Hangtown Halloween Ball 2014 Preview

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Americana stalwarts Railroad Earth have a spooky good time planned for their fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball, in Placerville, California, October 24th – 26th, with three shows including an all-star “Orchestra” set, and they’re bringing friends from every musical genre along for the three day thrill ride.  Helping them haunt the stages all weekend are jam band legends moe., funk heroes The Meter Men, Leftover Salmon joined by Little Feat’s Billy Payne, ALO, The Motet and Jeff Austin not only bringing his band but also roaming the stages all weekend as part of the “Artists At Large” program, which also includes fiery fiddler Allie Kral and banjo impresario Danny Barnes.  Hangtown veterans The Dead Winter Carpenters, from Lake Tahoe, Colorado’s Mountain Standard Time, Poor Man’s Whiskey and The Brothers Comatose from San Francisco will ensure that no picking fan will go unsatisfied.



It may feel like the passing of summer brings the end of the festival revelry, but out west in California gold country, a fright filled, family friendly weekend of delights awaits to melt faces like a musical version of the end of “Raiders of the Lost Arc!” Tucked  in the rolling oak forested foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range The Hangtown Halloween Ball features multiple stages, on site camping, a robust KidZone with arts and crafts for the little ones and workshops for the adults. Musical acts from the region, like  Robert Walter’s 20th Congress out of San Diego, The Nibblers from Sacramento and Reno, Nevada favorites Jelly Bread and Mojo Green alongside regional acts like The Shook Twins and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will fill the air with music as the crispness of the fall air reminds us all that while winter is coming, there’s still a little time left to shake a tail feather in the sun.  A festival favorite is the annual pumpkin carving with John Skehan of Railroad Earth, whose special carving techniques are a sight to behold.

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The venue for this fine affair is the El Dorado County Fairgrounds right off the highway, in Placerville, California Sierra Mountain range. With a supermarket, literally, across the street from the main gates, this festival was made for those that always forget those trivial little items or that just want to support the local economy.  We at Honest Tune are looking forward to returning to the hangtown Halloween Ball, and look forward to sharing the sights and sounds of what’s sure to be an eerie and unforgettable weekend of music and magic under the stars.

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For tickets, lineup, artist and general information, click HERE

HT review and more photos of last year’s festival.