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ROOTS MUSIC BEST BET: Hoxeyville Music Festival

Written by  Nicole Rico
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Hoxeyville Music Festival
Aug. 14-16, $40-$120
Manistee National Forest, 11130 W 48 1/2 Rd Wellston
All ages
hoxeyville.com

For those who prefer banjos and steel guitars over synthesizers and laptops, the 12th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival might be just the ticket. Taking place within Manistee’s National Forest, the earthy event combines an intimate folk-fueled concert experience with open-air and camping. The roots-heavy lineup features the Joshua Davis Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, Hard Working Americans, the Jeff Austin Band and more.

The rustic festival grounds are surrounded by 85-acres of campsites and 25’ x 25’ wooded campsites. Nearby are also several mountain biking trails, the Pine River and a paddle sports playground. For those of you who are more into glamping, there are Deluxe RVs and a vendor village with craft beers on hand.

The Hard Working Americans headline Saturday night and according to their website the band is here to “remind us that Jerry Garcia is as important as Ben Franklin and that rock’n’roll is as much a birthright as the Constitution.”

The final night is reserved for the Joshua Davis Trio. Many may recognize Joshua Davis from The Voice, an Emmy-Award winning singing show, in which Davis placed within the top four. Other performers include: Seth Bernard & Friends, Red Sea Pedestrians, Rachael & Dominic John Davis, The Go Rounds, May Erlewine & the Moonlighters and Jen Sygit & the Lincoln County Process, among others. Three-day pass tickets are available for $120, single day passes are $40-$50. —Reported by Nicole Rico

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