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Music fests fill summer calendar

Jul. 07, 2012 @ 10:12 PM

We don't have to tell you the summer is heating up, but believe it or not, there are more than a few brave music lovers, who are tanned, rested and ready to get their fest on.

Our region has some of the best from the old-time jams at the Appalachian String Band Festival to mega modern music festivals such as Ohio's All Good and Bunbury Festivals to Kentucky's holistic Earth-friendly fests like Whipporwill in Berea.

As we stare down into the remains of summer, here's a look at a slew of multi-day music festivals to enjoy -- sweating to the tunes you love in July and August.

Sweatstock

WHAT IT IS: Perhaps the best named musical festival, Sweatstock Music Festival, put on by well-known Mason County native musician Parry Casto and friends in memory of "Big" Ed McDermitt and Steve Newsome, runs July 14-15, with more than 14 bands on two stages outside of Point Pleasant, W.Va.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: Crazy Jane, Adam Benz Band, The Woolly Bushmen, John Hathaway Band with Allen Hatten, 40 LB SNAPPER, Paul Doeffinger and Tweed Jacket, Small Batch (Tyler Childers) and Sasha Colette & The Magnolias, 5:42 and The Dub-V's among others.

HOW MUCH: Free

WHERE IT'S AT: Directions: From Point Pleasant, go out Rt.2 north towards Ripley (about 6 miles) until you reach Greer Road [It's about a 1/2 mile past Roosevelt Elementary] and turn right onto Greer Road. Then go about 1/4 mile on Greer to the second road on the right (Apple Tree Drive). Turn there and park in the field at the bottom of the hill to your right. The festival is at the very top of the Apple Tree Drive. Party's at the log cabin in the woods.

WHAT ELSE: Free lunch at 1 p.m. Saturday and free dinner (two hog roasts) at 5 p.m. Restrooms on site, primitive camping available.

TO DONATE: The fest is free but you can donate to: Jon Casto, 818 Jefferson Ave., Huntington, WV 25704.

ON THE WEB: http://www.facebook.com/Sweatstock

The Whippoorwill Festival -- Skills for Earth-Friendly Living

WHAT IT IS: Family-friendly festival features four days of workshops on topics like raising backyard chickens, finding edible mushrooms in the forest, how to survive without a salary, backyard fruit trees, fermenting kim chee and sauerkraut, making cool clothing from old thrift store sweaters, primitive nutrition, composting toilets, voluntary simplicity, permaculture, worm composting, herbal first aid, growing herbs, deer processing, rocket stoves, fiber arts, hide tanning, deep ecology, yoga, how to play the banjo, and many more.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: Group theater and live music featuring the great Reel World String Band, The Tillers (from Cincinnati), Appalatin (from Louisville) and Berea's homegrown favorite Sugar Tree, plus singer/songwriter Jack Herranen from Knoxville.

HOW MUCH: ($20 per person per day, kids 16 and under free) or four-day tickets for $80. Ticket includes tent camping and three free meals per day are provided by Food Not Bombs.

WHERE IT'S AT: Berea, Ky.

ON THE WEB: www.whippoorwillfest.com

Bunbury Music Festival

WHAT IT IS: Named one of the Top 10 U.S. Summer festivals by Yahoo, The Bunbury Music Festival will feature around 100 live performances on six stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove from July 13-15, in Cincinnati. The name of the event comes from an Oscar Wilde play, "The Importance of Being Ernest" and means "to have a made up excuse to get out of doing something boring."

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: Friday: Jane's Addiction, Airborne Toxic Event, Minus the Bear, O.A.R., Foxy Shazam, Ra Ra Riot, LP, Matt Pryor, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Saturday: Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack and more. Sunday: Death Cab for Cutie, Guided By Voices, City and Colour, Will Hoge, Maps & Atlases, YAWN and many more.

HOW MUCH: $46 per day or $93 for a three day

WHERE IT'S AT: Sawyer Point & Yeatman's Cove, 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio

WHAT ELSE: No camping, but free water stations and more than 20 food, beer and soda vendors at the Toyota EcoMarket

ON THE WEB: Go online at www.bunbury.com

Morehead Old-Time Music Festival

WHAT IT IS: A low-key string band fest set for July 27-28, featuring more than $2,000 in prize money for old time fiddle, dulcimer and banjo contests, as well as square dancing, lots of picking and some national acts.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: The Freight Hoppers on July 27.

HOW MUCH: $10, Friday; $15, Saturday; $20, weekend (includes camping and contest enrollment). Tickets available at the gate. Free admission for ages 12 and under. Ages 13-18 are $5. Ages 16-18 participating in contests must pay regular price.

WHAT ELSE: All camping is primitive with no electric or water hook-ups, but RV's, buses and travel campers are welcome. Food vending by the Kentuckians For the Commonwealth. Bring your own water.

WHERE IT'S AT: Daniel Boone Jaycee's Farm. Take exit 137 (Morehead/Flemingsburg) off I-64. Travel south on KY-32 approximately 2.8 miles. (If you are traveling East on I-64 then turn right to go south. If you are traveling West on I-64 then make a left off the exit ramp.) At US 60, turn left to proceed east. You will travel 2.6 miles on Highway 60. Turn right onto Jaycee Farm Road (Turn when you see the sign).

ON THE WEB: Go online at www.moreheadoldtime.com

16th Annual All Good Music Festival And Campout

WHAT IT IS: Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of America's best jam band music festivals, All Good features nearly 50 bands on side-by-side stages during July 19-22 at the Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground located 30 minutes east of Columbus.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Flaming Lips, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby featuring special guest Branford Marsalis, Michael Franti, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, Dark Star Orchestra, G. Love & Special Sauce, Big Gigantic, Galactic, Shpongle presents The Masquerade, SOJA, Mickey Hart Band, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, Papadosio, The Werks, Tea Leaf Green, Conspirator, Greensky Bluegrass, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience and more.

HOW MUCH: $175 (for three-day) and $199 (for four-day)

WHERE IT'S AT: The site, formerly known as the Buckeye Lake Music Center, has hosted a celebrated roster of famous performers and may be best known as the venue of several notable Grateful Dead performances in the late 1980s and early '90s

WHAT ELSE: Camping, RV camping, quiet family camping, artisan food vendors, diverse craft vendors, regional microbrews, designated bonfire pits, kids entertainment, drum circles, play shops and more.

ON THE WEB: For more information, visit www.allgoodfestival.com, www.facebook.com/allgoodmusicfestival or www.twitter.com/allgoodfest.

23rd Appalachian String Band Music Festival

WHAT IT IS: One of the world's best known old-time fests featuring some of the best fiddlers, banjo pickers and old-time musicians in the world. It runs Aug. 1-5, at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop in Fayette County. The popular annual festival draws thousands of string band musicians and fans from across the country and around the world for its concerts, dancing, workshops and contests in which musicians and dancers can win prizes of up to $700.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: The Neo-Traditional String band contest Friday, Aug. 3, and the Saturday traditional string band contests are always a highlight.

HOW MUCH: $15 and $10 for seniors (age 60 and over) and youth (age 6-17). Children ages five and under may attend for free. Rough camping for the five-day festival is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and youth, $90 per family (two adults and any number of children under the age of 18), and $80 per senior family (two adults 60 years old or more and any number of children under the age of 18). The rough camping rate and daily admission fee includes admission to all activities.

WHERE IT'S AT: Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop in Fayette County, W.Va. in the New River Gorge

WHAT ELSE: Nightly square dances in the Great Chestnut Lodge from Wednesday through Saturday and outdoor concerts Friday and Saturday evening. Highlights for children and families include arts and crafts, storytelling, bingo, making baskets and split-bottom woven stools, Allegheny Echoes' Please Touch the Instruments, slow jams, Three Rivers Avian Center demonstrations, daily yoga sessions and more. Craft, food and instrument vendors will be set up on the grounds and in the Great Chestnut Lodge.

ON THE WEB: For more information about the Appalachian String Band Music Festival or a complete schedule of events, visit the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's website at www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html or call 304-558-0220.

Avalonfest

WHAT IT IS: The 15th annual Avalonfest runs from Friday, Aug. 10-12, at Avalon in Paw Paw, W.Va. Avalon is one of the top clothing-optional resorts in the east. The actual festival doesn't officially start until that Friday, but many guests start arriving on Thursday to set up their camp sites. For the last several years Avalon has featured a free pre-fest Thursday evening concert for those early arrivals. Fest includes nightly dances in the Bare Barn.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: Deni Benet (violin) on Thursday and Friday, Snowday, a acappella pop songs

HOW MUCH: three-day ticket is $150 and that includes free tent camping. The daily ticket prices are Friday $60, Saturday $75 and Sunday $60

WHERE IT'S AT: Paw Paw. W.Va.

ON THE WEB: www.avalon-resort.com

Dark Star Jubilee

WHAT IT IS: A multi-day, multi-stage music festival happening Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. It features more than 20 bands and three nights of Dark Star Orchestra.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS: three full shows by Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, Perpetual Groove, BoomBox, Cornmeal (two sets), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and many others.

HOW MUCH: Early Bird Tickets are available now for $89, which is over $40 off the gate price. For those interested in a VIP experience at the Jubilee, the 'Rising Star' Festival Passes are available. Each Rising Star Festival Pass includes private entrance to the festival grounds, camping next to your vehicle, extremely close proximity to the stages, as well as a Rising Star goodie bag and are available for $199. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

WHERE IT'S AT: The debut Jubilee is taking place at the former home to some of the most legendary outdoor Grateful Dead concerts (at the venue formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center) and includes over 20 bands, nearly 40 hours of music, no overlapping sets and features three of the original members of the Grateful Dead.

ON THE WEB: http://darkstar.missiontix.com and at www.darkstarjubilee.com

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