Bellwether Music Festival at Renaissance Park, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11, is a new festival but it comes with quite a pedigree. Organizer Bill Donabedian is the man behind Cincinnati festivals Bunbury and Midpoint so he knows how to host quality events. Bellwether is no exception with top names such as MGMT, the Flaming Lips, Echo & the Bunny Men and Local Natives. Cost: $55 per day general admission, $95 for two-day general admission pass. VIP, camping, glamping and RV packages are available. The festival is rain or shine. Visit www.bellwetherfest.com.
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2) WERK OUT
Each year at this time, local jam band the Werks invites out some of his favorite musical compatriots for a weekend of entertainment and camping known as The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival. This year’s installment of the annual event, at Legend Valley, 7585 Kindle Road, Thornville, started Thursday, Aug. 2, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 4. Featured are Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Papadosio and others. Cost: $169-$339. $100 for RV pass or car camping pass. Visit www.thewerkoutfestival.com.
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Canoegrass has changed venues this year but the focus on live bluegrass and watersports remains the same. Wagner Subaru presents the annual festival — which has moved to Masters Outdoor Retreat, 5486 State Route 47, Houston, Ohio — Thursday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 5. The lineup includes the Repeating Arms, Blue Caboose, Flatland Harmony Experiment, the Devil Doves and Wood Pines. It starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $100 at the gate if available. Visit www.canoegrass.com.
4) LEBANON BLUES
When the Lebanon Blues Festival returns to Historic Downtown Lebanon, 47 E. Mulberry St., Lebanon, on Saturday, Aug. 4, it will feature plenty of area talent, including headliners the Scotty Bratcher Band. This year’s lineup includes the Inner City Blues Band, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco and Johnny Fink & the Intrusion. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., also features food vendors, beer garden, car show and the Red Hot Blues Run. Cost: Free. Call 513-588-0321 or visit www.lebanonbluesfestival.org.
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5) HOG JAM
Tony Herdman has held his annual Hog Jam in multiple locations over the past dozen years. He decided to switch things up in a big way this year, moving the 13th annual music festival, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, from the VFW Campgrounds in Franklin to downtown Dayton with shows at two locations. Music begins at 7 p.m. Friday with acoustic performances by Blue Moon Soup, Chris Bro, Alec Delphenic, Charlie Tipton and Sharon A. Lane at Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow, in Dayton. Hog Jam 2018 continues at the 804 Bldg., 804 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, at 11 a.m. Saturday, with performances by Subterranean, Cheezcake, Jonny Dread & the Mystics, the Nerak Roth Patterson Band and others. Cost: $10 per venue. Visit www.facebook.com/hogjammusicfestival.
6) CLIFTON GORGE
Arts & crafts, food vendors, live music, kids’ activity area, a Friday cruise-in and more will on be on tap at the annual Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. The event, near the Old Clifton Union School at North and Clay streets, Clifton, is presented on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Musical acts were not announced at press time. Cost: Free. Call 937-342-2175 or visit www.villageofclifton.com.