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Jewel City Jam 4 announces national acts playing the Memorial Day Weekend Festival

February 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON — This week, The Jewel City Jam 4 has announced the national acts in its Saturday lineup for the annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival.

The #JCJAM4 that will take place Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington, will feature a half dozen regional acts on Friday and then on Saturday feature a half dozen national acts.

Advance tickets are $20 (for Friday and Saturday) on sale now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jcjam4-rib-and-brisket-smokeoff-tickets-43032512403?aff=eac2

Children are free to the festival. There is also free camping at the Riverfront, and festival-goers are allowed to bring coolers with any legal adult beverages.

Here’s a closer look at the bands that are playing the festival on Saturday night:

Larry Keel Experience: A triple threat as a vocalist, songwriter and one of the best touring flatpicking guitarists on the planet, Virginia resident Larry Keel has notched up nearly 20 albums and a live performance resume that includes nearly every major roots music festival out there. Keel, and his wife Jenny, who plays bass, routinely collaborate on musical projects with such folks as Keller Williams, Del McCoury, YMSB, and dozens more kindred spirits. Go online at http://larrykeel.com/ to find out more about Larry Keel who is making his second appearance at the Jewel City Jam.

David Mayfield Parade: David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” With the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, he played sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Encouraged by his sister Jessica, & friend Seth Avett, to record his original material, Mayfield did just that, to much acclaim. Since the release of his 2011 album, “David Mayfield Parade,” he has toured almost non-stop, and the singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer has produced two more critically acclaimed records including his latest, “Strangers” on Compass Records. Go online at http://davidmayfieldparade.net/ to find out more about David Mayfield who is making his first appearance at the Jewel City Jam.

Strung Like A Horse: Based out of Chattanooga, Tenn., SLAH brings a punk rock level energy to their unique brand of gypsy garage grass that is fueled by band members Clay Maselle (Slippery lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and kazoo), B.J. Hightower (Upright bass and harmonies), Crispy (drums, bells, and random hunks of junk he picked up along the way) and Paddy King (fiddle). Find out more about this festival favorite band that is making its second appearance at the JCJAM online at http://www.strunglikeahorse.com/

David and Valerie Mayfield: Known as The Bluegrass Sweethearts, David and Valerie Mayfield while pretty well known for just being the parents of nationally touring acts, Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfield of

The David Mayfield Parade, are also a couple hot-picking, and sweet duet-singing Bluegrass empty nesters keeping busy playing, while their kids become national stars. Based out of Kent, Ohio, the couple got onto the national bluegrass scene about 20 years ago as the Mayfield family band One Way Rider that became hip thanks to bands like the Avett Brothers and the Old Crow Medicine Show. The couple, which has played the Jewel City Jamboree, all four years, have a Grand Ole Opry-like blend of bluegrass duet songs and plenty of humor as well.

Go online at http://davidandvaleriemayfield.com/ for more information about the couple.

The String Assassins: Based out of Florida, The String Assassins mostly play all over the Treasure coast’s best venues in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Stuart, Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach sharing their blend of fast-paced, upbeat originals blended in with a wild collection of covers Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, America and even The Cure.

Since 2014, The String Assassins, featuring local guitar gurus Mark “Mangrove” Shubert, Matt Gill, Dr. Jay Kuchera, Dennis Lasher, and Paddy King have developed a unique style and sound, making them one of the area’s top bands.Go online at http://thestringassassins.com/ to listen to the band which is playing the JCJAM for the first time.

Festival organizer Dave Ball said they will be announcing Friday’s lineup of regionally traveling acts that include bands from all over the region from Cincinnati to Eastern Kentucky to Huntington.

Ball said he is stoked to be able to continue the festival and to reel in such big picking fish like Larry Keel, David Mayfield, his mom and pops, and Strung Like A Horse and String Assassins.

“It’s going to be a great night, we’ve got Larry Keel Experience coming back and we have David Mayfield Parade, and we have a pretty unique thing in that his mom and dad are opening the festival and so we’re hoping to maybe have Dave come out for a few songs, and then that night will have Strung Like A Horse returning,” Ball said. “They were hotter than a firecracker and we have some new friends, The String Assassins we can’t wait to turn the area onto. They are out of our area, and Paddy King, the fiddler with Strung Like A Horse, fiddles with those guys and they are just incredibly good musicians and people are going to love them.”

Go online at Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jewelcityjamboree/ to get tickets, to find out how you can volunteer for the fest, and find out how you can become a vendor at the festival.