Highland Jam will bring music to the mountains

The hills around Elkins will be alive with the sound of music this weekend.

The 10th High Land Jam begins today and runs through Sunday at the Pegasus Farm Campground outside of Elkins. There will be more than 15 bands, with two covered outdoor stages, and a family area available. Camping is $20 per person per night with a free festival ticket.

The Pegasus Farm has a fully developed campground, complete with bathhouse, indoor toilets, campsites, water and electric hookup sites, and full-hookups for RVs. Rustic camping is also available on land across from the railroad tracks with a new pond and surrounding scenic forest.

“As the years have passed, the High Land Jam has become a musical reunion,” said Bonnie Branciaroli, Jam organizer and farm owner. “Many who first played here as young adults have grown, married and have had children. Some of them come back every year with their families,” she said.

Branciaroli and her husband Mark will be playing with their band ZEN at the Jam. ZEN debuted in 2002 at a Snowshoe Resort performance. The band toured the East Coast from 2003 to 2008, sharing the stage with Blues Traveler, Keller Williams, Little Feat, Rat Dog and Sam Bush, among others.

Although no longer touring, ZEN reunites to play 25 shows a year. This year will be the band’s 11th anniversary. In addition to the Branciarolis, band members include Seth Maynard, Cam Terry and Andy Wilmoth.

This year’s High Land Jam performers include: Jahman Brahman, Headgroove, 600LBS OF SIN!, The Greens, Snakebox, Tuscarawas River Band, Bones Weedsley, Shadrachband, InFormation, Tenney& Maynard, SoulStrippa, Mink, Rough Sleeper, The Masons, Good Vittles & Co., Steven Seth Johnson and Marlin Sessler.

The event will also include artisans and crafters with original work and objects for sale, as well as food vendors. The 40-acre farm can accommodate 6,000 people. The High Land Jam is located at 480 Arnold Hill Road in Elkins.

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