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2017 Music Festivals: The Great Blue Heron Music Festival.


Folks I already released another JULY Bluegrass festival on the east coast, not far from this one. This is the twenty sixth annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Western New York….Sherman N.Y. to be exact!  In 1992 Miss Julie Rockcastle’s father founded the festival and I found this little bit on their official website:

The Heron property has many water spigots that supply Health Department approved chlorinated drinking water. The Heron’s Merch Booth sells bottled water and ice. At The Heron’s Cafe in the Woods you can get water, coffee, soft drinks, pizza, baked goods & more. The festival midway offers an exotic variety of fresh-cooked fare & beverages. Southern Tier Brewery will be offering a selection of their award winning brews and Willow Creek Winery will be featuring their very popular Wine Slushies. Please stay hydrated and well nourished.

THIS IS A RULE NATIONWIDE THAT YOU CANNOT TRANSPORT YOUR OWN FIREWOOD FOLKS. As you know cover 175 nationwide festivals like this one. They ALL have that rule, and HERE are a few more small ones.

Attendees under the age of 18 must arrive with a parent or guardian.

• The drinking age is 21 in New York, please obey the law.

• NO PETS! Service animals MUST have paperwork with proof of what the animal is trained for and you may be asked to buy a wristband for the animal.

• Please, please, NO FIREWORKS. Go see them nearby in Mayville or Findley Lake.

• GLASS is not banned, but HIGHLY discouraged.

• FIREWOOD cannot be brought to the festival.

• The BEACH is only open when a guard is on duty.

• Going topless is allowed for male patrons only.

• Respect the peace & privacy of fellow campers.

• Leave the land as you found it, or better, because you were here.

Patrons or families with children under the age of 18

will be directed through Security Check-In at the gate. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign in & assume responsibility for all young people. This helps us facilitate “lost child” or “lost parent” situations or deal with inappropriate behavior.

The Heron community is friendly and cooperative, but since we have all age groups here, some camping areas are quieter than others! (See the camping details page).

How are emergences & first aid handled?

Familiarize yourself with the locations of the HQ Barn, Security Hole, & the First Aid Building, but know that anyone with a radio or golf cart can help you. Many volunteer crews have coverage around the clock, including security, first aid, HQ, & tickets. We also have professional security & first aid staff on-duty at all times. Radio communication links them all. We have good relations with law enforcement & fire department emergency services and can ask for assistance, if needed. HQ can call our on-site auto & towing serviceman for auto emergencies. Don’t hesitate to report problems and we will do our best to solve them!

Lost & Found People & Things:

The meeting place for lost children or lost parents is the First Aid Building. The HQ crew keeps a log of lost & found items. We recommend you don’t bring valuables to the festival or if you do, lock them in your car when not in use. Better safe than sorry!


Please, please no fireworks!!
They are dangerous to children, adults, tents, campers & our trees. There are local fireworks displays nearby in Mayville & Findley Lake NY.

No Pets – No Exceptions!

The owners of the Heron board their animals, you need to also! Google: kennels Chautauqua or Jamestown.

Please, no glass containers!!

We do not ban glass, but we hope that you will continue to reduce the glass you bring and especially what you leave for our recyclers to handle. It’s heavy, breakable & can cause injuries.

The festival ends Sunday evening when the music stops.

All patrons must be packed up before dark and ready to go home (it’s so sad, we know). Those that remain are crew chiefs, sound & tech support, and volunteers with schedules for Monday clean-up. Our security will be making sure all others leave. There are other local camping & lodging options here:

Also I have included a HUGE LIST of local area hotels and things below!


Best Western Plus Downtown Jamestown


3-star hotel
Modest hotel with free Internet & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Erie


3-star hotel
All-suites hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

Cobblestone Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Americas Best Value Inn – Jamestown / West Ellicot

2-star hotel
Budget option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Fairway Suites at Peek’n Peak

2-star hotel
Modern units on a ski/golf resort
Free Wi-Fi

Hotel Lenhart

Free breakfast

Pine Hill Cottages & Motel

Relaxed lakefront lodgings

The Spencer Hotel & Spa

3-star hotel
Elegant hotel with author-themed rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Gleason Hotel


The Inn at the Peak

4-star hotel
Luxe resort with golf courses & a spa

Carey Cottage Inn


Peek’n Peak Resort

3-star hotel
Golf & ski lodging with modern rooms
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jamestown

2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 16% less than usual

Heather’s Inn


Comfort Inn Jamestown – Falconer

2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Findley Lake (I-86 Exit 4)

2-star hotel
Modern hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Chautauqua Suites

2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with a conference center
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Best Western Plus Downtown Jamestown

3-star hotel
Modest hotel with free Internet & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Lakeview Hotel


Webbs Resort

2-star hotel
Homey hotel with a lake-view restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Lily Dale Assembly: Leolyn Inn


Indoor Lodging 2 East St
Lodging at a hot spot for spiritualists

Red Carpet Inn

2-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi

As you can see here there is TONS TO DO for children and like many Bluegrass festivals this one is VERY family friendly.



Here is a video from last year to kind of show off the area and some of the folks involved in that scene up there. And after I print the lineup links I’ll post their 2017 video for you to see the acts next week!

Donna the Buffalo
Rusted Root
Jim Lauderdale
The Suitcase Junket
Sim Redmond Band
Big Mean Sound Machine
The Probables
Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors
Urban Pioneers
Western Centuries
Funktional Flow
Cats On Holiday
Preach Freedom and Connect
Sunny Weather
Tiger Maple String Band
Mount Pleasant String Band
Laila Belle
Stewed Mulligan
Max Garcia Conover
Charlie Wheeler Band
Dirt Track Racing
Derek Davis Band
Bess Greenberg Music
Uncle Ben’s Remedy
Addison Moon
PA Line
The Bogarts Fan Page
Ken Hardley Music & the Moose Club
The Stan Barton Trio
John Merino
Buffalo Zydeco
Jeb & Tara
Glabicki & Miller
Ezekiel’s Wheel
Tyler Smilo


Click up there and get up there folks!

2017 Music Festivals: The Jewel City Jamboree.

It’s the Jewel City Jamboree once again up there in Huntington, West Virginia. Right on the side of the Ohio River at the famous David Harris Riverfront Park this is an all volunteer run BYOB event. The website does not say whether this will be a camping event, but it DOES say you can bring a tent. You CAN come and go with your wristband so AS ALWAYS I’ll post some area hotels HERE are sixteen reasonable choices.

I know I have been to the V Club with Ol’ W.B.Walker and I know we weren’t far from this at all so I have been in this area and I understand this venue and festival are LOTS of fun. This festival is VERY family orientated and kid friendly so bring the family for the music. This lineup is ONE HELL of a fine lineup and some of these bands are beyond my good friends. PLEASE folks I absolutely IMPLORE you to support YOUR community ran events like this, your WALLET speaks as loud as your HEART with an event like this. Your money isn’t going to corporate arena conglomerates from buying anything here and I’m pretty sure there are no nine dollar hot dogs. You can buy tickets HERE.

You might remember Mr. Travis Egnor from the Horse Traders (who are on this bill) helped me launch my rapidly popular Steel Guitarists Along The Road and I have been having lots of fun chasing down different steel pickers for this project. Another one on this bill is Mr. Rob McNurlin whom has also been a great friend to me and my website, he recorded a gospel album with an original  Johnny Cash Martin guitar and you can read about that HERE.

This piece from their website:

JCJAM3 is a multi-genre music festival held at David Harris Riverfront Park along the beautiful Ohio River. Music, food, friendship and a celebration of our local heritage will take place May 26th & May 27th of 2017. From Bluegrass and Old Time to Americana, the Blues, Rock and Western Cowboy Swing with a little of all in between, makes this one of the most unique festivals of the season. JCJAM3 is a 100% not for profit show staffed entirely by volunteers. Besides the great venue, food and music, the show supports local charities for Veterans and 1st Respondents with its net profit. So support local and live music and take this opportunity to show our Vets and 1st Respondents we care for.

Blind Boy Paxton
The Larry Keel Experience
The Suitcase Junket
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Woody Pines
Strung Like A Horse
The Reverend Billy C Wirtz
Dave And Valerie Mayfield
Big Rock And The Candyass Mountain Boys
The 1937 Flood
The Horse Traders
Wiley Dew
Rob McNurlin
Sasha Collette
Blues Crossing
Full Moon Boys
The Local Honeys
Traci Ann Stanley
Sasha And Shorty
Mike Gray
Stoney Point String Band
Adam Cox

This video was taken before the 2015 Jewel City Jamboree: