Spring into festival season
Some of our best weather so far this year is upon us, and we can almost smell summer in the warm breeze.
OK, we can smell it — but the grass cutting can wait because there’s some great music fests to hit come May.
Here’s a look at just a few music fests happening in the region, including this Saturday’s first BrewGrass fest in Huntington.
The first BrewGrass
WHAT: Taps at Heritage presents, BrewGrass, a cozy craft beer fest which will feature more than 50 craft beers, multiple bluegrass acts and numerous local merchandise/food vendors.
WHERE: Heritage Station, 210 11th St., Suite No. 9, Huntington.
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
THE BANDS: Sour Mash String Band, Patrick Stanley, The Bing Brothers and Schultz Creek Bluegrass Band.
HOW MUCH: $45. Tickets include access to the festival and unlimited beer. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite (ht tps://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewgrass-tickets-42505175123?aff=ebdssbdestsearch).
ON THE WEB: https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/.
WHAT: The 24th annual Cheat Fest, a celebration of the new life which comes each spring and the new life that can be found in the Cheat River watershed. Cheat Fest is the Friends of the Cheat’s annual fundraiser with live bands, a downriver whitewater race, a 5K, vendors, workshops and more.
WHERE: Albright, West Virginia.
WHEN: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, and music runs until 11 p.m.
THE BANDS: Strung Like A Horse, Fletcher’s Grove, Stewed Mulligan, Mountain Ride, Halftime String Band, Two Ton Twig and Mike Pushkin and the Loyal Opposition.
HOW MUCH: $15. Kids under 12 are free.
ON THE WEB: Visit cheatfest.org.
WHAT: The second annual Glassapalooza with live music, food vendors and lots of glass classes
WHERE: Blenko Glass, 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
THE BANDS: Music by Friendly Fire, The Settlement, Chocolate Four-Wheeler, Aliens in the Attic, Elizabeth Reed, Tim Lancaster and The Sugarbeats
HOW MUCH: Free admission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
ON THE WEB: www.blenko.com.
Jewel City Jam4
WHAT: The fourth annual Jewel City Jamboree features national and regional bands from Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. This year there’s also a brisket and rib smoke-off at the fest, which will have other food and merch vendors. There’s free camping, and coolers are welcome.
WHERE: Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 (Memorial Day weekend).
THE BANDS: Larry Keel, The David Mayfield Parade, David and Valerie Mayfield “The Bluegrass Sweethearts,” Strung Like A Horse, The String Assassins, Of The Dell, String Therapy, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus, Big Rock and the Candy*** Mountain Boys, Short & Company.
HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $20 (for both Friday and Saturday) on sale nowatwww.eventbrite.com/e/jcjam4-riband-brisket-smokeoff-tickets-43032512403?aff=eac2. Children are free.
ON THEWEB: www.facebook.com/jewelcityjamboree.
WHAT: The 41st annual Vandalia Gathering celebrates the patchwork quilt of diverse Appalachian cultures with music, food, storytelling, dancing, art exhibits, games for the kids and more.
WHERE: At the West Virginia Capitol Complex.
WHEN: May 26-28.
THE BANDS: TBA, but expect many of the state’s top-shelf traditional musicians.
HOW MUCH: Free.
ON THE WEB: http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/index. html.
Dark Star Jubilee
WHAT: Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra’s host festival with dozens of national acts playing roots music. Festival-goers can camp inside the historic music venue which features food and arts and crafts vendors, as well as daily workshops and interactive fun for kids and adults.
WHERE: Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio (just east of Columbus, Ohio).
WHEN: May 25-27.
THE BANDS: DSO two nights, Los Lobos, Hot Tuna (acoustic and electric) Infamous String-dusters, Melvin Seals and DSO during a JGB set, Rumpke Mountain Boys, California Kind and more.
HOW MUCH: $149 for weekend pass and $30 for kids pass (ages 4 to 12).
ON THEWEB: http://darkstarjubilee.com/home.
Nelsonville Music Festival
WHAT: Stuart’s Opera House presents the 14th annual Nelsonville Music Festival with more than 60 acts, as well as on-site camping, kids activities, food, a beer garden, artisan vendors and more.
WHERE: Robbins Crossing at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
WHEN: May 31-June 3.
THE BANDS: More than 60 acts including The Decemberists (headlining Friday, June 1), Ani DiFranco (headlining Sunday, June 3), Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band and Blind Boys of Alabama, Middle Kids, Colter Wall, Antibalas, Wooden Ships, Earthless, Sunf lower Bean, Charlie Parr, River Whyless, Twain, Shannon Lay, and Counterfeit Madison, with more to be announced.
HOWMUCH: Weekend passes are $150, teen weekend passes are $75. Camping is $40. VIP is $350. Kids 12 and under get in free.
ON THE WEB: http://nelsonvillefest.org.
Mountain Music Festival
WHAT: The fifth annual Mountain Music Festival, a destination music fest with 25 bands on four stages. The camp-out music fest also features food and outdoors gear, art and craft vendors, access to the Wonder land Water park, disc golf, whitewater rafting, mountain bike and hiking trails, ziplining and more.
WHERE: ACE Adventure Resort, a 1,500-acre outdoor adventure property in the New River Gorge.
WHEN: May 31-June 2.
THE BANDS: Two nights of Umphrey’s McGee and BIG Something. Other bands include Perpetual Groove, Pimps of Joytime, Aqueous, Litz, Broccoli Samurai, The Fritz, The Kind Thieves, Bennett Wales & The Relief, Travers Brothership, The M.F.B., Dr. Slothclaw, The Manor & Friends, Electric Orange Peel, Black Garlic, Short & Company, Voodoo Circuit, Opposite Box, The Parachute Brigade, 49 Winchester, Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns, Union Sound Treaty, Flat Tracker, and Paul Johnson with Corey Lee McQuade.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $80-$800, depending on single-day attendance or full weekend camping option selected. A range of VIP packages are available. Every weekend pass included mountaintop camping and access to the Wonder land Water park located at ACE Adventure Resort.
ON THE WEB: General link is http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/ and passes can be purchased at: https://aceraft.com/mountain-music-fest/mmftickets.
WHAT: The seventh annual Bunbury Music Festival with 40 bands on three stages
WHERE: Downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove on the banks of the Ohio River.
WHEN: June 1-3.
THE BANDS: Jack White, The Chainsmokers, Blink 182, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Dropkick Murphys, Royal Blood, Third Eye Blind, GRiZ, Coheed and Cambria, Manchester Orchestra, Fitz and The Tantrums, Lecrae, Mister Wives, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, LANY, The Front Bottoms, Bishop Briggs, Everything Everything, ARIZON A, Sir Sly, Two Feet, Black Pistol Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Allan Rayman, Magic Giant, Gang of Youths, Reo Cragun, Welshly Arms, Lillie Mae, Remo Drive, The Wrecks, Tall Heights, McLovin, Commonheart, Vesperteen, Bummers, Lift the Medium, Friday Giants, Moonbeau and more.
HOWMUCH: Three-day passes are $179. Daily tickets are $79.
ON THE WEB: BunburyFestival.com.
Seedtime on the Cumberland
WHAT: The 32nd Annual Seedtime on the Cumberland, Appalshop’s annual festival of mountain arts including a wide array of music, film, art and crafts, food and more.
WHERE: Whitesburg, Kentucky.
WHEN: June 1-2.
THE BANDS: The Old Souls String Band, Pierceton Hobbs, The New Beckham County Ramblers, Brett Ratliff, Senora May, Amythyst Kiah, WMMT’s Passing the Pick and Bow students & faculty Kevin Howard, Lee Sexton, Sarah Morgan, Meghan Bryant, Ella Webster, Grace Rodgers, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Maiden Radio, The Local Honeys, Joan Shelley and Ginny’s Kitchen.
ON THE WEB: www.seedtimefestival.org.