This past weekend was the inaugural CaveFest at The Caverns in Pelham. From Saturday at 1 p.m. until the last show late Sunday evening, musical acts, solo performances, jams sessions and lots of other activities took place above and below ground. People from all over the country trekked to Grundy County to participate in the two day festival.
Performances for the first ever CaveFest included Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and many more bluegrass bands. Artist-in-residence Lindsay Lou joined many of the artists on stage and earned the title of Queen of CaveFest. The Caverns campground was full of festival goers who wanted to carry over the festivities after the last event of the night had ended. Sunday in the Big Mouth Cave there was Cave Yoga, a Gospel Brunch followed by a screening of the cult classic “The Goonies, an open cave jam and a late night show going into the wee hours of Monday morning.
“The first CaveFest at The Caverns was an overwhelming success with over 4,000 guests per day from every one of the lower 48 states,” Jeff Meltesen, Marketing Director at The Caverns, said. “It warmed our hearts to see parents introducing their kids to live music, and the overall multi-generational appeal of the festival. CaveFest utilized every aspect of The Caverns experience showing off Grundy County's natural beauty above and below the Earth's surface, from our scenic outdoor amphitheater and subterranean concert hall, to guided cave tours and adventure caving expeditions, to the campground. We look forward to building on this year's success and the lessons we learned to solidify CaveFest as a premiere destination music festival for years to come.”
Save the dates: CaveFest will return next year on October 6-8, 2023.
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