MOTM presents Ascent Series Aug. 25
Excitement is rising for the fourth annual Music on the Mountaintop festival, scheduled for Aug. 26-27, and organizers are offering an early sample.
It's the Ascent Series, hitting downtown Boone Thursday, Aug. 25, featuring a variety of performers playing at several bars and restaurants.
Hand-selected by MOTM staff, the Ascent Series showcases bands that didn't quite make the festival lineup, while offering them a chance for a guaranteed slot at next year's. But that's in the audience's hands.
Each venue will feature a voting station, where concertgoers can pick their favorite of the night. The band with the most votes earns a spot at next year's MOTM, a cash prize and time in a local recording studio.
Last year's winner was Boone's own Swift Science, which will be performing at the festival Friday, Aug. 26, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
"It's a great way for a small, up and coming band to make it happen," festival founder and director Jimmy Hunt said.
The Ascent Series opens at Our Daily Bread (627 W. King St.), from 7 to 9 p.m., with a singer-songwriter showcase and the Taylor Winchester Project.
"This is our chance to showcase some good writers," Hunt said. "At the festival, it's hard for us to put on singer-songwriters, because you're outside in a festival environment that's seldom quiet."
The music continues at Char (179 S. Howard St.), from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with Trey Calloway and the Stoney Creek Boys and Mike LaSage and the Stumbling Troubadors.
At 10 p.m., the music rolls into Galileo's (1087 W. King St.), with Yaddatu, Bad Accents and Elijah Leaves.
The series finale starts at 11 p.m. at Black Cat Burrito (127 S. Depot St.) with Guided by Bong Rips.
"This year, more than last, there are less overlapping times," Hunt said. "There are still some bands playing at the same time, but our goal is to ride the wave of what the (Downtown Boone) Art Crawl has done, only as a Boone music bar crawl."
All concerts are free, and the music giveaway doesn't stop at the door. "We'll be giving away free (festival) tickets and Music on the Mountaintop merchandise at different venues," Hunt said.
With the festival only a week away, Hunt's intent on making the wait worth fans' while.
On Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m., Our Daily Bread will host the MOTM Wine-Tasting and Auction. For $20, patrons can enjoy a bottomless assortment of wine and beer, live music and food (courtesy of ODB), while also vying for a variety of prizes in a raffle and auction.
Auction items include a mountain bike, VIP MOTM tickets, Chaco shoes, Osprey packs, a kayak, Ski Beech lift tickets and ski rentals, rafting trips, local clothes and jewelry, and more.
One of the raffle items is a guitar signed by MOTM headliners Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, the Infamous Stringdusters and more.
Music on the Mountaintop takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27, at the Grandfather Campgrounds in Foscoe.
A two-day pass to Music on the Mountaintop costs $70, and one-day passes (for Friday or Saturday) cost $40 apiece. A portion of the proceeds will benefit area nonprofits Appalachian Voices and Mountain Alliance.
Tickets, a full lineup, schedule and more information are are available online at http://www.musiconthemountaintop.com.