This year’s Mountain Music Festival lineup features some of the most talented and youthful roots music bands from around the country. It is bands like this that are responsible for keeping the roots music scene popular and relevant, and while they’re at it, they are also keeping the roots music festival scene extremely fun and vibrant!
Starting things off at 1 p.m. will be Monocle Band. This 5 piece band from Boulder, CO kicks off our show with their upbeat and infectious string music. Lead by the sweet and soaring vocals of Monica Whittington, Monocle Band blends stirring song-craft, flat picked guitar, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and drums into a sound that will move your body, mind, and soul. Monocle Band was a finalist at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line take the stage at 2:30 p.m. Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to the coveted Blue Ribbon at the 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She and her band are quite simply captivating! This Nashville based quintet is packed full of talent, and are a music festival favorite throughout the land. The song “Bike Ride” from her current CD “Carnival” recently debuted at #1 on CMT’s “Pure 12 pack Countdown’.
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West will take the state at 4:00 P.M. These two hail from Seattle, WA. If you like old time string music, these two guys will blow you away! They are one of the finest and coolest new, old-time duos. This is new music, featuring excellent songs but firmly rooted in the best old time country and bluegrass duet tradition. Cahalen plays banjo and mandolin, while Eli plays guitar, and these two were made to sing together! Folks around Oregon are still talking about their performances at the 2013 Pickathon Festival.
At 5:30 P.M. we welcome our headliners, the Black Lillies. From Knoxville, TN, this band is ripping it up everywhere they go from the Grand Ole Opry to MerleFest! While their music defies categorization, they represent the best of today’s Americana sound rooted in authentic country music, folk rock and honky-tonk sound (pedal steel and all) that has been called “breakneck, brazen, and beautiful”. Front man Cruz Contreras (co-founder of both Robinella, and the CCStringband) is backed by multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards, drummer Bowman Townsend and harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.
We hope you can join us at Timberline’s Mountain Music Festival this Labor Day. Bring your own instrument if you want to jam with others on the “pickin’ patio,” visit with vendors and enjoy the excellent atmosphere, food, and beverage of Timberline Lodge. Family friendly/Rain or shine/no dogs please.
For complete details and pictures of the bands, please visit our Mountain Music Festival Event Page.