If you followed our coverage last year of Blue Ox Music Festival, you got a heavy dose of the intimate Bluegrass and Americana music experience with exclusive interviews and photos. With only 57 days until the return of the 3 day fan-centric magical festival, we are proud to announce a special look at 2022’s lineup and GIVE AWAY 2 TICKETS to the June 23rd-25th event in Eau Claire.
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Thursday June 23rd
The shorter of the 3 days is loaded with young talent to kick off the festival. Tenacious Nashville native Daniel Donato pulls double duty playing a second late night set on the Backwoods Stage. Daniel’s story of persistence in joining the most famous house band in Nashville at the age of 14 is inspiring, while his latest release stylistically called ’21st-century cosmic country’ should be a lure to any deadheads in the audience.
Wisconsin carries the bulk of the lineup with natives Armchair Boogie, Them Coulee Boys, and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades playing the main stage. Each band representing a different element of Americana music, all three familiar faces to the Blue Ox. Headliner Railroad Earth is also returning to the festival, ready to celebrate their 20th year as a band.
Friday June 24th
The first full day schedule brings a new wave of bands into Blue Ox, notably a strong rooster of Backwood Stage artists. Double winners at the Midwest Country Music Awards, Maygen & The Birdwatcher make their debut. Dark Appalachian folk duo The Resonant Rogues should be an intriguing dynamic to see, while Mama Said String Band brings a refreshing reinvention of vocal harmonies and contemporary instrumentation.
Our ears are also primed to catch four incredible female vocalists. Up and coming Riddy Arman shares songs from her acclaimed debut album, inspired by her father’s passing. Samantha Fish stands out in the lineup as a blazing blues guitarist and vocal force. Minneapolis darling Humbird will be in her element playing outside. Finally, funk vocalist Mae Simpson graduates from the Backstage to play the Saloon Stage this year.
Ending the full day is double Grammy winning band Old Crow Medicine Show. Who else is ready to hear “Wagon Wheel” echoing through the campgrounds on a Saturday night under the stars?
Saturday June 25th
This year the Grammy’s are coming to Blue Ox. Leading the list is recent Grammy winner and acclaimed virtuoso Bela Fleck. Not sure if all 15 Grammy’s can fit in his suitcase, but Bela Fleck is will bring his innovative and decorated lineup of world class musicians with him.
Other winners include the Punch Brothers, described as American country-classical chamber music lead by mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile. Minnesota family friendly The Okee Dokee Brothers kick off the Main Stage on Saturday. If you’re bringing kids, this is the must see set to catch.
Special interest should be paid to sister trio Joseph and the vocal clinic they put on together. Their ability to harmonize while squeezing out all the emotions on stage will be a powerful set in the evening.
Finally, explaining a group as “the world’s only folk-fiddle-improv poetry howl-guitar-banjo-banjo/uke-bass band” should make you immediately intrigued. Check out The Snarlin’ Yarns on the backstage to quench that curiosity.
If this haven’t already gotten you to buy tickets, then here’s your chance to win a pair of General Admission 3 day passes, valued at $478. The pass includes an unreserved tent camping spot (first come, first serve) and an onsite parking spot. Click and enter below. Winner will be announced May 6th.