THORNTON — The 21st Annual Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton, from Thursday through Sunday, August 1-4.
The festival this year will feature International Bluegrass Music Association's award winning bands including the Gibson Brothers, winners of the IBMA's Entertainers of the Year and Recorded Gospel Song of the Year for 2012, Audie Blaylock and Redline, the high energy sounds of Mountain Heart, and the brother and sister duo, The Roys .
The festival is rounded out with a variety of regional and local favorites such as Remington Ryde, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, Skip Gorman and Richard Starkey and Rabbit in a Log, Southern Rail, Parker Hill Road Band, and Flatt Rabbit.
This year's festival will also feature a free Pemi Valley Kids Academy. Kids of all ages can learn to play an instrument under the guidance of well known fiddler extraordinaire, Ellen Carlson, and a cadre of qualified instructors. The class will culminating in a main stage performance on Sunday morning. Registration is available on the website
The Pemi Valley Bluegrass University is new this year. This is an onsite opportunity to improve your skills on your instrument or voice with some of New England's top musicians. For further information check www.theblugrassuniversity.com. The cost of 2 ½ hours of instruction is $35.
Pemi Valley is known among Bluegrassers as a "pickers' festival". The show is not confined to the stage area but overflows to the many different campsites where "Pickin' or "Jammin'" continues long into the night and throughout the day.
The host campground, Sugar Shack Campground, is located off Exit 28, Route 93. The festival offers free "Open Field Camping" as well as 100 paid reserved sites, with many along the beautiful Pemigewasset River and some on the hill overlooking the concert area.