Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is rocking the smooth hills of Harrodsburg, Kentucky once again. Every year, music lovers and experience seekers set up camp at the beautiful Terrapin Hill organic farm for a weekend of music, art and activism in the heart of the Bluegrass region. In addition to a spectrum of musical offerings, Terrapin Hill is also hosting some heady workshops featuring everything from glassblowing demonstrations to drum circle training and fire dancers. Non profit and advocacy groups will also be in attendance including Mountain Justice and Habitat for Humanity. It’s like hippie boot camp.
This is not the kind of festival to lure you in with mega-headliners, but rather a handpicked selection of overlooked musical treasures that includes bluegrass, reggae, and jam bands. Here are some highlights.
Paste Magazine named Lexington’s Oh My Me one of “10 Kentucky bands you should listen to now” as part of their 50 states project. Tyler Kane writes,
“I had the pleasure of seeing one of Oh My Me’s first SXSW shows this year, and like Alabama Shakes—another rootsy, blues-based band carried by the strength of their frontwoman—it might take seeing them in a live setting with guitars cranked to totally get it. While the band’s initial lo-fi EP shows glimpses of what they’ll become, they truly shine in the excellently produced Lexington-based recording series 10 in 20.”
They pack a vocal punch with enough instrumental prowess to back it up.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe– Jazz fusion with enough swagger to make you nostalgic for Chic Corea’s Return to Forever years. If you are trying to get your groove on, don’t miss Karl Denson.
Greensky Bluegrass– A bluegrass offering from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their unorthodox approach to bluegrass music has created a unique sound that blends traditional bluegrass with country and Americana music.
Born Cross-Eyed– Kentucky’s very own Grateful Dead tribute band. Features Dino English from the Dark Star Orchestra. Get ready Deadheads.
The Bloodroots Barter– Gypsy music from Hyden, Kentucky. Makes me want to hop a train.
Terrapin Hill is taking place September 6-9, 2012 and is located at the Terrpin Hill Farm. Terrapin Hill Farm is located at 3696 Mackville Road (Rt. 152 West), Harrodsburg, Kentucky. It is an all-ages family friendly environment.