Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Illuminate your senses with this GrouponLive deal to the Muddy Roots Music Festival at June Bug Ranch in Cookeville. For $22, you get one pass for general admission on Sunday, September 2, at 11 a.m. (up to a $44.69 value, including all fees). Doors open at 10 a.m. This pass includes camping on Sunday night and hot showers.
Now in its third year, the Muddy Roots Music Festival corrals together a herd of roots, blues, folk, and Americana acts to take over two outdoor stages at the picturesque June Bug Ranch. More than 15 bands and singers fill ears with rollicking guitar riffs and twangy vocals on Sunday, a car show hosted by the Voodoo Kings showcases hot wheels, a pinup pageant celebrates classy sensuality, and a square dance lets music lovers of all ages tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree and then try to pass it off as their date.
On stage 1, headliner O’Death belies its morose name as its members croon melodic tunes such as “Bugs” while playing acoustic guitars, tambourines, and banjos. Bluegrass pioneer Dr. Ralph Stanley preludes their set with his blend of haunting vocals and lyrical exactness. On stage 2, Viva Le Vox—a shifting band that has boiled down to a twosome hailing from southeast Florida—works up a high-energy mix of Dixieland-jazz, punk-rock, and ghastly beats to help close out Sunday evening. Lauded by both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott hits stage 1 around sundown to harness his decades on the road and his guitar finesse, and dazzle audiences with tales of “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women.” Shortly thereafter on stage 2, the Molly Gene One Whoaman Band commands a harmonica, a guitar, foot pedals, a tambourine, and her own low, growling pipes to generate a sound that’s as rough and beautiful as a supermodel covered in sandpaper.