OCOEE RIVER JAM 5

Doyle Dykes, Con­fed­er­ate Rail­road head­line three-day mu­sic fes­ti­val

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Doyle Dykes and Con­fed­er­ate Rail­road are among 20 acts set to per­form this week­end at Ocoee River Jam 5, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Fri­day, July 28, and winds up late Sun­day, July 30.

The fes­ti­val takes place at Jam Field — aka Snyder farm, 599 High­way 64 in Ocoee, Tenn. Grow­ing by leaps and bounds over its first four years, the jam is quickly be­com­ing the sig­na­ture mu­sic fes­ti­val of the Ocoee area.

Dana Teasley, ORJ sec­re­tary and trea­surer, says the first Ocoee River Jam launched with eight bands.

“We have some lo­cal fa­vorites, such as Blues Ham­mer and Dag­ger Blue, that have played ev­ery year, along with sev­eral of the in­di­vid­ual artists,” she says.

Of the 20 acts sched­uled this week­end, Teasley says there are don’t- miss acts each day.

“Fri­day we have the fa­mous Doyle Dykes tak­ing the stage and up-and-com­ing act Strung Like a Horse, who is be­ing no­ticed in Nash­ville. Satur­day, Jess Gog­gans re­turns. She is a past re­cip­i­ent of Chat­tanooga’s Singer-Song­writer of the Year award.

“On Sun­day, Con­fed­er­ate Rail­road is the head­liner, and there are two up-and-com­ing stars, Cal­lista Clark, a 13-year- old from Ge­or­gia, and Tyson Lea­mon, who is gain­ing recog­ni­tion in Nash­ville.”

Teasley says 1,200 vis­i­tors turned out for last sum­mer’s Ocoee River Jam. In ad­di­tion to its mu­sic, a big draw for the fes­ti­val is the beau­ti­ful set­ting with its view of the Chil­howee moun­tain range in com­bi­na­tion with be­ing fam­ily-friendly.

Teasley says Sun­day is Fam­ily Fun­day when ages 17 and younger are ad­mit­ted free. Ac­tiv­i­ties have been sched­uled for chil­dren that day: park ranger An­gelo Gi­as­anti will give a wildlife pre­sen­ta­tion at 3 p.m., and there will be tie-dy­ing at 4 p.m. Stu­dio 22 will lead youth yoga, and there will be a Kids Zone with wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties, bounce houses, face-paint­ing and arts and crafts.

Food and bev­er­ages are sold on-site; no cool­ers or out­side food and drink may be brought in.

A new ad­di­tion this year is off- site camp­ing with a shut­tle car­ry­ing folks be­tween camp­site and jam field. This is of­fered through a part­ner­ship with ORJ and lo­cal out­fit­ters. The $ 60 camp­ing ticket in­cludes a week­end pass, three nights of camp­ing and a meet-and- greet with Con­fed­er­ate Rail­road. Sales end on Fri­day, July 28, if not sold out by then.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets are $ 20 per day, $ 40 week­end pass, and chil­dren 12 and un­der are free all week­end. Pro­ceeds are dis­trib­uted to area youth or­ga­ni­za­tions. In four years, jam plan­ners have do­nated more than $15,000 to youth pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion: ocoeeriver­jam.com.

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