Smoked Country Jam 2014: Roots to Branches Bluegrass

CROSS FORK – The 11th annual Smoked Country Jam is set to take place June 19-21 at the Quiet Oaks Campground, 88 Quiet Oaks Lane.

Twenty-one national and regional performers are scheduled play over 40 hours of music throughout the three-day Lupus Foundation of PA benefit event.

Four highly recognized bluegrass, Americana, old time and roots artists will headline the festival, showcasing the scope of the music, from the roots to the branches of the bluegrass tree.

Bluegrass performers Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass will headline Saturday’s show. Americana group The Barefoot Movement and hard-driving roots band Poor Old Shine will headline on Friday. The Hillbilly Gypsies, a crow-pleasing old time band and the festival host band, will perform all three days.

The festival’s signature three-day Lupus Auction, with more than 100 items donated by businesses, performers and festival attendees, is expected to generate more than $1,000 for the Lupus Foundation of PA. Kevin Treat, a chainsaw carver and on-site vendor, will create several custom wood sculptures to be auctioned off as part of the benefit on Saturday afternoon.

The seventh annual PA Heritage Songwriting Contest will give awards on Saturday, with the top three place winners performing on stage.

Bluegrass workshops, children’s activities and a variety of food, drink and merchandise vendors will provide something for everyone.

Tickets are on sale online through Purple Pass, with additional festival and ticket information at www.smoked or by calling 570-753-8878.