A new music festival will debut on the Mulberry River this summer, and the initial lineup for the event was released today.
The first-ever Homegrown Music Festival is set for July 21-23 at Byrd’s Campground, and will feature headliners Leftover Salmon, The Wood Brothers and The Hillbenders.
Town Mountain, Henhouse Prowlers, Tall Tall Trees, Arkansauce, Forlorn Strangers, and Taarka are also on the initial lineup.
The event will also include a picking tent featuring Adam Cox, a local musician and host of the Singled Out radio show, who will conduct interviews, workshops and small performances.
The festival is being organized by a group of partners led by locals Jessica Sumner, Hannah Withers, and Ben Gitchel.
Withers said the event aims to be a family-friendly festival, with several activities planned for children, designated camping areas for families, and a kids-only dance floor near the main stage. Local organization Art Feeds will host a craft tent for kids to make art from recycled materials as well.
The event has also partnered with Richter Solar Energy and Greensource to try to reduce the energy and waste impact of the event. Solar-powered composting stations and dishwashing stations, and a reusable plate and cup with each ticket are some of the initiatives organizers are working on to that end.
“Hosting a low impact outdoor festival is our top priority when bringing so many people together in such a pristine setting,” Withers said in a news release issued Tuesday. “We’re looking for partners to help us eliminate all single-use plastic waste.”
Tickets to the festival go on sale Dec. 15 at homegrownfestival-ar.com. Three-day passes will cost around $110.