This weekend marks the 20th gathering of traditional bluegrass fans for PreddyFest, a three-day festival held in a private park on the banks of the Tar River outside of Franklinton. Later this month, Burlington’s Big Something brings its long-running alternative rock weekend to the Shakori Hills farm outside of Pittsboro, and several music festivals in the mountains offer a variety of choices for music-filled weekends.
PreddyFest, which is on a 130-acre site with shade, provides tent and RV camping (hot showers but no hookups) and a single stage to host 13 bands Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 3-5. Mickey Galyean and Cullin’s Bridge, Benson native Garrett Newton and his Garrett Newton Band, The Malpass Brothers, and David Parlay and Cardinal Tradition are among those set to perform, with most bands presenting afternoon and evening shows. Weekend tickets are $70 and include camping; daily admission is $20-$30. Ages 13 and younger get in free. Info: preddyfest.com.
The Big What? Aug. 17-19 will present about 25 bands in multiple genres, about a dozen visual artists showing and selling their works, contests, theme nights, food and drink vendors, and other festivities. In addition to Big Something, the lineup includes Turkuaz, SunSquabi, Zach Deputy, Consider the Source, Dr. Bacon, and Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey. Weekend pass $140; Saturday only $70. Car or RV camping is extra, and the festival offers several camping packages for $249 and up that include setup and takedown, tents, cots and other gear, and morning coffee. Info: thebigwhat.com.
Get details about these and 10 more August music festivals in North Carolina at carolinamusicfests.com.
Other August music festivals
- Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville this weekend (Aug. 3-5). About 15 traditional music acts plus clogging teams perform each evening, including Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass; David Holt and Josh Goforth; Laura Boosinger and The Midnight Plowboys; Bryan Sutton; and The Cockman Family. Info: folkheritage.org.
- LEAF Downtown AVL in Asheville’s Pack Square Park Aug. 4-5. The free show presents The Family Stone (without Sly), Easy Star All-Stars, Rare Essence, Escort, LEAF Funk Mix-Tape Band and about 20 more. Info: theleaf.org/downtown.
- N.C. State Bluegrass Festival in Marion Aug 17-19, with Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Dailey and Vincent, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and 14 more. Bands generally play two shows daily. Info: adamsbluegrass.com.
- Jam in the Trees in Black Mountain Aug. 25-26, with Infamous Stringdusters, Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel Experience and 10 more. Three bands play indoors Friday evening. Saturday’s show is on outdoor and indoor stages. Info: jaminthetrees.com.