Boone’s Sirens on the Mountain Festival celebrates women in the arts, June 18

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On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Sirens on the Mountain Festival returns to the beautiful High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, NC to celebrate women in the arts. Musicians will deliver amazing performances in a variety of genres, including the blues and funk stylings of three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster, the indie folk country of the Megan Palmer Duo, the southern Siren sounds of Laura Blackley, the world-class rock ‘n’ roll of Melissa Reaves, and the sweet sultry soul of Diane Durrett. An artisan village will feature a diverse mix of renowned local visual artists, craftspeople, and food vendors. As an inclusive event, the festival warmly welcomes people of all genders, ages, and abilities to celebrate women’s contributions to the arts.

“Even at the most diverse festivals, women performers are almost always underrepresented. We wanted to fill that void, to create an inclusive event showcasing the best of women’s music and art. As word has spread about this unique festival, our numbers have grown, and we plan for a record turnout this year. We’re proud of the success we’ve had in putting together an event people consider a highlight of their year,” says festival founder Beth Carroll.

Formed in 2013, the festival is presented by Sonic Yonic Productions and Mountain Mermaids Collective, a new nonprofit supporting women and girls in the arts in western NC through performances, education, workshops, and more.

A limited amount of early bird $25 tickets are available now. Kids 12 and under are free. Camping is allowed with a festival ticket on June 18th only. There is no additional fee for parking and camping, but suggested donations to Mountain Mermaids Collective will be encouraged at the gate. An online fundraiser is offering exclusive incentives including a recording of Sirens 2014 performances, a limited number of Sirens Supporter tickets to the 2016 festival, and a house party performance by Laura Blackley. More information is available at www.sirensonthemountain.com.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Where: High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Greene Rd., Boone, NC 28607

 

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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