NMF Pre-Party to Feature Live Music, Ticket Discounts

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The Nelsonville Music Festival will host a pre-party at Ace of Cups in Columbus on Saturday, April 9, featuring music from three local acts: Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Drift Mouth and Kizzy Hall.

In addition, DJ Bela Koe-Krompecher of Anyway Records will be playing music in between bands, NMF staff will sell discounted weekend passes and give away some merchandise, and And Athens’ own Jackie O’s Brewery will be taking over three taps at Ace of Cups that night with drafts of Firefly, Razz Wheat, and NMF favorite Ricky.

Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, formed in Columbus in 1989 by former Great Plains frontman Ron House, released several acclaimed albums throughout the 1990s on labels such as American, Rockathon (run by Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices), and Columbus’ own Anyway Records. Saturday’s performance marks a somewhat rare live performance from the group, who will follow up this show with a spot at the Nelsonville Music Festival in June.

Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments

Drift Mouth is the newest project from long-time Columbus musician Lou Poster, their music is self-described as “antiquated and twisted Appalachian murder ballads and backwater tragedies, dragged through a sluice of runoff from the slurry pond and rolled in coal dust.” Drift Mouth features members of several Ohio bands, including Grafton, Bob City, The Means, Greenhorn, Messrs and Mooncussers.

Drift Mouth
Drift Mouth

Kizzy Hall will start off the show. The band has been kicking around Columbus for the past few years, and have released a full length album and an EP of their lo-fi DIY rock. The music gets underway at 9 p.m. Ace of Cups is located at 2619 North High Street in Columbus.

The Nelsonville Music Festival takes place June 2-5, with four days of music from Randy Newman (Sunday, June 5), Gillian Welch (Saturday, June 4), Gary Clark Jr. (Friday, June 3), Courtney Barnett (Thursday, June 2), Mac DeMarco (Friday), Tallest Man on Earth (Saturday), Lake Street Dive (Saturday), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Thursday), Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Saturday), BADBADNOTGOOD (Friday), Angel Olsen (Friday) and Nikki Lane (Sunday).

Other acts include Fruit Bats, Marco Benevento, Ibeyi, Diarrhea Planet, Son Little, John Moreland, All Them Witches, Town Mountain, My Bubba, Michael Hurley, The Wild Reeds, Heron Oblivion, Joan Shelley, Steve Poltz, Daniel Bachman, The Pines, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, White Mystery, All Dogs, Hańba, Last Good Tooth, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons, Adam Torres, Mojoflo, Swarming Branch, S.W. Hedrick, Drift Mouth, Water Witches, DANA, Dune, Nightstalker, Weedghost and Jack Wright, with more to be announced.

The festival also includes camping, kids’ activities, artisan vendors, food, a beer garden and more. Tickets and more information can be found at or by calling (740) 753-1924.