Siren Mountain Jam

By Derek Halsey (reporter@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 23, 2013
Siren Mountain Jam

Joan Osborne will headline June 22's festivities at the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero



Facts

The Lineup


Friday, June 21

11 to 11:45 a.m. – The Mountain Laurels
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – Sole Schaefer
1:45 to 2:15 p.m. – Eliza Eason
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Lisa Baldwin & Dave Haney
4 to 5:15 p.m. – Melissa Reaves
5:45 to 6:45 p.m. – Toshi Reagon
7:15 to 8:45 p.m. – Rising Appalachia
9:30 to 11 p.m. – Meshell Ndegeocello


Saturday, June 22


11 a.m. to noon – Samantha O’Brien
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Amythyst Kiah
2 to 3 p.m. – Crys Matthews
3:30 to 4:45 p.m. – The Swayback Sisters
5:15 to 6:45 p.m. –  Melissa Reaves
7:15 to 8:45 p.m. – Michelle Malone
9:30 to 11 p.m. – Joan Osborne

It is billed as the Siren Mountain Jam, “A Celebration of Women’s Music and Arts For Everyone.”

On June 21 and 22, the inaugural event will feature two full days of music by women musicians, arts, crafts and other diverse fare at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone.

The stage lineup will feature headliners Meshell Ndegeocello on Friday night and Joan Osborne Saturday, as well as many other musical acts, including Rising Appalachia, Melissa Reaves, Michelle Malone, Toshi Reagon and many others.

The festival’s founders are Beth Carroll and Kirsten Tiedemann, and while putting together an event like this was no easy task, they said it was a labor of love years in the making.

“I’ve been going to festivals for over 20 years, and I’ve worked at festivals in other capacities, but I’ve never organized one myself so this is the first time,” Carroll said. “It’s been crazy in a good way. I’ve learned a lot and met some really wonderful people whom I’m working with on it. So, it’s been exciting, especially now that it is coming together. It feels real now. It’s not just a discussion anymore.”

While traveling to various festivals over the years, Carroll also noticed that most — if not all — of the performers were men. So, after thinking it through, the idea for the Siren Mountain Jam was hatched.

“We went to a number of events that were really fun with a lot of bands that we love, but we noticed that there has been an absence of women performers,” Carroll said. “So, we kept saying, ‘Why doesn’t somebody do one that focuses on women and female-fronted bands?’ There hasn’t been a large-scale, or even a mid-scale, women’s event in the Southeast in a long time. We kept waiting for somebody else to do it. But, when they didn’t, we thought that maybe we should do it.”

The next step for Carroll was to take advantage of some resources at Appalachian State University, which helped her get the ball rolling.

“I did a series of workshops at the entrepreneur center on campus at Appalachian State University, which is a wonderful free service, by the way,” Carroll said. “And we developed a business plan a couple of years ago, and I kept waiting for somebody to tell me it was a terrible idea and not to do it. But instead, it kind of gained some support there, and they helped me to refine the plan. It’s been a long time in the making, and it’s finally happening.”

Another positive influence on the creation of this new gathering was a local musician who was encouraging and helpful.

“We had some conversations with my friend, Melissa Reaves, and she was a part of the inspiration,” Carroll said. “She is a wonderful musician, and we kept talking about somebody doing something like this. We had a series of long phone conversations. Being in the music trade herself, she has a lot of contacts that she put me in touch with; everything from sound people to an attorney to various folks who were in the business.”

As the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam begins, Carroll couldn’t be more excited.

“We can’t believe how lucky we’ve been with the talent we’ve been able to attract,” Carroll said. “Not only our musical performers, but our artists and vendors and our Healing Arts Village. It’s going to be fun.”

The event will be BYOB, and limited camping will be available. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.sirenmountainjam.com.



Performers

Friday’s lineup features The Mountain Laurels, Sole Schaefer, Eliza Eason, Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney, Melissa Reaves, Toshi Reagon, Rising Appalachia and Meshell Ndegeocello. Saturday’s lineup features Samantha O’Brien, Amythyst Kiah, Crys Matthews, The Swayback Sisters, Melissa Reaves, Michelle Malone and Joan Osborne.



Artisan Village

According to http://www.sirenmountainjam.com, artisans’ booths are mostly women-owned, local businesses with handmade items, offering a diverse selection of arts, crafts and other products. The festival will also feature a wide variety of food vendors. The vending area will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days.

Participating artisans include Ariel Studios, Joy of Dawn Arts, Raven Stone Elixirs, Westwind Tie Dye, Primavera Leathers, Blue Bear Creations by Ashley Armory, Flame Pottery by Brenda Schramm, Lynne Townsend Photography, Owl Feather Organic Farm, River Island Apothecary, Moon Acre Soap, ArtSten by Ingrid Dyhl, Wellsworks Handcrafted Jewelry, Celtic Soul Craft, Shakti Goddess Arts by Nuit Moore, Broccoli Batiks by Berkeley Brown, Emerald Quilts and Colour Visions by Vasanto.



Healing Arts Village

In addition, the festival presents the Healing Arts Village. Daily educational and experiential workshops, including yoga, herbal medicine, ancient healing techniques, multicultural dance and more are all included in the ticket price, while healing arts booths will see practitioners offering a variety of services, such as massage, reflexology, acupuncture and energy work. Other workshops include hoop movement, tarot card readings, belly-dancing, tai chi and more.



Tickets

A regular two-day pass costs $85 in advance (through June 20) and $100 at the gate. A one-day pass for Friday costs $40 in advance and $50 at the gate, and a one-day pass for Saturday costs $50 in advance and $60 at the gate. Advanced tickets are available for online purchase only.
Children 12 and younger are admitted free.



Onsite Camping

A weekend tent camping pass costs $25 per person, although only a limited number of two-day camping tickets will be allocated. Passes allow car camping from 9 a.m. Friday, June 21, through noon Sunday, June 23.

A weekend RV pass costs $150, and only a limited number of RV sites are available. A maximum of two campers, plus kids, may occupy each RV site (electricity included, but no water or sewer).
Children 12 and younger may camp for free.



And More


To learn more about the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam, including in-depth information about participating vendors and scheduled workshops, visit http://www.sirenmountainjam.com.

Additional Images

Joan Osborne will headline June 22's festivities at the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Rising Appalachia will perform Friday, June 21, at the inaugural Siren Mountain Jam.
Photo submitted

Crys Matthews will perform Saturday, June 22, at the Siren Mountain Jam.
Photo submitted

Meshell Ndegeocello will perform Friday, June 21, at the Siren Mountain Jam.
Photo by Charlie Gross

The Swayback Sisters will perform June 22 at the Siren Mountain Jam.
Photo submitted

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