By Jesse Wood
March 6, 2013. A new festival is coming to Boone in June.
The inaugural Siren Mountain Jam will take place at the High Country Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22.
According to the festivals website, “Siren Mountain Jam brings together some of the best women musicians and female-fronted bands, world-class women artists, and non-profit women’s organizations for a weekend of fun celebrating women’s contributions to the arts.”
More than a dozen musical acts and thirty artist vendors are expected to perform and set up. Also, the festival will host a “healing-arts village,” a multitude of workshops on a variety of topics and other activities that promote women’s art, causes and concerns.
In addition to on-site camping, food vendors will serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods.
While the lineup and schedule is still being compiled, confirmed artists include: Amythyst Kiah, Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney, Melissa Reaves, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michelle Malone, The Mountain Laurels and Rising Appalachia. See descriptions and photos of the artists below.
Organizers are also seeking sponsors for Siren Mountain Jam. Click here to learn about sponsorship details.
Description of Artists Confirmed So Far
Amythyst Kiah is a singer/songwriter that has an eclectic array of musical influences. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions.
Lisa Baldwin & Dave Haney
Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney play acoustic music that includes Lisa’s original songs, bluegrass, country, traditional folk, and the work of contemporary singer-songwriters. Their debut CD, Where We Belong, was released in February 1998 and reissued in 2004 on Rackettown Music and has received considerable airplay on acoustic-oriented stations throughout the US and in Europe.
Melissa Reaves has been delighting audiences throughout the U.S. for more than a decade with her rock, funk and rhythm & blues-based sound. Reaves is a powerful vocalist and guitar player whose style ranges from driving rock & roll to a funk and groove sound that lends itself to a diverse repertoire of originals as well as some occasional choice covers.
Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant-garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans.
Michelle Malone delivers the fierce spirit that gets you through the darkest stretches of night, pulling you up out of bed into dawn’s first pulsing glow. Seated at a vivid green kitchen table, black coffee steaming in your mug, Malone plays for you on a beat up acoustic guitar, her voice ringing clear and rich over the mellowed strings. You know you’ve come home and you know this time, you never want to leave.
The Mountain Laurels
The Mountain Laurels are a band of women from Boone, NC who perform a blend of Celtic, Folk, and Americana music. If you’re hungry for some fresh entertainment this lively group will get your feet tappin’ and your heart pumpin’ with brisk jigs, and reels, and then sway you in to a sentimental, bittersweet state with an enchanting waltz.
Rising Appalachia is a genre-bending force of sound that uses vocal harmony, lyrical prowess and diverse artistic collaborations to defy cultural clichés and ignite a musical revolution.
As more details about the festival emerge, High Country Press will keep you updated.
For more information about the festival, click here: http://www.sirenmountainjam.com/
For the festival’s Facebook page and videos of the performers, click here: http://www.facebook.com/SirenMountainJam