Sirens on the Mountain

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 12 | Modified: Jun. 22
Sirens on the Mountain

Celebrated singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones will perform June 21 at Sirens on the Mountain.

Photo by Astor Morgan



Facts

Performance Schedule

Friday, June 20

2 p.m. – Gates open
3:30 to 4 p.m. – ReVonda Crowe (Storytelling)
4:15 to 4:45 p.m. – Lorraine Conard
5:15 to 6 p.m. – Amythyst Kiah
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Gigi Dover
8 to 9:15 p.m. – Melissa Reaves
9:45 to 11:15 p.m. – Michelle Malone


Saturday, June 21

10 a.m. – Gates open
Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Mountain Laurels
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Courtney Morrison and Friends
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Underhill Rose
2:30 to 3 p.m. – Sole Schaefer
2:30 p.m. – Siren Sing Along (a special kid event) hosted by Stuart McNair, with special guest Laura Blackley
3 to 4:30 p.m. – Shannon Whitworth
4:30 to 5 p.m. – Redleg Husky
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Rising Appalachia
6:30 to 7:15 p.m. – Sam O’Brien
7:15 to 8:45 p.m. – Bettye LaVette
8:45 to 9:30 p.m. – Laura Blackley
9:30 to 11 p.m. – Rickie Lee Jones

At the heart of Sirens on the Mountain is a deep-founded sincerity, rivaled only by enthusiasm.

The women’s music and arts festival, returning to the High Country Fairgrounds June 20 and 21, was created in 2013 to showcase the talents of female performing artists and share those gifts with one and all.

To founders Beth Carroll and Kirsten Tiedemann, they were simply meeting a need — and a labor of love.

“I’m involved with a couple dozen festivals throughout the year, ranging from small, one-day deals to mega-shows, like Bonnaroo,” promoter and publicist Walt Reis said. “What makes Sirens stand out, for me, is Beth’s vision. She saw a need to shed light on the tremendous contribution of women to the arts, and she stepped up to do just that. Her push and her sincerity are contagious.”

Carroll stressed that while Sirens on the Mountain is billed as a women’s festival, it’s a celebration to which all are invited.

“Even though this is a focus on women’s talent, we really want to be inclusive,” she said. “This is a celebration for everyone, and we welcome anyone who is a fan of this music and art.”

When that music and art involves renowned performers like Rickie Lee Jones and Bettye LaVette, that particular fanbase grows exponentially.

“When Beth told me back in December that she’d signed Rickie Lee Jones, I was floored,” Reis said. “I knew that was the perfect choice, as her draw is so strong across so many demographics. The fan in me has loved her since high school, and her voice still kicks butt.”

Reis is also glad the lineup grew to include regional acts, such as Gigi Dover and Shannon Whitworth. “Those ladies will help us raise the quality of the overall bill to a much higher level,” he said.

Covering two days, the lineup also includes Melissa Reaves, Michelle Malone, Laura Blackley, Rising Appalachia, Sam O’Brien, Amythyst Kiah, Mountain Laurels, Redleg Husky, ReVonda Crowe, Lorraine Conard, Courtney Morrison and Friends, Underhill Rose and Sole Schaefer.

“We’re trying to combine world-class, national acts with really amazing local and regional talent,” Carroll said. “We’re aiming for a diversity in all forms. Especially being here in Boone, we wanted to make sure we had a racially, ethnically diverse lineup, but also musically diverse, so there’s something for everyone.”

There’s also more of that something for everyone.

“We’ve added a second stage, so that there is no break in the entertainment,” Reis said, noting that this additional area will be located directly adjacent to the main stage.

“The music won’t stop,” Carroll added. “When one of the performers ends on the main stage, we’ll have some acoustic or smaller groups on the second stage.”

As with 2013’s inaugural festival, Sirens on the Mountain will feature a heavy emphasis on art, courtesy of the Artisan Village, which is being repurposed to feature visual arts, crafts and healing arts.

“We have another great group of art vendors lined up, and that was a highlight last year and will prove to be again this year, I think,” Carroll said. “We wanted to celebrate the healing arts, as well, but they just won’t be in a separate place.”

The festival has also pitched some new accommodations for camping.

“We’ve expanded the available tree line space for car camping, and we’re providing free camping for those who buy two-day passes,” Reis said, adding that single-day ticketholders can also camp for a minor fee.

A $5 parking fee will let festivalgoers come and go as they please, and a $5 alcohol wristband will allow those 21 and older to bring their own adult beverages, although glass bottles are prohibited. Single-day festival passes cost $25 for Friday and $50 for Saturday, while a two-day pass costs $75.

“A full day of this level of entertainment, presented on real grass, surrounded by real trees, without the stodginess and sterility of a performance hall or a stadium is something you can’t find anywhere else in the High Country this summer,” Reis said. “If people really want to ‘soak up the sun,’ they need to come see Sirens.”

For more information on Sirens on the Mountain, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.sirensonthemountain.com. High Country Fairgrounds is located at 748 Roby Greene Road in Boone.

Additional Images

Celebrated singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones will perform June 21 at Sirens on the Mountain.
Photo by Astor Morgan

Bettye LaVette will perform June 21 at the second annual Sirens on the Mountain festival.
Photo by Marina Chavez

Chloe and Leah Smith are Rising Appalachia, and they’re returning to Sirens on the Mountain June 21.
Photo submitted

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