Friday, October 7, 2016
|Volunteer hangs 2016 Bridge Jam poster.|
"It’s gonna be kind of exciting to see people jump off the bridge," the founding guitarist said of parachutists who leap from the landmark New River Gorge Bridge during the festival, which itself attracts more than 100,000 to the small West Virginia town.
The Kentucky Headhunters lead the lineup of bands scheduled to play Bridge Jam, which Young says is taking place at an optimal time for the band. "We write songs in the fall. It’s my favorite time of year," Young said, adding that the band will unveil new music, yet to be released, during the concert.
"We have a new album coming out in November, so this will be a great place to play some of our new songs."
The Headhunters lead a lineup of bands chosen by Bridge Jam coordinators for their association with the outdoors and rural America.
Friday performances begin at 8:30 p.m. with The Grascals, followed by Step Into The Blue at 10:30 p.m. Saturday performances launch at 12:30 p.m. with Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns, followed at 2:30 p.m. by John Inghram's Slugfest, at 4:30 p.m. by Travers Brothership, at 6:30 p.m. by John Ellison & The Carpenter Ants, at 8:30 p.m. by The Kentucky Headhunters, and at 10:30 p.m. by Step Into The Blue.
Other Bridge Jam events will include yoga workshops and the nearby New River Plein Air Art Festival that features the work of artists who draw on the New River Gorge region’s beauty for inspiration.
Admission for Friday evening's performances will be $15 at the gate or $12.50 in advance, for Saturday admission will be $30 at the gate or $25 in advance, and for both days it will be $45 at the gate or $37.50 in advance.
On-site accommodations for tents near the performance area will be $125 and will include two admission tickets and access to off-site showers and portable toilets. On-site accommodations for RVs will be $175 and will include four tickets and access to off-site showers and portable toilets. Sites do not include hook-ups.
Exclusive group and corporate tent sites inside the festival grounds with a view of the stage are available at $300 for Saturday and $400 for the weekend and include eight admission tickets and parking passes.
For more information or to buy discounted tickets, visit theBridgeJam.com. Updates on the event are also broadcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.