Tuesday, January 13, 2015
– Babe the Blue Ox is alive and well in the form of a music festival in June. The Blue Ox Musical Festival in Wisconsin will feature Americana, roots and bluegrass.
The founders and organizers of Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisc., are launching a three-day outdoor music festival at Whispering Pines Campground in Eau Claire, from June 11 - 13.
Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, and Sam Bush are among the acts slated to play.
Other acts are The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Justin Townes Earle, Pokey LaFarge, Jeff Austin Band, Elephant Revival, Horse Feathers, The Hackensaw Boys, Charlie Parr, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and EverGreen Grass Band. Additional artists will be announced in the coming months ahead.
Blue Ox is co-curated by the Twin modern American string band, Pert Near Sandstone, which will perform twice throughout the weekend.
"We are very excited to introduce a new festival to the Midwest that celebrates, and is devoted to the art, history and fun of bluegrass and roots music," said Jim Bischel, President of Country Jam USA.
The festival takes its name after the American folklore character Paul Bunyan's trusty companion Babe the Blue Ox.
Blue Ox will sell a limited amount of Early Bird Three-Day General Admission tickets for $99 and Three-Day Perk Pass Tickets for $199. Early Bird tickets are on sale now at www.blueoxmusicfestival.com. Perk Pass Tickets include early entrance into the festival bowl for all shows, a commemorative Blue Ox cup and free unlimited VIP showers. All tickets include free unreserved camping and parking. There are also a limited number of electrical campsites on sale now for $175.
Country Jam USA: Country Jam USA was founded in 1990 and boasts more of a mainstream country line-up.