Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival Sept. 14th-16th

Words By Scott Shrader(J. Scott Shrader Photography)

Bluegrass music has deep roots in the North Carolina mountains and, in line with that tradition, this coming September the mountain town of Pinnacle, NC will welcome the 1st annual Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival. The three-day festival will be nestled into a natural amphitheater at the Jomeokee Campgrounds. The festival will feature two side-by-side stages that will alternate sets of live music all weekend. One stage will showcase the bluegrass, string, and Americana side of the line-up, while the second stage will cater more to the funk, jam, and world music vibe.

The festival will take place on September 14, 15 & 16. It will feature world class acts such as The Del McCoury Band, Stephen Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams with Travelin' McCoury's, Jimmy Herring Band, Lettuce, Emmit-Nershi Band, Midnite, Floodwood, Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Broadcast, Twin Cats, Invisible III, Captain Midnight Band & The Danberrys. The Everyone Orchestra will be hosting two different jams over the weekend. First, Matt Butler will conduct a funk jam featuring George Porter Jr., Michael Kang, Jennifer Hartswich, Melvin Seals, Jeff Sipes & many more. Second, there will be a bluegrass jam featuring Del McCoury, Yonder Mountain, and members of String Cheese Incident & Leftover Salmon.

The producers of Jomeokee have brought us such festivals as Smilefest and Head Jamz, so anyone who has attended either of those knows to expect some of the same vibes and aspects that made those events so special. To anyone who hasn't, you can expect a wide variety of music and arts to keep you more than happy for the weekend. Workshop stages will be available through out the weekend and will host all kind of experiences with different musicians. Love late-night campfire picking jams? You're in luck! Don't think you can make it to the festival because of the family and kids? No worries! Bring them along. Jomeokee is also a family-friendly festival featuring a children's area, family camping, and even a family campfire. These days, there is an abundance of music festivals to attend. While Jomeokee is a newcomer to the game, it offers a combination of affordable ticket prices, a low-key atmosphere, and genuinely talented musicians that makes it stand out from the other choices.


General Admission (3-Day Pass) : $145.00

VIP Pass : $300.00

Vehicle Camping Pass : $50.00

RV Pass (no power) : $90.00

RV Pass (w/ power) : $150.00

Sunday Night Camping Pass: $25.00

*Advance price general admission passes move to the regular rate of $155 on September 4th.*

Full Line-Up:

-Del McCoury Band (Del McCoury will be onsite all weekend)
-Stephen Marley
-Yonder Mountain String Band (2 performances)
-Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys
-Jimmy Herring Band
-Everyone Orchestra (Conducted by Matt Butler and featuring Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), George Porter Jr., Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico (moe.), Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Jeff Sipe, and more!)
-Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers
-Emmitt–Nershi Band
-Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
-All-Star Bluegrass Jam feat. members of Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Acoustic Syndicate and more!
-The Captain Midnight Band
-The Broadcast
-Invisible III
-Twin Cats
-The Danberrys


  1. God's country. You should also check out the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention the first week in June.


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