Friday, July 26th
5pm @ Gazebo Stage
Josh Phillips from local acts such as 12 Barflies, Big Swifty, Zec, and Fire In The Asylum teams up with Steve Cook on his home/hand built custom drum kit, Frank Botti from Sector 7G, and acoustic duo partner Ananda Banc to continue a tradition of fusing edgy alternative rock sounds with exciting guitar work, dance worthy grooves, memorable songwriting, and soaring vocal harmonies.”
6:30pm @ Gazebo Stage
Josh Rogan is true grit, living the love he sings. His music is rock roll soul with a near constant message: you’ve got to dream to make it happen, and it ain’t nothing if you don’t believe. It is about the emotions we share, it’s about down-and-out and up-and-up, it’s about freedom, fear, hope, passion, thrills and the beauty of the open country.
7pm @ Gazebo Stage
Daughter of another famous Nelson musician, she drew early influences from singers like Jesse Colter and Rita Coolidge, whose bluesy, supple vocal style provided one of Paula’s earliest templates as she found her own voice. Texas Monthly has called that voice “torchy,” and the Los Angeles Times praised, “There’s no missing the unforced power of Paula’s singing.” Check her out!
Saturday, July 27th
11am @ Gazebo Stage
Lipbone Redding has traveled the world with his guitar, nightly sharing music and tales with audiences for the past 15 years. He weaves funky rhythms, catchy original songs, brash humor, soulful singing, and inventive guitar playing with exotic and percussive vocal sounds such as throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning. The result is an experience that is hypnotic, groovy and, for a solo artist without the aid of electronic efx, amazingly complete. Check him out!
12:30pm @ Gazebo Stage
High quality Americana rock and roll. Founded by frontmen Hap Harriman and Nelson Oldham in 2011, the Milemarkers have developed a passion for organized, thoughtful Americana songs. Their skillfully crafted tunes have received praise from music promoters and musicians around the valley and beyond. Audiences have come to expect a diverse selection of carefully selected originals and covers. Guitar slinger Hap Harriman polished his remarkable playing skills over many years in the Chicago music scene. Nelson has been writing songs and playing in valley bands since 2003. Paul Valentine (drums) and Doug Whitney (bass) round out this 4 piece . Both long time locals, Paul and Doug are the best rhythm section around, guaranteed to generate great grooves.
2:30pm @ Gazebo Stage
Central elements of the Shook Twins sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, djembe and their signature golden egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of a looping machine, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone ,set their sound apart, creating an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Check them out!
5:15pm @ Gazebo Stage
A 5 piece band playing an energetic mix of funk, soul and anything that grooves. Influences include James Brown and P-Funk. At the Shadehouse, they don’t believe that it is all about the the art, the money, or the girls. It’s about letting go and having fun with the music. So grab the person to the right of you, to the left of you and get ready for a rowdy danceathon! Check them out!
7:15pm @ Gazebo Stage
Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, band leader, composer, & teacher of music. He has shared the stage with many African greats: Amakye Dede, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, & Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, & Michael Kang. Paa Kow grew up in a small village called Enyan Denkyira in Ghana, West Africa. He is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour Africa, Europe, & America. Paa Kow displays a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums in a deeply spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating & danceable. Check them out!
9pm @ Gazebo Stage
Experience the element of Fire as you never have before! Maciej and his fire performers in the Dance of the Sacred Fire take you visually with them as they embrace the fire with music and dance. A Saturday night tradition!
Sunday, July 28th
11am @ Gazebo Stage
The gospel of our Native heritage will be celebrated through dancing and drumming. Experience the colorful dance of the Aztecas, the excitement of the Yellow House Hoop Dancers with champion Tyrese Jensen, Alfred Wall, Ute Drummer and Ute dancers.
12:30pm @ Gazebo Stage
Versatility is the hallmark of this local, all-women band. Whether it’s rap or country, funk or rocking blues, these ladies like to play spirited songs with heart, no matter what the genre. With Pam Rosenthal on bass, Holly Richardson on keyboards, accordion, and uke; Marilyn Kelly on guitar, and Jennifer Catto on drums; this new band of women is picking up the pace this summer with original songs and gigs up and down the valley. Sure to get your hearts swaying, your feet dancing, and your Sunday afternoon of Mountain Fair started off right. But can you guess which one is Velma?
3pm @ Gazebo Stage
“To find a singer like Channthy,” said Poulsen, “is like discovering a young Etta James or Nina Simone. She’s really the barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields.” The band is rock and roll with Cambodian rhythm and riffs. Cambodian Space Project’s newest album includes famous songs from Cambodian singers who were killed by the Khmer Rouge in the 70s “I never go to school. Not easy for me write song,” Channthy said. “I go outside Cambodia not easy for me some time. Hard for visa. Some time hard for money, some time for food too.” In the past five years Cambodian Space Project has toured throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and even at the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas. Check them out!
5:15 @ Gazebo Stage
Originally hailing from Colombia, La Sonora Dinamitas is famous for its mix of cumbia and traditional Latin music. Now based in California this will be the ultimate merging of cultures on the dance floor as this big band belts it out. Check them out!
7pm @ Gazebo Stage
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eightpiece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive. Check them out!