Fans of at least one West Virginia musical act will get a special treat during the band's show at the upcoming Mountain Music Festival 2019 at ACE Adventure Resort in Minden.
Morgantown-based Fletcher's Grove, which has performed several shows in southern West Virginia in the past decade, last took the stage at the Mountain Music Festival two years ago, and band members are excited to be back this coming weekend.
"The layout's really great, and the lineup's always really great," said John Inghram, who handles vocals and bass for the quintet. "We have a lot of fans from down that way (Fayetteville and Beckley and other locations), and (the festival) brings people in from all over the state.
"It's always a good time."
In addition to Inghram, the band's current roster features Ryan Krofcheck (vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjitar), Wes Hager (guitar and flute), Matt Marion (vocals and percussion) and Tommy Bailey (drums), with guest appearances on the album by pedal steel/baritone guitarist Walt Sarkees, keyboardist Mitchell Sutton (Optimus Riff), and trumpeter Chris Tanzey (Kind Thieves, Black Garlic).
The band's 2019 Mountain Music Festival appearance will come on the heels of the May 17 release of its new LP, "Waiting Out the Storm," which was recorded at Bailey’s studio, Riot City Studios, in Morgantown.
While the band will still do "hard rock," the goal this time around was to "focus more on songwriting," said Inghram.
Publicity material terms the new album a "lyrically driven journey through the diverse roads of contemporary folk-rock and Americana in Appalachia."
Inghram says the disc has more of an "acoustic American" feel than any of Fletcher's Grove's previous three studio releases. And, he says, it's higher quality.
"I definitely think it's our strongest record," Inghram said. "It's the most well-developed.
"We conceptualized a lot (before recording)."
The quality of the recording is "the best we've ever put out," he noted. "It's a step up."
Those listening in on the band's 90-minute set at the Mountain Music Festival will get a good mixture of songs. "We'll do a lot of the old stuff, a lot of the new stuff."
Fletcher's Grove will close out the Mountain Music Festival on June 2 with a set from 4 to 5:30 a.m.
Live music is the main item on the menu for the weekend, with over 25 bands on the mountain, including Tyler Childers, The Floozies, Big Something, The Werks, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and more.
Besides the music, festival-goers can take part in a variety of free workshops planned throughout the weekend. Classes will cover areas including art, flow, yoga, plants, pottery and more. The Pigment Sanctuary Art Tent on the mountaintop will be the workshop hub for most of the weekend, and the waterpark will be utilized Saturday afternoon, too, organizers say.
Over the course of the festival weekend, the event website notes, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company will have craft beer available, and folks will have the chance to meet the brewers Saturday afternoon at The Lost Paddle.
The resort’s Wonderland Waterpark will offer a lot of chances for fun in the water, too. That will include an inflatable wipeout course and The Blob, in which individuals partner up and use an inflatable airbag to hurtle one of them through the air.
Weekend passes and single-day tickets are still available. Four-day VIP and four-day general admission packages are sold out, but three-day VIP and three-day general admission packages remain. The three-day VIP package, which includes VIP camping, parking and lounge access, waterpark access and a festival hat, costs $309 in advance and $339 at the gate. The three-day general admission package, which includes camping Friday and Saturday, is $129 in advance and $159 at the gate.
Single-day tickets are also available for Friday or Saturday for $79 in advance. For that, a parking pass is sold separately, and there is no camping pass. At the gate, the price is $109.
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