Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival is THE festival to be at the weekend of October 13th-16th. Presented by Deadhead Productions and Railroad Earth, Hillberry happens at the unique private land dubbed The Farm in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Graced with the best in Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Soul and more, Hillberry’s lineup is every Bluegrass lover’s dream. The weather will be perfect, the camping plentiful and the good vibes, music and love undeniable. Grab your tickets here and we will see you in just a few short weeks, Harvest fam! Even though the entire lineup is incredible, here are 6 acts you do not want to miss at this year’s Hillberry.
Turkauz has been taking us on a psychedelic journey of funk for the past few years and their live shows are definitely something to be in the crowd dancing for. Hitting a handful of festivals this season, the nine member Turkuaz crew has been creating an eclectic powerfunk niche for themselves in the genre’s modernized scene these days. Fusing elements of Soul, R&B and Pop, this Brooklyn band is sure to make you groove tonight…and every night. Do not miss their set on the Mainstage Saturday from 12:40am-2:10 am.
Fruition just kicked off their Labor of Love fall tour and if you have not had a chance to see this heart melting quintet, Hillberry is your chance! This group of Portland based musicians creates an empowering sound to feel to, dance to, sing to and love to. If we said we might be a little obsessed, that is an understatement. Take our word for it and make a mental rsvp for their Mainstage Saturday set from 4:30pm-6:05pm. Here is some past CYM coverage of Fruition shows to get you stoked (Jackson Hole, Vertex Festival & Portland).
The name says it all. This saucy Arkansas crew hailing from Fayetteville sure is a joy to witness live in action. Their Bluegrass, Folk and Americana sound is infectious and their overall vibe and attitudes fuse hand in hand with their strummin’ ‘n pickin’. Drawing influence from some of the genre’s best, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain, Old Crow Medicine Show and Trampled by Turtles, Arkansauce is truly making a name for themselves these days. Show the home state crew some love and catch their set Friday from 2:30pm-3:55pm on the Mainstage.
Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings totally stole our hearts with their set at Highberry Festival over the 4th of July and we have been patiently awaiting a chance to see them again. This rising Arkansas Americana Roots/Folk band sprinkles a heavy dose of soul and power into their delicious sound and the lead vocalist and songwriter, Opal Agafia, is the cherry on top! Composed of a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro and upright bass, this full string band is sure to turn you into a new fan at Hillberry if you are not one already. Their refreshing yet comfortable sound penetrates the core of traditional backwoods music and raises concerns for the past, present and future of our earth by blending multiple genres and tying them into one sweet, beloved sound. They play a special late night campfire set Saturday night from 2:30am-3:30am, so make sure to stay up and check them out!
Elephant Revival is a 5 member experimental Folk/Americana band hailing from Nederland, Colorado. Incorporating a plethora of instruments into their uplifting, inspiring and earth conscious sound, Elephant Revival tugs at heartstrings and challenges their listeners to unify together for the common purpose of creating a better world. Sprinkle elements of Gypsy, Celtic, Bluegrass and progressive edginess in the mix, and you have Elephant Revival. This band is not just creating music that moves, but they also pledge responsibility for stewardship of our Earth and it’s people by teaming up with different nonprofits to support humanitarian issues. Their set goes down on the Mainstage Saturday from 6:45pm-8:20pm.
Dirtfoot is one of those live shows you never forget. They are hometown heroes at Wakarusa, Highberry and the famous Chompdown breakfast at both of these festivals. Fusing Americana, Folk, Gypsy and Country, these guys sound is what we like to call ‘Swamp Step’. Dirtfoot gets DOWN, down and down some more–their ingenuity and creative flow in their performance is nothing short of incredible. We once witnessed a member of Dirtfoot playing an old tin can with his armpit sweat at Wakarusa 2015…need we say more? Do not miss their set Saturday on the Mainstage from 2:25pm-3:50pm.