This year, Music on the Mountaintop weathered Hurricane Irene, took on a brand new venue, and delivered an incredible lineup at the 4th annual music festival held at the Grandfather Campgrounds in Foscoe, NC. As the first week of classes at Appalachian State University wrapped up, the first weekend of the school year was much appreciated and celebrated with some great live music. Just a few miles outside Boone, NC, the brand new venue was a huge hit – offering more space for vendors, campers, and happy dancing festivarians. While Hurricane Irene was hitting the east coast of North Carolina, the High Country received the tail-ends of the rain and wind… but nothing to stop the great bluegrass pickin’, family-friendly activities, camping under the stars, and more than 20 artists who performed on the three-stage event.
The 4th annual festival brought a lineup second to none… bringing back old favorites – the legendary Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Acoustic Syndicate. Along with some new (awesome) faces on the festival circuit – 7 Walkers featuring Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Greensky Bluegrass, Sol Driven Train, Frontier Ruckus, The Mantras and more. The two-day event also included local favorites like Naked Gods, Uncle Mountain, River Whyless, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Secret B-Sides, The Great Funktier and Town Mountain. Overall, the 4th annual lineup was one of the most eclectic lineups the festival has ever brought to the table – a good mixture of rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, jam, folk, and funk.
In addition to providing a high-profile music festival atmosphere, Music on the Mountaintop stands firm in giving back a percentage of its income to local, nonprofit organizations. This year’s recipients were Appalachian Voices and the Mountain Alliance. Appalachian Voices is “an award-winning, environmental organization committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region and advancing a vision for a cleaner energy future”. Mountain Alliance is “a community of individuals committed to providing Watauga County high school-aged youth with opportunities to explore and develop their leadership potential through experiential learning”. Another non-profit organization Music on the Mountaintop brought back this year was drum-STRONG – the Charlotte-based organization originated after the founder’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2004; they raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and research. Giving back to local non-profits helps make Music on the Mountaintop so unique and different then other festivals… while also building a strong, close-knit community.
Music on the Mountaintop could not function without the great support of our sponsors. This year, New Belgium, Chaco, Footsloggers, Osprey, Royal Robbins, Stick Boy Bread Company, Boone Takeout, eno, Peabody’s, Our Daily Bread, Cheerwine, Mountain Khaki and many others supported the 2-day festival. They have been so kind to support the festival year after year and help give back to a greater cause – a one of a kind, ecologically driven large-scale music festival, offering first class entertainment as well as educational awareness on current environmental issues. Thank you for all your support!
See you next year for the 5th annual!
Sam Bush - Railroad Earth - 7 Walkers - Infamous Stringdusters - Greensky Bluegrass - Acoustic Syndicate - Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band - Sol Driven Train - Frontier Ruckus - The Mantras - Do it to Julia - Naked Gods - Possum Jenkins - The Lazybirds - The New Familiars - The Native Sway - Uncle Mountain - Secret B-Sides - Simplified- Swift Science - Town Mountain - Major Sevens - Tom Tom Roach - Rootpile - The Great Funktier
Backstage and Unplugged at the 2011 MOTM – Railroad Earth, Acoustic Syndicate & The New Familiars.
Handgun Shootin’ with Greensky Bluegrass : an Honest Tune Interview.