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Ogden Music Festival 2021 artist lineup, plus reasons to love OFOAM

By Deann Armes - | Sep 1, 2021
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Dustbowl Revival will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
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The Proper Way will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021
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The McCrary Sisters will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
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Sierra Ferrell will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.
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Mariachi Aguilas de La Esperanza will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.
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Sierra Hull will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
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Mile Twelve will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.
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Wheelwright will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
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The Po' Ramblin' Boys will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
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The Brothers Comatose will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
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Town Mountain will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
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Moriah & Friends will perform at Ogden Music Festival 2021 on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

When Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music launched the Ogden Music Festival in 2009, a refreshing cultural spin developed in the Beehive State — buzz about the bluegrass festival flew south, and people started traveling northbound from Salt Lake City to Ogden.

“We pride ourselves in reversing the flow,” said festival co-director Reba Nissen.

Ogden had long been in the habit of relying on Salt Lake City for arts and entertainment, but for this fiddle-fest, only about 40% of attendees are Weber County locals.

One obvious reason for the draw are OFOAM’s award-winning lineups of the hottest artists in Americana music and beyond, but there’s more that attracts thousands of festival friends and families from across state lines annually. It’s the best of Ogden — the music, food, art, natural landscape, community — all in one weekend.

OFOAM IS OUR JAM

Three music-filled days of inclusivity: Live music from award-winning traditional and contemporary Americana and bluegrass artists and “a good dose of soul and mariachi” … it’s a celebration of all music genres. OFOAM takes pride in welcoming artists of color, women and youth who are often underrepresented at other festivals, and honoring Ogden’s history of live music dating back to the early 1900s when the Porter’s and Waiter’s Club opened on 25th Street. This year, The McCrary Sisters, out of Nashville, are bringing their unique style of gospel. Additionally, more than a dozen seasoned local artists are showcased as “tweeners,” performing short sets between main stage acts.

Sweet deal: $100 for a three-day pass, $85 pre-sale, for 20 hours of amazing live music over three days, with camping options … it’s an unmatched price compared to other festivals of its kind, thanks to funding from Weber County RAMP and other local organizations, foundations and business sponsors. Only $50 ($45 pre-sale) per day and $25 on Sunday. And kids ages 16 and under are free.

Community: Ogden has an accepting arts community that is close and supportive of their own, while embracing its visitors and new residents, probably because of its eclectic railroad town “outsider” roots. The result is an abundance of new friendships over the shared love of music in a uniquely OFOAM-made community that is representative of Ogden.

Volunteer opportunities: There are so many fun ways to volunteer. Perks include free festival admission, and the best one — becoming an integral part of a community of music-loving friends.

OFOAM kids: Kids are loved and celebrated at this festival, with plenty to keep them entertained: parades, Imagine Music Musical Petting Zoo, the new WILL & WAY (Weber Instrument Lending Library for Weber Acoustic Youth) program, and other music- and outdoor-themed crafts and activities. And always, kids 16 and under are free!

Beautiful Ogden: One of the most beautiful outdoor venues in Ogden is the historic Fort Buenaventura — bring your blankets and chairs, and be ready to dance the day away in the trees and into the starry night sky, the main stage backed by the towering Wasatch mountains. Campers get a backstage pass to the anticipated return of late-night campground jams.

Food and beverage trucks plus artisan booths: You’ll never go hungry or thirsty over the weekend, OFOAM has it covered with some of the best local food and drinks: Grounds for Coffee and Roosters Brewing, Lucky Slice Pizza, Charlie’s Rolling Bistro, Dakine Grindz Hawaiian BBQ, Scallywagon and Rachel’s Ice Cream. And bring extra dollars — between OFOAM and artist merch and local artist vendors, it’s a fun shopping trip too.

Dia De Los Muertos: OFOAM embraces the Hispanic population that makes up over 31% of the Ogden community. They have partnered with LUPEC and other Latino organizations to present a new five-day Dia De Los Muertos event coming Nov. 1 to The Monarch, with a community altar dedicated to the victims of COVID-19, along with daily Hispanic-based art activities with a music celebration Nov. 5 with Las Cafeteras, a Chicano band from East Los Angeles, Folklorico from Weber State University and the Youth Mariachi from Esperanza School. Visit ofoam.org for details.

OGDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021 ARTIST LINEUP

Friday

6 p.m. — Wheelwright, southwestern pop/grunge from Arizona

7:30 p.m. — The McCrary Sisters, unique gospel out of Nashville

9:15 p.m. — Dustbowl Revival, large string and brass “Americana soul” ensemble from California

Saturday

12:10 p.m. — Moriah & Friends, multi-instrumentalist from Salt Lake City, acoustic harmonies

1:30 p.m. — Crying Uncle, bluegrass with “brotherly harmonies” and sharp instrumental skills

2:30 p.m. — Mariachi Kids Parade

3 p.m. — Mile Twelve, five-piece, relevant bluegrass with traditional roots, new album “City on a Hill”

4:30 p.m. — The Brothers Comatose, five-piece string West Coast band with “rowdy, rock concert-like shows” and unforgettable songwriting

6:15 p.m. — The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, “cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to the soul” from the Smoky Mountains

8 p.m. — Sierra Hull, album “Weighted Mind” won Best Folk Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards, upcoming new album “25 Trips”

9:45 p.m. — Town Mountain, North Carolina, “mix of rock and honky tonk with a Springsteen sentimentality pushes boundaries of bluegrass” (Rolling Stone)

Sunday

Noon — The Proper Way, Ogden’s own “traditional bluegrass played in nontraditional ways”

1:30 p.m. — Mo & Mo Friends

3 p.m. — Mariachi Aguilas de La Esperanza, around 30 children from Esperanza School in West Valley and 20 youth graduates

4:30 p.m. — Sierra Ferrell, “spellbinding voice and time-bending sound … as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself,” new upcoming debut album

6 p.m. — Mile Twelve, “All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted and relevant.”

Read more about the artists and get more festival details/ticket information at ofoam.org.

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