Seven Springs Mountain Resort is kicking off a bluegrass and country festival today featuring nationally known artists, including Grammy Award winner Sam Bush.
"Stills in the Hills: an Appalachian Jamboree" runs today through Sunday at Seven Springs, a weekend of "finger-pickin, toe-tappin good time" with 20 live acts, vendors and opportunities to learn about sustainability, green living and mountain culture.
The music is at the forefront. Live acts begin at 11 a.m. both days.
"We do a lot of these festivals because we love them," said the Rev. J. Peyton, of The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, whose current album, "Between the Ditches," has been ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart. "They're outside, and they're all about community and everybody coming together. It's all about people enjoying real, from-the-heart music."
And then there are the demonstrations, exhibits and vendors. Demonstrations include ukulele-building by Oregonian luthiers Bill MacDonald and Dave Perkins. Between sets, there will be small batch tastings and presentations by distillers, including western Pennsylvania's own Boyd & Blair.
"This is a great way to get and enjoy some great bluegrass and sample Appalachian culture," said Anna Weltz, of Seven Springs Mountain Resort. "We're always looking for new ways to diversify our events and bring national events to the stage here. We're very excited about this weekend."
The festival features a green marketplace with a myriad of local green and organic handcrafted items.
A fireworks show wraps up the festivities tonight.
The "Little Buckaroo's Backstage Experience" is for kids to play music and participate in recycled art projects.
Two-day general admission tickets and one-day passes are available at the gate. For a complete lineup of acts and events, go to www.7springs.com.