The Event

The Second Annual Wildcat Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 at Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center in Banner Elk, NC. Proceeds benefit the mission of the camp which is to transform lives: minds, bodies, and spirits.

The Wildcat Music Festival is a family friendly event staged on the banks of Wildcat Lake that features bands, food vendors, and activities. Music and festivities start at 2:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm.

The Lineup

Nationally recognized, Little King recording artist, Chuck Johnson and CharlyHorse, (see video) the featured band, blend original alt-country, bluegrass, and roadhouse rock into powerful live performances. The High Country’s own Swing Set (see video) leads off the afternoon with a set of big band sounds from the 40’s and 50’s. Swing Set features a full section of horns delivering danceable jazz beats and melodies from the swing era. Nashville singer/songwriter Clint Roberts (see video) is touring following the release of his EP “Where the Heart Is”. Roberts echoes the alt folk/country sounds established by Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and, Sturgill Simpson. The Groove Inc. (see video) brings their energetic show of soul, rock, blues, and R&B to the main stage next. These seasoned musicians give a energetic performance that is sure to have the crowd on their feet. Georg Raab, “Man of a Thousand Voices”, is a special guest on the side stage.

Admission to the festival includes use of beautiful Wildcat Lake including swimming, canoes, kayaks and fishing. Horseshoes, Bocci Ball and Cornhole are available for play as well as kids races and games. Local food truck vendors Carolina Bar-B-Q from Newland and Fast Eddies Hot Dogs and Hamburgers of Beech Mountain provide refreshments. Sorry, no alcohol will be served. “Billy C.” is master of ceremonies and will keep the action moving at the Wildcat Lake stage sponsored by Eagles Nest Realty of Banner Elk.