Fifteen artists are scheduled to perform at this year’s Mid-America Music Festival at the Black Silo Winery of Trenton.
Andrea McKown is helping book talent and is involved with marketing and promoting the event to be held July 27th through 29th. Each day of the festival will be devoted to different genres of music. July 27th will be devoted to rock and blues.
McKown says the performances will start at 2:15 in the afternoon with Hired Gun. Other artists in that day’s line up include Centerline, Members Only, Them Dirty Roses, Bishop Gunn, and Black Stone Cherry. A mystery band performing that day will be announced June 3rd.
July 28th will be devoted to country and bluegrass with Slow Leak Starting the line up that afternoon at 1 o’clock. Other artists to perform that day include Kasey Tyndall, the Pat Cooper Band, Hailey Whitters, Hudson Moore, the Scooter Brown Band, Stoney LaRue, and Uncle Kracker.
Planning for this year’s festival started in the Winter. It takes two to three months to book some of the artists, especially some of the big named artists coming from places like Nashville.
Daily passes are available for $49 and two-day passes cost $85. A $145 VIP option includes a reserved area at the front of the stage for the performances, private beer garden and bars, and private bathrooms.
The ultimate ticket package, which costs $1,000 and includes entries into drawings to win a 2018 Ford F-150 truck from Barnes-Baker Automotive of Trenton and to win $1,000 as well as receiving access to an air-conditioned tent, complimentary food, free parking and camping, and other VIP perks.
McKown says gates will open for the public July 27th and 28th at Noon and close at the end of the last artist’s set. The last artists are scheduled to start at 9:45 each night.
Besides having fifteen artists booked to perform at this year’s Mid-America Music Festival, there will also be camping and vendors. Andrea McKown is helping book talent and is involved with marketing and promotions for the event at the Black Silo Winery.
Festival-goers can camp for one or two nights in a primitive setting and it should be noted that generators are welcome. Tent and car camping costs $15, and RV and fifth wheel camping cost $35. General parking costs $5, and one parking pass is good each day of the festival. The curfew on the grounds is 12:30.
Festival attendees can visit various food and other business vendors each day and organizers are looking for repurposed creations and designs, art, vintage items, clothing, jewelry, outdoor furnishings, and seasonal plantings.
A vendor space costs $185, which includes the space, electricity, and water. McKown adds that the cost for a vendor is tax deductible since the Black Silo Winery created the 501(c)3 charity the Black Silo Foundation. She encourages anyone interested in vending at the event to register before June 1st, but vendor registration will be accepted through July.
One of the biggest differences this year at the event is that a portion of the money generated by the festival will go to help the Green Hills Women’s Shelter.
One of the ways the festival is raising money is through its ultimate festival experience. There are only 100 ultimate tickets for sale, and they cost $1,000 each. Anyone who purchases an ultimate ticket package is entered into drawings to win a 2018 Ford F-150 truck from Barnes-Baker Automotive of Trenton and to win $1,000 as well as receiving access to an air-conditioned tent, complimentary food, free parking and camping, and other VIP perks. The drawing for the Ford truck will be at the Black Silo Winery June 30th.
That besides Black Silo Winery and Barnes-Baker Automotive, anyone who purchases an ultimate ticket package is considered to be a sponsor of the festival, and the list of those sponsors will be online. The Winery hopes to support other charities like the Green Hills Women’s Shelter in the future.
Questions about the festival may be submitted via a form on the festival website.