High Land Jam XII opens today

ELKINS – Old school trio the 19th Street Band headlines the12th annual High Land Jam today at the Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins.

Hosted by Elkins-based music group, ZEN, the High Land Jam celebrates its twelfth year, offering three days of music and camping. Eighteen bands, coming into the area from as far north as Massachusetts and New Jersey, as far south as North Carolina, and east as Washington, D.C., will perform from two outdoor stages, today through Saturday. Camping is included in ticket price and the gate opens at 5 p.m. today.

Tonight’s headliner, the 19th Street Band, hails from Washington, D.C. From their folk instruments (upright bass, fiddle, and acoustic guitars), to their approach to music and performance, The 19th Street Band has followed the traditions of the Carter Family and the Kingston Trio while integrating modern elements of Americana, country and rock and roll. Guitarist Caolaidhe Davis hails from Northern Ireland and is accompanied by wife, Meghan Davis, on fiddle and Michael Scoglio on bass. All three pitch in to create a beautiful three-part vocal harmony. The 19th Street Band will perform 10 p.m. to midnight.

Local musician Marlin Sessler will open the three-day event at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bats Dynamic String Band at 8 p.m.

Music will continue throughout the weekend. Friday features Elkins-based talent of Stevie Johnson opening the Friday line-up at 5:30 p.m. and includes West Virginia bands the Night Crawlers with Kelly Talbott, Shadrach, The Greens, and Charleston based band, Information.

Saturday opens at noon with a mix of singer/songwriters, duos, and Americana bands including the popular Masons from nearby Grafton, and guitar phenomenon Chris Padgett from Ashville, N.C.

Larger bands take the stages Saturday evening with Ohio-based blues band, Magic Mama Band and New Jersey-based jam band, Bones Weedsley. Saturday culminates with a two-hour performance by local jam band ZEN, with the Shawn Owen Band finishes out the night. Shawn Owen, popular singer/songwriter from Pocahontas County and Snowshoe, brings his sweet reggae-based music to Elkins now from Annapolis, Md.

Tickets can be purchased online until Friday noon and tickets can be purchased at the gate. A one-day ticket of $25 is being offered for Saturday only and includes one night camping.

For a full schedule, tickets and more information visit the web site at www.highlandjam.com