(left to right) Rickie Lee Jones, Rising Appalachia, Bette Lavette
(left to right) Rickie Lee Jones, Rising Appalachia, Bette Lavette

BOONE, N.C. — Sirens on the Mountain will be staged from June 20-21 at the High Country Fairgrounds, 748 Roby Greene Rd., in what is described as a celebration for everyone.

The two-day music festival, nestled in the Blue Ridge High Country, celebrates women in the arts and unites musicians with talented crafters. It was formerly known as the Siren Mountain Jam, and held its first festival last year.

sirens_logo“We’ve been music fans forever and to festivals ourselves,” festival founder Beth Carroll told qnotes in an interview last year. “We’re fans of all sorts of music and we kept wondering why we didn’t see many women’s and other festivals here.”

Each day of the 2014 event is chocked full of music from morning until late at night. Headliners are Rickie Lee Jones (singer/songwriter), Rising Appalahia (World Music duo) and Bettye Lavette (Soul singer/songwriter).

Others slated to perform are Amythyst Kiah (alternative country/blues musician), Gigi Dover (singer/songwriter), Laura Blackley (singer/songwriter, radio host and producer), Melissa Reaves (Rock musician), Michelle Malone (Acoustic musician), Mountain Laurels (American/Celtic folk quintet), Red Leg Husky (folk group), Samantha O’Brien (singer/songwriter, Americana and Rock), Shannon Whitworth (singer/songwriter, cross genre), Sole Schaefer (Blues vocalist) and Underhill Rose (country trio).

Also on hand will be a plethora of creatively talented artists who will showcase their wares in the Artisan Village.

No festival is complete without food vendors. Festivalgoers can sample a wide range of culinary treats during their stay. Choices range from vegetarian and vegan to non-vegetarian offerings. Non-alcoholic beverages will not be sold, but attendees may bring them onto the festival grounds.

The organizers are always on the lookout for volunteers. Email volunteers@sirensonthemountain.com to learn more.

At press time, Piedmont public radio station WFDD 88.5 is a sponsor of the event. To participate, email the promoters.

A list of do’s and don’ts are listed on the festival website. For those who are attending, following these guidelines will make for a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Tickets, at $75 each, and RV passes, at $150 each, are available for purchase online. RV sites are limited and do not have hook ups. They also require a two-day festival ticket purchase. : :

info: sirensonthemountain.com. sonicyonicproductions@gmail.com.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.