By Travis Miller
June 17, 2014. Last year’s successful Siren Mountain Jam returns for its second year under a new name: Sirens on the Mountain. This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at the High Country Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The festival, which is designed around promoting female talents, features a wide array of musical styles including pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, R&B, soul, blues, old-time, bluegrass and more.
The headliners for this year’s event are multiple Grammy Award-winning Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye Lavette, Rising Appalachia and Michelle Malone.
Also featured in this year’s lineup are Red Leg Husky, Mountain Laurels, Underhill Rose, Amythyst Kiah, Samantha O’Brien, Sole Schaefer, Melissa Reaves, Gigi Dover, Courtney Coffee Morrison, Laura Blackley and Shannon Whitworth.
Aside from musical entertainment, the festival will feature the Artisan Village, which will host a variety of local craft vendors, food vendors, healing arts kiosks and kid’s programs.
Two-day tickets are $75 if purchased online and $85 if purchased at the door. One-day Friday tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door and one-day Saturday tickets are $50 online and $60 at the door.
“I’ve always been a music lover myself and I go to a lot of festivals … I’ve noticed over the years that there’re not a lot of women performers,” said Beth Carroll, Producer of Sirens on the Mountain. “I thought ‘why doesn’t someone make an event focused around promoting women talents?'”
The event is growing in size and is quickly becoming an annual staple.
“We did it last year for the fist time and it was a big success — people wanted to see it again. It’s been an exciting thing for the performers and the audience”
There are few music events like Sirens on the Mountain, making it a rare opportunity for concert goers.
“There’s nothing else like it in this region, you know? There’s an event in the mid-west, but it’s really exclusive. We want to be inclusive … Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend if they want to. All you have to do is be a fan of this music and art — then it’s for you.”
For more information on the event, visit SirensOnTheMountain.com.