Roots music takes center stage this weekend as Music on the Mountaintop celebrates its fourth anniversary at the Grandfather Campgrounds on the outskirts of Boone.
More than 20 acts are slated to perform at the two-day event, historically billed as an eco-centric endeavor to raise awareness for local causes. Previous incarnations have included solar powered stages, a requirement that all vendors use compostable materials, a river clean up, food drives and a Green Village with regional nonprofits. This year, the festival’s website places less focus on that aspect of the event, although a portion of proceeds will benefit two environmentally-focused organizations, Appalachian Voices and Mountain Alliance, who have recieved more than $11,000 from organizers over the festivals tenure.
Nationally touring acts like Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Acoustic Syndicate, Greensky Bluegrass and Frontier Ruckus are expected to draw more than 5,000 fans to the high country this time around, and a host of local performers including Naked Gods, Uncle Mountain, River Whyless, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Secret B-Sides and Town Mountian will round out the bill.
Xpress will be there Saturday to bring you all the action, so check back for photos, video and updates from the festival.
Shuttles from Boone will be provided and limited onsite camping is available. Tickets and more information are available here.