West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) announces that over 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Saturday night, and The Revivalists, Friday night, will perform June 1, 2 and 3 at the 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival in the New River Gorge.
People can lock in early bird savings by purchasing festival tickets before Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) 2017 online atmountainmusicfestwv.com. New in 2017 ACE is offering a payment plan where festival goers can lock in these savings for only $25. Subsequent payments on these personal payment plans can be made online before the festival begins.
This 1,500-acre mountain playground may well be the only place in the world where outdoor adventure, including whitewater rafting, joins forces with a world-class, high-power music festival that features 25 bands, up from 15 last year.
“Our annual celebration marries adventure and music that spans three nights and is spread over four stages. Music includes Americana, folk, funk, festival jam bands, rock & roll and bluesy soul stuff,” says Chris Colin, impresario. Year-round he is ACE Adventure Resort’s Special Events Coordinator. “We give all of our guests the experience that only VIPS get at other festivals. Our camping facilities for music lovers far exceed those at any other venue. All camping spaces allow room for the guest’s vehicle at no extra charge. And guests can shower for free.”
Saturday night’s headliner, Umphrey’s McGee, has toured for 18 years, doing over 100 concerts annually. With nine studio albums under their belt, this jam band woos crowds with its mash ups. Getting things going for the evening will be the five-piece jam machine out of Greensboro, North Carolina, The Mantras. “And of course it just wouldn’t feel like Mountain Music Fest if we didn’t include Big Something so they will be taking to the stage after dark on Saturday night too!,” adds Colin.
Friday night’s headliner is New Orleans-based The Revivalists, a roots-driven rock band that’s strong in vocals and with a pedal steel guitar that Colin said “sounds sexy as hell on all of their
stuff.” Its album Men Amongst Mountains has been highly acclaimed. Also on stage this night is “the finest songwriter to emerge from the Bluegrass State in recent memory, Tyler Childers,” adds Colin. Adding to the mix Friday night will be jazz funk powerhouse Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.
The festival kicks off Thursday, June 1, with a pre-party at The Lost Paddle Lounge, the resort’s bar and restaurant that sports a 1500-square-foot deck. This year Pittsburgh rock and soul band The Commonheartintroduce their rock riffs, gritty vocals and a screaming organ. But wait there’s more!Spiritual Rez will be pumping their reggae mix into the mountain air late into the night.
There’s more splash too at Saturday’sThe Beach Party with games, obstacles and activities to entertain all ages for at least six music- and food-filled hours. The fun takes place
on ACE’s Wonderland Water Park, a five-acre water park with slides, zip lines, inflatable toys and the famous “Blob” (a giant inflatable pillow on the water). Music from the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Lake Stage will be flowing across the water all afternoon.
Kick It with the Artists brings fans up close and personal with their favorite musicians on river rafts, or zip lining, mountain biking, world-class rock climbing, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding and more.
“You choose the adventure; we provide the soundtrack. We’re the only music festival in the world where attendees can pair music with outdoor adventure by whitewater rafting with veteran guides who recommend different sections of the river for every level of expertise and interest,” says Colin. The Lower New River is the most popular river ACE rafts in the summertime featuring big waves and beautiful scenery. ACE Adventure rafts various sections of river and has trips mild to wild including trips for children as young as six. For more information see: http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/activities.html#adventure
Fans have a good chance of connecting with the stars they see on the resort’s sophisticated, all-weather stage. Festival-goers who come for the weekend can opt to rent cabin accommodations or camp at the “we’ve thought of everything – including nice bathrooms and showers” campground, all located on premise Colin says.
Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds and tent sites are available. Convenient dining options may begin around guests’ campfires or at the variety of restaurants, bars and grills found at ACE Adventure Resort. Available are ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway. An early bird special offers a $175 per person three-day festival pass and three night’s campground reservation, access to the festival pre-party, parking and a full-day ACE Wonderland Water Park pass forSaturday’s Beach Party.
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service. ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a five-acre Wonderland Water Park plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.