Yonder Mountain sets fest line-up
Friday, September 5, 2014
– Yonder Mountain String Band announced the daily line-up for its ninth annual Harvest Music Festival in Arkansas in mid-October.
Highlights include The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles and Willie Watson on the opening day, Thursday, Oct. 16; Carolina Chocolate Drops and Jerry Douglas Band on Friday; and The Devil Makes Three on Friday. Yonder Mountain plays all three days on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Ark.
Back for the fourth year is the Harvest Songwriting and Fiddlin' & Pickin' Contest on Friday, Oct .18 and Sat, Oct. 18. The Songwriting Contest will allow acoustic performers to submit a short MP3 of their custom Harvest Festival song. Each contestant must mention two out of five predetermined subjects pertaining to the festival including Harvest Music Festival, Mulberry Mountain, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ozark Mountains or Harvest Moon. The Fiddlin' and Pickin' Contest Contestants will be allowed to compete using the mandolin, fiddle, flatpicking guitar, or the banjo and will be judged on execution, rhythm, difficulty/uniqueness and expression. The lucky winner will have a chance to play with one of their favorite bands.
The line-up is:
Rose's Pawn Shop,
Donna the Buffalo,
The Oh Hellos,
The Magic Beans,
The Steepwater Band,
Grandpa's Cough Medicine,
Dirty Bourbon River Show,
The Easy Leaves,
The Whiskey Gentry,
Under the Willow,
Red Eye Gravy,
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters,
Judah & the Lion,
Matt Owen & Eclectic Tuba and Montu.
Split Lip Rayfield,
The Magic Beans,
Tea Leaf Green,
Mojo Depot, Red Eye Gravy
The Bottle Rockets,
The 1 oz .Jig,
Packway Handle Band,
Old Salt Union,
Henry + the Invisibles and TAUK
The Steel Wheels,
Honey Island Swamp Band,
Big Sam's Funky Nation,
That 1 Guy,
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk,
Jon Wayne & The Pain,
Ha Ha Tonka,
Monzie Leo & the Big Sky,
The Irie Lions,
The Magic Beans and Mouth
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