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22nd Annual Millpond Fest begins Friday

September 18, 2013

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs live at the 2012 Millpond Music Festival. This year Millpond is offering an eclectic mix of musicians, including a punk rock group with folk roots (or is it a folk band with punk roots?) Camper Van Beethoven, Jim Croche’s son, A.J. Croche, and soulful blues artist Carolyn Wonderland. Photo by Mike Gervais

This weekend Millpond County Park will be the stage for a three-day music festival featuring a medley of melodies from an eclectic mix of musicians.
The weekend also includes workshop performances that allow attendees to interact with performers, as well as arts and crafts and face painting for youth.
According to Inyo Council for the Arts Director Lynn Cooper, the event is also a final summer camping trip for many residents and visitors.
Tickets for the ICA-sponsored event are available at the main gate at Millpond, and Cooper said there will still be a few RV camp sites and plenty of tent camping for those who wish to stay the full weekend. She added that Inyo and Mono students through eighth grade get into the festival free if they attend with an adult who purchases a ticket.
This year’s event will feature six food vendors, including Rock Creek Lake Resort, which will be in attendance for the first time, serving a barbecue dinner from 5-9 p.m. Saturday.
Cooper also said there are about 20 artists who will be selling and showing their works, which include jewelry, clothes, baskets candles and mote.
For the youngsters, the ICA will be providing arts and crafts by the Millpond gazebo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and face painting from 11 a.m.-2 Saturday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday.
Two performers, Sage Romero and emcee Joe Craven will also be hosting special workshops for youth beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Speaking of performers, Cooper said this year’s lineup is as diverse as ever and features everything from bluegrass to good old fashioned rock & roll.
The weekend lineup for Millpond’s main stage is as follows:

2013 Main Stage
Friday Night
6:30 p.m. – Stratusphunk
7:35 p.m. – David Myles
9:10 p.m. – The Iguanas
1:00 p.m. – Riders of the Purple Sage
2:10 p.m. – A.J. Croce
3:30 p.m. – Houston Jones
5 p.m. – The Bills
7 p.m. – LoCura
9 p.m. – Carolyn Wonderland
9:30 a.m. – Houston Jones (Gospel Set)
10:35 a.m. – Sage Romero
11:35 a.m. – Carbe-Durand Duo (from Incendio)
12:35 p.m. – Chris Webster and Nina Gerber
2 p.m. – Camper Van Beethoven
3:40 p.m. – Hot Buttered Rum
5:20 p.m. – Mathew Tembo
In the workshop tent, attendees will be able to see a number of the main stage performers play in a more intimate setting. For a list of workshop performers, pick up a program at the main gate.
In addition to the main stage and workshop performances, Cooper said several musicians will be performing free concerts for students at a number of local schools.
This year’s festival was sponsored in part by Inyo County, which provided a $4,000 grant.
Cooper also said the 2013 event will be dedicated to longtime Millpond volunteer Jim Burke.
The Irish playwright and satirist, George Bernard Shaw, was once quoted as saying, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”
Cooper said it is this same philosophy in life that has guided Burke, whether teaching in the classroom for 18 years, volunteering in community events from Reno to Huntington Beach, or serving as the host and longtime volunteer at radio station KUNR. “Jim Burke is one of those people who has become indispensable; more than that, he is Millpond’s Best Friend,” a press release from Millpond states.
Cooper said Burke continues to work tirelessly as a radio host at KUNR, while traveling up and down the Eastern Sierra giving of his time and energy to organizations – including Millpond – that have come to rely on him as more than a volunteer, “but as that calming, steady rock of an individual that we all come to treasure in life.”

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