A good time near home:Jam in the Trees offers a great concert experience

This photo of Ronnie McCoury (left) and Del McCoury was taken during the inaugural Jam in the Trees in 2016.

I’ve never been one to go to multiple-day music festivals or camp outdoors in the mud so that I could be front and center to see my favorite band.

That’s why my journey to Jam in the Trees was so surprisingly nice in 2016, the first year the event was held.

Not only did Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain provide the perfect backdrop for alternative country and bluegrass acts, it gave attendees an intimate, up-close look at the artists who are legends in their genres.

The event featured two different stages. The indoor stage provided me with a bird’s eye view of my favorite musicians, like the up-and-coming Secret Sisters, and the larger outdoor stage, was the perfect setting for groups like The Del McCoury Band.

Throughout the event, there were vendors with wares kind of like Merlefest, but instead of feeling claustrophobic because of the dense crowds or annoyed because of the long waits to purchase a drink, I was pleased with how well the event ran.

Unfortunately, because of work duties, I couldn’t make it to Jam in the Trees last year, but this year I have plans to make a pilgrimage up the mountain to hear songs from the singers I enjoy the most.

The Travelin’ McCourys, an offshoot of the Del McCoury Band, will perform and you can bet that I’ll be pressed as close to the stage as I can to hear the sweet licks and intricate bluegrass tunes the band is so well known for.

My all-time-favorite, and possibly the man who I will convince to play at my wedding — seriously -- returns. Jim Lauderdale, whose “London Southern” album is the most romantic thing you’ll ever hear, will perform again this year. During the 2016 Jam in the Trees Festival, Jim and I spoke for about 30 minutes about life, music and the rainy weather. He’s a genuinely nice guy, who is so down to earth it’s hard to believe he’s a famous musician and Grammy winner.

If you like an intimate music setting where you can get up close and maybe even talk to some of the musicians, I recommend you attend this year’s Jam in the Trees at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, which is taking place Friday, Aug. 24- Saturday, Aug. 25. A full listing of artists playing and times can be found at JamInTheTrees.com.

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