Sunday, July 1, 2012

Music on the Mountaintop brings Railroad Earth, Dr. Dog and some stellar locals to Grandfather Mtn.

Music on the Mountaintop brings Dr. Dog,
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, and
more to Banner Elk, NC on August 24-26
Music on the Mountaintop is celebrating its 5th anniversary in a big way, bringing in the highly esteemed Railroad Earth as a partner in curating and hosting a Superjam on the last day of the festival.   Headlined by Railroad Earth and the fantastic indie folk rockers Dr. Dog, Music on the Mountaintop is a quaint but expanding event held near the college town of Boone, NC.  The three-day festival held at the foot of Grandfather Mountain from August 24 through August 26 is currently selling tickets at an early bird price of $85, allowing you to enjoy three days of music and two nights of camping in one of the most gorgeous festival locales in the state.

Held at Grandfather Mountain Campground, the festival offers satellite parking at a lot under 5 miles away and requires festival goers to take the golf cart shuttle or the free Boone/App State shuttle.  With a low price and some stellar local acts filling out the line-up, MOTM looks like it's going to be an absolute blast.

Radiating nothing but good vibes, Music on the Mountaintop is held in Banner Elk, NC roughly 10 miles from Boone and already features a diverse lineup of talented North Carolina musicians along with some highly revered international acts as well.  Beginning in 2008, the festival has grown from humble beginnings and has continually supported local non-profits such as Appalachian Voices throughout their history.  With last year's attendance at 5,500 the festival has since expanded to three days, and with artists like The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Sam Bush, MOTM continues to fill their expanding lineup with an eclectic blend of musical styles that makes for their best lineup yet.  Local standout artists like River Whyless and Naked Gods of Boone return to the festival along with the beloved Holy Ghost Tent Revival make for an excellent snapshot of North Carolina's music scene.  Be sure to check out the rest of the lineup thus far after the jump!

With more names to be announced in the upcoming weeks, I for one am growing more and more excited for this wonderful festival nestled in the Carolina mountains with each lineup announcement.  Last year's festival had an attendance   The $85 early bird price won't last forever though, with tickets jumping up to $99 on July 4 you may want to go ahead and save yourself some doll hairs by picking up a ticket early.  The price will also be making one final bump up to $120 at the gate if the attendance permits.  The festival offers two levels of VIP access as well with prices starting at $300 for Ridge VIP which features lounge access, on-site parking, a t-shirt, and pit access, while the Summit VIP is priced at an inconspicuous $420 offering all of the above with an artist meet and greet and more.

The lineup is as followed:
Railroad Earth | Dr. Dog | Sam Bush | JJ Grey & Mofro | Greensky Bluegrass | The Dirty Dozen Brass Band | Futurebirds | The Hackensaw Boys | Holy Ghost Tent Revival | Larry Keel & Natural Bridge | The Black Lillies | River Whyless | Rose's Pawn Shop | Naked Gods | SalemSpeaks

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