Updated Fri, Mar 28, 2014 11:32 am
photo: Joan Butcher/WOUB Public Media
Several top-notch acts were added to the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival lineup today, including Shovels and Rope, Valerie June, Kurt Vile & The Violators and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
The festival, scheduled for May 29-June 1 at Hocking College, boasts more than 40 bands at three different locations: the large Main Stage, the more intimate Porch Stage and the super-cozy No-Fi Cabin, where artists perform up-close and unamplified. In addition, the festival offers camping, kids' activities, local artisan vendors, food and a beer garden.
Other acts announced today include Lucius, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, The Tillers, Justin Gordon, Todd Burge, Unmonumental and Weedghost. They will join headliners The Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., Jason Isbell and dozens more (a detailed schedule will be released closer to the festival dates).
Weekend passes for all four days are currently on sale for $110, with the price increasing in the coming weeks. Single day tickets are also available for Thursday ($50), Friday ($70), Saturday ($80) and Sunday ($60). Camping passes and VIP Weekend passes to the festival are also available.
The lineup so far (times TBA):
THURSDAY, MAY 29: Jason Isbell, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Charles Walker & The Dynamites, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, more
FRIDAY, MAY 30: Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile & The Violators, Shakey Graves, Pokey LaFarge, Grupo Fantasma, The Men, Lily & Madeleine, Saint Rich, The Tillers, Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites, more
SATURDAY, MAY 31: The Avett Brothers, The Head & The Heart, Lucius, Saintseneca, No BS! Brass Band, Hunters, Tweens, Motel Beds, more
SUNDAY, JUNE 1: Shovels & Rope, Valerie June, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hiss Golden Messenger, more
PLUS: Michael Hurley, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Village of Spaces, Justin Gordon, Unmonumental, Todd Burge, Tim Pfaff, Weedghost, more TBA
Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival "one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit," with Andrew Bird proclaiming, "It's the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you'd lose something." Past performers have included Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Cat Power, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, Gogol Bordello and M. Ward.
The festival is a production of Stuart’s Opera House, a historic non-profit theater located in Nelsonville that features over 75 events a year including live music, theater, films, educational programming and more. In recent years, the Opera House has partnered with Rural Action and their Appalachian Zero Waste Initiative to be a Zero Waste event, diverting almost 90% of the waste created in 2013.
For tickets and more information, visit www.nelsonvillefest.org or call 740-753-1924.