Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain
Friday, Aug. 2
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. – George Harper and the Awesome Bastards – Mountain Stage
2:45 to 3:45 – Mel Jones & His Bag o’ Bones – Mountain Stage
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Charlyhorse – Mountain Stage
5:40 to 6:10 p.m. – Danny Carter – Blue Bear Stage
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. – The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – Mountain Stage
7:20 to 7:50 – George Harper and the Awesome Bastards – Blue Bear Stage
8 to 9:15 p.m. – Tim Carter – Mountain Stage
10 to 11 p.m. – Melissa Reaves and The Willys – Mountain Stage
Saturday, Aug. 3
George Harper and the Awesome Bastards – 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Mountain Stage
3:15 to 4:30 p.m. – Charlyhorse – Mountain Stage
4:40 to 5:10 p.m. – Danny Carter – Blue Bear Stage
5:15 to 6:30 p.m. – Tim Carter – Mountain Stage
7:15 to 8:30 p.m. – David Holt and Josh Goforth – Mountain Stage
9:15 to 10:30 p.m. – The SteelDrivers – Mountain Stage
A stampede of bluegrass and blues bands, from the nationally
renowned SteelDrivers and David Holt to the celebrated Carter Brothers, is set for Aug. 2 and 3 at
the inaugural Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain.
The Music Fest will be held at Blue Bear Mountain Campground, 155 acres of healthy, leave-no-trace land, with approximately six miles of forest trails. The campground is located off of N.C. 194 at 196 Blue Bear Mountain Road in Todd.
Festival founder and campground owner Kevin Quick said he a few friends had been talking about planning a festival for 10 years. When Tim Carter (of The Carter Brothers) called about scheduling a slot of his Bang Bang Tour in the High Country, Quick organized the festival in three months.
While music festivals sprawl across the High Country, Quick said this one is distinct because “folks will be able to come up here to this big beautiful place and enjoy the outdoors, the great views and the great music, not just the same ol’ same ol’.”
Nearly 1,000 people have “liked” the festival’s Facebook page, and Quick said, “We hope to sell a few thousand (tickets), but there’s no telling.”
Quick anticipates that this festival will become an annual event, with other events, such as kite-flying, jazz nights and blues jams, interspersed throughout.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold, Bushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery will be barbecuing, and Three Little Birds will serve a variety of breakfast foods and coffee. Also, craft vendors will be on site.
If the festival profits, “we will be donating to probably the most recent disaster relief, probably Oklahoma,” Quick said.
Gates open at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, with music stomping the grounds until 11 p.m. on both nights, rain or shine.
Advance tickets are available online through July 29. Tickets are $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $65 for a two-day festival pass.
At the gate, tickets are $35 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $75 for a two-day festival past. Children younger than 12 get in free.
Plenty of parking is available at the campsite, but a shuttle bus is scheduled to pick up and drop off festival-goers at a Boone location, to be listed on the festival’s website.
Coolers are welcome, and the event is BYOB with no glass bottles allowed. Consumption wristbands will be provided for $10 per person, with proper identification required.
“This is real middle of the road,” Quick said. “We don’t want a crazy thing, but want people to feel comfortable enough to sit down and have a beer.”
Limited RV, camper and camping spots are available, and all campers must call ahead and are encouraged to come early on both days, as spaces are expected to fill up quickly.
A 30- or 50-amp RV camping pass is $100 per person and includes a two-day festival pass, parking on site for two cars, access to a restroom building with hot showers, picnic table and onsite fire pit.
A pop-up or small camper pass, with no hookups, is $90 per person and includes a two-day festival pass, parking on site for one car and access to a restroom building with hot showers.
Tent camping passes, both on site and remote, are between $80 and $90 and include a two-day festival pass.
Volunteers to coordinate parking, information and road control are still needed. Volunteer slots last from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with volunteers receiving a free T-shirt and day pass.
The event is sponsored by Watauga Building Supply, Glen Davis Electric, Life Store, New River Surveyors, Go Postal and Appalachian Furniture Store.
For more information, visit http://www.musicfestatbluebearmountain.com.