39TH ANNUAL 

SALT RIVER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
JULY 27-29, 2017

Hello Salt River Family:

As many of you are aware, Salt River Acres is a state licensed campground offering a wide variety of applications from receptions, reunions, picnics, concerts, festivals, and even the occasional camp-out with friends. Let us know your needs and desires and we will try to fulfill all your wishes.  We even have a Reverend and a wedding planner on staff to assist in making your wedding dreams come true. A stylized ceremony unique to each couple with your personal vision of your wedding day always in the forefront.

After 40 years of producing the Bluegrass Festival, we believe we are the longest running individually run festival in existence. It has been a wonderful experience and continues to bring joy to us and our bluegrass family.  Much has changed over the years, beside the fact that we are all 40 years older.  Our friendships have developed and deepened over time.  We have watched famililes grow and expand. We have delighted in the birth of our friends babies and mourned the loss of those that have passed. We have watched the children grow from infants to adults and have rejoiced in the privilege and honor of sharing in the weddings and sometimes hosting the event. Our love for our bluegrass family is deep and continues to grow. 

George takes great pleasure and pride in finding new talent to present to our bluegrass family.  This years event will showcase a lot of new talent on our stage. Remember, that beloved group of yours was once the newcomer to the lineup. We also have some great young talent to present to you this year, next year they might be the group you cannot wait to see.

The 2017 festival will bring to our fans the exceptional quality and outstanding performances you have become accustomed to enjoying at Salt River Acres.

One of the standout favorites is Bluegrass 101. Bluegrass 101 has become a tradition at Salt River Acres. Bluegrass 101 will be returning to us to delight our fans with their rendition of Bluegrass music and comedy at its finest. 

Blue Mafia has quickly become a fan favorite at Salt River Acres and are developing their own fan following. We were deeply touched when Blue Mafia surprised George with a dedication on their CD produced by Pinecastle. Although we believe no person can take credit for discovering a talent that others possess, we like to feel that we encouraged Blue Mafia to continue their musical path and reach for the stars. They have the drive, talent and ambition to live among the bluegrass greats.

Local favorites Family Tradition will open the event with their rendition of classic tunes from days gone by. Several of the members are really family and have played together all of their lives resulting in tight harmonies and quick trips down memory lane.

This year we are proud to introduce you to some new talent at Salt River. Grammy winner, Clay Hess and his band will be entertaining us, along with Nightflyer and Kim Robin & 40 Years Late. Branded Bluegrass A few of the new entertainers are The Backroom Bluegrass Boys, The Fossil Creek Band, Evan Lanier & The Bluegrass Express and Sugar Creek, plus more. The entertainers selected for this years' line-up are certain to captivate your senses. We are excited to bring them to our stage for your listening pleasure.