Sept. 22, 2014. A day full of music and cool mountain breezes will fill the autumn air at the inaugural Carolina Ramble & Reunion, hosted by band Possum Jenkins, on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Watauga County community of Bethel.
The family-friendly event will feature live music from noon to 10 p.m. by Possum Jenkins, Wurlitzer Prize, Soul Benefactor, The Worthless Son-In-Laws, Molly McGinn and more. Passes are $35 and free for kids 12 and younger for the entire day, which includes onsite camping. Pass sales are limited.
“Possum Jenkins has had the pleasure of performing at some of the best music festivals in the region and loves the familial atmosphere shared amongst the performers and the festival attendees,” said event organizer and musician David Brewer. “We want to try and capture a little bit of that magic for our friends, fans and family by hosting our own small event here in the High Country.”
Possum Jenkins formed in Boone during the winter of 2004. Ten years, more than 300 shows and thousands of miles later, the five friends continue to perform their soulful brand of self-described “Carolinacana” to enthusiastic audiences at clubs, festivals, houses and other locales. The band is hosting the Ramble in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
“As happens with most bands who manage to stay together for a long time, our families continue to expand, and spending a lot of time on the road isn’t feasible,” Brewer said. “The Ramble is a way for us to combine our family and musical lives. We want to celebrate the songs and friendships we’ve created together over the years.”
Joining the Possums will be Boone area alt-indie-rock favorites The Worthless Son-in-Laws, whose pastoral daydream soundtracks and melody-laden rockers are layered with stories of working life, eco-revenge, love, nostalgia, old television sets, letters and plain-spoken pocketknives.
Soul Benefactor aims to have Ramblers dancing in the grass with its expert renditions of funk, soul and classic rock ’n’ roll from the ’60s and ’70s. Winston-Salem-based Wurlitzer Prize (named for the Waylon Jennings tune) incorporates Americana, folk, blues, vintage and alt-country influences.
Greensboro’s Molly McGinn is a longtime Possum collaborator, accomplished singer-songwriter and member of Amelia’s Mechanics and Wurlitzer Prize; she hailed as one of the Triad’s finest purveyors of soul-and-blues-infused folk rock.
In addition, the Carolina Ramble & Reunion will feature yard games and activities for kids and adults, including arts and crafts, corn hole, yoga, a scavenger hunt, cookouts, a bonfire and much more.
“In addition to keeping the music lovers happy, we want folks of all ages to have fun at the Ramble,” Brewer said. “Between pressing apples, playing corn hole or participating in the scavenger hunt, there should be plenty of action at the Ramble.”
Purchasing reservations in advance is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. To purchase reservations, visitwww.carolinaramble.com, and click the tab for the “Online Store.” All reservation holders will receive a wristband at the gate.