Rickie Lee Jones to headline Sirens on the Mountain
Two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones tops an eclectic mix of national and regional musical acts set to appear at Sirens on the Mountain, a two-day celebration of women in the arts, in Boone June 20 and 21.
Spanning genres from pop to bluegrass, soul to gypsy and folk to jazz and incorporating the artistry of dozens of innovative and talented craftspeople, the festival promises to provide something to entice everyone.
Best known for her signature rambling, breathy vocal delivery, layered atop jazzy pop instrumentation, Jones has remained an easily identifiable worldwide favorite for more than three decades. Among her most popular works are hits “Chuck-E’s in Love” and “Satellites,” as well as her Grammy-winning 1989 interpretation of “Makin’ Whoopee,” on which she collaborated with Dr. John.
Full-weekend and single-day tickets are available for the festival, which includes both legendary Detroit soul vocalist Bettye LaVette and world music folksters Rising Appalachia atop its bill. Additional main stage acts include Shannon Whitworth, Gigi Dover, Underhill Rose, Michelle Malone and Melissa Reaves. Laura Blackley, Red Leg Husky, Amythyst Kiah, Sole Scheafer and Sam O round out the lineup.
Aside from the festival’s picturesque setting among the cool pines and hilly vistas of the High Country, festival officials believe a great deal of the event’s appeal lies in its opportunity for individual customization. They feel that Sirens on the Mountain, through its schedule, site and set-up, empowers ticket buyers to build their own experience.
“Whether folks are hearty camping veterans, music-loving day-trippers or overnight hotel visitors, we wanted to make sure we gave them a music and art festival they’ll not only enjoy with their friends this time, but one they’ll want to return to for years to come,” promoter Beth Carroll said. “We’re carefully selecting the best in regional craftspeople, and we’re being really demanding with the gourmet level of food vendors we’re choosing. But we know it really comes down to presenting world class music for most folks, and that’s why we just had to get Rickie Lee Jones this year.”
In its second year, Sirens on the Mountain, a camping and commuter-friendly festival, returns to Boone’s High Country Fairgrounds June 20 and 21. Tickets and detailed information (local hotels, camping options, alcohol policies, parking, etc.) are available online at http://www.sirensonthemountain.com.