Former Wallflowers frontman on tap for upcoming July 4th weekend music festival


OXFORD — Organizers continue adding acts to the list of well-known bands and musicians making their way to Maine for the inaugural Nateva Music & Camping Festival at the Oxford County Fairgrounds on weekend of July 4.

Joining the list this week is Jakob Dylan, former Wallflowers front-man and son of the folk rock legend Bob Dylan. The younger Dylan will be promoting his latest release, Women & Country.

Already announced were festival headliners Furthur, the 2010 version of the Grateful Dead that features former band members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Further will be the closing headliner for the festival, which will bring together artists in the true jam-band tradition, plus an eclectic mix of performers spanning the country, folk, reggae, classic rock, bluegrass and indie genres.

Headlining Friday, July 2, will be moe., with The Flaming Lips taking center stage Saturday, July 3. Other notables who recently joined the lineup include George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Grizzly Bear, Ghostland Observatory, Mudseason and many more.

“It’s going to be a great partnership and we can’t wait,” said Suzanne Grover, president of the Oxford County Fair Board. “It’s a great thing that will be coming to our area and everyone will benefit. It’s going to be a wonderful event for the area.”

The new jam-band music festival expects to launch Maine into the New England music festival market on 4th of July weekend. The July 2-4 festival features dozens of bands representing a wide array of musical genres. Frank Chandler, CEO of Nateva Music & Camping Festival, said the goal is to reach as many musical tastes as possible. He said people can expect a mix of genres including jam, folk, jazz, blues and country. He estimated that 30 to 40 bands will be booked for the event.

“I think it’s coming together nicely. I think people are surprised by the level of bands we’re bringing in,” Chandler said. “I started this with just jam bands. You’ve got to really put out a quality product, but you also had to spice it up with bands like Jakob Dylan, that isn’t necessarily a jam band.”