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Moondance revamps with shorter country, rock weekends

Last year, Moondance organizers ended two long-standing summer music festivals: Moondance Jammin Country Fest and Moondance Jam. Organizers of the Walker-based events revamped their 2022 summer schedule under the umbrella of Moondance Events, which will include shorter country and rock weekends.

Moondance Jammin Country Fest crowd shot
People in the crowd at a previous Moondance Jammin Country Fest in Walker raise their arms in appreciation of live country music.
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WALKER — Moondance bid farewell last year to two of its longtime summer music festivals in Walker: Moondance Jammin Country Fest and Moondance Jam.

Owner Kathy Bieloh took the stage at both to thank fans for their part in the festivals’ historic runs and to let them know Moondance was not ending but changing.

“It’s been tough on us (like everyone else) navigating the ups and downs of the pandemic,” Bieloh stated in a news release.

Moondance revamped its summer schedule of events for 2022 under the umbrella of Moondance Events, which will include shorter country and rock weekends with national and regional bands in June and July.

Ashley McBryde
Ashley McBryde
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“We needed to change things up to give Moondance more flexibility year to year going forward so that we could focus on events that worked well and have the ability to try new events that might attract new fans and give our existing fans a little more of a variety of entertainment,” Bieloh stated.

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Both country and rock music weekends were shortened to a Friday and Saturday event with six national bands playing on the main stage and a pre-party on Thursday for those who want to do three-day camping.

“But we know we need to keep some form of a country and rock weekend going into this year with the other events because of the fans that love coming out to Moondance for those genres of music and camp again with their Moondance friends and family,” Bieloh stated.

Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson
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The Moondance Events Country Music Weekend will take place Friday, June 17, with Ashley McBryde, and Saturday with Jamey Johnson. The Rock Music Weekend is July 22 and 23 with Daughtry and Collective Soul co-headlining that Friday and Bret Michaels on that Saturday.

Bieloh stated the changes to the Walker-based festivals were also for the Canadian fans “who haven’t been able to attend any of our events the past two years because of border restrictions.”

Moondance Events will also include The Fabulous Armadillos show June 29 and the Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos Aug. 12 and keep September’s Harvest Moon Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Festival Sept. 17.

Collective Soul
Collective Soul
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Festivalgoers can taste and enjoy more than 150 craft beers and wine at the September event and vote for their favorite. The ninth annual event will also feature live music, contests, food, crafts, camping and more.

The Country Weekend Pre-Party Thursday will feature Mason Dixon Line at 7 p.m. and Sean Stemaly at 9 p.m. The Rock Weekend Pre-Party on July 21 will showcase Tommy DeCarlo, the singer of Boston, and Revisiting Creedence on the main stage, too.

“We still have some more national acts to sign for both and some details to work out, but we are so excited with the fantastic artists and bands we have been able to get signed and announced so far for the main stage,” Bieloh stated. “It’s been a great start.”

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Daughtry
Daughtry
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Both the country and rock events will feature two regional stages: the MDJ Saloon and the Tiki Bar. The reserved campgrounds will be used for both events with the general campgrounds closed.

The Fabulous Armadillos “What’s Going On? Songs from the Vietnam War Era” show will kick off with a happy hour and fish fry 5-7 p.m. with Rick Adams taking the stage at 7 p.m. followed by The Fabulous Armadillos at 8:30 p.m. The night will end with a fireworks show.

More information on all of these events can be found at moondanceevents.net or by calling the Moondance Events ticket office at 218-836-1055.

Tickets can be purchased online at shop.moondanceevents.net . For those who would like to camp at any of these festivals or events, or for those interested in seasonal, weekly or daily camping at Moondance, call 218-836-1055.

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