Mountain Sports Festival to finalize music lineup following Race to the Stage competition, April 30

Race to the Stage takes place at Highland Brewing Co.'s tasting room on Friday, April 30, from 6-9 p.m. The award for the competition is a performance slot from 4-5:30 p.m. at Mountain Sports Festival on Saturday, May 23. Photo from Race to the Stage facebook event page

Mountain Sports Festival has already released nine of the 10 musical groups that will perform at the festival’s main site from Friday to Sunday, May 22-24. The final act — allotted the 4-5:30 p.m. slot for Saturday, May 23 — will be determined by a panel of judges at the festival’s Race to the Stage event this Thursday, April 30. This year’s contestants include Dub Kartel, The Corbitt Brothers and Lake Lawn.

Highland Brewing Co. will host the competition, which is free to spectators, in the brewery’s tasting room from 6-9 p.m. Taste and See food truck will be on site for the event, and Highland’s tasting room will open at 4 p.m. for any early birds.

The competition provides an opportunity for multiple bands to vie for the limited number of available spots, according to Mountain Sports Festival entertainment director Ellie Schwartz, who pioneered the concept for the festival. Several vendors who will showcase gear at the actual festival will also set up at Highland, along with volunteer recruiters.

Here is the festival’s lineup:

East Coast Dirt
(Friday May 22 5-7PM)

The Congress
(Friday May 22 7:30-9:30PM)

Cameron Stack ​ft. Matt Mommson
(Saturday May 23 12:30-1:30PM)

Fireside Collective
(Saturday May 23 2-3:30PM)

Winner of Race to the Stage
(Saturday May 23 4-5:30PM)

Funk You
(Saturday May 23 6-7:30PM)

The Lee Boys
(Saturday May 23 8-9:30PM)

Grits & Soul
(Sunday May 24 12:30-2PM)

(Sunday May 24 2:30-4PM)

(Sunday May 24 4:30-6PM)

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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