Nateva replacement will run 3 nights, more than 20 bands


OXFORD — More than 20 bands are now set to play Camp Creek, the smaller camping and music festival that will replace the canceled Nateva Festival in August.

And there may be more to come, according to spokesman Jim Britt, who said there are rumors of more bands joining the jam band-heavy lineup.

The three-day camping and music festival is centered around Max Creek, a jam band celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer. On the band’s website, they estimate they’ve played more than 3,000 shows in that time.

“They have a really, incredibly loyal following,” Britt said Thursday. Max Creek is set to play two nights.

Britt said he expects Creek’s fan base translates to thousands of attendees, even if it doesn’t reach the 10,000 seen at last year’s Nateva Festival.

The current lineup includes several bands that planned on playing Nateva, including the Ryan Montbleau Band, Zach Deputy, Gypsy Tailwind, the McLovins. Others such as Portland’s Rustic Overtones have joined the bill.

Headliners such as Bob Weir, the Gregg Allman Band, Thievery Corporation and Guster won’t be playing.

The festival will take place Aug. 5-7 on the Oxford Fairgrounds off Pottle Road, where the Nateva Festival had been planned before organizers canceled it. Slow ticket sales and problems securing sufficient camping space were cited as contributing to the cancellation.

With a permit for the fairgrounds already reserved, organizer Frank Chandler elected to use the festival to resurrect Camp Creek, a yearly music festival that has been on hiatus since 2008.

Three-day camping and concert tickets are $85, including fees. Children 12 and under are free, but attendees under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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