Sweatstock music festival to feature 14 bands
POINT PLEASANT -- Sweatstock, the annual one-day free music festival in Point Pleasant has just announced its lineup for this year's festival set for Saturday, July 13.
Held in memory of Skip Stewart and Steve Barnhill, Sweatstock, located at 672 Apple Tree Drive, Point Pleasant, will feature 14 bands on two stages.
The rain or shine free festival will have more than 14 hours of continuous music that begins at 11:30 a.m. and rolls until 2 a.m.
Headlining the festival will be such veteran acts as The Carpenter Ants from Charleston.
Led by Mountain Stage guitarist Michael Lipton, the Carpenter Ants (drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist/saxophonist Charlie Tee) have twice traveled to Moscow and have played all over the United States -- from church services and rallies for presidential candidates (Bill Clinton and John Kerry) to a biker festival and a nudist camp.
Other bands at Sweatstock include: The Boatmen, Matt McGuire, Luna and the Mountain Jets, John Hathaway & Mojo Blues featuring Allen Hatten, Paul James & Tweed Jacket, 40 LB Snapper, Surgeon General's Warning, The DubV's, Bunkhammer, Blue Z Band, 5:42, Stillwater and Beggar's Clan.
In addition to the music there will be lunch at 1 p.m. as well as a 5 p.m. potluck-style dinner, which includes two hog roasts. Festival attendees are welcome to bring an item to either help compliment the lunch or dinner.
Sweatstock is taking donations to help offset the expenses of running a free festival. Donations of $50 or $100 will receive a complimentary T-shirt and access to the exclusive VIP area.
If you would like to donate or know somebody that is interested in donating money to help get Sweatstock off the ground, send your T-shirt size and a check to: Jon Casto, 818 Jefferson Ave., Huntington, WV 25704. Make your checks payable to Jon Casto.
Primitive camping is available to those who wish to pitch a tent and stay the night at no cost. No bottles are allowed. There will be restrooms (porta-johns) on site. Bring your own lawn chairs.