Spend a summer evening with bluegrass music, food trucks and friends

Last updated: August 2, 2021

Don’t miss the historic return of world-class country, gospel and bluegrass music to Glenwood Park in Mercer County this month! Join us for Music in the Mountains: A Celebration of Hope on Saturday, August 28.  Spend a summer evening with good friends, bluegrass music and food trucks

The festival lineup features well-known performers straight off of the biggest stage in Nashville, Tennessee. 

“At one point in time, the Grand Ole Opry would bring their traveling show here to Mercer County every year,” Jonathan Buckner, one of the festival organizers, said. “So we thought it would be awesome to put some Grand Ole Opry artists on stage at Glenwood Park for the very first festival.” 

The 2021 lineup includes five current Grand Ole Opry stars. Mercer County-native, Delnora Reed will kick off the festival at 2 p.m. Reed, a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville, performs a signature blend of roots, country and folk music. Joe Mullins, International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year, will take the stage with the Radio Ramblers, followed by the gospel greats, Jeff and Sheri Easter. The Easter duo has garnered five Dove Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association Awards and two Grammy Award nominations. Classic country sensations, The Malpass Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. The Brother’s smooth sound is reminiscent of their influencers like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. T. Graham Brown, a country legend with over 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart will close the festival at 8:30 p.m. 

The Appalachian worship band, Chosen Road is scheduled to host the event. 

The festival site will include multiple parking lots across the park’s property. Since the concert will take place at the top of the park in the large field, shuttles will be available on a continuous loop to transport people from their parking spots to the concert grounds. There will also be accessible parking available near the stage.

“If people want to walk through the trails to get to the top, they can because it’s not that far,” Buckner said. “But for those they can’t, we will have multiple buses to get them from their parking lot to the actual spot on the property where the show will take place.” 

And what is a festival without food? Music in the Mountains will feature a variety of different food truck vendors, from tacos and barbeque to snow cones and funnel cakes. Confirmed food trucks include: El Diablo’s Twisted Grill, Saved by Grace BBQ, Kevin & Cathleen’s Snack Shack, Cook’s Kettle Corn and Ol Skool Confessions. 

Music in the Mountains: A Celebration of Hope will be August 28 at Glenwood Park in Princeton. The gates open at noon, with the first performance starting at 2 p.m. 

Ticket discounts are available for veterans, first responders, health care workers and teachers as a thank you to the local community of southern West Virginia. Purchase your tickets now on the festival’s website. Find more information about the event on the festival’s Facebook page.