Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 2 newspaper on Page A6.
A new music festival featuring local talent will debut this weekend.
“Rock in the Valley” is slated for Oct. 5 at Raccoon Creek Outfitters.
The festival’s entertainment line-up includes Austin Hitte, Austin Crosby, Southern Blend, Bart Wiseman, Red Planet, Michael Coe, Blues Cowboys, Broken Mirror, Ben Davis and Ingham Station. The event will be hosted by Miranda Michaels and comedian Carlin Hagerty. Hagerty will perform alongside Dante Piccolo.
Hitte, a recent graduate of Vinton County High School, already has established a name for himself in the music scene. Aside from his performances in high school musical productions, Hitte has taken on the stage at the Wild Turkey Festival. The singer-songwriter has also had opportunities to record and perform in Nashville.
Crosby has performed alongside Hitte. Crosby is a 2014 graduate of Vinton County High School, and the singer-songwriter has multiple songs on his YouTube channel.
Newly-formed Southern Blend consists of Gary Lilly, Shawn Avery and Jon Dayton.
Wiseman, who grew up in Hamden and performed at this year’s Vinton County Music Festival, plays a little bit of everything: blues, country and rock.
The night will also feature Red Planet, which consists of Andy Allman, Aaron Chesser, Mike Claar and Mark LeMaster. This group is rooted in McArthur and describes its sound as heavy rock. Red Planet performed at this year’s Vinton County Music Festival.
Coe has performed in the Diamond Music Festival and the Jack Pine Summer Solstice Festival.
Dave “Uncle Buck” McPherson, David Leach, Mike Thompson, John Wetzel, Michael Tobar make up the Blues Cowboys. Blues Cowboys provides, blues, “blues-flavored” rock and roll.
Broken Mirror consists of Brice Mash, Brian McCollum and Travis Starr. Mash told The Courier their sound is inspired by grunge, although they also perform other styles of music. The group performed at this year’s Vinton County Music Festival.
Ben Davis Jr. And The Revelry will take the stage, as well. Davis hails from Jackson originally, and he and his group have played at many area events, such as last year’s Midnight at Moonville, the Vinton County Musical Festival and even the Nelsonville Music Festival.
Ingham Station, featuring Brad and Jessy McNally, who play acoustic songs. They’re from McArthur and were featured at this year’s Wild Turkey Festival, the Vinton County Music Festival, and several events at Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library.
Admission costs $15 per person or $25 for couples. The event spans from noon to 11 p.m. Although Rock in the Valley is not associated with Vinton County Local Schools, proceeds will benefit the Marching Vikings.
For more information, visit the Raccoon Creek Outfitters’ Facebook page.