Jimmy Hunt and Nick Barringer, two Appalachian State University students, are hosting the first annual, Music on the Mountain Festival. The festival is held in Boone, NC, located at 748 Roby Greene Road at the High Country Fairgrounds. The festival is an all green, benefit event, with 60% of its proceeds going to NC Green Power, Appalachian’s Energy Center, and the High Country Conservancy.
Though this task has been a large undertaking, their work for the past eleven months has been successful. Everything began in a classroom, where Hunt was required to develop a business plan. His ambition to create an annual music festival in Boone fused with his classroom studies, evolving into what they have now. After a month of Hunt working solo, he reached out to fellow student and friend Nick Barringer to become a partner.
“The idea was fueled by the lack of a centralized large-scale musical event in Boone, despite the obvious need and potential with a town of over 15,000 college students, and 12,000 local residents,” Barringer says.
"Moreover, the “cause” was fueled by our discontent with areas of our town that are continually under development with little or no regard to environmental issues. Personally, eleven months ago I was extremely naïve to the true state of our environment and due to this project; I feel I’ve been transformed into a much more eco-friendly person,” Hunt adds.
The festival offers 12 hours of music, featuring 15 national and local acts. Headliners include The Sam Bush Band, Perpetual Groove, Acoustic Syndicate, The Jerry Douglas Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and many more. Highlights include a 30 ft. climbing wall, kid zone, over 15 non profit exhibits, and much more.
Physical ticket locations include: Sunshine Day Dream, Charlotte, NC/ Green Mother Goods, Boone NC/ School Kid Records, Raleigh, NC.
For further information, visit www.musiconthemountain.net or call (919) 818-2614.