by Becky Petchenik
July 26, 2013 On August 29, Mantrabash kicks off its 3 day, 4 night run high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hosted by the High Country Motorcycle Club in Ferguson NC, about 45 minutes from Boone, the event features over 40 bands including the eponymous Mantra, Zoogma and Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band, art, merchants, work shops and even morning yoga.
Three day passes are $60 for the online early bird special and $70 the day of the event, and four day passes are $80 online and #90 the day of. There will be camping and some concessions, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks. For tickets and more information about the event, visit the website at mantrabash.com.
What started out as little more than a backyard party has blossomed into a serious music festival bringing in upwards of 1200 people in just 4 short years. What sets Mantrafest apart is their commitment to their community. This year the festival is working with the Byrd Ridge Crisis Center to hold a canned food drive to benefit the Wilkes County Food Drive, and has made a point to hire local technicians and contractors to present the festival.
In an attempt to spread their love of festivals and the sense of family and community that come with them, Mantra have maintained a welcoming and fun atmosphere for the entire family. Mantra maintains their attitude of perseverance and passion for music, releasing their fourth studio album earlier this year.