Tickets are on sale for the Second Annual Cold Mountain Music Festival, which will take place June 8-9, 2018. The lineup includes Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless, Jon Stickley Trio, The Steel Wheels, Tyler Ramsey, DnagerMuffin, The Broadcast, and the Kenny George Band.
Music festivals abound in Western North Carolina, but two things make the Cold Mountain event truly stand out. The first is location. The festival’s setting is Lake Logan, a 300-acre natural paradise featuring a mile-long lake surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness Area. Although Lake Logan is just 25 minutes from Asheville, many area residents have never heard of it. Lake Logan was once the home of the country’s first school of forestry, and was later an executive retreat visited by Richard Nixon, George Bush, Billy Graham, and many others. Now owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, Lake Logan remains one of the most jaw-dropping landscapes within the Pisgah National Forest area. The second special thing about the festival is that it’s an event organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina as a fundraiser for Lake Logan and Camp Henry.
“I think people are often surprised that the Diocese wanted to take on a project like this,” says Michelle Robinson, who co-produces the festival. “Simply put, the Episcopal community is full of people who love good music and having a great time in such a stunning landscape. Lake Logan is a special place, and we are thrilled to share it with the public through this festival.”
Last year, the festival was headlined by Grammy-award winning hometown favorites the Steep Canyon Rangers, supported by acts like Town Mountain, Billy Strings, Love Canon, and Balsam Range.
This year the festival has expanded to include a second night and will offer camping for the first time. On-site cabins have already sold out, but dorm-style bunkhouse lodging is still available. Local food and craft beer vendors will be on hand throughout the weekend, and a kid’s area will offer activities and games for children.