Jomeokee Music and Arts festival begins Friday

Anne Buie

Jomeokee Music and Arts Festival will take place less than two hours from campus in Pinnacle at the Jomeokee Campgrounds Friday through Sunday.

The festival includes headliners Yonder Mountain String Band, Stephen Marley and Keller Williams with the Travelin McCourys. The Del McCoury Band is on site all weekend with a gospel hour performance Sunday morning.

“We can’t stop talking about how much fun it’s going to be,” said Captain Midnight Band, guitarist and vocalist of the Captain Midnight Band. “There is such a prestigious lineup with a lot of real heavies. We’re so happy to have been invited to this festival.”

New Orleans-based Captain Midnight Band has spent a great deal of their past six months touring North Carolina and played at Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub on Kings Street last Saturday.

To accommodate the variety of artists on Jomeokee’s lineup, there are two stages to separate the genres of music. The Mountain Roots Stage will host string and bluegrass music, while the Head Jamz stage will hold world and funk music. At no time are two shows playing simultaneously, allowing attendees to experience all concerts.

“It’s such a beautiful spot compared to a lot of other festivals out there that are hot, flat and dry,” Midnight said. “In the mountains, there’s a lush grass area and trees. North Carolina people really feel what we’re doing and it’s such a good spot to do our thing.”

After attending The Festival of Gnarnia and Music on the Mountaintop in August, junior nursing major Emily Williams said she is ready to experience what Jomeokee has to offer.

“Any festival in the mountains of North Carolina is a festival for me,” Williams said. “I’m really excited to see some of the artists I discovered at Gnarnia, The Mantras and Midnite, again this weekend.”

“Each festival has it’s own personality that brings a good time. I can’t wait to see what memories Jomeokee will bring .”

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Story: OLIVIA WILKES, Senior Photographer