sirens 2018 artists
We are delighted to announce this year's lineup of outstanding artists. These women (and the men that support them) represent a diverse set of genres - rock, jazz, soul, pop, country and jazz. They are linked through excellence; each of these acts is a true performer: captivating & passionate. We look forward to experiencing their magic with all of you. See you on the mountain!
She blends soul with rock & roll, strums inspired improv musical journeys, and sings with a combination of power and sweetness that is truly rare. She can simultaneously slay a crowd and wrap you around her little finger. She's the Queen of Action. She's Melissa Reaves. We are beyond honored to welcome Melissa to her 5th Sirens on the Mountain.
What happens when a track team dropout, a queer church camp reject, and a bookworm walk onto a stage? They form a band, duh. Stevie is a three-piece garage-pop band from Durham, North Carolina featuring current and former members of Daddy Issues, The Trashettes, and Case Sensitive. Navigating heartbreak, garage rock, and finding their voice in a loud world, Stevie's music makes you feel your feelings and move your butt.
Tea cup Gin
Combine talented musicians with a flair for performance, add a dash of sly sophistication - shake, strain and pour....you'll get the delightful Tea Cup Gin. This band from Durham has built a devoted fanbase performing their mixture of jazz, blues, and deco noir songs, both vintage and original. Tea Cup Gin will get your tappin' toes on the dance floor, and then send you home swooning. No doubt you'll agree that their sound is a perfect fit for our elegant party on the New River.
Shenette Swann combines jazz, soul, and blues to make a vibrant sound that is truly her own. With a vast musical background in classical, blues, hip hop, and jazz, Shenette captivates audiences of all ages. Her dynamic voice creates harmonies, beats, and sound effects - all live - while performing. Shenette is a skilled storyteller, who can "tell it like it is" and also an exceptional woman, who believes deeply in her community and contributes to its growth. It is our pleasure to welcome Shenette to our community of music lovers this year at Sirens on the Mountain.
When a woman of talent gets out on the road and lets her music lead - people pay attention. People far and wide are paying attention to Alexa Rose, and we are so pleased she will be joining us at Sirens 2018. Her voice bas been compared to some of the greats: Loretta Lynn, Joni Mitchell, and Emmylou Harris. Alexa's music combines American Roots, country, and rock & roll to create an authentic groove that's all her own. If you haven't heard Alexa play live yet, you need to. If you've seen her perform, we know you'll be back.
Mexican HOT CHOCOLATE
From a mysterious spring nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, a frothy flow of Mexican Hot Chocolate bubbles forth. This alternative jazz band has an enticing sound that you just can't quit....spicy and sweet, just like, well, you know....Mexican Hot Chocolate. They are the perfect addition to our festival, and we can't wait to get a taste.
VENDORS AT SIRENS
Sirens on the Mountain celebrates women in ALL forms of art, and we are so lucky to have some truly talented artists and bodywork professionals here with us at Sirens 2018. Be sure to take some time to browse the vendors' area....and bring cash to buy some of their wares!!! Click on the photo to visit each vendor's own website.
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We are thankful for the support and donations of our sponsors whose contributions help to make Sirens on the Mountain a very special event.
Appalachian Mountain Brewery & CiDERY
AMB, in addition to brewing some fine beer and cider, also focuses on building relationships with the local Boone community, sustainable business practices and supporting local non-profits. We are thankful for their generous donations!
LOST PROVINCE BREWING COMPANY
Opened in August 2014, Lost Province Brewing Co. is a destination microbrewery and gastropub located in historic downtown Boone, NC. As a small, family owned and operated business, they are committed to our community, environment and employees and strive above all to provide an experience of gracious hospitality for all guests. Their delicious contributions are greatly appreciated!
Blowing Rock Brewing Company
Blowing Rock Brewing Company opened its first brewery in 2013, and from there forward has been a featured player and important participant in our community: on tap, at their inn and restaurant, and at our special events. Blowing Rock beer speaks to the crisp clean mountain air of its namesake; their seasonal varieties are a delight. We thank this fine brewing company for their continued support!
RIVER GIRL FISHING COMPANY
If you want to get out on the river and experience the best of what the high country has to offer - head on over to River Girl Fishing Company in Todd. Novice or seasoned pro, the folks at River Girl will help you get out IN IT, and then return you safely to dry land with stories to tell and a smile on your face. Rent a kayak or tube, or perhaps arrange a fly fishing lesson/adventure - either way you'll be in the hands of professionals who care about you and about the New River too. Thank you, River Girl, for your continued support!!!
GOODNIGHT BROTHERS DRY CURED HAMS
Goodnight Brothers has been specializing in the art of dry curing hams here in the high country since 1948. We are so thankful for their strong & steady support of Sirens on the Mountain. Enjoy their delicious ham at local restaurants, or order some for your own dinner table online. Thank you, Goodnight Brothers!
Since 1986, WNCW has been broadcasting to western North Carolina, and since 1999 they have been streaming their programming on the worldwide web, showcasing to the rest of the world that our local radio station just might be the coolest one....ON EARTH. We applaud their commitment: to turning us on to good music, keeping us connected to each other, and highlighting all the cool stuff our region has to offer. We thank WNCW for their support and for spinning GREAT TUNES!!
STICK BOY BREAD COMPANY
Stick Boy has been a part of our community for over 15 years. Many thanks to this generous business for their donation of cookies. We are proud to share their good vibes and sweet treats with you at Sirens on the Mountain.
The New River Barn is located at 839 River Road in Todd, North Carolina. Todd is located about midway between West Jefferson and Boone.
From Boone: Take Highway 421 South to New Market Center. Make a left onto Highway 194 North (Hardee's). Go about 3 miles on 194. Make a right onto Castleford Road. Go about 4 miles; make a left onto River Road. Go almost a mile, 839 River Road is on your left. Please park along River Road with all your wheels off the pavement. Walk across the high water bridge to the festival site.
From Wilkesboro: Take Highway 421 North to Deep Gap. After crossing under the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn right onto Highway 221 North. Go 2 miles; turn left onto Cranberry Springs Road. Go about 4 miles and turn right at stop sign (still Cranberry Springs). Go about 1/2 mile and cross New River; turn left onto Railroad Grade Road. Go about one mile. Turn left onto Castleford Road. Go about 2 miles. Turn right onto River Road. Go about 1 mile to 839 River Road, on your left. Please park along River Road with all your wheels off the pavement. Walk across the high water bridge to the festival site.
Frequently ASked questions
What's the weather going to be like?
We're pretty sure it's going to be 1000% perfect, rain or shine. However, the high country can get chilly at night so please bring a warm sweater, long pants, a hat, perhaps, and if you are camping....a warm sleeping bag.
We would like you to ALSO bring: a chair, sunscreen, a flashlight, and bug repellent.
Where do I park?
To minimize vehicle traffic on the festival field, we ask that you park along River Road and walk in. There will be a golf cart (Fantasy Island style, 6 seater, boss!) to help shuttle you and your things from River Road onto the festival field. Think of it like this: the only cars that drive over the bridge onto the site should be `1) ADA/Handicapped 2) Car Camping....and you ALREADY have a ticket for that (because car camping is now sold out). Please help us reduce two way traffic by parking on the road. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!
WILL THERE BE AN ATM on SITE?
NO. Withdraw cash for all festival purchases before you come out to Todd. If you arrive without cash and need to buy something.....we can give you directions to the Food Lion in Boone where they DO have an ATM.
I heard this rumor about no cell phone service. True?
Yeah, that's totally on point. It will be a day of relaxation. Your phone will never ring. No. Cell Phone. Service. (Sorry.)
You might have guessed. What with no ATM and no cell phone service, we can't run credit cards either. We're working on options, but for now, Sirens on the Mountain is a cash money only event.
What food and drinks will be available?
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. We will be selling burgers, veggie burgers, vegetarian fried rice (gluten free), chips, candy, juice boxes and bottled water. Water stations will be available if you wish to refill your own water bottle. Alcoholic beverages - beer and wine - will also be for sale. Please bring your ID if you wish to drink alcohol.
If you want to pack in a picnic, please feel free. However, no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed on the festival field, as per our alcohol permit.
Can I bring my pet to Sirens?
Sadly, no. Please make other arrangements for your furry friends. Please email if you need a recommendation for a pet sitter or kennel; we would be happy to help.
Service animals are welcome. Please bring proper documentation for your service animal. Your service animal must be on a leash at all times, and you must pick up after it. Thank you for being considerate to all in attendance.
Car camping is sold out but the website says primitive walk-in camping is available. What's the deal?
We offered a very limited number of car camping tickets, in an effort to honor the intimate space and cut down on vehicle traffic. We did, however, leave some space for people to come pitch a tent on the festival grounds. These spots are in the field, some along the river, some along the tree line. They are first come, first serve. We will help you shuttle in your gear, but you must park your car on River Road.
Can I have a fire at my CAMPsite?
YOU MAY NOT HAVE A FIRE, as per the fire marshal. Small portable grills are allowed.
I want to camp but I need to go offsite at 5PM. can i leave the festival field and come back?
Due to traffic logistics, there will be no car pass-outs. If you want to come set up your campsite and then leave the festival midway through the event, you will need to park on the road. We will definitely help you load in your tent or essential equipment, though, have no fear.
Can I record the performances?
We salute those who wish to make audio recordings. If the artists have any restrictions on audio recording, we will inform you at the concert.