watch: Blue Soul Redemption, Trial By Fire (tribute to Journey), Firework (tribute to Katy Perry), Who’s Bad (tribute to Michael Jackson) and more. Book it: August 21-23 How much: FREE
THE GIG: LAZE DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Car, NC The site: townofcary.org The buzz: TBA One(s) to watch: line-up TBA Book it: August 23 How much: FREE
THE GIG: MANTRABASH The place: Ferguson, NC The site: mantrabash.com The Buzz: “Four sets of The Mantras & more!” One(s) to watch: line-up TBA Book it: Aug 28-31 How much: $70 general admission
THE GIG: HAPPY VALLEY OLD-TIME FIDDLERS’ CONVENTION The place: Jones Farm, NC The site: happyvalleyfiddlers.com The buzz: 10th anniversary One(s) to watch: lineup TBA Book it: Aug 28-31 How much: $TBA
THE GIG: BRUSHY MOUNTAIN APPLE FESTIVAL The place: Downtown North Wilkesboro, NC The site: applefestival.net The buzz: Exhibits, music, food and crafts. One(s) to watch: live entertainment Book it: Oct 4 How much: FREE
THE GIG: HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL The place: Downtown Raleigh, NC The site: hopscotchmusicfest.com The buzz: 175 bands. 15 venues. The New York Times calls it “Incredibly diverse.” One(s) to watch: line up TBA Book it: Sep 4-6 How much: $40 Single City Plaza ticket for Friday and Saturday. $65 one-day wristbands on Thursday and $85 one-day wristbands on Friday or Saturday. VIP wristbands available.
THE GIG: FESTIVAL IN THE PARK The place: Charlotte, NC The site: festivalinthepark.org The buzz: Clowns, magicians, food, family and music in the big city of Charlotte. One(s) to watch: line-up TBA.
Book it: Sep 19-21 How much: FREE
THE GIG: BENSON MULE DAYS The place: Downtown Benson, NC The site: bensonmuledays.com The buzz: The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.” One(s) to watch: The Eric Strickland Band, Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel, DJ Hugh Jackson and more. Book it: Sep 25-28 How much: FREE
THE GIG: ROCK THE BLOCK The place: Downtown Winston-Salem, NC The site: rocktheblockws.com The buzz: 4th Annual 5K and Fun Run One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: Sep 19 How much: FREE
THE GIG: VOLUNTEER JAM AT JOMEOKEE PARK The Place: Jomeokee Park, Pinnacle, NC The site: jomeokee.net The buzz: Travis Tritt & The Charlie Daniels Band Book it: Jun 21 starts at 1:30pm How much: $34.25 – $89 !