Wonderland Mountain is going to be on fire this June as Mountain Music Festival turns up the volume. We have been teasing you for over a month and now the time has finally come to let you in on our big secret. Headlining the festival and lighting up the mountaintop stage brighter than ever will be the progressive jam band powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee!! Twiddle will also be bringing their eclectic mix of jams to the main stage Saturday night. Topping off the party Friday night get ready for The Revivalists’ jazz funk grooves to fill the mountain air at ACE Adventure Resort.
After 18-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing nine studio albums and selling more than 4.2+ million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels. But then that wouldn’t be consistent with the work ethic demonstrated by the band, which consistently attempts to raise the bar, setting and achieving new goals since forming on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, in 1997. After releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, the first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music, the group continues to push the envelope and test the limits. Their latest studio album, The London Session, was a dream come true for the members having been recorded at the legendary Studio Two at historic Abbey Road. The stealth recording session yielded 10 tracks in a single day, proving once again, the prolific UM waits for no one.
Umphrey’s McGee is a touring powerhouse headlining annual shows across the country including Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Beacon Theatre in New York. Umphrey’s is a constant US festival staple, with performances at major events including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Electric Forest, and Bonnaroo, as well as international festivals Fuji Rock Festival (Japan) and Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia). The band hosts their own festival in Illinois, Summer Camp Music Festival, where they perform three nights, and have hosted the likes of Primus, Janes Addiction, Thievery Corporation, and Willie Nelson, to name a few. Umphrey’s McGee will certainly be bringing their high energy and festival experience center stage to West Virginia’s best festival this June.
Pairing nicely with Umphrey’s on Saturday night is Vermont jam band sensation Twiddle. With roots at Castleton State University, Twiddle began their extensive touring career in 2005. Over a decade later, the foursome has composed an eclectic catalogue spanning three studio albums of originals, in addition to many live releases. Currently the band is digging in at the studio composing PLUMP Chapter Two, the second half of their acclaimed third album. Having performed at a multitude of international festivals, Twiddle’s trajectory shows zero sign of slowing. Look for them to pack prominent theaters along with Mountain Music Festival in 2017, as they truly break through to the next level.
We are super excited for Friday night’s headlining performance from The Revivalists! This seven-piece New Orleans roots-driven rock band logged countless miles on the road, cultivating a high octane live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. Currently the band is touring with their third full-length album, Men Amongst Mountains. As much as it’s the culmination of their work thus far, it opens up a new chapter for the band “The title sums up our collective feeling,” says front man David Shaw. “We started to find ourselves on festival bills with our idols and in front of huge crowds. We thought, ‘We’re amongst these giants, but we’re holding our own.’ We felt like we stood up and met the challenge by simply being who we are as The Revivalists.”
That honesty turned both fans and critics into believers. Upon release, Men Amongst Mountains debuted at #2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and Top 10 on the iTunes Alternative Albums Chart while quickly racking up nearly 2 million plays on Spotify all through word of mouth. Rolling Stone, NPR, Nylon, and more would sing their praises as they launched a headline tour that sold out dates across the country. It all comes back to the group’s sound though. Whether it’s Ed’s show-stopping pedal steel fireworks, Zack finger-tapping out bluesy licks on his fretboard, or Rob and Michael’s horns adding just the right touch of bombast, Men Amongst Mountains consistently surprises.
Ultimately, The Revivalists are quite far along on their own path now, and there’s no turning back. “All that matters is that the art makes you feel something,” the singer concludes. “I’d love for it to take you away into the mood we felt when the song was actually created. I hope you can feel the general vibe of a song and have it be an escape whether you’re listening to it at home or in the crowd at a show.”
Early bird tickets are on sale now through February 14th so grab yours and save big! Pickup your All Mountain Pass and enjoy over 25 bands on 4 stages plus a VIP car camping experience complete with free showers and ticket to Wonderland Water Park Saturday afternoon. Upgrade to the Epic Weekend Pass and choose between a whitewater rafting or zip line trip while staying in the New River Gorge. Be sure to like us on Facebook and join the Facebook Event Page and stay up to date with all the exciting news and announcements dropping daily. Tell your friends and make plans to be on the mountain this June 1st, 2nd and 3rd!!