After a one-year hiatus, the Americana Music Festival will return Aug. 18 to the Gold King Mine one mile north of the Jerome Fire Station on Perkinsville Road. Gates open at 10 a.m., and music is non-stop from noon to midnight.
This festival focuses on bluegrass, country and old time rock-n-roll.
Cost is $10 with kids under 15, and accompanied with a paying adult, admitted free. The ticket price includes primitive camping. Guests are welcome to bring along coolers, grills, drinks, food, chairs and a canopy. The Gold King Mine is only 1 mile from the business district of Jerome where there are plenty of great restaurants and cocktail lounges.
Plenty of parking is available on site. Anyone who attended the 2010 event and still has a T-shirt from that festival will get in free.
Food and soft drinks will be available on site, including Italian ice and grilled hot dogs by Nathan.
In 2010 the event drew about 300 people. Co-organizer and emcee Ralo, says she is hoping for a huge turnout this year.
"We would like to see a few thousand people this year, but even 500 would be awesome," Ralo said.
"New this year is more entertainers and some with a national reputation," Ralo said. "We also have a children's art area and a community art project."
In addition, the festival will feature the Galloway Sisters Firedancing. Glitter Tattoos and Hula Hoops will be featured, and the Miss Gold King Mine competition will likely be one of the festival's highlights.
To enter the Miss Gold King Mine competition, contestants must be at least 18 and have a story to tell about the Gold King Mine. The story can be true, true and embellished or entirely made up. It just needs to be a good story.
"We have a lot of local artisans from Jerome coming out," Ralo said.
To raise money for the Greyhounds of the Verde Valley, a trivia game and some huge raffles will be held throughout the event.
The Americana Music Festival features a lengthy schedule of entertainers. Christopher Robinson has been added to the schedule. He has been performing with Jesse Colter and Shooter Jennings.
"I am really excited about each and every performer," Ralo said. "Everyone who is playing has something totally unique and all their own."
Ralo said she loves the Blue Rose Band. The Blue Rose Band emerged in 2006. The band sticks to its original "Just Rock" sound to compliment an energetic performance that will keep the audience moving.
Vocalist Amanda Peachey is quoted in the band's bio as saying, "I'm not that naughty, but I've got a dirty smile."
"Also Barefoot and Pregnant is a favorite," Ralo said. Barefoot and Pregnant is a seven-piece band with five or six members who are women. They play traditional country.
Another featured performer is Adam Smith, a singer and songwriter from the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. Influenced by female artists like Joni Mitchel, Stevie Nicks and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Adam's approach gives a different take on what it means to be a male singer in today's industry. "I relate more to females," Adam says.
The schedule for the event's performances begins at noon and runs until shortly after midnight.