Published Sun, Dec 2, 2012 11:59 am Dateline
One of the world's top indie-rock bands and a legendary folk singer-songwriter will grace the main stage at next year's Nelsonville Music Festival.
Grammy-winning acts Wilco and John Prine will headline the 2013 fest, being held May 30-June 2 on the Hocking College campus.
Word of the announcement spread quickly overnight on social media, according to Stuart's Opera House Marketing and Promotions Coordinator Brian Koscho.
"I think it's been pretty well received...there is a lot of excitement which is good," he said. "I think both Wilco and Prine fit in with this festival perfectly."
Many other performers will be announced in the coming months, but those confirmed include: southern punks Reigning Sound; alternative-folksters Cotton Jones; the Nuggets-inspired psychedelia of Wooden Indian Burial Ground; Columbus R&B/soul group Nick Tolford & Company; and The D-Rays and County Pharaohs, both from Athens.
The announcement was made Saturday night during the Halfway to Nelsonville Music Festival Party at Rollerbowl Lanes in Athens (see photo slideshow).
Since 2005, the three-day festival has hosted such acts as The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Iron and Wine, Neko Case, Loretta Lynn and Yo La Tengo, as well as numerous regional and local bands.
Produced by Stuart's Opera House, the fest features three music stages, art and food vendors, information booths, kids' activities, camping and more.
For more information, visit www.nelsonvillefest.org.
Slideshow: Halfway to Nelsonville Music Festival Party
The Halfway to Nelsonville Music Festival Party kicked off at Rollerbowl Lanes on Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring live music from Nick Tolford & Company, The D-Rays and The County Pharaohs
Hazel and Griffin Chmiel of Albany, Ohio, check the scoreboard with their dad Chris
Matt Brooker of Athens winds up for a strike
Erick Coleman of The D-Rays
Missy Pence of The D-Rays
The crowd dances to Nick Tolford & Company
Bowlers take their turns during the Halfway to Nelsonville Music Festival Party
The crowd enjoys the music and atmosphere at Rollerbowl Lanes
A Nick Tolford & Company bandmember is silhouetted by spotlight on the Rollerbowl Lanes wall
Nick Tolford & Company
Stuart's Opera House Executive Director Tim Peacock announces raffle prizes
The County Pharaohs