Hop Bottom Arts and Music Festival coming to NEPA

Events — By on July 14, 2008 at 11:05 am

This weekend the Second Annual Hop Bottom Arts and Music Festival will bring an eclectic mix of local and national artists to Northeastern Pennsylvania for one of the area’s fastest growing live music festivals.

Hop Bottom FestivalThe event is set for July 18-19 at the Hop Bottom Hose Company Grounds. Last year, the festival drew over 1,500 visitors from across the state to enjoy live music, local artisans and barbecue cooking.

On Friday, the 2008 Hop Bottom Arts and Music Festival kicks off at 4 p.m. with Barn Dance East, an acoustic jam hosted by Austin Texas’ Leeann Atherton. Atherton’s Full Moon Barn Dances have become a staple of the South By South West Music Festival.

The Haymakers hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. And Friday’s entertainment comes to a close with Jammy Award-winning The Breakfast at 9:30 p.m. The Breakfast have appeared at festivals with Moe., Dark Star Orchestra, and The Wailers.

On Saturday, the music begins at 11 a.m. with Rolie Polie Guacamole, followed by Black Sage at noon, The Keystone Mountain Boys at 1 p.m. and Kabury Lane at 2 p.m.

Bugg Juice, a song oriented jam band influenced by American traditions as well as music from around the world, will take the stage at 3 p.m., followed by The Off Duty Super Heros at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Atherton returns to perform with Zeegrass. Then the eight-piece Wissahickon Chicken Shack plays at 6 p.m., mining the high lonesome sounds of Appalachia, along with everything from New Orleans funk to Texas honky-tonk of Texas. Marc Silver & The Stonethrowers go on at 7 p.m., followed by Grammar Debate! at 8 p.m. whose sound evokes Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers and early Wilco.

The festival begins to wind down with Cabinet at 9 p.m., a fireworks display at 10 p.m. and national recording artist Danny Nova at 10:45 p.m.

Two-day and single-day passes are available with camping and hotels located nearby. Order passes online.

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