Banner Staff Writer
Organizers of Ocoee River Jam 2 boast the three-day music festival will play host to some of the best local bands from Cleveland to Nashville.
“It is something this area has needed,” said Dale Click of the second-year event.
He explained the musicians and workers on the Ocoee have become like family to him.
“It is about people who really deserve … to be heard by people,” Click continued. “It is about finding the right place to play. It isn’t about money. It is about playing to the right people.”
The River Jam will start Friday, Aug. 1, at 5 p.m. on the property of Dumpy’s.
Click and fellow organizer Brian Lessig said the first night would continue until 12:30 a.m. The festival will then continue Saturday from noon until midnight. The final day of play will take place from noon until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Click said the venue was intentionally selected for its location in the Ocoee region.
“I love the gorge up there,” he said. “For 10 to 15 years, I have felt at home there. It is because of those folks and those people. The rafting company has been down the last couple of years.”
He said he hopes people who attend the event will take note of the Ocoee area and spread the word on the outdoors-centered region.
Music will be provided by a variety of local bands with specific headliners each day.
The Davisson Brothers will kick off the show Friday night and Leroy Powell and the Messengers will continue the party Saturday.
The festival will finish off with Blues Hammer Band and Dagger Blue.
Additional bands set to be at the festival include Red Wine Hangover, Sonic Brew, Mad Tea Party, Anthony Adams & the Nite Owls, The Mables, Tumbleweed Company, “Poobah” Don Mealer, Convertibull, Dana Rogers, Axe Blade Junction, Bad Tattoo, Paul “Treetop” Kuykendall, Isaac Hayden, Tripp Wrigley, Paddlin’ Around and Cade Smith. Warner MC will serve as the guest deejay and host of the festival.
The plan is to always have a musical act on one of the three stages at any given time.
“This year we have several big time bands and the goal for next year is to grow that to where we have two or three major acts come in,” he said. “Then we will feature local music on top of that.”
Food, craft and beer vendors will also be on hand to give the festival a well-rounded appeal. A dunk tank along with various other activities will serve a dual purpose: entertaining the crowd while raising money for the Powers and Benton units of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
Lessig said money donated to the Powers Unit would go toward the Dream Court set to be built in the Lay Street neighborhood.
Those who wish to volunteer during the event can sign up by sending their name, email address, phone number and availability to volunteer via email to volunteer.ocoeeriverjam @gmail.com.
Sponsors include Dumpy’s and Ocoee Outdoors.