Thursday, April 7, 2011

Smilefest Reunion 2011 Lineup - Its Official

We just came across this awesome festival scheduled for the first weekend in June - the Smilefest Reunion 2011 at the Jomeokee Campground in Pinnacle NC. Tickets are reasonable: wWeekend Pass (Adv 1): $100 for next 749 tickets or til April 30th; weekend Pass (Adv 2):$115 for next 250 tickets or til June 1st. And take a look at these artists:

Smilefest 2011 Performers

Railroad Earth

For more than 10 years, Railroad Earth has been a prominent figure in the American roots music scene. Their sound, which is something like an amalgam of Rock, Roots, Bluegrass and Celtic, leaves them near impossible to label. With a legion of loyal fans, Railroad Earth has been an undeniable force whose superb songwriting, singing and stage performances have kept them one of the most talked about bands on the festival circuit in years.

JJ Grey and Mofro

As many of you know, we've been trying for years to get JJ and Mofro out to Smilefest and we are extremely excited to have them this year. They will be performing on Saturday. Click artist name for more.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been a long time favorite for Smilefest for many years. Who can forget the epic set in 2002 when he played til 3am. This years performance promises to be as special. Check out Karl on Saturday evening. Click on artist name for more.

Melvin Seals and JGB

What a blessing to have Melvin and JGB at Smilefest this year. Getting chills just writing it on the site. Going to be incredible Saturday night performance. Click on artist name for more info.

New Mastersounds

All the way from England, The New Mastersounds have become big favorites of mine and MRM's. If you have not seen them perform, they bring the old school funk. You can catch them on Friday night. Click on artist name for more info.

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge

What would Smilefest be without Larry and Jenny Keel on site. This year we'll be treated to Larry's band, Natural Bridge on Saturday AND a special sit in set with Danny Barnes on Sunday. Click on artist name for more info.

Pimps of Joytime

Back for an encore performance from last year, this was one of the most talked about bands at Smilefest Reunion 2010. Plan to get your dance shoes on with them Friday night this year.

John Browns Body

First timers at Smilefest, they promise to bring a positive, reggae vibe to the festival. Their performance is Friday. Click on artist name for more info.

Danny Barnes

Very excited to have Danny Barnes with us at Smilefest Reunion this year. His unique style is a joy to experience. Catch him Sunday with Larry Keel.


Sanders, Cardine and Pond was born out of Jay Sanders’ Mindtonic Music Series at the Rocket Club in Asheville. The three came together as a mutual admiration society in March of 2010 and the musical combination has blossomed into a powerful force. Equal parts Mahavishnu Orchestra and Strength In Numbers, the three musicians each bring compositions to the project that feature the strength of their individual talents.

Shane Pruitt Band

After the epic set last Sunday at Smilefest, with a special sit in from our own Benton Wharton, we had to bring these boys back. They will be performing on Saturday afternoon this year. Click artist name for more info.

Sol Driven Train

An amazing band that we are happy to have with us this year. Check them out on Saturday afternoon.

Ralph Roddenberry Band

This is Ralphs first trip to Smilefest but has been part of the extended family for years. You can catch him Saturday afternoon and for a late night picking session that night. Click on artist name for more info on Ralph.

Jackass Flats

After a great performance last year, we had to bring them back again. Come check them out on Friday. Click on artist name for more info.

Sanctum Sully

One of my new favorites, we are really looking forward to their performance this year. Check their set out on Saturday. Click on artist name for more info.

Nora Jane Struthers

Very excited to have found out about Nora Jane this and glad to have her on the line-up this year. Come check her out set Sunday morning. Click on artist name for more info.

Lizzy Ross Band

Performing on Saturday afternoon, Lizzy promises to bring a great female vibe to the stage.


Another new favorite from the Piedmont, this will be an amazing set Friday afternoon. Click on artist name for more info.

The Captain Midnight Band

Formed in New Orleans in 2002, The Captain Midnight Band stays true to the Crescent City's celebratory heritage, turning every show into a sweating, throbbing event, interspersed with humor and ear-candy jams.

Electric Soul Pandemic

Since Smilefest started in Grensboro, it felt only fitting to bring a Greensboro band to the Reunion. Their Friday set promises to please. Click on artist name for more info.

From A Seed

For about 5 years, From A Seed has been bringing the Lake Norman and
Charlotte area a great blend of original rock with covers thrown in
for flare. 8 people come together to create great rock and fill the
air with great sounds.The

Duk Tan

DUK TAN intentionally strives to make each performance different from the last, in both subject matter and musical content.

The Virginia Dare Devils

The creation of innovative and original music is an ever elusive goal in this day and age. The Virginia Dare Devils’ mission to do just that is most certainly well under way.

Big Something

The sound is BIG and clearly the work of some largely talented musicians, hence the name: BIG Something.

The Matt Nicholls Quartet

Based out of Nashiville, TN the Matt Nicholl's Quartet brings a mix of Blues, Rock & Country.

Tara Nevins & Jeb Puryear of Donna The Buffalo

Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, of Donna the Buffalo, have crafted a
feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music for over twenty years...

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