Second annual Appalachian Uprising set for June 6-7

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

SCOTTOWN -- Once again, the quiet of Eden Valley Farm will be shattered as guitars, banjos, fiddles and mandolins blast through a sea of tents.

Appalachian Uprising, a two-day bluegrass festival sponsored by Earth Productions, Inc., in Apex, N.C. will return June 6-7 for its second year to the Scottown farm co-owned by Steve and Gina Cielec. Last year's inaugural event grew a crowd of 600 people, some coming from as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia.

"We want to have a positive community gathering just like the old days," Robert DeLong, director of operations for Earth Productions, said. "We want to have a positive weekend, one where everybody can build the rest of the year."

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This year's festival will be an "overall upgrade" from last year's, DeLong said. The festival will include more electricity and running water for concertgoers as well as the festival's own wooden stage rather than a metal collapsible one.

DeLong also said he hopes that the festival will become more of a family environment with people bringing their children. As the festival continues to build, he hopes to have more children's activities.

The biggest improvement, according to both DeLong and Steve Cielec, is the lineup.

"We have a more 'bluegrassy' lineup," Cielec said. "We would like to draw in more older people along with the younger crowd."

"I would agree that we have an improved lineup," DeLong said. "It's a more-established, American-roots, bluegrassy one."

That lineup includes a mix of local acts such as the Ironton-based Boss Tweed and the Ashland, Ky.-based Genuine Junk Band and national acts such as legendary bluegrass musician Sam Bush. Bush, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., is best known for his work with New Grass Revival. The band formed in 1971 and released 10 albums before disbanding in 1989.

Gates at Eden Valley Farm will open at noon June 5, and the music will begin at 4 p.m. June 6. Concertgoers are welcome to camp out at the farm for the length of the festival. Camping out on June 5 will cost an extra $10 to cover liability costs. RVs are permitted. While campers are encouraged to bring musical instruments for campside jam sessions and decorations for their campsites, they are asked not to bring their weapons.

Ticket information, driving directions to Eden Valley Farm and camping information are available by calling 533-7271. Ticket information, prices and information about purchasing the tickets are available at