This summer, a new Americana-focused music festival held in the mountains of North Carolina is slated for the weekend before Labor Day. The maiden voyage of Jam In The Trees kicks off in Black Mountain, a quaint village near Asheville, on Aug. 26 and 27, and features headlining acts the Wood Brothers and the Del McCoury Band.
Presented by Pisgah Brewing, the two-day event will feature Friday evening shows on the indoor stage, and music will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday on the brewery’s outdoor stage. A late-night jam is scheduled to take place indoors when the festival ends at 11 p.m.
In addition to TWB and TDMB, also on the initial bill are Old Crow Medicine Show founding member Willie Watson (a Watkins Glen native); “guit-steel” guitarist and singer Junior Brown, who’s also playing the Rochester International Jazz Festival June 25; and New York City-born Haitian-Creole musician Leyla McCalla, who is now based in New Orleans. The up-and-coming North Carolina acts Mipso, Chatham County Line, Tellico, Mark Bumgarner and Unspoken Tradition are scheduled to perform.
Plans to confirm other artists is currently in the works. On March 11, an announcement was made via Facebook that a new performer will be posted on April 1, noting that the band has connections to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, John Prine and the Bellamy Brothers.
As reported on Grateful Web, Jam In The Trees was created by local resident Laurel York; her goal was to establish an event “that would be a celebration of authentic roots music, community and philanthropy.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit the local nonprofit Wild Forests and Fauna.
Tickets are on sale now through the craft brewing company’s website. General admission festival passes are $60; VIP passes are $100 and include a guided brewery tour and tasting, artist meet-and-greet, reserved parking, private viewing area and bar and a commemorative poster. General admission Friday passes are $25 and Saturday passes are $50 each.
Jam In The Trees 2016 Lineup:
The Wood Brothers
The Del McCoury Band
Chatham County Line