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Things to do on a weekend - Enjoy some music on a Mountaintop

A few years ago, two Appalachian State students had an idea for a music festival in Boone. It started as a class assignment, then became a reality. In 2008 more than 2,000 people turned out for the first Music on the Mountaintop. It's grown every year since, and is now easily the largest music festival in town.

The fourth edition of the two-day concert series is this weekend. It comes with a new, larger location, and another string lineup of live tune makers.

Music on the MountaintopHeadliners include a combination of household names in jam, bluegrass and funk—Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Acoustic Syndicate, Infamous Stringdusters, 7 Walkers with Bill Kreutzmann and Papa Mali and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Joining them are many other regional favorites who have proven they can draw a High Country crowd: Naked Gods, Native Sway, Sol Driven Train, Do It To Julia, Possum Jenkins, Lazybirds, The Mantras and many others. ...

Last year, the festival attracted 5,000 music lovers to the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, where Music on the Mountaintop took place for the first three years. Each year, the festival donates a portion of proceeds to an area charity, and this year, two organizations are slated to receive support from the festival: Appalachian Voices, an environmental advocacy group; and Mountain Alliance, an experiential education and leadership program for students at Watauga High School.

Music on the Mountaintop also signifies the near end of the local outdoor concert season, which has included Merlefest, Musicfest in Sugar Grove, Singing on the Mountain, and variety of monthly or weekly shows at various locations. High Country summers are annually filled with some outstanding live music!