New festival, Gnarnia, features music and multi-media arts in August

The Festival of Gnarnia, held in Beech Mountain, N.C., Thursday-Saturday, August 9-11, has a heady lineup. There’s world music, jam and funk, rock, hip-hop, electronic and roots. The festival also promises workshops, performance arts, sports (well, bicycle jousting and mud wrestling) as well as healthy eating. And there’s this: “Ski lifts are available for guests to summit the mountain for yoga and meditation workshops or simply to watch the sunset fill a 100 mile view of these breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.”

The final lineup will be released on April 23, but the already-announced acts are not too shabby —
• Thursday: Beats Antique, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, Papa Mali, and George Porter Jr. of the funky METERS), Gramatik, Paper Diamond, ESKMO, Afroman, Eliot Lipp, Heyoka, Machines are People Too, KDSML, Andrew Fletcher’s Silent Movie Theatre.

• Friday: Tipper, Emancipator, Mark Farina, Dieselboy, Easy Star All Stars, Toubab Krewe, VibeSquaD, Break Science, Gift of Gab, Zoogma, Starkey, Firecracker Jazz Band, Ziggurat.

• Saturday: 12th Planet, Ott, Papadosio, Midnite, Rising Appalachia, Govinda, The Polish Ambassador, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Mantras, Seduction Sideshow, Laura Reed w Shannon Sanders, Brushfire Stankgrass.

Earlybird tickets are available now for $75 (+fees) and accommodations begin at $20 per person, per night for those booking with friends.

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