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3rd annual MARS Fest will feature bands, artists, crafters


Matt Duncan will bring his band to Letcher County to perform his brand of rock ‘n roll and old school R & B at MARS Fest on top of Pine Mountain, near Whitesburg, on Friday and Saturday.

Matt Duncan will bring his band to Letcher County to perform his brand of rock ‘n roll and old school R & B at MARS Fest on top of Pine Mountain, near Whitesburg, on Friday and Saturday.

The third annual MARS Fest will take place Sept. 3 and 4 on Pine Mountain at Wiley’s Last Resort.

MARS Fest (Music-Art-ReCreation Sustainability) is a gathering of local and regional musicians, artists, crafters and groups to celebrate Appalachian music, heritage, and culture. It will take place at Wiley’s Last Resort on top of Pine Mountain.

The lineup of performers includes Sam Quinn, the Tim Lee 3, Matt Duncan, Jay Clark, Clack Mountain Honky Tonk, Rich & the Po’ Folks, and the Travelin’ Snakes. There will also be an opportunity for jamming and an open mic.

As part of MARS Fest’s celebration of Appalachian life, the 1830s Webb family homeplace will again house the works of various artists including Jeff Chapman-Crane, Carrie Wells, Elaine Conradi, Chris Day, Pam Oldfield Meade, John Haywood, Maria Sams, Barbara Church, and Ron Gevedon. There will also be crafters, informational booths, hiking, and swimming.

Clack Mountain Honky Tonk will also perform at the outdoor festival.

Clack Mountain Honky Tonk will also perform at the outdoor festival.

Sam Quinn, a founding member of the Everybodyfields, off ers toe-tapping music.

The Tim Lee 3 melds a variety of influences into a swampy, rock and blues-infused sound.

Matt Duncan plays rock ‘n roll and old school R & B.

Jay Clark will be performing songs from his CD “I’m Confused”. He’s performed with Robinella and the CC Stringband.

Clack Mountain Honky Tonk captures the essence of mountain music with contemporary honky tonkin’. Karly Dawn Higgins, Jesse Wells and Brett Ratliff play old time music with a new time feel.

Rich & the Po’ Folks wear out the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar.

Travelin Snakes draws from the old songs and traditions of east Kentucky and the central Appalachians. John Haywood, Kevin Howard, Brett Ratliff and Joe Moser are the Travelin Snakes.

Artists will display their work in the 1837 Webb homeplace, painters, potters, and stained glass artists including Pam Oldfield Meade, Jeff Chapman-Crane, John Haywood, Ron Gevedon, Chris Day, Elaine Conradi, Maria Sams, Carrie Wells, and Barbara Church.

Wiley’s Last Resort is located on Pine Mountain. Admission to MARS Fest includes camping, hiking, biking, swimming, and paddle boating. Tickets are $25 and are available at Summit City in Whitesburg and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. for information: www.marsfest. wordpress.org.

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