Blue Ox Music Festival 2022, The Pines Music Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, June 23-25, 2022
Blue Ox Music Festival 2022 Promises an Amazing Line-up of Talent!
Blue Ox Music Festival makes its 8th appearance this summer at The Pines Music Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Spanning Thursday, June 23, to Saturday night, June 25, 2022, Blue Ox Music Festival will offer three full days of Americana, Bluegrass and Folk musical joy, camping, crafts, and family activities. Fans attending the festival will reunite with old friends, make new connections, enjoy the overall camaraderie of the event, and likely suffer from too little sleep!
Americana Highways will be there to share the music and the highlights of the weekend!
The festival line-up is simply massive with music that will appeal to virtually all tastes. Headlining the main stage on Saturday night will be Bela Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart, featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton. Undoubtedly, many special guests from the festival will be sitting in for some of the best Bluegrass experiences anywhere.
Friday’s main stage headliner will be one of the liveliest bands around. Old Crow Medicine Show promises to deliver a rousing, wild performance. Friday night’s main stage will also have one of today’s most amazing contemporary blues artists in Samantha Fish.
New Jersey-based band, Railroad Earth, will headline Thursday’s main stage with their unique blend of songcraft, Bluegrass soul, and rock n’ roll.
The overall line-up is jam packed with musical wizards including Sam Bush Band, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Joseph, Paul Cauthen, Fruition, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Cedric Burnside, Daniel Donato, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Them Coulee Boys, Riddy Arman, Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Armchair Boogie, Fireside Collective, Chicken Wire Empire, Mae Simpson, Good Morning Bedlam, Ryan Necci and The Buffalo Gospel, Humbird, The Last Revel, Erik Koskinen, The Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, Dig Deep, and Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs. More artists are expected to be announced.
Minneapolis-based Pert Near Sandstone will again be the host band for Blue Ox Music Festival and will perform two of the nights of the event.
There will be three stages with music during the afternoon and evening, along with late-night/early morning jam sessions.
The festival promises to be family friendly, with family stage entertainment, a 9-hole disc golf course, and other activities. Festival offerings include instrument workshops offering the opportunity to learn more about traditional string musical genres, a wellness tent with yoga and meditation sessions, and art installations.
There will plenty of area food vendors on-site, along with folks selling arts, crafts, and other types of hardgoods. A wide assortment of beer, liquor, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage options will be available. Official Breweries of Blue Ox 2022 include Founders, Odell, and Topping Goliath.
In a nod to the intimacy of the weekend and the natural beauty of the area, admission will be limited to 5,000 people over the three-day festival.
The Pines Music Park is a venue dedicated to music and event camping. It has been operated by the team that has organized the Blue Ox Music Festival since 2015. Located in the northern part of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, the park features rolling, wooded hills untouched by glacial activity from the Ice Age.
The park features 120 acres of wooded camping situated around the centralized concert area. Camping will cater to anyone’s tastes, with spots available for RV’s with hook-ups, as well as spots offering more rustic tent camping experiences. There are also plenty of motel accommodations near-by, with frequent shuttles running to the festival.
Blue Ox 2022 will be working closely with Eau Claire City-County Health Officials in keeping up with best practices and recommendations to mitigate the risk from Covid-19.
Blue Ox 2022 promises to be an unforgettable weekend!
Photo credits: Blue Ox Music Festival, Ty Helbach, Rick Damm Photography, Measha Lee Photography.
Bela Fleck (2019)
Old Crow Medicine Show (2021)
Samantha Fish (2019)