Homegrown From the Ground Up: What’s New This Year at Apple Jam?
Apple Jam Music Festival, held at The Moon Barn in Williams, is approaching its ninth year running. A homegrown festival, built from the ground up here in the Rogue Valley, Apple Jam has quickly become one the most anticipated festivals of the season. With organizers that strive to improve the festival-goers experience each year, you can always expect something bigger and better. This year is no exception.
Live glassblowing demos, fire dancing sessions, yoga classes, and themed campsite competitions are just a handful of the additions made to this year’s schedule.
“Part of what keeps Apple Jam fresh is the influx of ideas and contributions from local community members who constantly help bring new things to the table,” Says Blake Norris, lead organizer of Apple Jam Music Festival. “We are very excited to be partnering up with The Dome Guys International, who will be setting up two domes for the event this year. People can expect significantly more dancing area, and a spectacular light show.”
Apple Jam anticipates more dancing, more interactive activities, and of course, a bigger and better musical lineup.
“We are always working hard to bring in our favorite up and coming musical talent,” says Norris. “Each year we strive to mix up the band line-up in order to bring new talent to the Rogue Valley, while still offering opportunity to a handful of local favorites.”
Slow Corpse, an Ashland based indie band, will be playing Apple Jam for the first time this year. Emerging from their growing fan base in Southern Oregon, Slow Corpse has quickly become one of those local favorites.
“We’re pretty excited to play Apple Jam because it’s nice being part of something that brings all the local folks out into the country together.” Says Mitchell Winters, vocalist of Slow Corpse. “There’s a great exchange of music and getting to meet new people is always fun.”
Slow Corpse joins the festival lineup, along with other hand-picked local, and out of town groups.
“One of the unique things about AJMF is that the producers themselves are musicians, so they really enjoy taking the extra time to find undiscovered talent,” says Norris. “In that sense, the festival gives emerging bands a chance to enjoy the spotlight that they deserve, while still maintaining a quaint, community vibe.”
Apple Jam is known for its intimate, grassroots vibe, high-caliber musical entertainment and strong community.
“Apple Jam feels more like a family reunion than a festival, for many of the promoters and volunteers,” says Norris. “We only get together once a year for this magical three-day experience, so we’re just really excited to see our Apple Jam fam!”
Apple Jam Music Festival
Fri., May 19 – Sun., May 21
The Moon Barn, 14391 Williams Hwy., Williams
Weekend Pass $150
Friday Pass $80
Saturday Pass $80
Sunday Pass $40